The equipment our editors loved back in November


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November usually means the onset of winter, but much of the country is dry and unusually warm for the time of year. Snow flurries were rare. While many of us look longingly at our skis and snowboards, we must wait a little longer. Here is something Outside Editors have used to pass the time.

Ultima Replenisher electrolyte hydration powder ($ 42)

(Photo: Courtesy of Ultima)

This month I drank a lot of Ultima Replenisher Electrolyte Hydration Powder. I can never get enough water in the high desert, even though I regularly drink more than a gallon a day. So I started adding a scoop or two of Ultima to my daily intake. The raspberry flavor is my favorite, followed closely by lemon. Each scoop contains electrolytes, trace elements and zero calories. While the research on when, why, and if electrolyte drinks really work is still mixed up, I found it anecdotally helpful, especially on long bike rides: I can take less water with me and still feel adequately hydrated. —Abigail Barronian, Associate Editor

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Nathan Summit Sunglasses ($ 50)

(Photo: Courtesy Nathan)

I’m not that great with sunglasses. I drop them, scratch them, bend them and stuff them into overcrowded panniers without a suitcase. So all too often I reach for the cheapest sunglasses in my drawer because I don’t feel guilty about throwing them away. The latest addition to my affordable eyewear collection is Nathan’s first running sunglasses, the Summit. The medium-sized, semi-rectangular frames are made from lightweight, durable TR-90 plastic with wide temples that stay in place but don’t get jammed – both on my face and on my head. (Rubber grip patches help too.) Meanwhile, the polarized, gray-tinted lenses offer a sharper, more detailed look than any other sunglasses I’ve tried at this price. All month long I reach for these sunglasses for runs, hikes, climbs and errands in the city. —Ariella Gintzler, editor-in-chief

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Cleary Meerkat five-speed lightweight 24-inch children’s bike ($ 530)

(Photo: Courtesy Cleary)

When my children first learned to ride a bike, I was happy to put them on old, battered remains; they didn’t go far and didn’t need anything special. But now that I have two eight year old girls who can actually drive a few miles, I wanted something for them that pedals well and won’t break down. The 24-inch Meerkat is a great option because it’s relatively affordable, with a five-speed inner hub that shifts smoothly and is almost maintenance-free. It also features disc brakes and at a reasonable 27 pounds, it’s no beast to pedal uphill. When my girls outgrow their meerkats, the bikes will sure be in good shape for my two younger boys to inherit. —Jakob Schiller, contributing author

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First Lite Klamath quarter-zip fleece ($ 100)

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On the Friday after Thanksgiving, a buddy and I decided to hike the full length of the Sandia Mountains outside of Albuquerque. The hike was 22 miles long with about 6,000 vertical feet – nothing heroic, but a very long day nonetheless. We started at about 6,000 feet and climbed to 10,300, in temperatures of about 50 to 25 degrees. I wore the Klamath for the entire 11 hours and was happy to put on such a versatile layer. It breathed well in the hotter moments, but was just thick enough to keep me warm when the sun went down behind the mountains and the temperature dropped. The tightly woven outer fabric was also great for several miles of bushwacking when my buddy found a trail of wildlife to follow. It’s a layer that will be in my hiking, hunting and skiing gear for years to come. —JS

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Arvin Goods no-show sock ($ 10)

(Photo: Courtesy Arvin Goods)

Lots of fans of the sitcom Community saw the now internet famous interview between Larry King and Danny Pudi, an actor on the series, in which King Pudi asks about a luxury he cannot live without. Private jets? Under no circumstance. What Pudi likes to indulge in is coffee … and good socks. It’s a conversation I always think of when I put on the no show sock. In contrast to many lowriders, which inevitably fall under the heel, these stay in place thanks to a thick but comfortable elastic cuff. I wore them with both tennis shoes and clogs for long walks and exhausting days of travel and I never had to stop for adjustments. Made from recycled cotton and polyester, and priced at $ 10, which is lower than many “high-end” socks, they are a luxury I will continue to indulge in innocently. —Kelsey Lindsey, Managing Editor

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5.11 Tactec plate carrier ($ 210)

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We are in the doldrums of my fitness program. In southern Oregon, the marathon season is over, it’s too cold to ride a bike, and there’s not enough snow in the mountains to ski. So I use the 5.11 Tactec Plate Carrier once or twice a week to channel my restless energy and get my legs fit for the ski season. It’s comfortable enough that I didn’t have any sores or pain in my upper body on 1,000 weighted step-ups a few weeks ago. And with two Rogue 8.75 pound Vest Plates ($ 79), I can smoke my legs with 20 minute hill sprints too. —Joe Jackson, gear guy

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Kelty Tru.Comfort Doublewide 20 sleeping bag ($ 210)

(Photo: Courtesy of Kelty)

I used to be against double bags because I thought they were too tight and couldn’t effectively regulate the temperature of two people. That was until my wife and I spent our first night in this 20-degree bag a few years ago and both of us slept great. It has two built-in inner blankets and foot vents that allow anyone to get comfortable – which is great if your partner is always cold but you get hot like me. The hood offers space for two large pillows and, thanks to the zip-off top layer, also works on warmer nights. The bag has become our de facto sleep solution for car camping and offers a lot of space for both of us (no small thing as it is five to five years old, but I’m six to three). And it’s just a great excuse to snuggle up when it’s cold outside. —Bryan Rogala, contributing author

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Classic sheertex sheer tights ($ 99)

(Photo: Courtesy Sheertex)

Did I ever think that I would recommend non-athletic tights? Outside of Audience? No. But that was before this couple survived a bike accident without scratching, dragging, or walking, putting them firmly in the commuter-friendly outdoor gear category. These have already been an everyday staple in my closet because they’re comfortable, cute, and supposedly indestructible, which in theory makes them worth the high price tag. Skidding the sidewalk after my bicycle tire got stuck on a train track, I thought, would nullify that last claim. But they still look good as new. Better than my skin, actually – I have the scratches to prove it. —Maren Larsen, podcast producer

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Zippo rechargeable candle lighter ($ 30)

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My two-step strategy to tackling seasonal depression this winter is to spend as much time outdoors as possible during the day and light candles as soon as it gets dark. After blowing way too many matches and narrowly avoiding scorched fingertips multiple times, I decided I needed a safer, waste-free solution. This rechargeable lighter has a flexible stem to reach the depths of my favorite David Bowie prayer candle. Bonus: it makes a satisfying one zap Sounds that make me feel like a villain while I make myself comfortable in my secret hiding place. —ML

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Free Fly Apparel Bamboo Weekender Hoody ($ 65)

(Photo: Courtesy Free Fly Apparel)

My hiking clothes were very worn and I was looking for a lightweight, sun-repellent long-sleeved top when I found Free Fly Apparel. I got the Weekender Hoody and it quickly became my first choice for long walks and other outdoor activities. It consists of 70 percent sustainable organic bamboo, is buttery soft and can be worn alone or under a jacket. And unlike many other baselayers on the market, I really like the colors on offer. I pull up the hood when I want to hide from the sun or when I need a little more warmth. I like it so much that I now have three of them. —Mary Turner, assistant editor

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