Ever since I started venturing into the outdoors more than two decades ago, Columbia Sportswear has been a reliable companion. It’s a trusted brand among mountaineers. Personally if I can grab a few apparels from them, I would. It’s not cheap but you get what you pay for. Quality and technology that can last for years. I remember having my first Columbia convertible pants and it lasted for at least five years. Definitely “Tested Tough”. Columbia Sportswear have been producing and innovating products long before. And to mark their 80th Anniversary, they have relaunched a flagship store in the Philippines that continues to inspire people to go outdoors.
Decade ago since it was originally released, the Flux quickly became a staple on trails all over the world. Mountain bike riders highly regard the Flux as the original Mountain Bike Trail helmet. It was FOX’s number one selling Mountain Bike product, which helped position the brand as a leader in the very competitive trail riding category. This year Fox Racing Philippines brings the Fox Flux 2.0 in the country. The growing local community of mountain bikers are excited to take a spin with this updated iconic trail helmet for their cross country or epic rides.
It’s a few days before Christmas and for some of us, like me, I’m a crammer when it comes to gift-buying. If you’re still wondering what to give your traveller friends, it’s not that hard to please us really. Yes, we do appreciate another headwear, multi-tools, sporks, another water container ( I think I have more than 10 now) or flashlights. But if you want to up the ante a bit or give try something different here are some gift ideas for the active traveler for you.
Action cameras are best used without us thinking about it being there. So instead of holding on to our selfie sticks, hands-free accessories are available. It makes us just think about our awesome action videos and not the camera. The Kickstarter-born company Peak Design created the Capture POV. Adopting the design from their highly successful first Kickstarter project, the camera carrying clip accessory Capture. Peak Design Capture P.O.V. is specially made for action cameras and even point-and-shoot cameras. Smartphones can also be used as long as the user have a mount.
It’s always a good idea to bring a good jacket when traveling. Even in our tropical country, squalls or drafts of cold can be sudden, especially when venturing to the Cordilleras. In my recent travels to the cold highlands, I got to use the Columbia Flash Forward Down Hooded Jacket this time. It’s a lightweight, ActiveFit, water resistant down jacket with a patented Heat Seal technology from Columbia. I put the jacket to the test at the chilly summit of Mt Pulag and the nippy air of Bontoc.
Thule (tu-li), a brand from Sweden founded by the Thulin family in 1942, manufactures a collection of outdoor products. They made a name for themselves with their quality roof racks, bike carriers and automobile transporters in Europe. Thule also made luggage and travel packs globally. Their Thule Crossover collection launched in 2009 were lauded for its well thought out design and quality. Jake Bros Philippines, the local distributor of Thule is proud to launch in the local market the Thule Subterra Collection. After eight years since the crossover collection, Thule introduced a brand new collection for the savvy, casual and business travelers.