The Coolest Pieces of Gear We Tested This Week

By Amira Burns on

With warmer weather finally here, I’m spending all the time I can outside. But once the temps cool down at night, I just want a simple pullover to throw on and head out the door. Enter the Stio Turpin Fleece. It’s a no-frills layer designed with recycled materials that comes in five colors. It has an easy-to-pull zipper, but my favorite detail has to be the button on each sleeve cuff that makes rolling them up when I’m grilling or, say, hosing down my patio quick and easy. - John Lonsdale, Deputy Digital Editor

 

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