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Take a Hike

Who can resist heading outdoors on a beautiful afternoon in Colorado? Whether you are aiming for the summit of one of our state’s hikable 14ers or just for a short hike close to town, be sure you are well-prepared. Here are a variety of items that will make your trek more enjoyable.


You won’t get very far without the right shoes, and Solomon is a leader in the field. The Outback 500 GTX is an ultra-lightweight backpacking boot offering excellent mobility and comfort and the protection you need for rugged trails. It comes in men’s and women’s styles. The women’s Outline features the tech of a hiking shoe with an aesthetic that can take you from the trail to town without skipping a beat. Outback 500 GTX, $210; Outline, $110, salomon.com


Hitting the trail means burning calories, and you don’t want be caught hungry. For meat eaters, DNX has added a grass-fed beef and uncured bacon jalapeño bar to its lineup of paleo- and keto-friendly snacks. They are easily portable and contain 14 g of protein and 9 g of healthy fats. For vegetarians, Karen’s Naturals feature small, batch-made, dehydrated and freeze-dried farm-fresh fruits and vegetables made with nothing added—no salt, sulfur, fat, artificial flavorings, sweeteners, or preservatives. DNX, $25/6 bars, dnxbar.com; snack bags from $2, shopkarensnaturals.com

Hand Sanitizer

Keeping your hands clean is important whether you have running water handy or not. Elyptol contains healing eucalyptus oil combined with naturally sourced pure ethanol for a healthy and eco-friendly way to properly sanitize your skin and other surfaces. It comes in gel, spray, and wipes and kills germs with antimicrobial (not just antibacterial) action. $5–$36, elyptol.com


Water, water, and more water. Stay hydrated with the 25-oz. Peak Fitness bottle from Camelbak. It’s comfortable to carry, the high-flow valve delivers more water per squeeze, it’s leak-proof, and the clean cap keeps out dirt and germs. $12, camelbak.com

Insect Repellant

One application of Proven repellents can provide up to 12–14 hours of protection against mosquitos, ticks, and more (in comparison, DEET-based sprays only offer 1–2 hours of tick protection). Proven’s sprays and lotions are made with 20% Picaridin, which is nontoxic and both people- and planet-friendly. The scented version contains an essential oil-based blend of coriander, lavender, and rosemary. $8–$12, provenrepellent.com

A Place to Rest

Whether heading for a picnic lunch or an overnight stay, a rocking chair is a fine addition to your trip. The lightweight Rok-it can be carried using the attached strap or can be folded into into the carry bag for easy storage with your other gear. $60, kijaro.com


Ensure that the ultimate summer campfire treat is always at hand with a dedicated s’mores caddy from Hershey. Chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers—unfortunately—not included. $10, target.com


Sunscreen is important, but in the case of your face, a good hat is the best defense. This cap from Alchemi Labs blocks UV rays and reflects the heat that saps your strength. the sweatband is moisture-wicking and ventilated to keep you cool. $32, alchemilabs.com