Days are getting shorter, nights are getting colder and leaves are melting off trees in vibrant splashes of red, orange and gold. With less bugs and tourists, autumn is one of the most beautiful times to get outside and explore. Smart adventurers know that a new season is the prime time to update old gear. We’ve compiled a list of five of our favourite gear items to transition from summer to fall.
1. Original Buff
Completely revamped without sacrificing its original purpose, the aptly named “Original” speaks to the success of the Buff brand. Multifunctional headwear as we know it today simply wouldn’t exisit without Buff.
Taking everything they’ve learned since 1992, Buff developed a product that uses 100% recycled microfiber. Where do they get it? Recycled PET bottles! Not only is the material more eco-friendly, the fit is improved, too, with four-way stretch. But our favourite new feature is the UPF 50 sun protection. In any season, sun protection is vital.
Just like the original Original, the redesigned version is still seamless, dries quickly, offers great moisture management and functions as a headband, balaclava, hat or sweatband. You can even stuff your clothes inside and use it as a camp pillow.
Find it here: buyabuff.com
2. Eddie Bauer Cabin Fleece Blanket
Although it might still be warm enough to explore outside without a down jacket, you’ll still need to warm up when you’re back at camp. Snuggle up in this fantastically soft Queen-sized blanket—big enough for two, so you and your adventure partner (dog or human) can cuddle.
Find it here: eddiebauer.ca
3. Qwick Wick
Campfire season is here! It’s a tad too chilly to spend hours searching for dry kindling, so stick a Qwick Wick in your fire ring and watch the logs light up in seconds. Don’t forget your graham crackers, marshmallows and milk chocolate to get sticky with s’mores.
Find yours here: qwickwick.com
4. GSI Commuter Java Press
Cooler weather calls for warmer beverages. Hot coffee on a long outdoor adventure is nothing short of heavenly, but there’s nothing worse than opening your canteen to find a lukewarm liquid. Look for double walls and layers of insulation to keep your beverage the exact right temperature until you’re ready to drink it. This one from MEC doubles as a French press for easy morning prep and less campsite dishes.
Find yours here: mec.ca
5. Boreal wool socks
Produced entirely in Canada, Duray has been making socks since 1939. With an impressive line of quality products, we gravitate towards the wool ones for fall. Cushioned to keep your toes toasty, crew-height and ribbed, these thermal socks are ideal for enjoying the outdoors on brisk autumn mornings.
Find yours here: duray.com