Some of our favorite summer stuff.



1/ Stay Cool
YETI coolers, which we long ago swore eternal devotion to for their grizzly-proof, stay-colder-than-anything-else-we’ve-ever-tried, and extremely durable coolers, have done the impossible: impressed us even more. YETI’s newish Hopper series—available in 20-liter and 30-liter sizes—is the brand’s first foray into soft-sided. Hoppers are also fully leakproof (we tested this claim pretty hard), puncture-resistant, and have tie-down points for mounting on a kayak or canoe. Including an anti-microbial lining—that’s just YETI showing off. From $299, available at Big R Ranch & Home, 1220 Meadowlark Ln., yeticoolers.com

2/ Be A Jerk
Even if Field Trip Jerky didn’t make flavors like roasted sesame, honey spice, crushed chilies, and cracked pepper, you’d want it as your snack: It is free of nitrates, nitrites, gluten, MSG, artificial preservatives, and corn syrup. What’s it full of? Flavor, ingredients you can pronounce, and protein. From $6.50, fieldtripjerky.com

3/ Sweet (Smelling) Feet
Our flip flops stink. So do our footbeds. Badly. It’s no wonder—we live in flops most of the summer, and when we’re not wearing them, we’re sweating all over the footbeds in our hiking and running shoes. The smell used to embarrass us, then we grudgingly accepted it. No longer. Nikwax, long known for its cleaners for specialty technical fabrics and materials like down, GORE-TEX, and Schoeller, has a Sandal Wash. Use the deodorizing cleanser on all your nonwaterproof footwear—running shoes, hikers, sandals, insoles, and footbeds—and then thank us. From $6.99, available at valley outdoor stores, nikwax.com
4/ Energy-Giving Gummies
Instead of making orange-flavored sports drinks and gummies, Boulder-based Skratch Labs, founded by sports scientist and former pro cycling coach Allen Lim, makes drinks and gummies with real oranges. And raspberries. What should users of traditional sport-food brands like GU, PowerBar, and Clif expect when they try Skratch stuff? Less bloating and syrupy sweetness, faster recovery—drink mixes have more sodium and electrolytes—and a simpler, cleaner taste. There’s nothing artificial in any of Skratch’s products, which were used by Tour de France riders before Lim officially launched Skratch. Did we mention Skratch’s cookie mix? Seriously. From $1.95, available at Skinny Skis, The Hub Bicycles, Wilson Backcountry Sports, and Jackson Hole Sports, skratchlabs.com
5/ Hydrate Anywhere
It looks like a Star Wars character that got loose in a box of Crayola crayons, but the new Hydaway water bottle is no fantasy. Both the 12- and 21-ounce models collapse to a disc thin enough to fit into a back pocket. BPA-free and dishwasher safe, the bottles—and we’ve tested these claims exhaustively—are totally watertight and also taste-and odor-free. And they come in fun colors like bluesteel, tangerine, chili, moss, and grape. Of course carry handles are carabiner-friendly. From $15, hydawaybottle.com


6/ The Wines of Summer
Because Rendezvous Bistro isn’t content to have one of the best cocktail menus in town, the restaurant has become the country’s exclusive importer of Don Cosimo wines. Owner Gavin Fine selected four wines, all from the 2014 vintage and all made from grapes grown in vineyards near Corleone, Sicily. The sole red wine of the group—a Nero d’Avola—is wonderfully fruit-forward and jammy, but, this time of year, we can’t help but love the whites best: Grillo (fresh with apple, peach, and watermelon flavors) and Catarratto (honeysuckle and lavender aromas with flavors of pear, pineapple, and a touch of citrus). There’s also a sparkling version of the Grillo. The wines are available in the bottle shops at Bin22 and Bodega. From $9.50/glass, 380 S. Broadway, 307/739-1100
7/ It’s Good to Have Gills
Before Rhode Island School of Design-trained Cam Brensinger founded NEMO Equipment, he worked with a team at MIT funded by the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts to design spacesuit technology for human exploration of Mars. Brensinger brings the same consideration of design and performance to NEMO’s products—tents, sleeping bags, pads, pillows, and camping blankets. Most genius is NEMO’s Sonic series of down sleeping bags. Winner of the 2015 Backpacker Editors’ Choice Award, Sonic bags have stretchy baffles around the knees for side sleepers. Sonic would have us with that feature alone, but it’s the bag’s Thermo Gills that are most impressive and useful. Zip open the “gills” and you can cool the internal temperature of the bag by as much as 20 degrees—without letting drafts in. $529, available at JD High Country Outfitters and Teton Mountaineering, nemoequipment.com
8/ Meet Your New Adventure Partner
We’ll do almost whatever it takes to not have to check a bag when traveling. Since discovering Eagle Creek’s Adventure Upright 22 Carry-On, it’s gotten easier. The 41-liter (it expands to 45 liters) luggage is lightweight and has wheels that roll over everything, two-way lockable zippers, pockets for organization, and interior compression wings. Of course it comes with Eagle Creek’s famous No Matter What Warranty. $269, order through JD High Country Outfitters or Skinny Skis, eaglecreek.com
9/ Backcountry Gourmet
On the Food Network show Iron Chef, Jennifer Scism beat superstar chef Mario Batali. Her restaurant, Annisa, is in Greenwich Village, but you don’t have to go to New York to enjoy her fare. Hike the Teton Crest Trail, backpack in the Wind Rivers, or camp at Leigh Lake with Scism’s favorite recipes. The chef’s new company, Good To-Go, offers dehydrated meals that are fresh and delicious. Our favs? The herbed mushroom risotto with basil pesto and the Thai curry. The latter is a spicy yellow coconut curry with broccoli and cauliflower that is served with jasmine rice. No reservations necessary. From $6.75, goodto-go.com

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