There’s an old long-leaf pine forest in the heart of Mobile.

The 35-acre forest is maintained using controlled burns to encourage native species and to restore the habitat that thrived there for thousands of years. Naturalists have identified 175 vascular plants and 72 woody plants in the forest. Several species of milkweed contribute to a great habitat for Monarch butterflies. At least one endangered animal is living there.

It’s all part of the 100 acre Mobile Botanical Gardens on Museum Drive. Combine that with the lakes and open spaces of Langan Park, and we have 720 acres of diverse habitat right here in town. When was the last time you visited?

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Information kiosk at the Glenn Sebastian Nature Trail on the University of South Alabama Campus in Mobile, AL
Information kiosk at the Glenn Sebastian Nature Trail on the University of South Alabama campus in Mobile, AL

One of the neat places you may not know about is the Glenn Sebastian Nature Trail. It’s located on Aubrey Green Drive on the campus of the University of South Alabama. It’s made up of five different trails from one to five miles in length, winding through 95 acres of woods near the headwaters of Three Mile Creek in Mobile, AL.

The area is very popular with runners since the trails are wide, and clear and the ground is soft. This small preserve not only provides a nice place for a little solitude, it helps improve the water quality of Three Mile Creek. When combined with the nearby municipal park, local wildlife has a habitat of more than 800 acres. It all adds up to a pretty nice wild space and something to be proud of.

Box turtle at the Glenn Sebastian Nature Trail on the University of South Alabama campus in Mobile, AL
Box turtle at the Glenn Sebastian Nature Trail on the University of South Alabama campus in Mobile, AL

Dr. Glenn Sebastian was one of the most popular professors ever to teach at the University of South Alabama. He served as a Park Ranger and Naturalist on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia before becoming the university’s first Geography teacher. Dr. Sebastian is best remembered for the way he inspired generations of students over more than 40 years of teaching.

He was known for his field trips, inside the US and overseas. But, he was famous for the way he appreciated his own backyard. He would take his classes onto the footpaths in the woods behind the school and point out the wonders of nature right outside their door. Today those footpaths are named in his honor – The Glenn Sebastian Nature Trail, 95 acres of wild space in the heart of Mobile, AL.

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere! With your Camp Craft Cocktails, you can follow these recipes to enjoy delicious drinks.

Bloody Mary + Vodka

Recipes for Your Camp Craft Cocktails

INGREDIENTS:

– 2 oz. Camp Craft Cocktails Bloody Mary infused vodka, or hot water for zero proof
– 4 oz tomato juice
– 2 dash Worcestershire sauce 
– pinch of pepper

TO MAKE: After infusing your Camp Craft Cocktails kit for three days, strain 2 oz. of infused vodka into a glass over ice. Add the tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, and a pinch of pepper. Stir to mix, and pour into your favorite glass. Serve with a smile, and cheers.

ZERO PROOF: After infusing your Camp Craft Cocktails kit with hot water, replace the cap and refrigerate until cool. Strain 2 oz. of your zero proof kit into a glass over ice. Add tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper. Stir to mix, and pour into your favorite glass. Serve with a smile and cheers.

Pineapple Jalapeno + Rum

INGREDIENTS:

– 2 oz.Camp Craft Cocktails Pineapple Jalapeño infused rum or hot water for zero proof
– 2 oz. pineapple juice
– 1 oz. soda

TO MAKE: After infusing your Camp Craft Cocktails kit for three days, strain 2 oz. of infused rum into a glass over ice. Add pineapple juice. Stir to mix, and pour into your favorite glass. Top with soda. Serve with a smile and cheers.

ZERO PROOF: After infusing your Camp Craft Cocktails kit with hot water, replace the cap and refrigerate until cool. Strain 2 oz. of your zero proof kit into a glass over ice. Add pineapple juice. Stir to mix, and pour into your favorite glass. Top with soda. Serve with a smile, and cheers.

Pineapple Jalapeno + Tequila

Recipes for Your Camp Craft Cocktails

INGREDIENTS:

– 2 oz. Camp Craft Cocktails Pineapple Jalapeño infused tequila or hot water for zero proof
– 2 oz. lime juice
– 1 oz. soda

TO MAKE: After infusing your Camp Craft Cocktails kit for three days, strain 2 oz. of infused tequila into a glass over ice. Add lime juice. Stir to mix, and pour into your favorite glass. Top with soda. Serve with a smile and cheers.

ZERO PROOF: After infusing your Camp Craft Cocktails kit with hot water, replace the cap and refrigerate until cool. Strain 2 oz. of your zero proof kit into a glass over ice. Add lime juice. Stir to mix, and pour into your favorite glass. Serve with a smile and cheers.

Sangria + Tequila

INGREDIENTS:

– 2 oz. Camp Craft Cocktails Sangria infused tequila or hot water for zero proof
– 2 oz. pineapple juice
– Splash orange juice

TO MAKE: After infusing your Camp Craft Cocktails kit for three days, strain 2 oz. of infused gin into a glass over ice, or a shaker if you have one. Add pineapple juice and orange juice. Stir or shake to mix, and pour into your favorite glass. Serve with a smile and cheers.

ZERO PROOF: After infusing your Camp Craft Cocktails kit with hot water, replace the cap and refrigerate until cool. Strain 2 oz. of your zero proof kit into a glass over ice, or a shaker if you have one. Add pineapple juice and orange juice. Stir or shake to mix, and pour into your favorite glass. Serve with a smile and cheers.

Sangria + Vodka

Recipes for Your Camp Craft Cocktails

INGREDIENTS:

– 3 oz. Camp Craft Cocktails Sangria infused vodka or hot water for zero proof
– 1 oz. dry white wine or unsweetened grape juice
– 1 oz. lime juice

TO MAKE: After infusing your Camp Craft Cocktails kit for three days, strain 3 oz. of infused vodka into a glass over ice, or a shaker if you have one. Add white wine and lime juice. Stir or shake to mix, and pour into your favorite glass. Serve with a smile and cheers.

ZERO PROOF: After infusing your Camp Craft Cocktails kit with hot water, replace the cap and refrigerate until cool. Strain 3 oz. of your zero proof kit into a glass over ice, or a shaker if you have one. Add grape juice and lime juice. Stir or shake to mix, and pour into your favorite glass. Serve with a smile and cheers.

Sangria + Gin

INGREDIENTS:

– 2 oz. Camp Craft Cocktail Sangria infused gin or hot water for zero proof
– 1 oz. dry white wine or unsweetened white grape juice
– 1 oz. ginger beer

TO MAKE: After infusing your Camp Craft Cocktails kit for three days, strain 2 oz. of infused gin into a glass over ice. Add dry white wine. Stir to mix, and pour into your favorite glass. Top with ginger beer. Serve with a smile and cheers.

ZERO PROOF: After infusing your Camp Craft Cocktails kit with hot water, replace the cap and refrigerate until cool. Strain 2 oz. of your zero proof kit into a glass over ice. Add dry white wine. Stir to mix, and pour into your favorite glass. Top with ginger beer. Serve with a smile and cheers.

Sangria + Bourbon

INGREDIENTS:

– 3 oz. Camp Craft Cocktails Sangria infused bourbon or hot water for zero proof
– 1 oz orange juice
– 1 oz soda

TO MAKE: After infusing your Camp Craft Cocktails kit for three days, strain 3 oz. of infused bourbon into a glass over ice. Add orange juice. Stir to mix, and pour into your favorite glass. Top with soda. Serve with a smile and cheers.

ZERO PROOF: After infusing your Camp Craft Cocktails kit with hot water, replace the cap and refrigerate until cool. Strain 3 oz. of your zero proof kit into a glass over ice. Add orange juice. Stir to mix, and pour into your favorite glass. Top with soda. Serve with a smile and cheers.

Sangria + Rum

INGREDIENTS:

– 3 oz. Camp Craft Cocktails Sangria infused rum or hot water for zero proof
– 1 oz. dry red wine or unsweetened red grape juice
– a splash of orange juice

TO MAKE: After infusing your Camp Craft Cocktails kit for three days, strain 3 oz. of infused rum into a glass over ice, or a shaker if you have one. Add red wine and orange juice. Stir or shake to mix, and pour into your favorite glass. Serve with a smile and cheers.

ZERO PROOF: After infusing your Camp Craft Cocktails kit with hot water, replace the cap and refrigerate until cool. Strain 3 oz. of your zero proof kit into a glass over ice, or a shaker if you have one. Add grape juice and orange juice. Stir or shake to mix, and pour into your favorite glass. Serve with a smile and cheers.

*Recipes courtesy of Camp Craft Cocktails*

Being in the outdoors is always so much fun. However, it’s important to stay safe when you’re out in nature. Whether your hiking, camping, biking or paddling, know your limits and be prepared.

Hiking

  • Stay on the designated trails
  • Don’t approach any wild animals
  • Be aware of the weather and seek proper shelter when needed
  • Keep your motorized vehicles off the trails
  • Keep you pets under control and on a leash that’s no longer than six feet
  • Do your research on the area you will be hiking. Temperature or elevation changes can take time to adjust to.
  • Have a plan ready for your hike as well as an emergency plan to leave with someone you trust who will not be going.
  • Have a way to communicate
  • Take breaks to have a snack and drink water
  • Hike with a friend

Camping

  • Keep all gas, propane or fuel containers upright and in a well-ventilated spot
  • Campfire: Don’t make it too big. Learn how to start a fire by friction here and how to start one with matches or a lighter here. Surround your fire with rocks/fire ring to contain it. Keep it away from your tent, trees and any other flammable items. Keep a bucket of sand or water to extinguish fire. NEVER leave your fire unattended.
  • Get rid of all of your trash correctly. Keep it out of reach of animals.
  • Bring your own water or have a way to treat water.
  • Keep an eye on weather conditions
  • Keep a first aid kit on hand

Biking

  • Double check that your bike is in good condition
  • Stay on the bike trails
  • Always yield to pedestrians and horses on the trail
  • Always wear a helmet
  • Bike with a friend for safety. When biking, ride single-file on the trail.

Canoeing/Kayaking

  • Make sure your canoe or kayak is in good condition before taking it out
  • Double check that your life jacket is free of any rips or tears. Kids that are eight and under must always wear one.
  • Know your states boat laws. Check Alabama’s boat laws here.
  • Be considerate of others on the water
  • Stay aware of the weather conditions and seek appropriate shelter.
  • Depending on your skill level, pick bodies of water more suitable for you. A beginner should aim for small, calm, flat bodies of water.
  • Paddle in areas where you may encounter others in case you’re ever in need of help.
  • Bring extra items for safety such as a whistle, communication device, extra paddle, towline, paddle float and a headlamp.
  • Dress appropriately: If you’re paddling in a place where the water is cold, wear a wetsuit. In warmer areas, wear quick-drying UPF fabrics. Checkout our blog on moisture-wicking clothing.

If you need an idea on places around Mobile and in the state to camp, hike, bike or paddle, check out our other blog here to get you started on your next adventure!

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There’s nothing quite as serene as being in nature. If you are planning a camping trip soon, there are a few essentials you’ll need. Keep reading so that you’ll know what you shouldn’t forget on your next camping trip.

Shelter

One of the main priorities is to have a reliable, comfortable shelter. Invest in a good quality tent that is waterproof and easy to set up and take down. If there happens to be a tear in your tent at any point, that can be easily fixed with tent repair such as Gear Aid.

Sleeping on the ground can be comfortable if you have the right gear. If you’re sleeping in a tent, invest in a good sleeping bag and sleeping pad. It’s also a good idea to throw in a pillow too to save your neck from any cramps. For those of you who prefer hammocks, our favorites are from ENO and Yukon Outfitters.

Water

Whether you are planning to stay at a campground or go backpacking, be prepared to treat your own water. Your water bottle or water bladder can be easily treated depending on what method you prefer. Check out our blog on three ways to treat water.

Food

What you can eat depends on what you can pack. If you’re backpacking, you may be a little limited to your food options for a bit. That’s okay because there are still plenty of delicious foods like meals from AlpineAire and Trailtopia. If you have a little more space to pack bigger cookware, check out our blog on some delicious recipes. Also our blog for starting a fire will come in handy as well.

Whatever way you’re camping, you will definitely need some of these cooking essentials:

Clothing

How comfortable you are in your clothes can make or break your camping trip. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best. If you aren’t sure about rain gear, check out our blog for tips on being rain ready. In general, your clothing should be moisture-wicking fabric. You can’t go wrong with packing extra pairs of merino wool socks from Darn Tough. If you plan on hiking, the Altra Lone Peaks are shoes that you can’t beat.

First Aid

Having a first-aid kit can turn out to be very useful in serious situations. When you are putting together your kit, some essentials to include are:

  • Ibuprofen
  • Bandages
  • Antiseptic

Navigation

Getting lost can be dangerous, so it is always best to prepare ahead of time. Using these tools can help to prevent you from getting lost.

Wherever you decide to go, be prepared and have fun!

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Leave No Trace was set in place to protect natural spaces that we all have come to love so much. Following these rules will help you to leave a minimal impact when you’re out on the trails. It’s important to know and abide by the Leave No Trace Seven Principles next time you’re out on your next adventure.

Leave No Trace Seven Principles:

1. Plan ahead and prepare

2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces

3. Dispose of waste properly

4. Leave what you find

5. Minimize campfire impacts

6. Respect wildlife

7. Be considerate of other visitors

1.) Plan Ahead & Prepare

No matter how big or small of a trip you’re going on, it’s important to have a plan before you leave. 

  • Be sure you are aware of the regulations and special concerns for the area that you’ll be visiting. 
  • Prepare for weather, hazards, and emergencies.
  • Schedule your trip when it isn’t crowded.
  • Aim to visit in small groups.
  • Repackage your food to lessen waste.
  • Use a map, compass, or GPS to avoid marking the trail.

2.) Travel & Camp on Durable Surfaces

  • Durable surfaces: maintained trails, designated campsites, rock, gravel, sand, dry grasses, or snow.
  • Protect water areas by camping at least 200 feet away from streams and lakes.
  • In popular areas: Focus on using existing trails and campsites, stay in the middle of the trail, and keep campsites small.
  • In pristine areas: disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails; avoid areas where impacts are beginning.

3.) Dispose of Waste Properly

This applies for all waste from litter to human waste to rinse water.

  • Pack it in, pack it out. Check your campsite, food prep area, and rest area for any trash or spilled food.
  • Make use of toilet facilities when you can. Otherwise, deposit human waste by digging a hole 6-8 inches deep and about 200 feet away from water, camp and trails (Try using a tool like the Deuce #2). Cover up the hole you’ve dug when you are finished. Don’t forget to pack out all toilet facilities and hygiene products.
  • To wash yourself or dishes, carry water at least 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use a small amount of biodegradable soap. Scatter the water when you’re finished.

4.) Leave What You Find

As tempting as it may be, leave the trail like you found it.

  • Don’t touch cultural or historical artifacts.
  • Leave rocks, plants, and other natural objects like you find them.
  • Avoid bringing or transporting a non-native species to an area.
  • Don’t build structures or dig trenches.

5.) Minimize Campfire Impacts

For instructions on starting a fire, check out our other blogs for starting a fire using matches or a lighter or by using friction.

  • Use a lightweight stove for cooking and a candle lantern for light.
  • Use an established fire ring, fire pan, or mound fire in areas where starting a fire is permitted.
  • Keep fires small. Only use wood from the ground that can be broken with your hands.
  • Burn all of the wood and coals to ash. Put out the campfire completely and scatter the cooled ashes.

6.) Respect Wildlife

  • Observe all wildlife from a safe distance. Never follow or approach wildlife.
  • Don’t ever feed the animals. Doing this puts them at risk. You can damage their health, alter natural behaviors, and expose them to predators and other dangers.
  • Protect both animals and your food by storing rations of it and trash securely.
  • If you bring your pets with you, be able to control them at all times. Leave them at home if you cannot.
  • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.

7.) Be Considerate of Other Visitors

  • Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.
  • Be courteous. Yield to others on the trail.
  • Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering others.
  • Take breaks when needed and camp away from trails and other visitors.
  • Avoid talking loudly or making loud noises.

Following these seven principles will help to protect the outdoors and help you leave a minimal impact while you’re out in it. Use these rules so that you and others can enjoy all that the outdoors has to offer. More information can be found at the Leave No Trace website.

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You know the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” Rain happens and it can be inconvenient at times. Don’t let it ruin your next trip though. Instead of waiting for the rain to pass and for sunnier days to get here, make the most of rainy weather for your next adventure! Keep reading for some tips for being rain ready. 

1. Pack Extras

You never know what may come in handy. Whether it’s that extra pair of Darn Tough Socks or tarp to line your tent. Obviously, it’s an excellent idea to pack a rain jacket, rain pants and a hat. Remembering to pack your rain gear can make or break your trip.

2. Wear Your Gear Effectively

Tuck your hood: If it’s raining lightly, wear your hood like a collar. Doing this will prevent water from collecting in your hood while also keeping the rain away from the back of your neck.

Tuck your undershirt into your rain pants. This has a couple of benefits. Sometimes your rain jacket may ride up while you’re on the move. If the waistband of your rain pants are elastic, that can be a little uncomfortable against your skin. Keeping that undershirt tucked in will add to your comfort while hiking.

Use your drawcord hem. If your rain jacket has an adjustable hem, set it to prevent it from riding up.

Keep your base layers all tucked. Make sure that your sleeves and hem of your pants are not exposed to the rain. Otherwise, it will take a while to dry.

Tip: Rather than keeping your rain gear inside of your pack for you to fish out during a downpour, keep them on the outside of your pack for a quick grab.

3. Prep Your Gear

It’s always a good idea to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. If it does end up raining, you’ll be covered because you planned ahead.

Tip: Stuff your sleeping bag, clothes and other essentials in a dry bag. That way you can reach into your pack without getting the important stuff wet.

Rainproof your gear: Make sure to prep your tent and rain gear before leaving for your trip. You can do this with a water repellant spray. It’s also a good idea to carry a tent sealant like Gear Aid’s Silicone Tent Sealant .

4. Do NOT Wear Cotton

Nope. Never. The bad thing about cotton is once it’s wet, it stays wet for a while. Trust us when we say to stay away from it! Having wet clothes will most likely guarantee a miserable day for you.

5. Opt for Moisture Wicking Fabrics

If you haven’t read our blog on moisture-wicking, you should definitely give it a read. Try to keep your layering to a minimum. If you begin to build up a sweat, then what’s event the point of a rain jacket now? When you’re active on the trail, you’ll want clothing that will get rid of excess moisture to help keep you cool and regulate your body temperature.

6. Pick the Right Spot to Camp

Remember that water collects in low areas. Plan to set up your tent on a higher level.

7. Choose the Right Rain Jacket 

Rain jackets can get very hot. Especially when it’s warm AND humid outside. Finding a rain jacket that is both waterproof and breathable is always a good idea. Here are two of our favorite rain jackets.

Women’s Marmot Precip Eco Jacket

Men’s Outdoor Research Foray GORE-TEX Jacket

8. Don’t Forget Those Rain Pants!

Women’s Marmot PreCip Eco Full Zip Pants

Men’s Outdoor Research Helium Pants

Rainy forecasts don’t always mean postponing a trip. Make the best of the situation and follow these tips for staying rain ready.

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Zach's Climbing Experience

At Red Beard’s Outfitter, we are driven to help you get ready for your adventures and then being able to hear about the awesome time you had. That does not just stop with our customers. Our employee, Zach, has the time of his life when he’s rock climbing. Keep reading to learn more from Zach’s climbing experience.

Favorite Place

Rock climbing is such an amazing sport. You get to experience places from a different view that not many people can say they’ve seen. My favorite place I’ve ever been climbing was at Linville Gorge in North Carolina. It was 5 or 6 pitches (around 500 feet) of the most beautiful climbing I’ve ever done. At the top of the climb before you head down a hiking trail we got to snack on some wild blueberries that were in season. Most rewarding snack ever. 

Favorite Gear

Some of my go-to-gear I’ve gotten from Red Beard’s that I couldn’t climb with out would definitely be my rope (wouldn’t recommend climbing without one) and my Petzl GriGri

Petzl GriGri

Advice For Beginners


For any people reading this who are interested in climbing and don’t really know where to start, I would recommend stopping by the store and talking to one of the employees or going to a local climbing gym and get comfortable with the sport before venturing into outdoor rock climbing. That is unless you have a friend or a friend of a friend who is knowledgeable that could teach you the skills you need to know to stay safe and to have the most fun possible! 

Whether you are a pro rock climber or are just getting started, we want to hear about all of the awesome adventures you have had!

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Klean Kanteen was making stainless steel water bottles before it was cool. They started back in 2004 during a time when stainless steel water bottles were not an option. Besides making excellent quality bottles, they also put forth a huge effort in caring for people and the environment. Keep reading to see several different reasons to choose a Klean Kanteen bottle.

Family/Employee Owned

The company has remained family/employee owned throughout the years which gives them the freedom to stay close to their principles as well as sharing profits with organizations of their choosing. 

B-Corporation

Klean Kanteen is a certified B-Corporation. This means that they meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance. People who look at this company can clearly see that they are about more than just making a profit. Their latest B-Corporation score was above average than most of their competitors which is a great accomplishment. 

Environmentally Friendly

Because Klean Kanteen is a huge advocate for a better environment, they recognize the importance of reducing the release of carbon in the air. They are 100% carbon neutral in the manufacturing and delivery services of their products all around the world. Most importantly, the bottles are made for human and environmental safety by eliminating certain ingredients. 

Not only are they conscious of their manufacturing process, but they also take it step further. Every year Klean Kanteen donates to 1% For The Planet. They have donated over 3.1 million dollars to nonprofit organizations working on climate change and other environmental issues. 

It’s not just about selling a bottle for Klean Kanteen. They care about partnering with organizations that want to help people and the environment just as much as they do. These bottles are great quality and they stand for a wholesome purpose. 

Quality Materials

Stainless Steel – Why choose stainless steel? It doesn’t rust or shatter. The bottles are BPA and toxin free. They do not impart any flavors into your bottle. 

Klean Coats – Thanks to this feature, your Klean Kanteen can last for years to come while also being safe on people and the environment. This powder coating on the bottles is a durable, chip resistant finish to withstand various activities. It is 4x more durable than previous models. 

Climate Lock Vacuum Insulation – Drinks can stay cold up to 135 hours and hot for 38 hours. Their insulated kanteens are also leak proof so you can enjoy any activity without worrying about your drink spilling or losing its desired temperature. 

Favorite Botttles at Red Beard’s

Klean Kanteen Insulated Reflect 20oz

Klean Kanteen

The Klean Kanteen Insulated Reflect Bottle is made with only three ingredients: stainless steel, silicone, and a sustainably harvested bamboo lid. The bottle is leak proof and will keep its contents cold for 20 hours and iced for 40. When it comes to cold drinks, this is the bottle that will be the most useful!

Klean Kanteen Insulated Tumbler – 16oz

Klean Kanteen

The Klean Kanteen insulated tumbler has a reusable steel straw and matching silicone. The straw lid is also splash proof. The bottle is leak proof and will keep its contents cold for 4 hours and iced for 20. This is a great choice to have as a daily cup! 

Klean Kanteen Mobile TKWide

We have our own customized Klean Kanteen bottles at Red Beard’s! This is the Klean Kanteen Mobile TK Wide bottle. Its Klean coat makes it durable and chip resistant. The bottle is leak proof and will keep its contents cold for 47 hours and hot for up to 14 hours. It can easily fit into most cup holders with the slim design and has a leak proof cap and a swing away loop. This bottle is ideal for keeping drinks hot or cold for a long period of time. 

Klean Kanteen Kid Classic Sippy 12oz

And yes they do have cups for kids! This is the Kid Classic Sippy. With it’s spill proof cap and durable coating, kids can have as much fun as they want without having to worry about making a mess chipping the bottle.

These are just a few of the many options to choose from. At Red Beard’s Outfitter, we care about the products that we sell. It’s important to us that you are buying products that are sustainably and ethically made. Grab a Klean Kanteen when you’re ready to go on your next adventure!

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If you’ve heard the term “moisture-wicking,” but wasn’t sure exactly what it meant, you’re not alone. By understanding the benefits of moisture-wicking clothes, you’ll be prepared to further enjoy your next run or hike with the right apparel.

What is Moisture-Wicking?

There are two jobs that moisture-wicking clothes do.

First, it moves any moisture from your skin to the outside of your clothing. This prevents the moisture from soaking back into the fabric and touching your skin.

Second, it dries very quickly. Doing this allows your body to regulate its temperature with the result of keeping you both dry and cool.

How Does It Work? 

Moisture-wicking happens during a process called capillary action. When you begin to sweat, that moisture moves between small spaces in the fabric caused by molecular forces between the liquid and fabric. Different brands structure their material’s yarn differently to create this effect. 

What Fabrics Should You Look For?

Synthetic – This material is normally lightweight, durable and very breathable. 

Merino Wool – It dries more quickly than cotton or synthetic. Wool fibers naturally have anti-microbial features, so they are more odor resistant. You can also wear merino wool year-round. It can keep its insulating properties when wet. 

Bamboo – This is a natural moisture-wicking fiber. Bamboo plants naturally grow in hot, humid climates, making it able to absorb moisture so it can grow quickly.  

Our Favorite Moisture-Wicking Brands

Terramar Sports

Terramar’s clothing warms you up when you’re cold and cool you down when you get hot. Besides being moisture-wicking and thermoregulating, their clothing also controls odors and has UPF protection. 

What we love most about Terramar is that they give back to the community and are environmentally conscious with their products.

Darn Tough

Darn Tough’s socks are made out of merino wool and are designed to last you for years to come. They have been around for about 40 years and are pretty good at what they do!

We appreciate any company that is made in the USA like Darn Tough. They also stand out even more from other companies because they are a family-owned business that genuinely cares about their products, customers and the environment. 

Tasc Performance

Moisture-Wicking

Tasc’s clothing is unlike any other apparel company. Their products are made out of bamboo, giving them a much softer, breathable feel than regular cotton materials. It will also keep you warm in cooler temperatures and control any odors.

We love Tasc for several reasons. They are a family-owned company based right in New Orleans. Besides making chemical free clothing, they are also eco-friendly and sustainable in their production. 

Check out these brands next time you are getting ready for upcoming adventures.

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