5 Brands You Need To Check Out Before Your Next Expedition


Backpacking through the depths of the jungle? Gearing up to summit a peak? Just looking to improve your next vacation? Take a look at our IndieGetup Top Picks for Travelers in 2017!

This is your guide to the freshest new gear available to the outdoor community today. All of our recommendations were finely curated to bring you a range of products that really will enhance your experience as a traveler.

We chose a series of brands and items that make weathering any climate easier, more efficient, and more enjoyable. From the tundra to the tropics, this list delivers the best of the best.

Great quality, honest prices, happier travels.

Here’s an IndieGetup favorite for all your hiking and mountaineering apparel needs. Kühl – the german word for “cool” – is an alpine clothing powerhouse. Their polar fleeces have been cult classics among veteran ski-bums and mountaineers for decades. Today their topnotch tops, bottoms, and accessories can be found in the very best active-wear retailers worldwide. The designers at Kühl create the sleekest gear while still prioritizing performance. Wearing Kühl not only represents the freedom of movement, but also free will.

Recommended products:

Hiking pants, polar fleeces, spyfire down jackets, hats, belts, and accessories

Highlighted features:

Thumb-loop cuff system

Your one-stop-shop for all things Merino wool, Unbound has quickly become a well-established and highly reputable name among campers, climbers, and ski-bums alike. Recently featured in major travel publications like Lonely Planet and Travel & Leisure, the Canadian brand offers an extraordinary experience through simple clothing.

Stylish, premium Merino wool clothing that can be worn for weeks or even months without ever needing to be washed, and stays cozy and warm even when wet. So ditch the big suitcase, because all you’ll need is your backpack.

You’ll also quickly find that the benefits of Unbound extend far beyond travel and into your everyday life. Unbound purposefully skips the flashy logos and embellishments to give you clothing that you’d be just as comfortable wearing to workout or go out. Live Unbound.

Recommended products:

Merino wool under layers, tees, socks

Highlighted features:

Minimalist outdoor apparel, warmth retaining merino wool, light-packing

A new, up-and-comer from the Tropics, KOH specializes in making a pair of ultra light-weight, anti-wrinkle, water-repellent travel shorts for both men and women. “Koh” means “island” in Thai – such is the vibe behind this line.
Wear KOH shorts on a run on the beach, while you are practicing yoga, or go free falling off a cliff with them on if you are so inspired. Even after all of that, these shorts will be dry and ready for you to wear out at night. Another great advantage to these shorts is how light they are and that they won’t take up much room in your travel bag.

Recommended products:

KOH wear mountain travel shorts, KOH wear ocean travel shorts

Highlighted features:

100% durable nylon, Bar tack (reinforced) stitching, Secure pockets for valuables, Water repellent liner

Introducing insect repellent clothing! The technology behind No Bugs apparel was originally developed by a group of entrepreneurs seeking best way to protect pregnant women and other vulnerable groups from the ZIKA virus as well as other insect borne diseases. Following suit, No Bugs’ sales are tied to charity: for each shirt they sell, they donate a shirt to a woman in need in a Zika infested area.

The Massachusetts company treats each article of clothing it produces using a proprietary formula that binds insect repellant into the fabrics. Rest assured, these aren’t just camping clothes soaked in DEET. The Insect Shield treatment embeds permethrin with the fibers of the fabric—resulting in effective, odorless insect protection that lasts the expected lifetime of apparel.

Permethrin has been safely used Globally and also a registered product in the United States by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since 1977, with an outstanding safety record. In fact, NoBu.gs is recommended by the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for protection from insect borne diseases. So, next time you pick up a can off Off Deep Woods, check out what our friends at No Bugs have to offer first.

Recommended products:

Maternity insect-repellent clothing line, Baby tops and bottoms, Strollers, blankets, cribs, and other insect-repellent accessory products for infants and toddlers

Highlighted features:

Protection against major mosquito born illnesses – i.e. Malaria, Dengue, Zika., Proven and registered to repel mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges

RailRiders outdoor apparel was born at sea yet ready for any adventure. Another new, innovative extreme sports clothing company out of Massachusetts, Railriders is dedicated to form, fit, and function. Their outerwear is quick-dry, lightweight, durable, and versatile, making it the ideal choice for any terrain. Some of Railriders’ most notable products include sun protection clothing, insulating hydroflasks, cold weather outer-layers, survival utility kits and belts, and even adventure jewelry.

Railriders has also recently introduced line of products for canines – “Ruffwear.” Don’t worry, this is nothing like the doggy sweaters your girlfriend puts on her Chihuahua. Ruffwear features items like nylon thermoses that transform into dog bowls. Front range harnesses that allow for greater mobility, and air tight food containers are among some of their other offerings.

If you’re going into the wild with man’s best friend, investing in some Ruffwear is a great way to make bonding with your pooch even more of an adventure.

Recommended products:

UPF sun protective fabric tops and bottoms (men and women), Hydroflask 21oz Standard Mouth Water Bottle, Ruffwear Quencher Clinch-Top, X-stream survival Pod zipper pull

Highlighted features:

Premium quality, multisport outdoor apparel, Sun protection clothing, Performance products for dogs

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