Whether you’re gearing up for a two-week long-distance hike or bike ride to one of these top outdoor adventure destinations or setting out on a comparatively civilized weekend of car camping, the right apparel and gear make all the difference. Cheaper isn’t always better, especially not when you depend on your equipment to keep you dry, cool, and safe, come what may.
The list below includes dozens of warm-weather outdoor clothing and gear brands available to U.S. consumers. How many already have a place in your camp closet?
Primarily Apparel & Footwear
These brands specialize in clothing and footwear suitable for warm-weather use.
Patagonia is a storied apparel brand renowned for its durable, functional, and – yes – stylish clothing and accessories. Its catalog is vast, spanning heavy-duty clothing capable of standing up to the harshest high-altitude, high-latitude conditions to breathable activewear suited to low-desert trail runs. Their warm-weather apparel and gear include:
- Men’s and women’s board shorts, a great value given Patagonia’s reputation for quality construction
- Rugged swimwear (one-piece or top-bottom combos)
- Sweater jackets and vests, ideal for cool summer nights and high-altitude adventures
- Lightweight tanks and tees
- All manner of breathable underlayers, such as merino socks
Patagonia was a pioneer in corporate social responsibility. Founder Yvon Chouinard is a founding member of 1% For The Planet, an alliance of businesses that pledge 1% of their annual sales to environmental nonprofits. That’s a powerful incentive for Patagonia’s active, socially conscious customer base. Patagonia claims to have contributed more than $89 million in cash and in-kind donations to environmental groups since 1985. Check out its ever-growing fair-trade catalog featuring responsibly sourced and produced wetsuits, fleeces, and casual wear. And don’t miss its recycled rainwear lineup featuring shell pants and shell jackets.
You can buy Patagonia apparel at the company’s branded retail outlets, at authorized retailers such as REI, and on its website. Shipping is free on most website orders.
2. The North Face
The North Face’s catalog is nearly as expansive as Patagonia’s. Though it’s best known for rugged outer layers suited to snowsports and cold-weather climbing, The North Face has plenty to offer warm-weather outdoors people too, including:
- Ultra-breathable Hyperlayer tanks, a fantastic value and probably all you’ll need on top for summer runs
- Ampezzo running shoes, ideal for trail running
- Lightweight active shorts and pants
- Ultra-lightweight Hydra backpacks
- Sweat-wicking base layers
Like Patagonia, The North Face has a genuine commitment to social responsibility. It follows the Responsible Down Standard, which commits manufacturers to transparency and traceability in feather-filling sourcing, and purchases carbon offsets equivalent to 100% of emissions created by its employees’ commuting and business travel activities.
You can find The North Face’s products at branded retail outlets, authorized retailers across the United States, and on the company’s website. Shipping is free on all website orders, regardless of size.
Marmot’s furry namesake needs all the help it can get to stay cool come summer, as do you. Good thing the retailer’s signature warm-weather products, including its extremely breathable Windridge and Conveyor tees (a particularly good value), are made with breeze-cooling in mind. Durable Allomere and Regulator shorts keep your bottom half dry. Should the weather turn rainy, you’ll want to have the PreCip Eco Full-Zip Pant and Bennu Anorak combo on hand.
Join Marmot’s email list to get 15% off your first full order – a great excuse to stockpile apparel and gear ahead of the warm season. All purchases made on Marmot’s website qualify for free expedited shipping and free returns, regardless of order size. Otherwise, you can find Marmot products at thousands of authorized retailers nationwide, including household names such as REI and Dick’s Sporting Goods.
As befits its Canadian pedigree, Arc’teryx is renowned for winter-ready athletic wear and alpine sporting equipment, but its lighter fare holds up well when the snow recedes. The Cormac and Motus crew neck tees keep trail runners dry and cool in virtually any conditions, and the super-light Incendo jackets and hoodies provide extra wind protection on cool summer mornings (they’re on the pricey side, but you get what you pay for). Less rugged cuts such as the Kaslo and Skyline shirts blend into urban and off-piste settings.
Arc’teryx follows the Responsible Down Standard and uses 100% organic cotton in all its T-shirts. You can expect free express shipping on orders of any size – that’s two to three days from order to receipt for most destinations.
Though its warm-weather apparel catalog is nearly as extensive as Arc’teryx’s and Patagonia’s, Merrell is first and foremost a footwear company. Standouts include rugged, breathable trail running shoes (men’s and women’s Trail Glove and Mixmaster shoes) and stylish, grip-soled sandals (women’s Siren Strap and men’s Terrent Strap sandals), you could probably sub out for your trail runners in a pinch. For heavier-duty work, men’s and women’s Moab hiking boots do the job.
Merrell has some stylish around-town footwear options too; the men’s World Vue leather shoe and women’s District sandal series stand out.
Standard two- to six-day shipping is free with any order size anywhere in the continental United States. Two- to three-business-day express shipping is free in the continental United States on larger orders.
Teva’s rugged, water-resistant walking sandals command fierce loyalty from sun-seekers. The men’s and women’s original sandals are perfect for wading on hot summer days, and they’re reasonably priced given Teva’s reputation for quality. The slight premium you’ll pay on its Mush flip flops is more than justified by their otherworldly durability and ample protection from hot sand and rock. Teva makes shoes and boots too, such as the stylish Foxy low-cut.
Like most fellow activewear brands, Teva walks the walk when it comes to environmental justice. The company showers money on high-profile causes; in 2019, for instance, it gave $100,000 to the Grand Canyon Conservancy in celebration of Grand Canyon National Park’s 100th anniversary. Committed to vegan consumption? Check out Teva’s expansive vegan-friendly product catalog.
Standard shipping is free on most orders. You can find Teva products at hundreds of authorized retailers across the United States.
7. Boulder Denim
Boulder Denim does basically one thing and does it extremely well. The company calls its “2.0” stretch jeans “the most comfortable jeans you’ll ever put on,” and anecdotal evidence backs up that claim. The Athletic Fit line is the budget option here; small-batch Canadiana jeans, which Boulder Denim says are more breathable and stain-repellent than other jeans, come at a slight premium
Shipping is free on most orders. Don’t be put off by the price; you can expect your Boulder denim to last a lot longer than off-the-rack competitors.
Ignore the funny name. OOFOS footwear inspires fierce loyalty because it’s the real deal. Built from a proprietary, impact-absorbing foam that literally takes the load off, the flagship OOmg low shoes are essential for moderate workouts on even surfaces, while OOlala Geo sandals are ideal for beach days. Ground shipping and returns are free with every order. They even have their own store on Amazon.
Hurley may be owned by Nike, but its aesthetic is anything but corporate. Its comprehensive warm-weather, around-town catalog exudes a laid-back ethos, with lightweight hoodies, caps and beanies, and casual pants for men and women.
Specialized activewear isn’t foreign to Hurley, of course; the brand has long catered to skaters and surfers, with a vast range of wetsuits for a variety of conditions and budgets. And Hurley has your run-of-the-mill day at the beach covered too, with men’s board shorts and women’s swimwear.
There’s always a sale happening somewhere on Hurley’s website; I found markdowns of up to 40% without even trying. Students and military personnel earn 10% off every order. Standard shipping is free for NikePlus members and larger guest orders.
10. All Good
If it’s high-performance outerwear you seek, All Good isn’t for you. But if adding some stylish, laid-back, warm-weather threads to your wardrobe is what you care about, you’ve found your brand. Breathable Phelpsbol and Ripper tees are effortless to wear at the beach, park, or skate park, while Pluck and Balaton button-ups won’t look out of place at a sit-down restaurant or sidewalk cafe.
If you’re in the neighborhood, check out All Good’s flagship stores in Portland, Oregon and Sacramento, California. Otherwise, meet All Good’s minimum website spend to earn free standard shipping anywhere in the United States. Keep your eyes peeled for seasonal sales; All Good seems to have no problem slashing prices on past-season styles to make room for newer inventory. Virtually every item mentioned here was discounted to some extent as of the writing of this article, with markdowns reaching 50% in some cases.
PrAna is a fashion-forward label that’s heavy on non-specialized warm-weather activewear and leisurewear. Think breathable cotton and synthetic tees, comfy yoga wear, visually arresting swimwear, and stylish around-town apparel for men and women. Don’t miss prAna’s accessories; the E.C.O. yoga mat pairs nicely with its yoga leggings and joggers.
PrAna pays more than lip service to responsible sourcing and sustainability. Its extensive fair-trade catalog features simple tees, festive tunics, dressy tops, evening sweaters, and more; organic cotton and eco-friendly synthetics feature prominently in its regular catalog.
Sign up for prAna’s email list to get 10% off your first order. Standard shipping is free on larger website orders.
Ethika is all about underwear. With a vast collection of branded polyester collections – I counted more than two dozen, including Meek Mill and Motley Crue, in the men’s section alone – Ethika is to high-performance undies what Boulder Denim is to jeans. If you’re not set on a specific collection, head to the Mystery Style rack, where you can buy deeply discounted designs (we’re talking 60% off or more) sight unseen. All U.S. orders above the minimum amount qualify for free standard shipping.
13. Ridge Merino
True to its name, Ridge Merino manufactures a surprisingly diverse array of warm and shoulder season gear from soft, breathable merino wool fibers. Its inventory includes boxer briefs and boy shorts, men’s and women’s T-shirts, and lightweight hoodies for evening and high-altitude activities. If you’re over cotton and don’t much care for synthetics, Ridge Merino’s gentle, all-natural apparel is worth checking out.
Like Patagonia, Ridge Merino belongs to the 1% For The Planet coalition; favored funding recipients include Protect Our Winters and Waterkeeper Alliance. Ridge Merino’s entire merino wool inventory comes from certified humane sheep producers in Australia and New Zealand.
Earn 15% off your first order when you sign up for Ridge Merino’s email newsletter. Larger U.S. orders qualify for free standard shipping.
14. Roscoe Outdoor
Roscoe Outdoor has a modest selection of high-quality men’s and women’s outdoor clothing, primarily climbing pants, canvas shorts, and breathable cotton tees. The Washakie pant, the most durable men’s product in the catalog, is perfect for rock scrambles and bushwhacking.
Sign up for Roscoe Outdoor’s monthly mailing list to earn 10% off your first order. If you live in the Mountain West, your local outfitter may carry Roscoe products; coverage is thick in Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. Otherwise, Roscoe’s website is your best bet; shipping is free on orders above the minimum.
Vuori blends a stylish “West Coast aesthetic” with a commitment to high performance and serious attention to breathability – a must at the height of summer. There’s nothing fancy about the company’s lightweight logo tees, nor the logos themselves, but that’s not likely to bother grateful runners for whom managing body heat matters more than turning heads. For aquatic and amphibious workouts, Vuori’s ultra-comfy boardshorts are ideal. If you’re into throwback styles on high-tech threads, don’t miss the expansive yoga wear collection.
Ground shipping is free on orders over $75. Returns are always free. Join Vuori’s email list to earn 10% off your first order.
Wallaroo does one thing – design stylish, mostly wide-brimmed hats – exceptionally well. Whether you’re a fan of classic surf-style hats like the Cabo or golf-friendly numbers like the Savannah Visor, Wallaroo almost certainly has a hat that’s right up your alley. Many hats incorporate SPF fabric (some up to SPF 50+), making good on the company’s campaign against skin cancer. Standard shipping is free on orders over $75.
Wallaroo is a Certified B Corporation®, meaning it observes a “triple bottom line”: people, planet, and profit. Plenty of companies on this list give back generously to causes you may care about, but Wallaroo goes further than most.
Primarily Packs & Bags
These brands specialize in practical, durable outdoor bags and packs.
On this side of the pond, Fäjllräven’s sturdy, compact hiking packs rocketed from niche favorites to ubiquity in what felt like a single season. It’s easy to see why; with simple yet rugged construction and lines designed to improve – or, at least, not impede – your posture, Fjällräven’s Kanken packs are worth checking out. For an around-town aid with more carrying capacity, spring for the Kanken 15″ Laptop pack.
Fjällräven’s clothing catalog is worth perusing too. Though a little pricey, the Abisko Vent T-shirt is ideal for warm-weather recreation, while the Abisko Trail T-shirt holds up well to morning chill and mountain mist. Standard shipping is free on larger website orders. Fjällräven has branded outlets in most major U.S. cities, plus hundreds of authorized retailers with national reach, including Nordstrom and Urban Outfitters.
Dakine’s product lineup has two main branches: specialized gear for solo extreme sports such as surfing, biking, and snowsports and a slew of packs and bags for outdoor athletics and leisure travel alike. The inventory here is second to none; witness the sheer number of configurations and accessory options in Dakine’s bike hydration bag catalog alone. If you prefer a beach weekend to a weeklong wilderness slog, check out Dakine’s vast roller bag inventory, priced from bargain-basement territory to what you’d generously call “on the expensive side.”
Join Dakine’s mailing list for a chance to win a $500 site credit, and keep your eyes peeled for past-season sales that can slash prices on aging merch by 25% or more. Standard shipping is free on larger continental U.S. orders. Amazon has its own Dakine store where you’ll be able to find a lot of great deals throughout the year.
HEX curates fashionable gear and accessories for trendsetters. Need a festival bag for your trip to Coachella or Lollapalooza this year? HEX has you covered with remarkably affordable options. Tired of losing in your pack? Choose from more than a dozen phone-wallet cases. Need a compact, one-stop mix kit for your destination bachelor or bachelorette party? Yes, bartender backpacks exist, and you can have one for less than you might think.
You get the idea. For eye-catching yet practical outdoor accessories and accouterments, HEX is the brand. Free U.S. ground shipping on larger website orders isn’t bad, either.
Osprey makes ultra-durable packs and bags for a slew of sporting and non-sporting activities, including hiking, backpacking, climbing, cycling, trail running, diving, and leisure travel. Specialized Osprey products include rugged child carriers suitable for long-distance backcountry travel, commuter packs, and all manner of hydration accessories.
Most U.S. orders earn free shipping. You can also buy Osprey at hundreds of authorized retailers nationwide, including REI and Amazon, and a smaller collection of “pro shops” have a wider selection of specialized Osprey products. If you’re struggling to find the perfect pack, use the handy Osprey Packfinder.
Gregory is another high-end pack and bag outfitter. Its selection revolves around rugged, lightweight products for strenuous day hikes and multi-day backpacking trips. The Zulu and Jade series boast breathable fabrics and posture-positive design. For longer sojourns, opt for the bulkier Deva and Baltoro series.
Most orders – and virtually any that include a pack – earn free standard shipping in the United States. You’ll get free two-day shipping on your first order, regardless of size, when you sign up for Gregory’s newsletter.
Matador’s gear is nothing if not stylish. The Freerain travel bag line is waterproof and packs down to virtually nothing, making it great for long outdoor vacations when space is at a premium. Don’t forget about Matador’s adorable and practical accessory bags, such as the TSA-approved FlatPak toiletry bag, which rolls up to accommodate heavier loads and down to pack smaller volumes tightly. Shipping is free on most U.S. orders.
Watershed designs specialized dry bags for a variety of applications, for casual camping with a chance of rain to open-ocean commercial fishing. A proprietary closure mechanism keeps its entire lineup of bags watertight down to 300 feet, deeper than you’ll ever need to go (unless your vacation home is located on the continental shelf).
Watershed’s bags are legendarily durable, as well. The company claims its fabric – which comes in civilian and military-grade strengths – has five times the abrasion resistance of PVC material, and stitch-free seams eliminate weak points that take down lesser bags over time. This bag brand is the best choice when you’re carrying gear and suppliers that absolutely can’t get wet.
Primarily Sporting Equipment & Gear
These brands cover equipment and specialized apparel for extreme and not-so-extreme outdoor sports, camping gear and equipment, and specialized items for specific outdoor applications.
24. Body Glove
Body Glove manufactures apparel, accessories, and gear for water rats.
On the gear side, choose from nearly a dozen varieties of inflatable stand up paddleboards (from reasonably priced to quite expensive), surfboards (spanning a narrower price range), and kayaks, plus waterproof bags and dry bags.
On the apparel side, you’ll find everything from super-specialized freediving wetsuits and surf spring suits to tanks and shorts better suited to beachside relaxation. Don’t miss kid-friendly accessories like snorkel masks and UV sunglasses.
Subscribe to Body Glove’s email newsletter and get 15% off your first order. Most U.S. orders (and all equipment orders) earn free standard shipping, and returns are always free.
25. Zen Fuego
Zen Fuego’s signature product is a towel designed specifically for hot yoga practice. Made from super-absorbent microfiber, these 72″ x 24″ towels soak up sweat like nothing else, delivering the grip you need to keep focused on what matters most – namely, holding that pose. And though they’re meant for hot gyms, there’s no rule against using them for your midday outdoor practice, no matter how humid the weather gets. Choose your favorite limited-edition artist design, and supplement it with a lightweight tank or tee. Larger orders ship for free.
Most of Tentsile’s lightweight, packable products are designed with one purpose in mind: to make forest camping more comfortable. Its seven tree tent models, such as the Stingray, and single-occupant UNA, use three super-strong, flexible tree-tied cords to keep sleepers well off the damp ground without the need for bulky tarps and flaps. For daytime naps and weightless picnics, the multi-person Trillium Hammock is second to none. Accessories abound too, including rain flies, ladders, and mattresses, and shipping is free on all orders.
27. Big Agnes
Big Agnes’s inventory of tents, insulated sleeping gear, and camp furniture is designed with camper comfort in mind, as indicated by names like “Ultralight,” “Superlight,” and “Crazylight.” Some smaller products weigh in at under 2 pounds. If you’re planning a serious backpacking or paddling trip this summer, a new or gently used Big Agnes outfit may be just what your aching body ordered.
Big Agnes gear isn’t for campers on shoestring budgets – the basic two-sleeper C-Bar 2 is pricier than comparable models, and larger tents aren’t cheap either – but it’s built to last. Plus, frequent sales slash website prices by up to 50%. Shipping is free with the promo code “HAPPYCAMPER” (subject to change). Make sure you also check out their store on Amazon. There are frequently some great deals to be found.
Bramble sports a modest but indispensable inventory for outdoorsy weekend warriors. With more than a dozen varieties, its signature product is an ultra-fast-drying camp towel that doubles as sweat-wicking headgear on blazing hot days. For remote picnics, water-resistant bucket bags such as the Starburst don’t disappoint.
Bramble is a 1% For The Planet participant. Standard shipping is free on larger orders.
Kammok designs high-tech camping gear and accessories for warm-season overnights. Its signature product, the insanely lightweight Roo hammock, weighs less than an iPhone and easily fits into a cargo pocket. Add a Python 10- or 15-strap, find a tree, and you’re good to go. The Dragonfly bug net keeps biting insects at bay on dry nights; in case of rain, string a Kuhli weather shelter over your hammock and sleep easy.
Shipping is free on most orders and virtually guaranteed if you’re outfitting a hammock camping setup from scratch. If this is your first time hammock camping, check out Kammok’s guide to Hammock Camping 101.
Think there’s no way to look good in your camp chair? Think again. Helinox specializes in uncommonly fashionable folding furniture, from sturdy reclining chairs to compact yet practical cots.
If you don’t want your time in the great outdoors to interfere with getting a good night’s sleep, the backpacker-friendly Cot One Convertible is a must; it sets up on the roughest surfaces and beats any sleeping pad, any day. The more refined High Cot Home works great in car camping scenarios and on other mostly level surfaces. With Helinox’s easy-wash chairs such as the Sunset Chair, you’ll never again have to settle for the least uncomfortable-looking rock at the campsite.
Tired of driving hours to the trailhead or campsite, only to spend more time retrieving your rented sporting equipment? No more. Kuat makes high-performance vehicle cargo solutions – roof racks, hitches, and trunk racks – for adventurous types.
Whether you need to carry bikes, skis, personal watercraft, or gear, there’s almost certainly a Kuat rack that fits your vehicle’s make or model. The NV 2.0, an update on the brand’s staple NV hitch, is highly versatile. The Class 4 roof rack holds two kayaks weighing up to 80 pounds each. And the Highline trunk rack, which hooks to virtually any vehicle make or model – including those without roof racks or hitches – can carry a small fleet of bicycles.
Need to safely, comfortably transport valuable sporting equipment? There’s a SporTube for that. SporTube manufactures a dizzying array of specialized, high-performance cases and bags for warm- and cold-weather outdoors lovers.
SporTube’s waterski and fishing guide cases are perfect for summer. Its carry-on-compliant bags are ideal for outdoor excursions beyond the reach of your commuter car. And for cyclists, the Trico Iron Case is the gold standard in hard-sided saddlebag technology.
The Yakima HangOver is not what you get after a night of ill-advised campground partying. It’s what you get before you head to the campground, trailhead, or put-in if you’re traveling with a bevy of bicyclists. According to Yakima, the HangOver is the only vertical bike rack that can accommodate up to six bikes while meeting the company’s exacting specifications.
Don’t need to transport six bikes at once? Yakima makes modestly sized car racks too, plus roof boxes, baskets, hitches, and more. It’s a real one-stop shop for your summer cargo-carrying needs.
Primarily Electronics & Accessories
These brands make outdoor life safer and more convenient.
BioLite presides over a growing assortment of eco-friendly camping gear and accessories. One of my favorites is the hyper-efficient, virtually smokeless Bluetooth-enabled fire pit (20 pounds, charcoal or firewood burn time up to 24 hours). Use BioFuel pellets (sold in 2-hour bags) with the signature 2-pound CampStove, and toss on a portable PizzaDome to elevate your campfire cooking.
Shipping is free on most orders, and you’ll get 10% off your first order when you sign up for Biolite’s newsletter. Look for package deals; I found a free starter kit with the purchase of any camp stove bundle, for instance.
Primus designs and manufactures gas-powered cookware and lighting for camping, backpacking, and backyard fun. I’m particularly partial to its adorable little gas lanterns; I can’t count the number of times I’ve needed something stronger than a smartphone flashlight.
If you’re not looking for anything too fancy, the trekking stove is hard to beat for the value. With 2.3 liters of total liquid volume in its cookware, the PrimeTech cook set is significantly more powerful – and pricier.
Giardia? What’s that? Thanks to LifeSaver’s lineup of water purification products, you’ll never have to experience the pain of waterborne intestinal illness again. Start with the LifeSaver Liberty bottle, which comes with extra carbon discs, a protective sleeve, and a scavenger hose. For bigger groups, use the Jerrycan, a sturdy plastic jug rated to purify 10,000 liters per lifetime. Shipping is free on most orders.
Mophie makes a vast array of mobile power chargers and packs for most common small electronic devices. If you’re planning to spend longer than a single charge away from a wall or car outlet, you need a compatible Mophie charger; I say this as someone who’s been on the wrong end of a dead phone more times than I care to remember. When weight control is paramount, an external battery case may be your best bet; iPhone configurations are on the spendy side, but well worth the cost. Shipping is free in the United States. You can also find Mophies through retailers like Amazon or Best Buy.
38. Goal Zero
Need more juice than a single power pack can provide? Goal Zero makes a slew of rugged, outdoor-capable power delivery devices, from a dual lantern and USB power hub to the Yeti 400 Lithium portable power station, which is powerful enough to run small appliances and externally powered medical devices like CPAP machines. And that’s not all; Goal Zero’s solar power line features compact, portable panel configurations priced lower than you might expect.
Goal Zero products come with a 30-day money-back guarantee and one-year warranty. Buy online or use the store locator to find authorized dealers near you.
GNARBOX’s signature product is a portable solid-state drive designed for outdoor photographers and videographers who don’t want to be hampered by a laptop. The original GNARBOX 1.0 has 256 GB storage and supports backup speeds up to 100 MB/s. The soon-to-drop GNARBOX 2.0 comes in 512 GB and 1 TB varieties. Both are IP67 rated, meaning they can take 30 minutes of submersion in up to 1 meter of freshwater.
Order GNARBOX products online or use the store finder feature to find retail locations near you – likely high-end photography shops. And bear in mind that GNARBOX products are for serious photographers; casual snappers can find better outlets for discretionary spending.
I’ve had my share of rugged outdoor adventures, including long-distance bike rides covering hundreds of miles, backcountry camping miles from the nearest cell tower, and high-altitude climbing. In my travels, I’ve used a fair number of the outdoor apparel and gear brands on this list. Many of those I haven’t yet had a chance to use have been sorely missed; I’ve lost count of the times I’ve pined for an external charger after a couple of days away from civilization or fumed at the inefficiency of campfire cooking.
Here’s to hoping this list makes your outdoor excursions as safe, fun, and convenient as possible.
What’s your favorite outdoor brand for warm-weather fun?