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When I’m not in front of a screen, all I want is to live in nature: hiking, biking, bird watching, skiing, or in a hammock. Of course all that fun in the wild requires a certain degree of quality for comfort and safety. Although I don’t like being separated for money, I’ve found that the items I buy to enhance my outdoor pursuits have paid off, because these activities are all great exercise, and Mental health benefits of so-called bathing in the woods They are well known.
Here are the items I already own and swear by—as well as the items in my cart for Labor Day sales at REI, where I’ve been reaping rewards for Co-op members for years. The $30 for a lifetime membership that includes dozens of perks, including free shipping and about 10% cashback annually on all your purchases from the retailer. And during the Labor Day Sale, REI members get an additional 20% off a REI Outlet item with code LABOR22.
Flexible hiking pants
Freeflex women’s roll up pants
I’m a big believer in wearing long pants and hiking as I always thought before a day trip: Should I wear shorts or shorts? Shorts allow you to wade into a stream or stream, but long pants protect against thorny bushes and poison ivy. (I can’t commit to convertible pants, as it’s a hassle if you decide to re-zip them while on the road.) Free Flex eyeliner from her, which is an upgrade for my current husband; They have an internal drawcord at the waist for a custom fit, plus side cargo pockets and UPF 50 UV protection.
4 Thought Themes
Pullover – for kids
Members save an extra 20% on this item with coupon code LABOR22 until 9/5.
I don’t quite understand the passion my 11-year-old and her ensemble have for fleece hoodies, but I will say that these have become a huge part of her wardrobe and are being worn every week. This 4-thread-thread version in a polyester-cotton blend (to avoid shrinkage) is a good bet on her school wish list with its soft interior and front kangaroo pocket. She notes that she loves the brand’s stated commitment to sustainability, particularly in regards to water use.
stylish bike helmet
MIPS signal bike helmet
The Smith Signal bike helmet is designed for recreational cycling or the everyday commute. I use it all the time on town because it’s lightweight, comfortable, and fits nicely in a backpack.
We received this hammock as a gift, and I was amazed at how a hammock that can support 400 pounds and is 9.5 feet long could easily squeeze back into a grapefruit-sized bag and weigh just 16 ounces. The quick-drying fabric feels like a soft umbrella and comes in nine colors (we’ve got olive orange). I love that the stuff sack is attached – so it won’t get lost in the dark – and has a pocket inside a pouch for keys or a phone (it was big enough to fit an iPhone 11 even with its bulky case). Depending on where you hang it, you can use the included carabiners or add any of them ENO . suspension system.
Hiker Boot Sock Cushion – Women
There’s not much fun in buying socks, but buying socks knowing you’ll never have to pay to replace them again? This is a great feeling. I know this because for hiking and skiing, I’ve turned my family into Darn Tough socks, which are made in Vermont and have Unconditional Lifetime Warranty. I like these socksThey are super cushioned for hiking but also quick-drying, and I wear them all year long, while my husband loves This is for summer walking.
Trekking poles with cork handles
Ergo Cork Trail Trekking Poles – Pair
Hiking near our home in the Catskill Mountains means some serious uphill trekking, which I find most enjoyable with a set of trekking poles. I always recommend cork grips so you don’t slip out on hot, sweaty days, and these unisex aluminum telescopes measure just 27 inches and weigh just over a pound, which is a handy size to stow in your bag when the trail is flat—and it’s 25 off % right Now.
Starfire Jacket – Women
My Marmot rain jacket still looks brand new after five years of heavy wear and standing in and out of backpacking from Vancouver to Virginia. The Starfire – 55% off now – has the same features you’re used to: a flap that actually stays on when it’s windy, underarm vents to keep you cool, and zip pockets. Best of all, my Marmot proved to be completely waterproof even when I got caught from the car while walking in the pouring rain.
vintage garden chair
Ri . Association
Classic outdoor garden chair
I love things that remind me of fun in the backyard of childhood, but I wouldn’t pay a premium for just nostalgia. Fortunately, the REI Co-op Outward Classic Lawn Garden Chair 75% off for Labor Day, as is the Outward Classic Low Lawn Chair, both now under $24. (Yes, you must be a REI member, but I’ve found that the membership rewards mean the $30 lifetime member fee pays out quickly.) This chair features zigzag detailing on the upholstery straps and has back straps for easy portability.
Herschel Supply Company
Classic XL Pack
This red bundle is a cheerful way to liven up any trip to work or a day of errands, and it’s 25% off. I’m Turning into Herschel: My little girl commute to school on the NYC subway with her pale pink Herschel bundle (called “ash rose”), and I was warned she’d live up to a month from sitting a lot on the subway floor at her feet. To my delight, he’s made it for over a year, it’s amazingly stain-resistant and cleans really well. The sleeve of this unisex version fits a 15″ laptop and has a front storage pocket and handy key clip.
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