Fathers day 2021

Father’s Day 2021: Simple Gift ideas for a DAD who loves Outdoor Activities

Father’s day is around the corner and we wanted to be ready to help you prepare a special day for him with a meaningful gesture. For dads that love the outdoors, we have a simple list prepared for you that will guide you through gift ideas that are related to outdoor activities.

Pocket knife: father's Day gift ideas

1.Pocket Knife/ Multi Tool:

This is a great idea for Dads who always keeps a knife or a multi tool handy with him wherever he goes. Maybe you could replace his old one, get him his favorite one or upgrade his existing one with a new model. This father’s day, your gift would be something he could use often. Moreover, it could be something he would appreciate very much especially if he likes to have a collection of his own.

Father's Day gifts: Fishing Jacket

2. PFG clothing:

PFG or Performance Fishing Gear is a type of clothing sold by Columbia that is specifically meant for people who like to go out fishing. Not just that, it can efficiently be used for other outdoor activities too such as hiking or camping. These types of clothing are usually light weight, quick dry and moisture wicking to suit your activities for the day. So, PFG clothing for this father’s day could make your dad’s outdoor adventure light and enjoyable with these amazing clothing technologies. You can find a wide range of PFG clothing at our store if you reach us here.

Man with hiking poles: Father's Day 2021

3.Hiking poles:

What can be a more suitable gift for a DAD who wants to explore his love for nature again? His knees and feet can use a pair of hiking poles for support. Not to mention, they provide unmatched balance on a rocky terrain and keep us from slipping and help avoid major accidents. Some hiking poles can also be converted into ski poles for the winter, some of them can be folded to fit into a small backpack so its easier to carry around and most can also work as a great walking stick.

Picture of a Hammock: Father's Day 2021

4.Hammock:

Whether your DAD is a back-country explorer, a happy camper or simple someone who likes a laid back nature day for himself, a hammock would be a perfect gift for him. They come in various types and sizes to suit the needs of individuals such as a single hammock for beginners, a double hammock, a hammock with a mosquito net, a hammock made with sustainable environment friendly material or a super nano hammock that is durable light and at the same time fits perfectly into your backpack.

Pick the one that fits him best this father’s day.

Man using Water bottle: Gift ideas for Father's Day

5. Hydration Packs:

You cannot take hydration lightly when you are outdoors, especially if you engage in adventure activities for long hours. If your DAD loves to bike, or go hiking,camping,running etc, a water pack specially designed for adventure activities will be a great idea for a gift for your dad. Brands such as Camelbak have multiple high quality hydration packs, reservoirs, insulated bottles, water bottles to suit your style of adventure and need for hydration. They also provide cleaning kits and accessories to change parts of the product which makes them a great brand to choose among others.

 

We can make it easier for you to pick a suitable product from items mentioned above. We have a team of people who love the outdoors and have the knowledge of these products to guide you through what would be most suitable for your DAD. You can reach out to us to explore options here.

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5 styles of LEVI’S® Jeans Guide for Men

We have several styles of Levi’s jeans available for men. Naturally, it could be confusing to choose from. So based on style and fit, here are five types of Levi’s jeans guide for you.

Levi's 501 Prewashed Light Stonewash Jeans

Levi’s 501 Prewashed Light Stonewash Jeans

1.The CLASSIC LEVIS(Levis 501):

Created by Levi Strauss the man himself, This is the original classic pair with the button fly.This style has been around since 1873 and is also their signature straight fit. Whats more, this is a classic pair that will fit you, and always stay in style.

Levi's Regular 505 Light Stonewash Jeans

Levi’s Regular 505 Light Stonewash Jeans

2.THE REGULAR FIT(Levis 505):

This style of Levi’s jeans comes in the straight leg feature which is also available in BIG and tall sizes. Plus, this style comes with a zip fly instead of button and is made using their sustainable Water<Less™ techniques. These Levi’s jeans are perfect for the casual look. All things considered,they will go with any of your outfits and keep you comfortable round the clock.

Levi's 517 Flex Indigo

Levi’s 517 Flex Indigo

3.THE BOOT CUT( Levi’s 517):

Basically,the Levi’s 517 style is a pair of boot cut jeans. They are back in fashion and we think it couldn’t be more perfect for the western style. It is mentioned in the LEVIS website that this style was inspired by the Manchester acid house scene in the 1980’s. It remains one of their earliest product in the boot cut style. Now, these Levi’s jeans suit men for a great western look with style and comfort. Moreover, they are designed to fit over any boot you put on. As other features, these jeans have 7 belt loops, a popular orange LEVI tab.

Levi's 550 Clif Big and Tall Jeans

Levi’s 550 Clif Big and Tall Jeans

4.THE RELAXED FIT (Levi’s 550):

This pair has similar features to their classic pair. But,it comes with a baggy style with more room than LEVI’S 501. Plus,this style is also available in the big and tall sizes for men and is crafted with sustainable Water<Less™ techniques. It sits at your waist and has extra room throughout the leg for comfort.

 

Levi’s® 560® Comfort Fit Jeans, Reg. and Big n’ Tall 00560-4891

Levi’s® 560® Comfort Fit Jeans, Reg. and Big n’ Tall

5.THE COMFORT FIT (Levi’s 560):

LEVIS has now discontinued this style. However, you can still purchase these Levi’s jeans until we have stock left.  The 560™ Comfort Fit Jeans sits at the waist with a loose fit through the thigh and a slightly tapered leg.

RMNP 10 Hiking Essentials checklist for summer 2021

12 hiking essentials for summer 2021+Free PDF Checklist

Plans to go hiking this summer?If you are a beginner and want to ensure that you have a safe yet enjoyable experience in the woods, this post is for you. We prepared a list of 12 essentials that you should take along when you go hiking. To say the least, they will protect you and equip you to enjoy nature safely. Plus, we created a free pdf checklist for you to download at the end of this post, so you remember to take all your items along.

1. Mask & Sanitizer (CO-19):

Using masks and sanitizers as a safety measure can help protect you and your loved ones in a public area full of visitors. If you are visiting one of the national parks, you could use sanitizers when you touch items that have been in regular usage around park facilities.

Example of how a buff can be used as a mask when hiking or outdoors

Photo by Kameron Kincade on Unsplash

An interesting way to protect yourself from UV rays as well as wear a mask is to use a buff. This product is a protective headgear that has multi functional purposes. It can act as a head band, a neck protector, a mask and more. Our CEO calls it the modern day bandana.

2. Permits & Travel Instructions:

Before you make your visit, you must carry along general and specific access permits for the places you will be hiking. Park Authorities may have changed rules to accommodate safety for all visitors after COVID-19 hit. To allow a secured flow of visitors, they may require timed permits. For example, RMNP in Colorado has implemented timed permit access for its visitors.

You may also want to carry an ID with you as well as a map guide to help you stay on the trails during the hike.

3.Hiking backpack:

Hikers usually have a small backpack with them to hold their food & water, gadgets, kits, tools, and an extra article of clothing to prepare for the change in weather. Backpacks can range from drawstring pouches, to sling backpacks for outdoor purposes to waterproof materials based on your purpose and the things you are carrying. You could also have children carry their own backpacks to support the things they may need along the hike.

4.Hiking shoes:

I cannot stress enough, the importance of having a good pair of hiking shoes. Having made the mistake of wearing lifestyle shoes once and an  for the trails, I regretted the instant I started on the hike because of poor traction in the woods and sloped rock. I could make out a stark difference in the comfort of my feet and my overall experience of hiking improved once I invested in a good pair.

There are many good brands of hiking shoes; what you want to look for is traction that will hold you up for the terrain you are about to walk on and comfort for your feet (longer is better… your feet may get hotter, swell… it’s the opposite of a wet suit). Have enough room to wiggle your toes in. We do a finger test when fitting boots. With your foot slid forward we see if we can get our finger behind your heel bone. If we can’t your boot is too short and will be uncomfortable on mountain hikes.

5. Jacket:

To prepare for uncertain weather while hiking, people usually carry an extra layer of clothing. It supports you in case the weather turns around. It tends to get very windy as you climb higher and the temperatures drop slightly from the time when you were at the base. If there might be rain there almost always will be wind too. Depending upon the length of your hike, the weight of your backpack, and the weather forecast you may choose to carry either a lightweight wind-resistant jacket, a soft-shell jacket, or a heavy-duty waterproof jacket and trousers.

6.Hiking Gear:

Good hiking poles are important for hiking as a beginner. They support your feet and keep you from feeling sore after a long day’s walk. It is also great for balancing yourself in the trails and offers broad support for the weight you carry if the hike is long. Some hiking poles are multipurpose in that they can also be used as snow poles later by changing some attributes.

Illustrated hiking gear like backpack, tools, shoes, compass etc.

Hiking gear illustration by vecteezy.com

Apart from hiking poles, you may want to carry a simple pocketknife or tools depending upon the length of your trip and plan.Some people also carry maps and compasses since you cannot really rely on phones for GPS in the wild. That means, you may have to carry battery backups. There is also the added risk of getting your gadgets wet if you are going to be around water. So you might consider a waterproof pouch to keep them safe. Not just that, if you are carrying heavy duty binoculars or camera you want to ensure they are wrapped up in cushioned pouches to avoid the risk of breaking if they fall.

If you have a baby that you are traveling along with, you can also rent baby carriers that can make your trip hassle-free and improve your quality of experience.

7.Water and snacks:

Food really depends on personal habits and how long you will be out in the elements before you get hungry. Most facilities will have a policy of “take out what you take in” for cleanliness and hygiene purposes around the hiking areas and to preserve the park for the next person.

It is essential to carry water with you so that you stay hydrated during the day. Some parks and hiking spots are high in altitude and people may suffer from dryness in throat, altitude sickness, or dehydration.So, if you are planning a medium to a long hike, water is going to keep you hydrated while you hike. There are many holder options to choose from such as hydration pack reservoirs, hydration bladders, or water bottles available to suit the amount of water you may need for your hike. Moreover, if you are going for a long hike or a steeper climb you may need more water versus if you were going on a short hike. Consider a water filtration device or purifying tablets for longer trips.

Young boy hiking in nature with a camelbak and wearing a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Young boy with a Camelbak hydration pack.Image credit: Thomas Park, Unsplash

The most popular snacks among hikers are trail mixes, quick mixes, protein bars, granola bars, or chocolates that sustain your energy for the journey. However, depending upon your plan for the day, a quick snack may also be a promising idea.  Especially so, if you have kids who are traveling with you.

8.Sun protection (Hat &Sunglasses):

I have seen people returning with red patches from sunburn. How does that happen? Sometimes we forget that the sun tends to get close when we go hiking in high altitudes. Therefore it is a clever idea to wear sun protecting lotion or spray before you start on your trail.

Another way to keep yourself protected is to wear clothing that will cover more areas of your body. For example, hiking pants or full-sleeved hiking shirts. It is easy to find many cute and outdoorsy outfits for women and proper hiking clothing for men online that will save the day.

One thing that I always take with me for hiking is my sunglasses and hat. Both hats and shades come in assorted styles, but you will want to use the ones that have UV protection in them for hiking. If you really want a specialized hat for the outdoors and do not mind splurging on occasion, we recommend the brand Tilley . It has amazing style and functionality with an interesting pocket to hold your ids too.

9. Rain Gear:

Most avid hikers would arguably not leave for hiking without their rain gear and rightfully so. It makes sense to be prepared because getting drenched during a hike when you may be at a high altitude may be serious. You could get hypothermia.Moreover, the weather can take dramatic turns very often when you are out there. So, you‘ll want to be better protected. Having good rain gear will not only keep you dry, but also keep you warm when the temperatures drop.Depending upon the terrain you are heading towards, there are many choices of rain gear you could pick from such as ponchos, umbrellas, raincoats, waterproof jackets, water-resistant jackets, rain pants, etc.

10.Medical and First Aid Kit:

It is always a good idea to carry basic first aid items and any regular medication you may need. For example, an asthma patient may carry their inhaler along while hiking.  Apart from that, you should carry a small first aid kit. A general kit may include disinfectant wipes, ibuprofen,  pain killers, waterproof band aids, antiseptic solutions, and alcohol swabs. In relation to that, people who are traveling from the southern states may be more susceptible to altitude sickness than others. So it is advisable that you consider carrying an oxygen flask along. Its a light weightless bottle that should cost you somewhere around $25 .

11.Mosquito Repellent:

You may encounter mosquitoes when you are hiking, especially in summer. But, there is a wide variety of mosquito repellents  you can use to keep yourself safe. Mosquito repellents range from creams, sprays, patches, etc. Depending upon how your skin reacts to each of these products, you may use a suitable mosquito repellent. Ensure that it does not irritate your skin. It makes sense to try them out at least 24 hours before your trip. In that time, you will see if the product is suitable to your skin. However, you are someone who might attract mosquitoes even if you have covered yourself with a repellent, you may want to consider layered clothing as an alternative option.

12. Gadgets: Cellphone/Camera/Binoculars:

It would be a shame if you wanted to capture your hiking experience but you forgot your camera at home or back in your car. More so because once you enter the woods, you might have chances of seeing interesting wildlife such as birds and animals along the way. So to get a closer look, one idea could be to carry binoculars with you. For example, at the Rocky Mountain National Park, visitors carry along binoculars so that they can spot seasonal birds, turkey, elk, moose, bobcats, etc. that inhabit the park.

However,depending on your gadget you might also want to take extra battery backup, waterproof pouches and padded covers to keep them safe.

That’s all folks! You can visit our website www.rmconnection.com  or get in touch with us if you would like to explore more about hiking areas around Estes park and Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado or if you need help with deciding what items to carry along. We have a team that can help you make your journey as hassle free and enjoyable as possible.

To help you remember to take along all these items while you are packing, we have prepared a FREE checklist of items for your journey. Download yours NOW!

RMNP 10 Hiking Essentials checklist for summer 2021

 

 

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5 Mother’s Day gift ideas for your outdoorsy mom

Mother’s Day is around the corner now. We thought we would help you show your mom how much you appreciate all that she is by listing out these amazing mother’s day gift ideas that your mom can use for her outdoor activities. If you want to gift her something she will use daily instead of a gift that might just stay hidden somewhere in the house, this blog post is for you.

 

 

1. Hiking shoes: 

Image of hiking shoes as a Mother's day gift idea

A pair of women’s hiking shoes

A good pair of hiking shoes would be the perfect gift for mother’s day. Especially if your mom loves being outside in nature and enjoys hiking, camping or backpacking.  Your mom can use them to get that much-needed fresh air from the woods. Not just that, normal lifestyle shoes are not going to cut it when you are going backpacking. So, a good pair of hiking shoes comes to the rescue by bringing your mom the needed support for her feet on the terrain.

Hiking shoes will keep her in comfort with good traction that provides safety to walk on the trails. If she indulges in hiking  trails often, she might use one already but a new pair of shoes may provide better traction if the old ones ave worn out. To choose from a great collection of hiking shoes from trusted brands, connect with us through call or email.

2. Soft-shell/fleece Jacket

A soft-shell or a fleece jacket can do wonders for your mom when she is outdoors. Especially if she lives somewhere where the mornings and evenings tend to get chilly. A soft shell jacket or a fleece jacket will be a welcome addition to your mom’s wardrobe. However, these jackets are not just for the winter. When you go higher up in altitude or are outdoors in the early mornings or evenings, a soft shell will be a perfect additional layer of clothing to keep warm but not hot and sweaty. Sounds like something your mom might need?

We think it would be a perfect mother’s day gift she could use regularly. Not to mention, many stores offer a discount to clear off their winter sale. That means,you could hit a jackpot in securing a warm comfy gift idea that mom will be able to use whether she stays indoors or outdoors. Our team can help you go through our jacket collection and pick out a suitable one for your mom.

3. KAVU backpack

There are so many trendy backpacks to choose from, for your mom. One fitting example is a KAVU backpack. Our store carries trendy Kavu sling backpacks that could carry your mom’s essentials; like her car keys, purse, snack, and water. Moreoever, this backpack is light weight but could still hold an extra article of clothing perfectly inside it while keeping it light on her shoulders.

An ideal mothers day gift for the trendy and outdoorsy mom, these bags come in an amazing variety of outdoor colors and types. It’s an amazing gift your mom can appreciate carrying along for her hike, daily walks, or errands in. We have some Kavu bags displayed on our website and more recent designs in our store which you can check out by reaching out to us here.

4. Levi’s Jeans    

Levis 505 Legacy Sleek Blue as a Mother's day gift idea

Levis 505 Legacy Sleek Blue

Is your mom the type to live in Levi’s? These jeans can make a terrific addition as a mother’s day gift to your mom s wardrobe if she is someone who can never have enough pairs of jeans. Levi’s are comfortable, stretchable and come in a variety of styles and colors. To keep your conscience clean they use sustainable water solutions to build their product. Not to mention, a pair of Levi’s will be something that your mom will not leave in her wardrobe and will not forget to use. Above all, she can wear them just about anywhere. Call us or check out our collection on our website for details.

5. Moccasins:

Women's Kilty Soft Sole Moccasin Taupe as a Mother's day gift idea

Women’s Kilty Soft Sole Moccasin Taupe

For everyday living and casual put-together looks, moccasins do a wonderful job. They give quality comfort to your feet while doing everyday activities and while staying in style. They also have fur-lined shoes for the cooler months that do the job of being fashionably warm. If you know her shoe size this is one mother’s day gift she will be able to use in her everyday life with ease. If your mom wants to slip into something comfortable (non-heavy duty) for the day, these shoes will bring her so much comfort that she will not want to take them off.