Best Gear for Northwest Events

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April, 29, 2016

Compiled by Jennifer McLaughlin, Kris Parfitt and PJ Watanabe

Urban Armor Gear

Protective Mobile Phone Case

Rena, the wife of our Media Planner, PJ, recently dropped her unprotected phone and cracked the screen when her dog unexpectedly chased a squirrel.

Enter Urban Armor Gear’s Protective Mobile Phone Case. Rugged light-weight durability meets sleek sophisticated style. And it comes with a free impact resistant screen protector. Take that, squirrel! With models to fit virtually any cellular device and personality, functional access to buttons, ports, and camera, UAG’s protective cases are a must-have for the unexpected bumps and bruises every outdoor adventurer’s phone is bound to encounter along the way. Retail: $35

Jaybird

X2 Headphones

Hallelujah! Our Sales Manager, Jennifer, has discovered her own musical sanctuary with the wireless Jaybird X2 Headphones. She proclaims to have “abnormal ear structure” so headphone fit and comfort are important to this music-lover.

Offering a secure, comfortable, customized fit, the Jaybird X2 Headphones are sweat-proof and provide skip-free audio, remote controls and eight hours of battery life for an amazing musical experience. They are Jennifer’s favorite side-kick whether training at her local gym or hiking her favorite trail. Retail: $180

Seattle Sports Company

Mesh Duffle Bag

When you’re a river guide, kayaker and swimmer like our Managing Editor, Kris, you have a lot of wet gear. Hauling damp gear is any water athlete’s nemesis and Kris’ solution is the Mesh Duffle Bag from Seattle Sports Company.

With heavy-duty vinyl mesh and plastic-welded seams, reinforced webbing straps and handles, compression straps for adjustability, a detachable shoulder strap and additional D-rings to help strap the bag to any surface, this 4,000 cubic-inch duffle is the number one piece of gear for any boater or paddler. Retail: $65

Nuun

Electrolyte Replacement Tablets

While hiking in the heat last summer, Kris felt low in energy. Her hiking buddy put a Nuun (pronounced “noon”) Electrolyte Replacement Tablet in Kris’ water bottle and she experienced an immediate increase in energy soon after drinking the fizzy beverage!

Since then Kris keeps handy a tube of gluten-, dairy- and soy-free Nuun tablets made from plant-based ingredients. Nuun comes in four types of electrolyte concentrations to replenish any kind of energy needs. With nine yummy flavors to choose from, there’s no excuse to not stay hydrated. Retail: $8 for a tube of 12, $25 for a 4-pack

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