Summer Gear Reviews

CR Ranchwear

Editor’s Note:

We rely on quality gear for our many hours outside, with animals, doing physical work and play, in the weather, under all sorts of conditions. We need clothing and equipment that will hold up as much as we do. Here’s a selection that we will review soon for riding, running, camping, or simply scooting out to the barn for your horse’s last call. A wide range of products for our wide range of scrutinizing readers.
And you thought Camelbak was just about hydration packs? Think again. The company has brought color, creativity, and high function to the competitive market of reusable drink ware. We like where they’re headed.
This Texas company hand-sews stunning shirts for the best arena looks. Made mostly of cotton, the Western style shirts work equally well for a night on the town. Learn more about Rhea Scott Follett’s gem of a shirt company here.
Check out this model’s Sapphire Italian cotton.
Or visit their sale racks.

MultiBev by Camelbak

The California outdoor company offers tough clothing, always with an eye on functionality and durability. Oh, and its gear always looks pretty spiffy, too.
We think these colorful, well-constructed hiking tights might be just the thing for navigating hills of sagebrush and juniper here in the southwest. But then, they might just fit the bill in the mountains of Maine and New Hampshire, too.
Thank you, Patagonia, for not punishing us with huge scoop neck tees or crampy crew necks. This t-shirt finds that happy medium as necklines go. Plus, its blend may be ideal for temperature variations, when our days start in the 40’s and peak in the 80’s.
Ah, the wonders of wool. This top is mostly wool, so it breaths and suits our active days. It also touts odor control, always a good feature. We don’t mind smelling like horsesh*t, but do mind smelling stinky ourselves. Am I right?

Pack Out Hike TIghts

Nomadix

Own Less. Do More. That’s the motto for this new company which takes recycled plastic from 30 bottles to make one fun, artsy, utilitarian towel. Use the big towels for your picnic. Use the hand towels for your horse. We dig ’em.

We’ll review the Challenger 6 ATR. Aside from the comfort and durability of Hokas, we also love the Hoka blog, which has features on running ambassadors from around the world, including Pippa Middleton and Uzo Aduba. Read more here.
A perennial favorite. This Canadian company hand sews its boots with a dedicated crew in Saint Tite Quebec. Snip toes. Square toes. Roper heels. Buckaroo heels. Exotic hide. Cowhide. You name it. Pick out your style here
What’s in your saddle bag?
Cell phone, check. First aid mini-kit, check. Whistle, check.
Kate’s Real Food Bar, check. We think Buffalo Jerky from Patagonia Provisions might be a good option, too. We’ll review the spicy and regular jerky which come from a sustainable herd in South Dakota.

Outdoor Pantry’s Cuban Chicken dinner

And for those of us going on longer excursions, we must surely have a delicious meal or two from Outdoor Pantry. Try their Cuban Chicken and Lime Rice Bowl (right) or Savory Beef Stew. Freeze-dried means it’s light. Outdoor Pantry means it’s delish.

Nomadix towels

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