Get your butt in gear with, well, some more gear for your upcoming outdoor adventures. Local retailers share their must-buys that will help you make the most of the season.
For the Thirst Trap
You want your body to feel as good as it looks, so hydration is key. Head to Gearhead Outfitters (2825 S. Glenstone Ave., Suite V07, Springfield) for all-the-rage Hydro Flask products. These dual-layer insulated bottles keep drinks cold (or hot) for hours. According to Assistant Manager Jenna DePriest, the 32-ounce wide-mouth bottle ($39.95) is popular for hikes and everyday hydration. For those on the go, she recommends the smaller 21-ounce sports-style bottles ($32.95) with a slimmer design for backpacks and gym bags. If you’re feeling snacky on the trail or at the campground, Hydro Flask also makes Food Flasks (starting at $29.95), insulated screw-top containers for your favorite nibbles.
For the Trail Blazer
Warmer days and sunny skies make for the perfect trail-exploring conditions. Make sure you’re suited up with a pair of boots. Aaron Mihalevich, Gear Expert at Ozark Adventures (111 E. Republic Road, Suite 140, Springfield), recommends the Merrell MQM Ace ($160), the Oboz Sawtooth ($150), the Merell MOAB FST 2 ($140) or the Keen Targhee III ($140) boots. All four boast a sturdy core but a lightweight build, which provide comfortable stability for day hikers. Each has excellent traction and a waterproof exterior, perfect for safely traversing muddy trails.
For the Daydreamer
If your ideal outdoor activity is no activity at all, a hammock makes your slothful ways a little more indulgent. For those who aren’t apt to leave the backyard, casual cotton hammocks provide a cute pop of color, plus the stay-cool material is easy to wash. Bass Pro Shops (1935 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield) has the firey red Texsport El Rio Hammock ($45.99) and the cool blue Bliss Striped Hammock ($45.99). For the adventurer, the experts at Bass Pro recommend the Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock ($69.95), which fits two and is made of quick-drying nylon for easy packing.