It’s time to hit the river and the trail, friends. Yes, spring and summertime skiing is still quite possible (the corn harvest is a-go) but it’s the time of year for flip-flops and hiking shoes and hanging in town. Recently, I’ve been paring down my wardrobe, on the hunt for versatile pieces rather than shorts for town and another for the trail, shirts for ridgelines and button downs for dinners. However, it can be tough to track down clothes that’ll perform on the mountain peak and make you look cool on Main Street. That’s why I turned to Stio.
The Coburn Short features Tetonic TwillTM stretch-woven fabric, which is 94-percent nylon, 6-percent spandex, and has a WR finish. It has that classic khaki short look but moves and stretches well on hikes, scrambling on boulders, jumping from raft to raft, karate kicks, and impromptu dance parties. On hikes, things can get a little mungy “down there.” The pockets are made of mesh so there’s no need to worry about the hike-ruining SWASS attack. Aside from venting booty heat incredibly well, the pockets also drain water easily during creek stomps or boat trips. And the shorts themselves dry quickly.
The Eddy Check SS shirt’s most impressive feature is its super duper quick dry-ability (is that a thing…yeah, that’s a thing). The backpack heat zone can produce a perspiration waterfall from my shoulder blades to the small of my back on hikes or town strolls or anytime I try long division. Back sweat is a major bummer and a huge gross out. The WR finish and UPF 50+ stretchy poly-nylon fabric get rid of the issue with a seriously short dry time. I looked like I had just jumped into a pool when I topped out during a recent hike. Five minutes later, my Eddy Check shirt was completely dry and, when I strolled down and into town, no one was hip to just how disgustingly sweaty I get on hikes.
The CFS shirt might be the most impressively versatile piece from Stio. Plus, it makes me feel snazzy. Not just from the raft to date night, but this bad boy can be used as part of your layering system on ski days. It spans all seasons, all sports, and all in-town outings. Four way stretch, UPF 50+, quick drying WR finish, classic and classy snap buttons, double breast pockets; simply put, it’s just a damn fine shirt. If there’s only room for one Stio piece in your closet, this is the one.
Hey ladies, AJ staff writer Abbie Barronian’s got you covered. Here are her thoughts on Stio:
I’ve been looking for the Sidley Shirt for eight years: the perfect lightweight, technical, breathable button-down, comfortable on the trail, river, and Main Street. It’s become my go-to sun shirt, and has protected my poor skin comfortably from the baking desert sun and high-altitude mountain midday UV rays. Layered over a t-shirt or a tank, it’s become a key piece of my warm-weather backcountry layering system when I’m looking to stay cool and maintain a healthy barrier between myself and my environment—bugs, bushwhacking, and sunlight included. It washes and dries rapidly, which is crucial for days spent sea-kayaking, canyoneering, and, you know, jumping into any respectable body of water available.
Stio’s Coburn Jogger pants are cut lovingly for the athletic body. With a small waist and strong legs, I find pants hard to shop for—much women’s clothing is cut for slender legs and a more ample midsection. Not so with Stio’s Coburn Joggers, which nods in both style, functionality, and fit to the active lifestyle outdoor women lead. The sleek, flattering cut makes them something I’m happy to wear around town and even to the office, but the stretchy, breathable fabric means they’re perfect for commuter bike rides, afternoons at the climbing gym, and cool-weather hikes. They’ve become my go-to travel, around camp, active day in the city pants. Stio hits the nail on the head with women’s gear that’s not too techy or drab. I’ve long envied the men in my life who can look perfectly put together at dinner in a well-cut pair of hiking pants from Eddie Bauer and turn around and take them on the trail the next day. The Coburn Joggers are the closest I’ve found to that versatility in women’s outdoor pants.