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 Deadpoint Pants — stretch cotton double-front pants for everything.
Outdoor Research Voodoo Pants — wicking, lightweight soft-shell pants for climbing.
Other stuff I love:
Princeton Tec EOS — I’ve banged this headlamp around for 5+ years now, and it hasn’t let me down yet.
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 Bellyache Mountain SL 17 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.
Vasque Grand Traverses — they call these “performance hiking shoes,” but I’ve been using them on big walls, mountain bike rides (on flat pedals), and approaches.
Vasque Pendulum II — for trail running, and long days on trails, hiking or running. Not minimal, not super-cushy, just right.