Must-Have KÜHL® Women’s Pants and Jacket

At KÜHL®, their passion is to get outdoors and have fun. Representative of their cool logo and mantras such as “Mountain Grown” and "Born in the Mountains"... having an outdoor lifestyle is expected of each contributor at the KÜHL® company. The result is this brand offers innovative styles, exclusive fabrics, and thoughtful features you’re going to love. Swing through any outdoor retailer for a glimpse of KÜHL® styles, and you'll quickly see why they’re so popular. Their clothes are distinctive, technical, hip, and of high quality. So what are some classic, core pieces to consider when shopping for KÜHL®? I been trying out two of their best-selling women’s styles: Splash Roll Up Pant and Spyfire Jacket, and have some insight to share on the fabric, fit, and features. KÜHL® Splash Roll Up Pant With so many enticing options, it can be challenging to decide on which pair of Kuhl Womens Pants to try.  I’m a tall, curvy girl and I can highly recommend the KÜHL® Splash Roll … [Read more...]

One Week of Adventure in prAna #7DayStretch + Discount Code

A few years ago, I purchased my very first pair of what I call "outdoorsy" pants, made from durable fabric with some stretch to it.  They were made by prAna.  The comfort factor blew my mind, and they warmly welcomed me to my new "Life Beyond Jeans".  I was hooked.   Now prAna pants are better than ever. I was recently approached to try out a #7DayStretch test in some prAna pants, and quickly accepted the challenge.  Excited to see they come in three length options, I selected a tall pair of Women's Halle Pants. My mission:  To sport my new prAna Halle pants for 7 days straight, testing out the fit, fabric, and wear. Unfortunately for me, I can't really go play outside for a week straight. But fortunately for me, prAna Halle pants look great and work for just about anything you plan to do during your day. Are you ready?  Here we gooooo.....!  (Plus there's a prAna discount code for Colorado Mountain Mom readers at the end.) One Week of Adventure in prAna Halle Pants … [Read more...]

2015 Outdoor Gear Essentials Roundup

We're just about to wrap up July, and in my humble opinion the local Colorado kids here are heading back to school waaaay too early.   This summer my family was more determined than ever to get out and camp, bike, and hike as much as possible.  Personally, I've got A LOT of warm weather play and quality mountain time left in me for this season! One of the perks of being an outdoor blogger is getting to try all sorts of gadgets, technical clothing, and gear.  Sometimes it doesn't live up to the hype, or the price tag.  But other times I find quality items that we end up using time and again, which to me truly seem worth the investment. So without further ado... I present to you the Best-of-the-Best that I've found for outdoor adventuring this year:  My 2015 Outdoor Gear Essentials Roundup. Pelican 20QT Elite Cooler Pelican coolers have a reputation for being virtually indestructible.  Although we didn't personally try loosely strapping ours to the back of an ATV, then … [Read more...]

Duluth Trading Company Dry On The Fly Pants [$50 Giveaway, Ended 4/15]

I've been receiving catalogs for awhile now from Duluth Trading Company, and I instantly loved two things about them:  They use real women as models.  And these real women wear Duluth Trading Company apparel while doing REAL work! We're talking about an impressive display of female dairy farmers, loggers, ranchers, and carpenters.  And it appears that the durable Duluth Trading Company clothing does a great job of keeping up with the rigors of their daily tasks.  Although I *wish* I were that tough and capable, alas my time is spent more in the categories of office work and outdoor recreation.  So as a better fit for my lifestyle, they sent me a pair of Duluth Trading Company Dry On the Fly pants to try out. Duluth Trading Company's DuluthFlex Dry On the Fly Convertible Pants Duluth Trading Company DuluthFlex Dry On the Fly Convertible Pants (whew!  That's quite a name!) come in 6 great color choices, and are made from a light yet mid-weight, wicking nylon/elastane fabric.  This … [Read more...]

Mountain Khakis ~ Granite Creek Pant & Anytime Tank [Giveaway, Ended 7/12]

Founded in Jackson Hole, WY, Mountain Khakis (MK) high end apparel is designed for long lasting, rugged outdoor use.   After a successful near-decade of crafting mens clothing, and growing as a mountain-lifestyle inspired brand, they now also feature a Women's Collection. I love the MK Soul Statement:   "For many outdoor and mountain enthusiasts pure freedom and rugged adventure has become a way of life.  Mountain Khakis were developed specifically for this lifestyle." I tried out a couple of their pieces, and here's how they fit and performed. MK Women's Granite Creek Pant, $85 These pants are what I consider an "outdoors/hiking investment". And I can give you a good reason why you need such a thing. A few years ago I had a very unpleasant encounter with stinging nettles, while hiking a shaggy-with-vegetation trail.  It was extremely painful and unpleasant, and after learning this lesson the hard way... I now strive to ensure I'm always wearing pants  when I … [Read more...]