Now's the perfect time to hit the great outdoors. It's warm but not sweltering, and when the sun goes down, the air feels crisp and clean, setting up ideal conditions for an old fashioned campfire. (Marshmallows are mandatory.) Whether you're a seasoned outdoorsman or a novice day-tripper, quality gear is always at a premium. Our latest installment of the Freshness Grid presents the stuff you need before you hit the trail.
Topo Designs Nylon Camp Hat ($32)
Protection from the sun's damaging rays is paramount. Opt for headwear that's lightweight yet durable, like this nylon five-panel number from Topo Designs.
Patagonia Light & Variable Hoodie ($99)
A day hike or a quick weekend conversion doesn't require a Gore-Tex parka with a giant snorkel hood. Instead, you'll need a layering piece like this Patagonia hoodie, light enough for easy packing, but finished in DWR in the event of the occasional shower.
Poler "Furry P" Tee ($26.95)
Offering outdoor gear for a new generation of enthusiasts, Poler's take on the logo tee is characteristically quirky and understated.
Patagonia Stretch Terre Planing Walk Short ($79)
They may look like traditional walking shorts, but they're made from durable, fast-drying 100% recycled polyester, with a DWR finish, two-way mechanical stretch and 50+ UPF sun protection. In a pinch, these walking shorts can easily double as functional board shorts.
Nike ACG Air Mowabb
An icon from the glory days of Nike All Conditions Gear, the Air Mowabb is always a welcome fixture on the trail. Sure, it now occupies the lifestyle space, but the Mowabb is still functionally equipped to take on rough terrain.
From the brand's Master of G collection, this Mudmaster style has an appealing two-tone design and a raft of performance benefits, all packaged in a shock- and mud-resistant oversized case. The one piece in your arsenal that's guaranteed not to fail.
Topeak iPhone 6 Drybag ($34.95)
The importance of keeping your device secure can't be overstated, and this fully sealed bag, made from sonically wlded and seam sealed TPU vinyl, will fully protect your iPhone from the elements. Even better, it's fully touchscreen compatible, so the phone can be used without taking it out of the bag.
Leatherman Wave Multi-Tool ($89.85)
A must-have in your pack, the Wave is up for any task, with knives, pliers, wire cutters, and all-locking blades. Even better, each of the 17 tools can be deployed with just one hand.
Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Bottle ($20)
Stay hydrated with this no-nonsense, stainless steel bottle, featuring a leakproof Loop Cap for safe transport.
Topo Designs x Chaco Rover Pack ($159)
Featuring a timeless silhouette and a durable 1000D Cordura shell, this functional pack is accented with custom Chaco webbing and ladder lock buckles.
In the event you find yourself without cell service, you'll be grateful for this device, an off-grid communications tool that enables you to send texts and share GPS locations on detailed offline maps.
Ray-Ban Original Wayfarers ($200)
Never out of style, these timeless sunnies have G-15 polarized green lenses, offering improved clarity and a more "natural" vision.