Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mother's Day Gifts-Outdoor Athletic Moms



GORE RUNNING, KARI TRAA, L.L. BEAN, STIO, SNOW PEAK, RIDERS by Lee, NATHAN SPORTS

Outdoor moms can never have too much gear-or apparel that rocks their active lives...

Some favs of our...are now delivering in pretty Spring colors that brighten up any black wardrobe...
GORE®APPAREL- RUNNING----pictured is from Fall 2015---but similar feminine cut- functional jackets, tops, bottoms made from Gore® Windstopper® Active® techy textile- that is  moisture wicking/stretchy/breathable available year round. A revelation-Gore Running apparel is tops in our experience-we have a perfectly fitted (YAY!!!) Gore Air 2.0 Windstopper Active Running Vest-we wear year round-layered under or on its own-multi-tasking as bicycle wear. Even the pockets are smartly placed so that contents (keys, iPhone, gels, lip stuff) do not get in the way. (Fall 14'review).
smart details like hand covers...reflective pops,...zipper cage and seams placed not to chafe, dropped back hem that'll cover assets...
Kari Traa-a Norwegian skier---delivers some very fun summer 100% Merino wools...basics with enough style to wear out and about...naturally anti-odor, moisture wicking...breathable with seams place to avoid chaffing. Prices range from $65-$100...pictured is Fall 2015...Spring available now.
comfy cool-details like thumb holes, constructed to move...in see me colors...DriRelease and Wool blend-moisture wicking, anti-odor performance-with great fit+ ez care...

zoned to move---and sweat zones----

color block panels that flatter-don't add inches...fyi not all printed bottoms are designed like that---surprises us

cute ruching details...great fitted top fits any casual lifestyle



L.L.Bean's workout tank $39.95 in Caribbean Blue Heather-details like built in shelf bra, moisture wicking, fitted style w/ relocated seams that won't chafe---multi-tasks for yoga, hiking, walking, travel...
L.L. BEAN's fitness ACTIVE apparel gets major bonus points for function/fashion/value...offering several items delivering lifestyle pieces in performance fabrics at prices that are affordable...backed by legendary customer service.
Powerflow Pants Capri $49.95-compressive knit with spandex stretches to fit-wide waistband flatters has a small pocket, flatlock stitching _and seams placed for movers...this is a well made bottom costs about 30% less than competitor versions

Cooldown Pullover-side packets+UPF50+ $39.95 quick drying/moisture wicking poly really soft hand feel

ultimate idiot proof travel-going out Fusion Knit SKIRT available now  $34.95 breathable stretchy poly/cotton/spandex blend w/ ruching side details at waistband with hidden pocket


STIO® out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming---is one of those direct to consumer fitness/lifestyle labels that gets our two thumbs up...including this breezy multi-tasking CFS Skirt-a swimsuit cover up-made of hydro-wicking/stretchy Sphero™ fabric---drawstring waist-great for SUP jaunts too...with pocket for essentials. Adorable...like the pop in color for the waist. $75
Snow Peak---signature functional pockets...has a cottony-chambray feel to the functional fabrics. This is a summer delivery but a pullover made of techy water resistant Polartec Alpha fabric is VERY cool looking  -is available now.

SNOW PEAK is a Japanese based company with a distinct clean-functional aesthetic for outdoor design products...we just loved this top that had us thinking a gardening essential with all the roomy pockets...
back pockets too...
unisex design-the rep modeled for us...the unisez tops range from low $200s...imo classic design -LOVE IT.




















flattering cuts...sleeveless button downs are wearable year round


For hard to fit moms---of all sizes-who has a casual lifestyle that compliments her active ways...widely available Riders by Lee® offers a plethora of Springy-tops and bottoms---in sizes that will fit most American women---at unbelievable prices.  


And made VERY well btw---at a preview, we did not even see a tiny loose thread...and the details were finely done (button holes, pleats, shaped seams etc)...IMO-it's time to lose the snotty ill-informed comments on affordable fashion at mass chainstores...that we see cropping up in tradeshow print reads.
classic cottony knit boatneck top...in nautical stripes
cargo skimmers...capri length-stretchy with shape retention styes form $15.50-$16.50 

women's and misses sizes available----cargo skimmer, belted bermuda short-sit below natural waist for greaat fit, multiple pockets that do not bulge -$14.95



NATHAN SPORTS offer scores of hydration solutions for cyclists, runners, climbers---generally speaking-those on the go...



We saw these at a SHE Event---the SonicMount™Universal Armband made of moisture wicking material $35- is a rather nifty armband for runners---the sturdy velcro mounts allow one to securely attach/ detach the smartphone from the armband and mount it elsewhere...
secure side grips fits most smartphones...see how it adjusts with straps...
SPEEDDRAW PLUS  INSULATED fits hands perfectly-reflective bottles...double wall construction keeps fluids cooler...with handy zip pocket for stuff...race cap is ez sipping without spilling out-comes in 18oz -adjustable hand strap w/ thumbhole for grip free running. We have smaller size QuikShot Plus in an Insulated version- 8oz---

widely available ...