It’s hard to narrow down a gift for Mom on Mother’s Day, but it’s a bit easier if she’s into the outdoors. From trail-ready strollers to activewear for the expecting mother, there are plenty of outdoorsy options for those of us who want to show Mom just how much we care.
Gregory Packs Deva 60L $270, gregorypacks.com
With a female-specific harness system and narrower back panels than the men’s packs, Gregory Pack’s Deva packs are built just for women. An aluminum stay and AFS suspension keep the pack comfortable over miles of hiking, while numerous pockets and compartments keep a week’s worth of gear organized. In addition to the requisite hydration sleeve and hose ports, the Deva also sports a hideaway water bottle pocket and waistband pockets for easy access while the pack’s on. Bonus: The Deva’s top lid can be removed and used as a waist pack for day hikes or summit pushes.
Mountain Mama San Juan Eco Hoodie $59, mountain-mama.com
Maternity activewear company Mountain Mama caters to expecting mothers who hike for two. Their San Juan Eco Hoodie’s oversized hood and thumb-looped sleeves provide plenty of coverage from both the sun and chilly breezes. The Belly Glove fit provides total belly coverage, and the Crossfront design allows easy access for nursing. Bonus: The Eco Hoodie’s material expands and contracts, so it can grow through the pregnancy without losing its shape.
Vasque Rift Hiking Boot $120, vasque.com
The Rift light hiker sports Vibram’s versatile Spider sole, which would be just at home on the River Trail’s blacktop surfaces as it would on the Lower Ditch Trail’s single-track. A thick rubber toe rand keeps toes safe during the inevitable toe stub, while triple density EVA midsole foam provides comfort on multiple-hour hikes. Bonus: the laces go down to the toes (similar to rock climbing shoes) for a snug, secure fit.
Eureka Copper Canyon 4 Family Rec Tent $210, eurekatent.com
With 64 square feet of floor space and 7 feet of head room, Eureka’s Copper Canyon 4-person tent is more of a mobile cabin than it is a tent. A fiberglass and steel frame keeps it stable when the wind picks up, while the bathtub floor keeps water and splashes out when the rain comes. Keep in mind, though ” at nearly 20 pounds, this is going to be more of a car camping tent than a backpacking tent. Bonus: Stash pockets along the ceiling keeps the floor clutter-free and lets you stay organized.
Merrell Women’s Pace Glove $100, merrell.com
For the minimalist mama, Merrell’s Pace Glove running shoe is a solid choice. With a zero drop from the heel to the ball of the foot and 5-ounce weight per shoe, the Pace Glove provides the feel of running barefoot without the requisite calluses. A breathable upper mesh keeps feet as cool as they can be during Redding’s triple-digit summers, while the 4-millimeter Vibram outsole provides grip on a variety of surfaces without sacrificing groundfeel. Bonus: A shock plate in the forefoot provides protection and shock absorption.
New Balance HRT Slim Mini Heart Rate Monitor $70, nbmonitors.com
For fitness moms, New Balance’s HRT (Heart Rate Touch) Slim Mini heart rate monitor and pedometer is worth looking into. It keeps track of your steps, time, distance, calories burned and heart rate without the use of a chest strap. The Slim Mini tracks your heart rate when you touch the watch’s metal bezel, reporting heart rate, percentage of max beats per minute, and heart rate zone alerts. Bonus: The women-specific Slim Mini sports a smaller strap that’s designed to fit slimmer wrists.
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