Equipment our editors loved in November

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November usually means the onset of winter, but much of the country experiences dry and unusually warm weather. Snow showers were rare. While many of us look forward to our skis and snowboards, it looks like we’ll just have to wait a bit longer. Here is what Out the editors used to pass the time.

Ultima Replenisher Electrolyte Hydration Powder ($ 42)

(Photo: courtesy Ultima)

This month I drank a ton 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 the lemon. Each scoop contains electrolytes, trace elements and zero calories. While research is still mixed on when, why, and if electrolyte drinks really work, I’ve found them useful, especially on long bike rides: I can carry less water while still feeling adequately hydrated. —Abigail Barronian, Associate Editor

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Nathan Summit Sunglasses ($ 50)

(Photo: courtesy of Nathan)

I’m not good with sunglasses. I drop them, scratch them, fold them and stuff them in crowded pockets without a case. So too often I end up looking for the cheapest shades out of my drawer, because I don’t feel bad to throw them away. The newest addition to my affordable eyewear collection are Nathan’s first racing sunglasses, the top. The mid-sized semi-rectangular frames are made of lightweight, durable TR-90 plastic with wide arms that stay in place but don’t squeeze, both over my face and when they’re resting on the top of my head. (The rubber patches also help.) Meanwhile, the gray tinted polarized lenses provide sharper, more detailed optics than any other pair of shades I’ve tried at this price point. All month I have been looking for these sunglasses for running, hiking, climbing missions, and running around town. —Ariella Gintzler, Editor-in-Chief

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Cleary Meerkat Five Speed ​​Lightweight 24 Inch Kids’ Bike ($ 530)

(Photo: courtesy of Cleary)

When my kids first learned to ride a bike, I was happy to put them on old, used shoes; they didn’t go far and didn’t need anything special. But now that I have two eight year old daughters who can actually walk a few miles, I wanted something for them that pedal well and don’t break down. The 24 inch Meerkat is a great option because it’s relatively affordable, with a five-speed internal hub that shifts smoothly and requires almost no maintenance. It also has disc brakes, and at a reasonable 27 pounds, it’s not a beast to pedal uphill. When my daughters get too big for their meerkats, I’m sure the bikes will be in good enough condition that my two youngest boys will inherit them. —Jakob Schiller, Contributing Writer

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First Lite Klamath Quarter Zip Fleece ($ 100)

(Photo: courtesy of First Lite)

On the Friday after Thanksgiving, a friend and I decided to hike the entire length of the Sandia Mountains outside of Albuquerque. The hike was 22 miles with about 6,000 feet of elevation gain, nothing heroic but a really long day. We started at about 6,000 feet and climbed to 10,300 feet, with temperatures ranging from about 50 degrees to 25 degrees. the Klamath the entire 11 hours, and was happy to have such a versatile diaper. It breathed well during the hottest times, but was just thick enough to keep me warm when the sun dipped behind the mountains and the temperature dipped. The tightly woven facial tissue was also great for miles of the bush when my pal found a play trail he wanted to follow. It’s a diaper that will be in my hiking, hunting and skiing kit for years to come. —JS

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Arvin Goods No Show Sock ($ 10)

(Photo: courtesy of Arvin Goods)

Many fans of the sitcom Community have seen the now famous internet interview between Larry King and Danny Pudi, an actor of the series, where King questions Pudi about a luxury which he cannot do without. Private jets? Certainly not. What Pudi likes to indulge in is coffee… and good socks. It’s a conversation I think about every time I shoot the Invisible sock. Unlike many lowriders which inevitably end up falling below the heel, these stay in place thanks to a thick but comfortable elastic cuff that keeps them in place. I’ve worn them with tennis shoes and clogs for mile-long walks and rough travel days and never had to stop for adjustments. Made from recycled cotton and polyester and priced $ 10 less than many “premium” socks, it’s a luxury I’ll continue to indulge in, guilt-free. —Kelsey Lindsey, Editor-in-Chief

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5.11 Tactec plate holder (210 $)

(Photo: courtesy 5.11)

We are in the doldrums of my fitness regimen. In southern Oregon, the marathon season is over, it’s too cold to ride a bike, and there isn’t enough snow in the mountains to ski. So once or twice a week I use the 5.11 Tactec license plate holder to channel my restless energy and to prepare my legs for the ski season. It’s comfortable enough that I didn’t feel any irritation or pain in my upper body doing 1,000 weighted step-ups a few weeks ago. And with two Thief 8.75 pounds Vest Plates ($ 79), I can also smoke my legs with 20 minutes of hill sprints. —Joe Jackson, mechanic

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Kelty Tru.Comfort Doublewide 20 Sleeping Bag ($ 210)

(Photo: Courtesy of Kelty)

I was against double bags on principle, as I thought they would be too tight and unable to effectively regulate the temperature of two people. That was until my wife and I spent our first night at this bag at 20 degrees a few years ago and both slept very well. It has two built-in interior covers and foot vents that keep each person comfortable separately, which is great if your partner is still cold, but you’re hot like me. The hood fits two full-size pillows, and thanks to the zippered top layer, it also works on warmer nights. The bag has become our de facto RV sleeping solution and has plenty of room for both of us (no small feat since she is five-five but I’m six-three). And that’s just a great excuse to snuggle up when it’s cold outside. —Bryan Rogala, Contributing Writer

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Classic Sheertex Tights ($ 99)

(Photo: Courtesy of Sheertex)

Did I ever think I would recommend a pair from non-athletic tights to From the outside public? No. But that was before this pair survived a cycling accident without scratching, pulling or running, planting them firmly in the category of commuter-friendly outdoor gear. It was already an everyday staple in my wardrobe as they are comfy, cute and notoriously indestructible, which in theory is worth the hefty price tag. Skidding on the pavement after getting my bike tire stuck in a railroad track, I thought, would shatter this latest claim. But they still look like new. Better than my skin, in fact, I have the scrapes to prove it. —Maren Larsen, podcast producer

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Zippo rechargeable candle lighter ($ 30)

(Photo: Courtesy of Zippo)

My two-step strategy for dealing with seasonal depression this winter is to spend as much time as possible outdoors during the day and light candles when it gets dark. After burning far too many matches and narrowly avoiding burnt fingertips several times, I decided I needed a safer, zero waste solution. This refillable lighter has a flexible stem to reach the depths of my favorite David Bowie prayer candle, capped with a device that looks like a tiny taser (it’s actually a small plasma arc) and ignites a wick in a fraction of a second. Bonus: it’s a satisfaction zap a noise that makes me feel like a supervillain as I snuggle up in my secret lair. —ML

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Free Fly Apparel Bamboo Weekender Hoody ($ 65)

(Photo: courtesy of Free Fly Apparel)

My hiking clothes were getting more and more worn out and I was looking for a light, sun-resistant long sleeve top when I found Free Fly Apparel. I have the Weekend hoodie and it quickly became my go-to for long walks and other outdoor activities. It is made from 70% organic and sustainable bamboo, soft as butter and ideal to wear on its own or under a jacket. And unlike a lot of other basecoats on the market, I really like the colors they offer. I pull up the hood when I want to protect myself from the sun or need a little extra warmth. I love it so much that I now own three. —Mary Turner, Associate Editor

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