Gear Hub: Spring Desert Days

The desert is calling … will you answer? As the mountains begin to close, the snow melts and the temps warm up, the desert is where to be. Whether your activity of choice is camping, hiking, climbing, mountain biking or anything in between — we’ve got you covered on some top gear to bring to the desert.

Many of us are tempted to lie out in the sun and let the warmth take over when spring truly begins, but you can’t forget the importance of skincare. Utu SPF Skincare is made for outdoor lovers who want to keep their skin young, fresh and nourished. Utu is dedicated to formulating outdoor skincare products that are chemical free and are free of paragons, PEGS, phthalates, petrolatum, synthetic fragrance, sulphates, phosphates or formaldehyde like many other sunscreens contain. Utu’s broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection comes from non-nano zinc oxide — the safest and most effective broad spectrum sunscreen element. The non-nano particles are too large to be absorbed by the skin unlike many chemical-heavy competitors. This also makes Utu reef-safe and aquatic-friendly! Utu SPF

Outdoor Research is back with another piece that will soon be a staple in your outdoor wardrobe. The Astroman Air Sun Hoodie features 30+ UPF for the lighter colors and 50+ UPF for the darker colors. It is made of recycled nylon and features laser-perforated holes for maximum breathability. The optimal ventilation and quick-drying materials make this sun hoodie perfect for the river, too! Climbers love this piece for its flexibility that does not compromise durability. Protect your precious skin no matter what your activity of choice may be! OR Astroman Air Sun Shirt

Finishing off the list is the Traverse Bucket Hat from Coal Headwear. This hat is flexible and lightweight making it easy for packing when every ounce counts. This hat has a 40+ UPF rating and a brim to keep the sun out of your eyes. The drawstring closure keeps it secure to your head no matter where adventure takes you. Keep your noggin protected and in style with the Traverse Bucket Hat — available in three colors!

Coal Traverse Bucket Hat in a field of yellow flowers

As you plan your desert trips for the mud season here in the mountains, keep these gear items front of mind to make the most out of your trip and to come back with only red sand, no sunburns!