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Stocking Stuffers from Outdoor Research & ORCA

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Since moving to Oregon, my family has enjoyed the outdoors year round. Of course there’s always a chance of things getting wet or dirty, whether you’re on a kayak on the river, hanging out at the beach, hiking a trail, or going for a run. That often requires multiple changes of clothes. The pre-planning of what to wear pre-or post-race (run/hike/etc) is the easy part – the more difficult one can be what to do with those gross and wet clothes afterwards. The easy answer is a plastic bag, but in the state of the world and plastics, I know I personally like a better option – and the Outdoor Research Dirty/Clean Bag is a great one and just the size for a stocking stuffer.

The design is pretty straightforward, but still relatively unique for wet bags. This option comes with roll top openings on both ends – a dry side (“wear me”) and wet side (“wash me”) – to keep things separated. There are other buckles available to make things even more compact when the need is there – such as sticking in a duffel bag, airline bag, or hiking pack. It is made with a semi-translucent construction, so you can see where your clothes are, and coating also makes it water-resistant and super simple to clean.

While there are tons of potential uses for this bag, I found it to be useful after a run – ideal for a singular pre- and post-race option. There are plenty of times after runs and races that I am jetting off somewhere else afterwards. Thus, I am packing separate items to wear, and I basically just have the habit of just throwing my wet clothes on the floor of my car for lack of a better location. With the Dirty/Clean Bag, I can easily pack my next round of clothing in one side and eventually use the other side to keep my sweaty clothes off of the car floor or seat afterwards.

Outdoor Research Dirty/Clean Bag

  • 20L: $45
  • 15L: $39
  • 10L: $35
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Fabric:

  • 100% nylon, 40D siliconized diamond ripstop with PU coating (Interior)
  • 100% nylon, 70D slant brick dobby with PU coating (Exterior)

Colors:

  • Blue
  • Grey
  • Red

Weight: 4.1 oz.


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When I was offered the opportunity to try out a shiny white water bottle, my very first thought was how I had some Star Wars stickers that would look great on that. Turns out this Hydra water bottle (in Pearl) from ORCA Coolers looks great even without my rebel stickers (which will totally be added once I pick the right ones). Or maybe I’ll head back to the ORCA website for one of their customizable bands. Oh, the fun of a blank slate.

I’ve already had the chance to bring my new bottle to class and was thrilled at how cool it kept my drink. The stainless steel kept my water cool for hours (and according to the packaging can do the same for hot drinks).

While I don’t imagine carrying this around during a run, it is the perfect size for both my backpack and my car cup holder. The foram whale tail handle helps to carry it around, or even to utilize as a fidget to play with. It took me a little bit to figure out how to get the cap unscrewed without taking off the whole top, but once I did the spout was the perfect size to drink without getting soaked.

ORCA advises handwashing the bottle, though it is top rack safe for the dishwasher.  There are 8 different color options that span the color palate.

And once I decide on some decorations, the ORCA Hydra 22 will be my new go-to bottle.

 

ORCA Hydra Water Bottle

  • 22oz: $32.99
  • 34oz: $42.99
  • 66oz: $52.99

 

Thank you to Outdoor Research & ORCA for providing us with samples. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

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