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A Guide to Investing in Essential Hiking Gear

A Guide to Investing in Essential Hiking Gear

by Erin Gautier February 01, 2019

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.

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Self Care for Outdoor Adventurers

Self Care for Outdoor Adventurers

by Erin Gautier January 23, 2019

Hikers and backpackers are constantly outside and being active, even in the off season. The physical impact of carrying weight, working muscles repeatedly, and being exposed to uncontrolled conditions can take its toll both in the short and long term. Being able to hike, backpack, snowshoe and do whatever outdoor activities you choose is a special thing, and calls for attention to remain possible, comfortable, and enjoyable.

To stay healthy and protected from injuries, here are a few self-care tips to keep you doing what you love.

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Tips for Finding Budget Friendly Hiking Gear

Tips for Finding Budget Friendly Hiking Gear

by Erin Gautier November 13, 2018

Where do you take friends and family when they come to visit?

Is it on your favorite hike, to a great coffee shop, to the biggest shopping mall, or somewhere else?

For me, though a few places make the list, bringing people to the most grand and gorgeous gear shop near me is an absolute must.

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A Beginner's Guide to the 10 Essentials

A Beginner's Guide to the 10 Essentials

by Erin Gautier October 11, 2018

Have you ever passed a hiker on the trail who looked prepared to summit K2 at any moment? I know I have, even on easy trails with the city in clear visibility. I have also watched as tourists in sandals and business casual attire embarked into the Grand Canyon, armed with Venti Starbucks drinks instead of water.

It can seem difficult to strike balance between overconcern and under preparation. That line was blurry to me when I began hiking alone, often resulting in me placing myself in needlessly uncomfortable and unsafe situations. What seemed missing was a description of the necessities of safe hiking, presented with reason and practicality for the beginner hiker in mind.

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The Best Tips for Shoulder Season Hiking

The Best Tips for Shoulder Season Hiking

by Erin Gautier September 25, 2018

Every year, fall slips in without a warning. I realize that the days are shorter, the mornings are crisp, and suddenly I find changing colors all around. In fall, midday temperatures are perfect for hiking and backpacking. A wonderland of new shades and patterns reveals itself, even in places you have visited all year long. The bugs regress to wherever bugs regress to, and colorful birds come out. Here in Colorado, the sound of bugling elk adds to the fall wilderness experience.
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A Beginner's Guide to Hiking: Series Intro

A Beginner's Guide to Hiking: Series Intro

by Erin Gautier September 08, 2018

Hiking... it is both calming and energizing. It is when I often feel most free. It can be whatever you want it to be- thoughtful or meditative, relaxing or challenging. It is a way to connect with the natural world, with others, and with yourself. It makes you more appreciative, and helps you understand your relative size. You discover beautiful things on every trail. It is one of the healthiest and most refreshing activities available.

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The Cold Natured Adventurer’s Guide to Hiking and Backpacking

The Cold Natured Adventurer’s Guide to Hiking and Backpacking

by Erin Gautier August 14, 2018

Chill bumps bristled on my arms. Gazing out over snow-tipped peaks, I felt torn. After hiking one of my first of Colorado’s 14ers, I wanted to remain in the breathtaking landscape surrounding me. I had entered another world, one that only existed above the clouds. I longed to linger there, but I was growing colder and colder with every breath. My mind clung to the chill as I shivered. It was summer. While others sported short sleeves and light jackets, I was swimming in multiple layers with gloves, a Buff, and ear warmers all haphazardly pulled on, looking like the whip cream and a cherry atop an icy sundae.
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3 Ways to Build the Perfect Campfire

3 Ways to Build the Perfect Campfire

by Austin Campbell May 23, 2018

When most people think about camping one of the first things to come to mind is the campfire. A fire not only provides warmth and a place to cook and roast s'mores but also a gathering place for friends and family. Here we'll cover the basics of fire safety, wood gathering, building, and lighting a fire so you can impress everyone with your outdoor skills on your next campout.
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11 Pieces of Ultra Light Backpacking Gear You Can 3D Print Right Now

11 Pieces of Ultralight Backpacking Gear You Can 3D Print Right Now

by Austin Campbell April 12, 2018

3D printing brings endless possibilities for MYOG and ultralight backpacking enthusiasts. If you have the skills you can create your own gear, or you can search online for open-source designs that are ready to print. 3d printing can also be useful for repairing and extending the life of your gear - think replacement buckles, new nobs for your old stove etc. If you don't have your own 3D printer you can have designs printed with online services, students can often print designs at school, and many cities have maker communities where you can rent time on 3D printers. 
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The Best Ways to Make Amazing Camp Coffee

The Best Ways to Make Amazing Camp Coffee

by Austin Campbell March 21, 2018

As a Seattle based company, everyone at CloudLine has a favorite option for their camp coffee. Whether you insist on grinding fresh beans every time or you're looking for the lightest and quickest way to brew a cup of joe, here we've gathered the team's favorite backcountry java options for taste, convenience, and pack weight.
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2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Hikers, Backpackers, and Campers.

Holiday Gift Guide for Hikers, Backpackers, and Campers

by Austin Campbell November 16, 2017

Finding a meaningful gift is a challenge, so we've made it easy by picking useful and unique gift ideas for your favorite hiker. Browse the whole list or use the links below to jump to categories for Men, Women, Hiking, Backpacking, and Camping. 
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SIMPLE TIPS TO MAKE A HIKING TRIP MORE COMFORTABLE | CloudLine Apparel Blog

SIMPLE TIPS TO MAKE A HIKING TRIP MORE COMFORTABLE

by Rebecca Crawford November 13, 2017

Hiking seems to be a divisive issue. For some people, it seems like nothing could be simpler – they seem to glide up mountains and through deserts with no effort and nothing but a smile on their face. For the rest of us, it may not come so easily. For those who are just getting started, the technicalities in the hiking world can seem like Latin, and even small hikes can feel like treks through the Mojave. Learning any sport takes time, and no matter how experienced you are, there are always new things to learn. In this article, we’ll go over five simple tips for hikers of all levels to make their trips more comfortable – no matter where they go.
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WOMEN'S  US  UK Europe CM
Small 4 - 6.5 2 - 4.5 35 - 37  20.5 - 23
Medium
7 - 9.5
5 - 7.5 38 - 40 23.5 - 25.5
Large
10 -12.5
8 - 10.5 41 - 45 26 - 28.5
X-Large
13.5 - 15
11 - 13.5 46 - 49 29 - 31

MEN'S  US  UK Europe CM
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Medium
6 - 8.5
5.5 - 8 39 - 41 23.5 - 25.5
Large
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8.5 - 11 42 - 44 26 - 28.5
X-Large
12 - 14.5
11.5 - 14 45 - 47 29 - 31

 

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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

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38 - 41
Length: 29" Width: 20"
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Length: 30" Width: 22"
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Length: 31" Width: 24"
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