The holidays are here and there’s no reason to look any further than our own backyard for your holiday gifts. Colorado boasts some of the best outdoor companies in the world, and they are leading the industry in technology, social and environmental standards, and superior design. Check out our favorite holiday gifts from Colorado from these amazing brands, and give the gift of Colorado style.
1. Bambool Thermics, Vail
Bambool Thermics apparel is made in Colorado from sustainable bamboo viscose and merino. The combination of sustainability, adventure, and community makes Bambool Thermics a true Colorado brand.
OutThere Pick: The Men’s and Women’s Leggings are made from a unique blend of fibers softer than pure merino wool making them perfect for sensitive skin. Wear your leggings for multi-day adventures. Bambool Thermics are anti-odor and moisture wicking to keep the stench away.
2. Big Agnes, Steamboat Springs
Inspired and motivated by the 12,000 peak to the north of Steamboat Springs, Big Agnes is dedicated to creating hardy and comfortable camping gear so you’re never left cold and wet on your outdoor trips.
OutThere Pick: Big Agnes Sleeping Bags
Sleeping on the forest floor doesn’t need to mean a night of no sleep. Big Agnes has crafted a series of sleeping bags that make sure you never roll off your pad. Instead of compressing insulation beneath you, Big Agnes’ bags allow the pad to keep the warmth while giving you a solid foundation all night long.
3. Coala Tree, Denver
Coala Tree has found the balance between fashion and function, mountains and metropolitan. This eco-minded Colorado brand makes efficient, ecological products stylish.
OutThere Pick: Kachula Adventure Blanket
There’s a reason The Kachula 2.0 Kickstarter funded 257,000. Packed down to a travel pillow, you can bring this versatile blanket anywhere. The rip resistant material is coated with 100% durable water repellant material, meaning you can clean all water, dirt, and sand off with one good shake.
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4. Gaiam, Inc, Louisville
Gaiam roughly translates to “I am the Earth.” As a company they strive to embody a sense of interconnectivity. The respected lifestyle brand makes yoga, fitness, and wellness products to help people live a more wholesome and healthy life.
OutThere Pick: Studio Select Dry-Grip Yoga Mat
Yoga should be stress free. Don’t worry about slipping, even in the sweatiest of yoga practices. The hotter the temperature, the better the grip gets. Manufactured without harmful phthalates, and built with 5 mm of cushion, this mat is great for both you and Mother Earth.
5. Icelantic Skis, Golden
Handmade in Colorado, Icelantic Skis are more of a craft than a product. 100% domestic manufacturing supports the Colorado economy and ensures that customers get the highest quality products and customer support. Not only do Icelantic skis continue to win Best Ski awards year after year, but the original artwork on every one of the skis’ top-sheets makes them stand out on the hill.
OutThere Pick: The Maiden 111
The new 17/18 Women’s specific freeride ski are winning all the season’s awards. Voted POWDER Magazine’s Skier’s Choice and FREESKIER’s editors pick, the lightweight ski slays in deep powder. Rockered tip and tail and cambered underfoot, the Maiden 111 is ready to rip wherever you are.
6. Kelty, Boulder
Kelty has been making strong and innovative gear since 1952. Using the newest technology, the brand is dedicated to creating products that will endure the wildest of adventures.
OutThere Pick: Redwing 50
This best-selling pack is known for its customizable fit and easy access to gear with a top and panel loader. Well-thought and organized pockets allow you to fit all your gear in a special spot. The AirFlow back panel will keep your pack stable and comfortable whether you’re walking to work or taking on a mountain.
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7. Melanzana, Leadville
Located in downtown historic Leadville, Colorado, Melanzana is homegrown and truly local. The 23 employees at the “Melly” store design, cut, sew, and sell all their clothing and goods. The low-impact scale ensures all products are high quality and the profits are dispersed more locally. The Polartec brand fabrics are entirely sourced and made in the USA. Note: Web and phone orders are closed until Spring 2018, but you can visit the store in Leadville until then.
OutThere Pick: Micro Grid Hoodie
The Micro Grid Hoodie is a Summit County staple. The lightweight, breathable fleece has a hood you can cinch around your face for chilly days and a front pocket to stash whatever you need. Whether it’s your sweater or your base layer it’s as comfortable and functional as outdoor tops come.
8. Mountain Standard, Boulder
Mountain Standard is a new brand out of Boulder, Colorado. They create premium goods at honest prices, meaning the company has streamlined the process of outdoor goods manufacturing so the customer gets the best product without paying for any overhead prices. Professionally test, Mountain Standard’s goods offer products built by authentic and enthusiastic fellow adventurers.
OutThere Pick: The MTN Utility Mitt is a new product that Mountain Standard is really stoked about. With 170g of Primaloft Gold and a waterproof liner, your hands will stay toasty no matter the weather.
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9. Newton Running Company, Boulder
Newton is the first running shoe company to achieve B Corp status, meaning the company’s environmental and social performance is up to the same high standards as their sneakers. Newton is managed and run—no pun intended—by people who live and breathe the sport of running at every level.
10. Osprey Packs, Cortez
Inspired by the San Juans, Osprey is located in Cortez. Most of the workers live in South West Colorado where they can live the “Osprey life”. The rest of employees live in HO Chi Minh City, Vietnam where they can ensure fair labor standards and keep an eye on operations. Whether the Osprey team is channeling their Colorado blood or watching every step of production, Ospreys are known for their quality guarantee.
OutThere Pick: The Osprey Atmos AG 65
The Atmos was named one of the top backpacking packs of 2017 because of its close fit and excellent back ventilation. Built for rough conditions, it’s impressive this hardy pack is less than five pounds.
11. Otter Box, Fort Collins
Otter Box wants to make sure your most valuable items are protected no matter what kind of activity you’re in to. Originally a small start-up in a Fort Collin’s garage, the Otter Box cases are one of the outdoor industry’s go-to phone case brands.
OutThere Pick: The Defender Series protects against drops, dust, grime and scratches while maintaining a minimal profile. The three-layer system keeps your phone safe no matter where you work or play.
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12. Shredly, Carbondale
Women who mountain bike are bad ass and they should have something comfortable and stylish to rock while they’re shredding. The technical products are made in the US and perform like other top-notch mountain bike gear. What makes them different? Shredly’s products are made with vibrant colors and sport innovative designs that allow ladies to look good while they feel good.
OutThere Pick: The MTB Short is everything you’d expect in a pair of womens mountain bike shorts, but with some awesome added features. An internal adjustment system makes these shorts versatile for different body shapes. They also have invisible zipper thigh vents, so you can cool down when you’re kicking it up a level.
13. SmartWool, Steamboat Springs
Born on the Colorado ski slopes, Smartwool was created with the belief that toes don’t need to turn to ice when water does. For more than 20 years, this Colorado brand has worked to perfect Merino products, keeping you warm no matter what the temperature.
OutThere Pick: PhD Ski Medium Socks are built for Performance in the Highest Degree (PhD). The durable socks are built to stay put, so they don’t bunch or slip no matter what run you’re on. The women’s sock even has a special design to fit feet with a narrower profile.
14. Topo Designs, Denver
Topo Designs are made for the mountain culture and outdoor living, but have a classic look that will keep you stylish in urban settings. With a lifetime warranty and a sweet repair program, Topo Designs is at the forefront of outdoor gear and apparel.
OutThere Pick: The Commuter Briefcase is perfect to get you to and from the office. With stowable backpack straps, a detachable shoulder strap and two leather carrying handles, the bag is comfortable and durable enough for any trip. The best part? Topo Design’s classic packs, including the Commuter Briefcase, are built right here in Colorado.
15. Ultimate Directions, Boulder
Ultimate Direction is the godfather of hydration packs. Designed for everyday and elite athletes and with a women specific line, Ultimate Direction’s packs are a staple to stay hydrated at Colorado elevation.
OutThere Pick: The Groove Mono is a secure and breathable conforming running belt that can hold a 500ml Body Bottle. Stash your water, keys, and phone on your next run conveniently at your hip.
16. Voormi, Pagosa Springs
Voormi’s clothing is built for the “most remote places on earth.” The company makes their apparel from local Rocky Mountain High Country Merino wool. The small batch American manufacturing makes Voormi products an environmentally and economically conscious brand whose products can follow you up (or down) any mountain.
OutThere Pick: The High-E Hoodie is an original and all-time favorite product for both men and women. The thermal performance ¼ zip has a water repellent surface to make it great for underneath or outside on almost any Colorado day.
17. Western Rise, Telluride
Western Rise products are designed, developed, and tested in Telluride at 8,750 feet above sea level. The advanced functionality makes the clothing great for the Colorado outdoorsman/woman. Western Rise only makes limited edition pieces, meaning the style is always current and if you love something, you should buy it when you see it.
OutThere Pick: The Elkton Stretch Wool Flannel is made with ultra-wicking COOLMAX® fibers, wool and elasterell polyester to create a comfortable, wrinkle and odor resistant garment. Take your classic flannel to the next level.
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