Women's Lifestyle Gear Buyers Guide

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

We know the ladies like gear as much as the next guy.  That said, the cute factor is on the mind of many when choosing stuff for their everyday lives.  Much like our Men's Lifestyle selections, this is a list of Women's gear that blurs the lines between gear and glamorous.  On the tail end of Winter, you may be able to snag a couple of these items at end-of-season prices, talk about win-win.

Teva "De La Vina Low" Boots:
These riding inspired boots make the transition from the stable to the street without any effort at all.  Teva does what they do best by giving these a flip-flop feel by using their Mush® foot-bed.  These low cut, wrap style boots are a woman-on-the-run's dream with super easy on/off via the side zip entry.  They are warm enough for an evening out, even on a frigid Minnesota winter night and are waterproof in the off chance there is any liquid water in your path.  They do run a little narrow, and some may prefer a little more heel, but that is really nit-picking.  MSRP: $140


Horny Toad Wynter Fedora:
Winter head-wear has long been dominated by the pom pom topped stocking cap.  This fedora delivers real warmth without sacrificing anything in the style department.  The slightly fuzzy appearance gives it a more casual feel, while still amping up the style factor.  Made from a blend of Angora and Wool you get the thermal protection you are looking for but the knit sweatband inside means your head never gets itchy.
MSRP: $58


Helly Hanson Garibaldi Boots:
There is something familiar about these boots at first glance, but that is where it ends.  These are some seriously bomber boots from Helly and they are ready for Mother Nature's worst.  The somewhat classic styling has a number of modern touches that can't help but get you noticed.  The quilted fabric back panel and faux fur trim prove that these aren't your grandma's stompers. They are waterproof and insulated for  sub-zero temps, so you don't need to sacrifice warmth for style.  Throw in Helly Grip outsoles and you are as sure footed as a billy goat even on the slickest pavement.
MSRP: $150


Costa's Inlet Sunglasses:
Costa's new 2014 line boasts a whole new Women's collection that gives the ladies a bnch of stylish options, without sacrificing the performance you expect from a pair Costa shades.  You get funky shapes and colors to match any personality and 580p lenses that sport 100% UV light blocking and polarization to all but eliminate glare on the open water.  They really are the best of both worlds, fashion and function Costa style.  MSRP: $169


KEEN's Custom Newport Sandals:
With warmer weather on the horizon, getting a new pair of sandals is a pleasant diversion.  Hop on over to KEEN's new custom website and kill a couple hours building Your perfect pair of Newport H2's, their flagship all terrain sandal.  Tinker with webbing, stitching, microfiber accents, lining, laces and outsole options until you can't see straight.  What you end up with is a tried and true sandal that's uniquely YOU.  
MSRP: $130


Mountain Hardwear's Stretchstone Flannel:
The people at Mountain Hardwear just get it.  This flannel is like the super hero of outdoor apparel; Clark Kent while running around town but Superman on the trail.  Built for climbing, the stretch fabric lets you contort your body any way you need to without getting in your way.  Snap closures let you throw it on or rip it off in no time flat.  The generous hood provides sun and precip protection and will still fit under your helmet when the need arises.  Available in 5 colors, you can easily grab one that will compliment your ensemble, whether it's for an afternoon of kid shuttling or a weekend at the crag.
MSRP: $85
Farm to Feet "Boulder" socks:
We love socks, and wool socks in particular.  Farm to Feet adds in another factor we love to see; 100% Made in the USA!  Literally, every step in the process is based here in the US.  The sheep that grow the Merino wool eat grass in the fields of Wyoming, and the Nylon and Spandex are made here in here, not some factory in China.  Manufacturing of the yarn and eventually the socks themselves happens in the Carolina's.  In the end, you get great looking, incredibly well fitting, and fashion conscious sock that stack up to any wool sock on the market (no matter how Smart they are).  Available in 18 styles and countless colorways.
MSRP: $18



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