Spring + Summer Hiking Essentials

From hats to sports bras and even edibles, our favorite items for walking in the woods

The weather in the Northern Hemisphere keeps getting more and more conducive to outdoor adventures, and one of our favorites is the humble hike. A wander through nature can be a very grounding experience, and often requires few products or planning—depending on just how intense the trail of choice is. That said, there are a few items essential for a pleasant, safe walk in the …

Notes: Outfitting a First-Time Hiker

Understanding the value of technical clothing and embracing its style

I heard the rip before I knew what it meant exactly. I felt a sensation as well. We all know that strange, infrequent out-of-body experience: a tear taking place in our clothes, with seam tearing from seam. The incident occurred mid-hike, while I was wearing houndstooth shorts I had custom-made in Shanghai almost a decade earlier. The rip extended one inch just below the fly …

Voormi Wool Apparel

High-tech performance gear, made and manufactured in Colorado

by Adrienne So For the past few years, Pagosa Springs, CO-based company Voormi has garnered recognition for two accomplishments. Their patented Core Construction technology weaves technical fibers directly into merino wool, which means that a warm, comfortable Voormi hoodie is just as weather-protective as a squeaky softshell. Moreover, most of their garments are made in Pagosa Springs, which brings skilled manufacturing jobs to a mountain …