I just came home from first weekend of sun this spring. Warmer weather comes slowly here in the Tetons, but once it does, the sun is intense and the temperatures vary quickly and often throughout the day.
It’s literally just above freezing in the morning, hot in the direct sunlight in the afternoon and storms roll in in the afternoon. I quickly learned last spring that the tourists flee to town somewhere between 2:00 and 3:00 pm when the storms roll into the mountains (so avoid the mayhem at all costs!).
This is the gear I have ready and works most days for me. I value function over fashion, and am willing to pay a bit more for clothing that will last years, not just one season.
Someone asked me after my last gear guide how I possibly afford this stuff. Let me be straight that I am not suggesting you go out and buy it all at once. You get pieces that work for YOU, your family and your budget. And I share when I find them on sale or a better deal!
I always welcome your own suggestions – what great gear have you found this season?
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- Kuhl Sona Short Sleeve: This one is slightly see-through so I wear it with a tank, but it holds up super well in washes and even the light colors was clean after a weekend in the dirt. I love the flattering V-neck.
- Terramar Sports Reflex Knockout V-Neck: Super soft, a great layering piece, and just thick enough for comfort and modesty when worn by itself.
- Orvis OutSmart Biscayne Quarter-Zip: This is hands-down my favorite long sleeve tee I’ve ever owned. It is comfortable, fits and moves well, is a great layering piece AND keeps the bugs away. Also available at Amazon.com.
- Kuhl ParaJax: The perfect spring/summer/fall jacket. It provides just enough warmth as it blocks the wind and has built-in UPF 50 protection from the sun. I love the hood, being able to adjust the fit and that it folds up so small.
- Royal Robbins Expedition Chill Print Shirt: This is the cutest sun shirt I have worn simply because it has a pattern. Snap closure (I always size up with these kind of shirts) and perfect for hiking, adventuring or around the campfire. Also available at Amazon.com.
For Your Feet
- Mishmi Takin Kameng Boots – You can see my full review of these boots here, and they’re part of our full line-up of favorite hiking boots for women (updated for 2018!)
- Super Feet Palisade – These are super cute AND they have excellent arch support and grippy bottoms. I spontaneously went on a light hike wearing them and had no issues. My kind of shoe! Also available at Amazon.com
- Chaco Z/Cloud 2: I have worn many many pair of Chacos over the years and these are my favorite. They are super comfortable from the very beginning, have excellent arch support and are my go-to summer shoe.
- Kuhl Sun Dagger hat: This hat is more stiff than others I have worn, but it really does a great job keeping the sun off and breathing. UPF 50.
- Sunday Afternoons Ultra Adventure Hat: Sunday Afternoons continues to make top of the line sun hats for the whole family. This one has excellent neck protection and is great when you’re wearing a backpack because the back brim won’t get in the way.
- Totanka Hat by Art for All: You have to check out all the Art for All hats over at Garage Grown Gear. I love this one, but there are so many beauties!
- Earth Nuu-Muu: The dress for all seasons, but it excels in the summer months. I wear mine more as a tunic than a dress and find it’s perfect for biking, hiking, and just looks cute anytime. If you’re nursing, go with the Scoop style!
- Purple Rain Adventure Skirt: I own four of these skirts now and wear them nearly every day. They have the best pockets (both with a flap for valuables and without for a quick treasure-tuck-in), are super comfortable and do excellent for travel and in abrasive brush/weeds/woods. Available at Garage Grown Gear.
- JuJu Gear Recycled Skirt: I have NEVER owned anything that I get as many compliments on as I do on this skirt. Based out of Bozeman and made using recycled clothing, these skirts are just fun and celebrate an outdoor, eco-conscious world. Lorri also makes little girl skirts (see photo below – they’re adorable!)
- Orvis Florence Pants: Truth? This baby-mama hates pants right now. I’m self-conscious in them as I work to get my body back in shape. That said, I LOVE these. They are lightweight, a bit stretchy, have zippered pockets and are quick-drying. Plus they have a cinch for adjusting the length. A great comfy summer pant. Also available at Amazon.com
- Craghoppers Luna Tight: Tights + skirts = my jam. Tights that keep the bugs away = even better. These stay up, are comfortable on, breathe well and apparently work to minimize bug bites. To be honest, we haven’t had THAT many bugs here yet, but I’ll update this post as I learn more!
- Stonewear Liberty Tight Capri: These have been my favorites for going on 7 years now. They are so great for tucking in that post-baby tummy, flattering and slimming and giving great support.
- Royal Robbins Discovery III Pant: THESE COME IN LENGTHS! Hallelujah! They’re also super comfortable with a bit of stretch and durable enough to handle playing hard. I love the zippered pocket and the fact that they can translate from trail to town. Available in a capri too.
- Deuter Hip Belt: Don’t you worry, this isn’t a “fanny pack”, but even cooler. Tons of pockets, simple and functional. Perfect for keeping those snacks handy for you (or the dog/kids).
- Helinox Chair 2 Rocker: Who says camp can’t be comfortable? This is super packable and comfortable chair with the option to rock…or not. I love it for nursing and hanging out around the fire after the kids are in bed too.
- Tarma Mountains for Me Pendant: My jewelry is simple because I usually don’t take it off and want it to be able to handle my outdoor/busy life. This one celebrates the mountains, of course!
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