Spring officially begins next Tuesday, but the freakishly warm winter weather has given us a jumpstart on the season. Whether you’re planning a spring break getaway or a weekend road trip, these travel essentials will ensure that your spring adventures get off to a great start.
Eureka Sawtooth 45L
Eureka makes its first foray into backpacks with the Sawtooth, a rugged, durable, and affordable overnight pack. Extensive exterior pocketing keeps water bottles and maps within easy reach, and the roomy interior stows a week’s worth of gear and food.
Another crossover company, Scarpa—long known for its tough hiking and mountaineering footwear—has released its first trail running shoe. The Spark weighs in at a lean 9.7 ounces, yet it has plenty of grip and support for rugged Blue Ridge trails. A minimalist design and a sturdy sole make the Spark a quick, nimble trail shoe for running, fasptacking, or day hiking. Eco-bonus: the Spark is made of 40 percent recycled materials.
Pura Water Bottle
Many water bottles claim to be BPA-free, but Pura ensures that every component—from lid to lining—is made from 100%, BPA-free stainless steel. Even the lid issteel, ensuring no sneaky endocrine disruptors leach into your water. It’s also 100% recyclable and made from 60% recycled steel. No other water bottle offers the safety and durability of the Pura.
Outdoor Research Helium Jacket
It’s as light as its name. The Helium compresses into its own pocket so small that its barely noticeable, yet the durable storm shell protects hikers from sudden downpours or cold fronts. The elastic cuffs and drawcord ensure weather-tight shielding.
Anarchy McCoy Sunglasses
Lightweight and flexible, the McCoys withstood a week of getting smashed, crunched, and sat on. They provide complete UV protection and the polarized lens are especially impressive behind the wheel. Rugged and durable, they didn’t break or scratch after a road trip that involved multiple cars, hikes, and kids.
Carhartt Canvas Cargo Pants
Carhartt is snynoymous with rugged durability, and the cargo pants live up to the Carhartt legacy. The cargo pants are ideal for rugged adventure. Made of 7.5-ounce, 100% ring-spun cotton, it offers thigh, multiple tool, and utility pockets and a right leg utility band. They’re quite simply the toughest pants on the planet, yet the cotton is comfortable and lightweight. Wear them on and off the trail for durable, long-lasting comfort and style.