For all its associations with mittens and sweaters, wool actually makes an outstanding hot-weather fabric because of its capacity to regulate body temperature. This performance base layer blends super-soft merino wool with sweat-wicking polyester for a tough, breathable performance garment with natural odor control. Perfect for outdoor adventures where the temperature is likely to change.
This handy, water-resistant daypack from Patagonia complies with the company’s high sustainability standards: It’s made from mostly recycled materials, and it’s designed so you’ll never want to throw it out. The teardrop shape distributes weight behind the shoulder and off the neck, and three pockets (including a strap pocket for essentials) keep your goods well organized. Can be secured with a torso strap for longer hikes or left loose for easy access.
This sturdy, vegan-approved, lightweight trail shoe leaves the faintest of eco-footprints. The insole is made from 100 percent recycled materials, and the antimicrobial, shock-absorbing cork footbed and sturdy Vibram outsoles are similarly eco-friendly. Practical, too: A 2007 Green Gear Award winner from Outside magazine, these shoes received high marks for durability and comfort on the trail.
This well-designed fleece-lined sweater jacket will keep you cozy during all sorts of autumn activities. Three zipper pockets mean you don’t need to carry a bag and your hands are free to catch a football. Recyclable through Patagonia’s Common Threads “fiber-to-fiber” recycling program.
These comfy cross-sport trainers have a wide, low-rise waistband that sits comfortably around your middle. Smooth, flat seams don’t rub, and the gusseted crotch allows unrestricted movement. Great for your morning run and your evening yoga class.