Ladies – get ready. While the options out there for outdoorsy styles this spring are seemingly endless, I have put together a (rather lengthy) list of my very favorites with a brief review on my own thoughts. All of these pieces perform well, was well, look good and are made for being active in the outdoors (and traveling!) I will spare you a zillion photos of me with some stock photos, but know that I have definitely extensively tried out each and every one of these (unless otherwise noted in the description)!
Just so I am being transparent, each of these items were given to me by the companies for the purpose of this review per my request. However, as always, I strive to make my reviews thorough and honest and what you see here is exactly what I would tell my family and friends. Additionally, a few of these links are affiliates. Thank you so much for clicking through them to make your purchases – it helps offset the cost of this blog in a (VERY VERY) small way! You can find my full disclosure here.
The best news? You have a chance to win
some A LOT of it! Make sure to read all the way to the bottom of the post to find out how…
T – Shirts:
Craghoppers Amelie Top $30: A simple top with UPF 40+, this one is a great staple for summer. Slightly longer length for good coverage, washes well and tends to be somewhat wrinkle free while traveling (or camping…) While I do love the Antique Fuschia color, it isn’t available currently in anything else.
Mountain Khakis Oxbow Knit Short Sleeve $54.95 It actually shows it really well in the photo above, but this t-shirt is definitely shorter than the other two. However, it’s lightweight and has cute detailing.
Merrell Adeeline Shirt $40 Another do-everything shirt. The only thing I don’t like very much is the scoop neck is bigger than I imagined it to be. However, Merrell clothing in general runs a bit on the big side.
ISIS Stella Top $49 Comfortable and lightweight, this shirt goes well with skirts and pants. I wore it biking all day (and sweating) with no issue, though it is less of a performance top than some of the others. I love how it hides dirt/evidence of grubby little hands….
Stonewear Designs Lynx Pullover $76 My favorite long-sleeve from Stonewear. Definitely one of those tops you can wear to the gym and then wear the rest of the day too because of how great the fabric is and the detailing.
Aventura Janessa Top $52 I am quite sure this will be my go-to top for summer. It is light and airy, washes and wears well and is just that classic black that goes with everything.
Kuhl Mova Pant $75 These feel like yoga pants, look like jeans (except for the color) and are light-weight enough to wear all summer long. There is no zipper on them, but there is a drawstring and they seem to fit really great. Best part? They come in lengths!
Merrell Belay Capri $75 Another new favorite. Stretchy for comfort (I am a big fan of that); has three zippered pockets with zippers that actually work, including a leg pocket great for carrying a cell phone; quick dry and just fits well!
Stonewear Designs Rockin Capris $70 I wear these for Pilates, running, yoga, and for chasing around the kids. Signature long-lasting and styling Stonewear Designs clothing piece.
Craghoppers Kiwi Pro Skort $55 Great stretch for easy movement, great fitting shorts under the skirt, quick-dry fabric and UPF 40+. Plus, it washes and packs really well with no wrinkles. Awesome for warm-weather hiking (especially if you plan on getting a little wet.) Incredibly comfortable. I wore it almost daily in the dirt and sand of Moab for our vacation there and it showed no wear.
ISIS Portofino Skirt $69 Quite a bit longer (past my knees…but I am short) than the Kiwi, this skirt is another great light-weight, quick-dry ready for anything skirt. I wear it hiking, biking, and out to eat. It zips on the side, but is super comfortable (and a little stretchy) and I get complements on it all the time.
Mountain Khakis Anytime Knit Skirt $45.95 One of those skirts that just happens to fit every body type and can be worn again and again. Stretchy, but holds its shape; flattering conservative A-line design; hits about knee-length for active wear.
Kuhl Vega Dress $74 Reversible, easy wear and wash, great for around town (though I personally wouldn’t wear it hiking….) I have yet to “meet” anything from Kuhl I didn’t like!
Outdoor Research Trance Dress $75 This is actually one item I have NOT worn. It isn’t made for my body type and call it the “cinderella dress” because it fits just a few body types. I am thinking tall and thin, with at least some bust to speak of. I put it on here because the fabric is AMAZING and uber comfortable…..it just didn’t look good on me!
Stonewear Designs AVA Dress $88 I love wearing this as a skirt…though it just isn’t my style as a dress. Hits just below my knees as a skirt.
Wizbang Skinny Gripper Headband $18 (Love the Night Sky and Tangerine ones!) Wizbang does it again with another great accessory that actually keeps hair back and off your face and doesn’t slip (everyone’s biggest pet peeve) thanks to a grippy strip inside. While I definitely recommend every single thing that Wizbang sells (and I really don’t do that very often) these are perfect for summer.
Outdoor Research Isla Hat $34.95 GREAT hat for the sun of the dessert (or high elevation like we deal with.) Not so great in the wind, but does stay on fairly well. I wore it hiking a bunch in Moab (it just doesn’t work well with a kid on your back who likes to pull on it!)
Outdoor Research Squadron Cap $29 Another one I haven’t worn, but some of my fellow #ORInsightLab gals have, and it is SOOOO cute on. Comes in a few colors too…
Chaco Women’s Chari Sandal $90 While admittedly it took me a little bit to get used to this pair of sandals (despite being a long-time Chaco fan) because they just feel different (part of their “Near Ground” collection), they have become what I wear daily. I also did some long hiking in them in Moab before we had sandal-worthy weather here. Compared to the ZX/1 or ZX/2 sandal (made more specifically for the trail) they are incredibly light. The webbing is also different on them (a little less foot-coverage) but I never felt as though my stability/footing was compromised. In fact, I LOVE the new webbing design because it opens my feet up a bit more to breathe and is less webbing to deal with for adjustments (plus, cool new tan lines…). Finally, the support is the same as in all Chacos, but the footbed is WAY more comfortable (quicker break-in and just feels more cushy and soft). It is great for wet feet – no slimy toes and less slipping than previous Chaco footbeds I have had. Amazingly, still no stink too. The only gripe I have? They don’t come in Wide (though I have very wide feet and have had no issues with them) and the “Digital Diamond” color is more “peach” than the “rust orange” I was expecting.
Vasque Pendulum Trail Runners $109 Reviewed previously on the blog, these will be great for trail running all summer (and fall) long too!
Win some of the best this spring:
This giveaway line-up is HUGE and overwhelms even me. I am going to try to make it really easy, but please let me know if you have any questions at all. As usual, please use the Rafflecopter Widgets below to enter to win these great prizes. Winners will be emailed and announced on this post in the Rafflecopter Widget. So sorry, all of these giveaways are open to winners in the U.S. only. While the items won’t make it to you by Mother’s Day, they still would be a fun surprise! Men, feel free to enter for the women you love too (or cheat and enter to win that MKs gift card for yourself!)!
1. Amelie Top from Craghoppers
2. Portofino Skirt from ISIS
3. $75 Mountain Khakis gift card
4. Mova Pants from Kuhl
5. Chaco Chari Sandals (actually a $110 gift card to Chacos so you can really get whatever you want!)
6. Stonewear Designs Samples (3 winners) – see below for samples
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