With two kids, adventures throughout Colorado and Utah any time of the year and adventures abroad – we certainly buy our share of clothing. Clothing is something we’re willing to pay top dollar for. You get what you pay for. Our clothing needs to be tough. Spending a day squeezing through a slot or hiking through oak brush can put the toughest garments to the test. Following are some of our favorite pieces:

Mountain Hardwear Women’s Cohesion Jacket-Black-XS

The Women’s Cohesion Jacket by Mountain Hardwear is a super light, full featured backcountry shell with Conduit DT for superior dry touch next-to-skin comfort. Stretch panels on arms and back make the Cohesion ideal for protection over Soft Shell garments. The Mountain Hardwear Women’s Cohesion Jacket is a great all-around back-country jacket. My wife wears it 3 seasons. It’s a fairly tough jacket and has stood up well to wear and tear.

Mountain Hardwear Women's Cohesion Jacket-Black-XS

Mountain Hardwear Men’s Dragon Jacket-Red-XL

The men’s Dragon Jacket by Mountain Hardwear is a windproof, exceptionally weather-resistant shell for cold conditions. The Dragon jacket is built with lightweight and supple Torch Soft Shell and WINDSTOPPER laminate. On windy days you’ll appreciate the full stretch and windblocking capabilities of the Dragon jacket. The jacket does a good job of stopping hard winds.  A welded pocket with watertight zips keep essentials protected, while an internal MP3 player is there if you like that short of thing. Elastic thumbhole cuffs ensure the sleeves won’t ride up. It took some getting used to using the thumbhole’s, however I now use them quite a bit. It’s nice to not have the sleeves pull up every time you reach for something. The Mountain Hardwear men’s Dragon Jacket is an incredibly comfortable jacket. Worth the money!

Mountain Hardwear Men's Dragon Jacket-Red-XL

Mountain Hardwear Men’s Alchemy Jacket-Black-XL

The Men’s Alchemy Jacket is another bomber jacket! This Jacket is a cut above other softshells and considered the company’s flagship outerwear item. It is more expensive, but worth every penny. It uses Alchemy Stretch fabric with brushed inner fleece and stretch Polartec Power Shield panels in wear areas. The jacket employs a 100%-windproof laminate (Gore WindStopper) to greatly minimize wind chill, drastically reducing heat loss. The combo of a durable, tightly woven outer surface, the WindStopper membrane, and a superior durable water-repellent finish gives the Alchemy the ability to resist water penetration in a way other softshells can’t do. The Mountain Hardwear men’s Alchemy Jacket Gore WindStopper should be high on your list.

Mountain Hardwear Men's Alchemy Jacket-Black-XL

IR Men’s Fleece-Lined Guide Shorts-Gray-33

The fleece-lined version of the classic Guide short is the perfect cool-water choice. If you’re like me, you like to wear shorts just about all year around. Soft, durable polyester outer fabric is can be worn on or off the water. A sewn-in microfleece lining keeps you comfy and warm, while the DWR finish helps repel water. A Velcro-less fly and lace-up waistband make getting the shorts on a breeze, yet hold them securely in place.  The shorts have a relaxed fit, and the crotch gusset keeps the shorts from binding when you move. The IR men’s fleece-lined Guide shorts are a great short to use on and off the river!

IR Men's Fleece-Lined Guide Shorts-Gray-33

Arcteryx Men’s Alpha SL Jacket

The Arcteryx Men’s Alpha SL Jacket is probably the nicest jacket I’ve worn. It’s high in price but Arcteryx probably makes the best jackets out there. Again, the price tag on this jacket is steep, but it will out-perform almost all others. It has two hand pockets with laminated Water Tight zippers, Laminated Water Tight pit zippers and a Helmet-compatible Storm Hood.

Arcteryx Men's Alpha SL Jacket

Backcountry Shorts

Our top requirement for shorts is – can they make it through a Utah slot canyon? Seriously. The abrasive sandstone will really test the best of shorts (and pants). I’ve killed a few pairs. Here’s a few of our favorite choices. Royal Robbins Women’s Backcountry Short Most likely this is one of the most sold …

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