This web site is quite obviously sponsored by Outdoor Research. I wear their stuff, and I love it. I love a lot of other stuff that’s been good to me over the years, too. These items aren’t affiliate links or something I make money from, just things I like a lot.
Outdoor Research Ferrosi Hoody — my favorite jacket ever, a minimalist soft-shell for multi-pitch climbing, bike commuting, stashing in my work/travel backpack. The Ferrosi Shorts are pretty awesome for mountain biking, too.
Outdoor Research Axiom Jacket — minimalist, ultra-light storm shell. An actual rain jacket, not a “I-hope-it-doesn’t-rain” rain jacket.
Outdoor Research Transcendent Hoody — I live in this hooded down sweater several months of the year; cool nights in the desert, cooking on the bumper of my van in the mornings, and on cooler climbs I stuff it in the bottom of my pack for belays.
Outdoor Research Tantrum Hoody — the best ultralight wind layer for trail running and peak bagging.
Outdoor Research Deadpoint Pants — stretch cotton double-front pants for everything.
Outdoor Research Voodoo Pants — wicking, lightweight soft-shell pants for climbing.
Other stuff I love:
Hoka One One Stinson ATR 3 — mega-cushy for high-mileage road running
Hoka Speedgoat 2 — lots of cushioning, but not too much to compromise agility while trail running
Osprey Aether AG 60 — I challenge you to find something else that is this comfortable with 40 pounds in it.
Petzl Zipka — somebody once told me the best way to carry extra batteries for a headlamp was inside an extra headlamp. I think this 2.5-ounce headlamp is probably the best “extra” you can carry.
Master Lock Tuff Links Chain — I watched a bicycle in downtown Denver slowly get stripped from a bike to a frame (even the fork was stolen eventually) over a period of several months. It was locked to a rack with the same lock I’ve used since 2006: this one.
Big Agnes Skeeter SL 20 Sleeping Bag — I’m in love with water-resistant down sleeping bags, and this is my favorite so far.
Fits Socks — I have been unable to rip or otherwise destroy the handful of pairs of these I’ve had.
Field Notes — If I’m on a long trip, one new Field Notes notebook can exactly fit all my scribbles in it.