While we’re still skiing at the highest altitudes in North America, the northern spring is most definitely here — and with it, mud season.
Today, I’ve got three product reviews appropriate for this messy, yet beautiful, time of year.
The first, from Kamik, features rain boots that will take you from late season après through the mud and into summer with style. The second review features a giveaway of one of my favorites for active women and men — ColoRundies. Finally, a quick hit on old school moisturizing from Vermont’s own Bag Balm.
Welcome Spring Showers with Kamik Rain Boots
After a winter of stomping about in insulated boots with heavy lug soles, I was only too happy to slip on these fun polka-dot boots from Kamik after a spring ski day last week.
Crafted from synthetic rubber, with taped and sealed seams, the boots are 100% waterproof. Thick, printed nylon is coated with faux rubber and attached to a sturdy, low-profile sole with plenty of traction. The boot top is fairly narrow (the better to keep moisture out), but wide enough to slip on over skinny jeans or stretchy ski pants. On warmer days, the boots are stylish enough to wear with a skirt or dress, or even shorts.
So far, I’ve worn them in mud, rain and 15 inches of snow. While they wouldn’t be my top choice for stomping around in subfreezing cold, they worked perfectly well cruising through drifts and slush. They clean up quickly and easily, with mud and dirt washing right off.
I have the Pepper boots (navy with white polka dots), a cheerful look which goes especially well with jeans. Kamik has plenty of other options from solids, to florals to funky patterns. Prices range from $44.99 to $64.99 US and sizing runs a bit small. I ordered up one half-size.
Get Your Colorado On with ColoRundies (Giveaway)
I’m biased, of course, but right now it seems I see the Colorado flag everywhere. I’ve recently spotted our distinctive color-blocked flag on socks, on caps, on cups, on chairs, on coats and yep, on underwear.
ColoRundies is a Colorado-inspired, Colorado-born and Colorado-produced line of red, gold, blue and white Colorado flag inspired underwear. Founded by Colorado native Andrew Cryer, ColoRundies are for men and women who aspire to an active, outdoor lifestyle. Or, they are forr anyone who wants some smooth-fitting undies that can add a fun spark to the daily grind.
Why I Love Them
- The Flag. Colorado has a really cool flag. And I think Colorado is a really cool place. Combine the flag design with adventure worthy technical underwear and you’ve got a winner.
- The Fabric. Made of an ultra-smooth, moisture wicking combination of polyester (88%) and spandex (12%), the bra has a breathable, racer-back panel. After many washings the fabric is like new and the colors still shine!
- The Fit. When sized correctly, the top and bottom should (and do!) fit smoothly without binding. The shorts have a wide, comfortable elastic band. I’ve found that they fit well, stay in place (they don’t ride up) and look smooth even under yoga pants. The bra has a similar elastic band for support. But note, there isn’t a ton of support. If you like a lot, this would be a great top to layer over another sports bra.
In addition to designs featuring the Colorado flag, ColoRundies also come in a coordinating plaid for men and women, as well as a Colorado tank for men. You can check out the entire product line here. Please note, shipping is free for orders over $50 (which will pretty much get you a set of ColoRundies!).
Big thanks to ColoRundies founder Andrew Cryer for offering up one bra and one pair of women’s rundies for a giveaway. I promise you, if you win, you’ll love these.
One winner will be chosen randomly on Monday, May 2 from all eligible entries.
Old-Fashioned Bag Balm Protects Skin
“It’s not just for cows anymore,” so says the Bag Balm website. And thank goodness because if you suffer from split fingers, rough heels, dry lips and chapped skin, what works for cows might work for you.
I’ve used Bag Balm’s tiny “on-the-go” tube to protect my lips from the wind this winter, as well as a small tin of Bag Balm on my split fingers and heels each night before bed.
Made of four ingredients (petrolatum, lanolin, paraffin and a preservative called 8-Hydroxyquinoline Sulfate), Bag Balm is not necessarily organic or “natural,” although the formula has remained virtually unchanged for 115 years.
It will protect your skin from wind and harsh weather. Applied to your dog’s paws, it will also protect your best friend’s pads from ice, snow and cold.
And yes, it still works for cows.
More Gear Notes:
- Gear Notes: Goggles from Native and Smith, Mountain Goat Tote and Split Pea Sound, March 24, 2016.
- Gear Notes: Cubbies Keep Mittens On, “Decadent” Wine in a Pouch and Two from New Zealand, February 3, 2016.
- Gear Notes: Colorado Ski Resorts, Periodic Table, StickerKid and StöSnow Ski Pants, January 27, 2016.
- Gear Notes: S’No Queen, Block Island Organics Sunscreen, Speet Wax, January 11, 2016.
Many thanks to Kamik, ColoRundies and Bag Balm for providing product to facilitate this post. As always, all opinions are my own and are exactly what I would tell my family and friends.
This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to everyone who participated and congratulations to Holly S!
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