Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Gear Crush: Columbia Sportswear

Gear Crush: Columbia

Over the last few years I've started converting friends to Columbia. It all started with omni-heat. One friend, then two and before I knew a number were hooked. After omni-heat came omni-freeze and water shoes. Now it's all about Columbia. Did you know they've been trying stuff since 1938.

There are a number of must have items for summer, but I narrowed them down to just a few.

It's amazing! You need to but one today. I only own one, but I plan to buy another soon. I've sweat my little heart out in this tank from spin to crossfit and I've never felt soaked in sweat although I was. That's the omni-wick and omni-freeze hard at work. MSRP: $50

Living in Lake Tahoe I spend a good amount of time exploring the great outdoors. Shoes can make or break any adventure and water shoes are key. I'm not talking about the water socks you wore as a kid (ok, maybe that was just me). I'm talking about rugged water shoes that you can hike, run, kayak or paddleboard in. They are worth every penny. MSRP: $85

I've traveled my fair share over the years and there's one thing that's consistent, functional and fashionable dresses. I may not own this particular dress, but I could picture myself rocking it in Tahoe, Mexico or San Diego. It's prefect for grabbing drinks at the local Catina or post paddling/ hiking adventures. MSRP: $55

Everyone needs a vacation hat and this is the one. MSRP: $15

Sometimes you just need a lightweight shirt over a tank or bikini. I actually could have used this shirt kayaking on Saturday. It was a bit breezy towards the end of our trip.  Best feature --  roll-up sleeves that fasten to become three-quarter length.  I like options! MRSP: $45

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