2017 Summer Gear Guide: For Women
June 10, 2017
From sleeping bags to GoPro cameras to trail guides — and just about everything else in between — our summer 2017 gear guide has a little bit of everything for everyone. Check out this year's offerings, available at a variety of retail outlets across the Tahoe-Truckee region. Happy Summer!
1. The North Face Banshee 65 Backpack
You can't do the Tahoe Rim Trail with a fanny pack. Trips through Desolation or Granite Chief Wilderness require a bag with some space. The North Face's latest design is tailored specifically to women. The simplified layout of the pockets makes it easy to organize gear. And the expandable top will let you stuff it beyond the brim.
Available at The North Face at Heavenly, South Lake Tahoe, 530-544-9062
2. Cotopaxi The Teca windbreaker
It's no secret the weather in Tahoe can flip in minutes. When the storm rolls in, the wind usually comes with it. A handy windbreaker is an asset in the backcountry. Cotopaxi's colorful offering features a large kangaroo pocket, a form-fitting hood and a stuff sack.
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Available at Cotopaxi.com
3. National Geographic Lake Tahoe Trails Map
Cellphone service is spotty in the region's peaks and valleys. A good old-fashioned paper map can be a real asset in the backcountry. Not only might it save your life, but it's also fun to look at. Check off the peaks you've climbed or the trails you've hiked, contemplate new routes or just hang the thing on your wall.
Available at Sports LTD., South Lake Tahoe, 530-542-4000
4. Patagonia 850 Down Sleeping Bag
The famed outdoor company released its sleeping bag this year. Allegedly, the product is based on one of founder Yvonne Chouinard's original designs. What's striking is the centered zipper. No more reaching around to the side or getting tangled when you're ready to get up in the morning.
Available at Patagonia, South Lake Tahoe, 530-542-3385
5. Maui Jim Tail Slide sunglasses
The bright white of the alpine granite can literally burn your eyes. A good pair of dark shades is a must when traveling in Lake Tahoe's backcountry. Maui Jim makes classic semi-sporty glasses with high quality lenses. The Tail Slide will protect your eyes and won't slip off your face when you get a little sweaty.
Available at Sun Glass Hut, South Lake Tahoe, 530-541-3776
6. Therm-a-rest NeoAir Trekker SV
Therm-a-rest has already changed the backpacking game with its ultralight ultra-comfy mattresses. With the company's latest products, they're looking to improve on already stellar performance. Using the Bernoulli principle, the new Speed Valve helps campers inflate the mattress quicker, a plus after a long, breathless hike to camp.
Available at The Backcountry, Truckee, 530-582-0909
7. Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus
The Guide 10 Kit is one of Goal Zero's original products. Its versatility has made it a staple in the company's line of solar power setups. The panel charges a set of double-A batteries, which can be used to power anything from a headlamp to a radio. The included recharger has a USB plug to charge phones or tablets.
Available at Alpenglow Sports, Tahoe City, 530-583-6917
8. bigtruck OG Sublimated Light Lapse
Few brands signal Lake Tahoe local like the bigtruck brand. The company's hats are worn by some of the area's most prominent athletes. Each year, bigtruck releases new styles and new designs. But many are a twist on their comfy classic trucker, which is all you really need.
Available at Hat Bar, Truckee, 530-214-3300
9. Under Armour Horizon RTT Trail Running Shoe
Trail running in Lake Tahoe is exploding in popularity. To tackle the area's miles of trail, you'll need a shoe with a serious sole. Under Armour's beefy Horizon RTT can handle everything from dirt to granite. With a cushioning puck in the heel, the shoe is meant to absorb impact. Plus, the color kind of matches the lake's teal shoreline.
Available at Tahoe Dave's, Tahoe City, 530-583-8833
10. GoPro Hero 5
GoPro has had its ups and downs. The Hero 5 is definitely an up. The tiny action camera is smaller and lighter, and now doesn't require the pesky plastic case. The company has figured out how to pack a ton into the ice-cube-sized body, including a low light mode and a LCD screen.
Available at Obexer's Boat Company, Homewood, 530-525-7962