Outdoor Colorado: Hiking, backpacking and camping is a year round adventure. Summer, winter, spring and fall, there are endless adventures to be had from the coast to the high peaks. Having the proper gear can make or break not only a safe outing, but being comfortable throughout the duration. Heading out into the backcountry is an amazing experience.
Below are some of our recommendations for quality trail tested equipment we bring along on any given adventure.
Click here to see what’s in our packs on any given outing
Remember, hiking can be dangerous anytime of year. It is your responsibility to be prepared and educated before heading out.
Visit the MAD Hippies Life YouTube Channel to view many of our recommended gear items in use on the trail
- REI “At Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), we love to get outside and play, and we know first-hand the importance of quality outdoor gear. We stand behind all our products with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and we design our own line of award-winning REI brand gear and clothing. Whether you’re new to outdoor adventure or a seasoned pro, we gladly share our enthusiasm for our products—and the trails, slopes and waterways where we play.”
- Sierra Trading Post “Life is more enjoyable, more fulfilling, when you try new things. We believe everyone can feel the thrill of exploration; we make it easier to explore more by offering incredible savings on the best brands from around the world.”
- Moosejaw They’ve got it all, and then some. Why shop here then? The experience, the MADness and the knowledge of what you’re doing in the Great Outdoors!
- MSR snowshoes, cooking stoves, water filters
- Marmot sleeping bags, tents, clothing
- Sea to Summit Sleeping bag liners
- Osprey backpacks
- Black Diamond lanterns, headlamps, climbing gear, gloves
- Snow Peak titanium cooking utensils
- Kahtoola microspikes, crampons
- Kelty sleeping bags
- UDAP bear safety, spray and canisters
- Garmin GPS devices
- Mountain Hardwear clothing
- Keen boots
- Columbia clothing
- Panasonic Enloop Rechargeable Batteries
- Komperdell Hiking Poles
- Most retailers offer reviews on their site alongside the equipment you are searching for. We have always found it helpful to read those reviews, the fine details, to find the more “personal” experience with products as they pertain to our own needs.
- Outdoor Gear Lab “Have you ever wanted to buy an outdoor product and been stumped about which product is best? Or, worse, bought a product only to learn later that you didn’t buy the right one for your needs? I have, and that is why I started OutdoorGearLab. The OutdoorGearLab mission is simple: to create world’s best outdoor gear reviews. We believe the world’s best outdoor gear reviews are the ones that help you select the right products for your specific needs, budget, and interests.”
Choosing the Right One: