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Favorite Gear Picks For Your Fall Adventures

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At Skyblue Overland, we’re always testing gear to take your adventures to the next level.  That includes everything from the best new adventure gear like a trailer hitch mounted adventure grill, gear to keep you organized on road trips, or the most comfortable rooftop tents.  We’re always looking out for new gear to make your adventures fun and enjoyable.

Skyblue Overland was founded to inspire explorers and adventurers, empower lives and build community.  We enjoy our connection with the outdoors and love beautiful, functional products infused with mountain soul. We draw inspiration from our everyday immersion in life here in mountain towns like Boulder, Crested Butte, and Durango, Colorado: we spend our days on local trails and scrambling up nearby summits. We’ve discovered what fuels our fire most: an adventurous life that inspires us to create and share, striving to capture the beauty of the natural world.  From remote 4WD overlanding expeditions to high-elevation hikes and trail runs, running marathons, mountain bike tours, and backpacking trips.

Here are our favorite picks for your fall adventures.

OnX Backcountry App: 

Photo courtesy of OnX Backcountry

OnX Backcountry is the ultimate offline GPS hiking maps resource! This navigation app will make you feel more confident on your backcountry adventures. The app is like having an experienced guide with you on every trail you take! Each trail description features guide-book quality descriptions, elevation profiles, and is easy to use. As we all have experienced, many trails don’t have cell service, with the ability to access saved maps from anywhere and locate yourself in the wild you won’t have to worry about fear of getting lost again. With countless other features to enhance your hiking experience, you won’t want to go on your next hike without OnX!

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Stio Women’s Pinion Down Vest

Photo courtesy of Stio.

Stio’s early fall collection is the best spot to get new apparel to prepare you for those crisp and cool fall morning hikes. We all know the fall season sneaks up on us quicker than we are sometimes prepared for. That’s why the Women’s Pinion Down Vest is an absolute necessity when it comes to preparing for fall adventures. The Pinion Down Vest is lightweight, packable, and the 800-fill down will give you the right amount of warmth in the cool fall air. Once you’ve warmed up – it’ll fit right in your pack without adding additional weight. Featured in a variety of colors, the Pinion Down Vest is the right choice to spruce up your fall wardrobe.

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Osprey Aether/Ariel Backpacking Pack

Brian Hamilton tested the Aether Plus 70 pack on a series of summer backpacking trips in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Here’s a photo of the Aether Plus 70 in the Never Summer Mountains. Photo by Brian Hamilton

Osprey has consistently been a leader and best-seller in the outdoor community. Their backpacks are top-rated and some of the most well-known packs around. If you are tuned into the backpacking scene, you are probably familiar with their Aether/Ariel packs.

Ideal for a week on the trail, a gear-intensive weekend or a big adventure, the Aether/Ariel offers a stable carry to manage heavy loads. A Custom Fit-On-The-Fly Hipbelt and Shoulder Strap allow users to calibrate the perfect fit while a removeable top lid quickly converts to a roomy daypack for side excursions. Constructed with high quality bluesign®-approved high-tenacity nylon and PFC-free DWR.

Skyblue Overland founder, Brian Hamilton, recently used his Osprey Aether™ Plus 70 pack on his various backpacking trips this summer including backpacking adventures in Rocky Mountain National Park’s Wild Basin and the Never Summer Mountains.

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Grand Trunk Air Bivy All Weather Shelter & Hammock

Brian enjoyed a bug-free camp in the Air Bivy All Weather Shelter & Hammock by Grand Trunk while backpacking in the Never Summer Mountains in a remote portion of Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Photo by Brian Hamilton

This all-element shelter & hammock combination by Grand Trunk is certainly just short of genius! This waterproof shelter, and comfortable hammock should be considered to be added to your backpacking or camping gear. It’s easy to set up after a long day of hiking and light weight so won’t be adding extra weight to your pack. Likely soon to replace tents for backpackers who enjoy a hammock experience and a no-stress campsite set up. The weatherproof shelter, the integrated gear loft, and the comfortable hammock will keep you well rested and dry on any adventure!

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Black Diamond Treeline Rain Shell

Brian Hamilton put Black Diamond’s Treeline Rain Shell to the test on a very wet weekend backpacking trip in Rocky Mountain National Park’s Wild Basin.

Black Diamond is an outdoor adventure company that has proven themselves to be high quality and innovative, over and over again. Black Diamond is all about climbing and skiing, but their gear is not just for climbers and skiers. They dream of innovation and apply this dream to products that will showcase their values and technical skills. Coming in both men’s sizes and women’s, this performance rain shell is a great buffer layer to fight any rain you may encounter on your adventure! Black Diamond utilizes their BD.dry(tm) waterproof, windproof, and breathable solution to equip the shell to shield you from those mountain showers while you’re cruising the trails. It is fully seam-sealed, so water does not have a chance to sneak in. It comes in six colors, so you can match it to your outdoor wardrobe.

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RovR Rollr 45 Cooler

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This cooler will be all the envy among your adventure friends! Similar to RovR’s popular coolers, the RollR 60 and 80, the RollR 45 is designed with packing efficiency in mind. The same superior level of cooling and organizational engineering was not spared when making this fun sized cooler! The Rollr 45 cooler is bear resistant, making it a great camping option. Eight days of ice retention to hold a variety of your fun items. A Deep Freeze Removable Dry Bin with 2 compartments can be removed allowing for various amounts of capacity. Coming in 5 different vibrant colors, this cooler is sure to be a hit on your next adventure.

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Stio Sweetwater Fleece Hoodie

Climber Caitlin McNulty in Stio’s Sweetwater Fleece Hoodie. Photo courtesy of Stio.

Stio’s early fall collection is the best spot to get new apparel to prepare you for those crisp and cool fall morning hikes. We all know the fall season sneaks up on us quicker than we are sometimes prepared for. Stio was founded in Jackson Hole, and the folks there, love fleece. The Sweetwater Fleece Hoodie is constructed with recycled Lofton™ fleece, staying true to Stio’s mission of creating sustainable apparel. This supremely comfortable hoodie will be an easy grab when fall temperatures hit.

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MyMedic’s 10 Essentials Kit

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The team at MyMedic does the extensive research, trial, and consultation with the experts so you don’t have too. Their 10 essentials kit features the top products that should be included in a pack for the backcountry for 72 hours or an emergency situation. Approved by the US Forest Service, included in this must-have kit are – first aid, multi-tool, extra water, extra food, fire, light source, navigation, sun protection, shelter, and extra clothing. The team’s expertise and research in putting this kit together results in all items weighing in under 8 pounds – well worth the price of safety. This kit will make you more confident camping, hiking, or on any adventure.

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Topo Designs Classic Men’s Hoodie

The Classic Hoodie. Photo courtesy of Topo Designs.

Topo Designs is always consistent in providing the best quality, style, and durability to any product they create. The Colorado based company is focused on offering gear that they know their community will value. The Classic Men’s Hoodie is the epitome of what Topo Designs seeks to accomplish – this quintessential hoodie made from 14oz brushed French Terry will not only keep you cozy but the signature paracord drawstring provides a pop of color that makes their brand. Coming in Olive, Black, and Natural colors you’ll be able to pair this hoodie with anything.

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Toad & Co’s New Arrivals

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Toad & Co’s new fall arrivals have too many options to just pick one standout! The new collections for both men and women are well worth the peek. Toad & Co keeps their mission of sustainability, community support, and empowering people in mind with every item they produce. Toad & Co are also a proud member of the 1% for Planet network, meaning you can feel good knowing that your purchase helps support environmental non-profits. Some of the new arrivals worth considering: their recycled collection, all items in this collection are sourced from recycled fibers. Be sure to check them out for your fall shopping!

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[Note: Brian Hamilton is a brand ambassador for Grand Trunk]