A thru hike is a huge undertaking and our friends at Big Outdoors are launching a sponsorship program to help 12 lucky hikers outfit their 2017 thru hikes. If you are planning to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, or Appalachian Trail this year, then head over to Big Outdoors and fill out their quick and painless sponsorship application by Monday, January 23rd. And if you aren't already convinced you should apply, here are 5 reasons to partner with Big Outdoors for your 2017 thru hike.
Big Outdoors is like the Whole Foods of outdoor gear. You won't find cheap products from heartless corporations, but instead a carefully curated selection of the highest quality gear from companies that care. Big Outdoors stocks a complete line of gear for your adventures including CloudLine socks, base layers, jackets, hammock systems, backpacks, trekking poles and more. In short, Big Outdoors is a company you will feel proud to represent on the trail.
As part of the sponsorship program, thru hikers will receive 30% off most items from Big Outdoors. This is an amazing deal and a great way to keep your thru hike affordable. After all, you are taking 3-6 months off of work to hike full time.
Big Outdoors is also going to make sure each thru hiker in the program gets a Big Outdoors t-shirt or snapback trucker hat. And of course, plenty of stickers to pass along to fellow hikers.
The "Big Blog" is our favorite outdoor blog of 2016. On it, Big Outdoors share stories ranging from gear reviews to how to poop in the woods. If selected for the thru hiker sponsorship, you will get the chance to share your hike on the blog and have your words read by thousands of other hikers.
We are excited to be contributing to the Big Outdoors thru hiker sponsorship by outfitting each hiker with 2 pairs of CloudLine socks. If you haven't worn a pair yet, your feet are in for a treat. CloudLine socks are knit from premium itch-free merino wool that is naturally quick drying, fast wicking, and resists odors to keep your feet fresh, comfy, and blister free during your thru hike.
Some trails are familiar, like a pair of cushioned slippers formed to your feet. Each turn is comforting and warm, as known as the pages of your favorite book. Some trails are rocky and wild, proving to you with every mile both the thrill of nature and your own limitations. For different experience levels, locations, time constraints and moods, there are likely to be a variety of trails near you that meet your needs. With some helpful resources and considerations, finding the perfect hiking trail is easy.
From hiking dog jealousy to estimating the calorie-to-weight ratio of entire grocery stores, outdoor adventurers have unique experiences all around.
Here are just a few to make you laugh, paired with watercolor interpretations of outdoorsy absurdity.
My first pair of sturdy, quality hiking boots changed my outdoor experience. Before them, I tumbled around awkwardly in slippery, ill-fitting, non-breathable (and somehow also non-waterproof) boots, coming away from hikes happy but covered in scrapes, bruises, and favoring tender limbs. My arches would ache, and eventually, the dull pain would spread to my leg joints. Then I bought “my blue boots.” The most significant outdoor purchase I had ever made, I was unconvinced that they would be worth it. Now, without a doubt in my mind, I can say they were absolutely worth the price.
|Small||4 - 6.5||2 - 4.5||35 - 37||20.5 - 23|
7 - 9.5
|5 - 7.5||38 - 40||23.5 - 25.5|
|8 - 10.5||41 - 45||26 - 28.5|
13.5 - 15
|11 - 13.5||46 - 49||29 - 31|
|Small||N/A||N/A||N/A||20.5 - 23|
6 - 8.5
|5.5 - 8||39 - 41||23.5 - 25.5|
|8.5 - 11||42 - 44||26 - 28.5|
12 - 14.5
|11.5 - 14||45 - 47||29 - 31|
|WOMEN'S||FITS SIZES||US Sizes (Inches)|
|Small||2 - 4||Length: 26"||Width: 15 ¾"|
|Medium||6 - 8||Length: 26 ½"||Width: 16 ½"|
|Large||8 - 10||Length: 27 ⅛ "||Width: 17 ½"|
|X-Large||10 - 14||Length: 27 ¾"||Width: 18 ½"|
|2X-Large||14 - 18||Length: 28 ⅜"||Width: 19 ½|
|MEN'S / UNISEX||CHEST TO FIT||US Sizes (Inches)|
|Small||34 - 37||Length: 28"||Width: 18"|
38 - 41
|Length: 29"||Width: 20"|
42 - 45
|Length: 30"||Width: 22"|
46 - 49
|Length: 31"||Width: 24"|
|2X-Large||50 - 53||Length: 32"||Width: 26"|