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must-try
Colorado-born
products
By Shauna Farnell
Red C with 7 in the middle
must-try
Colorado-born
products
By Shauna Farnell
Red C with 7 in the middle
must-try
Colorado-born
products
By Shauna Farnell
From snacks to sustainable shoes, there’s no shortage of great items that pay tribute to Colorado’s unique lifestyle.
When traveling, it’s always fun to bring back a little something that serves as a lasting memento of your trip. Whether it’s a gift for someone else or a treat for you, there is a bounty of innovative, useful and super-cool products from which to choose. Here are some of the centennial state’s most-winning homegrown libations, fashion statements and snacks that make for one-of-a-kind gifts.
honey-filled waffles
Honey Stinger Organic waffles
Why gnaw on a cardboard bar with 87 ingredients when you can fuel up with a delicious, honey-filled waffle? Honey Stinger co-founder Bill Gamber Jr.’s grandparents were beekeepers and inventors of the honey bear bottle. Since its inception in 2001, the company continues to produce organic, tasty snacks – cracker and protein bars, gels, waffles and chews – with the common ingredient of honey, a natural energy source and anti-oxidant. The Holland stroop-style waffles, available in a variety of flavors and also gluten-free, are addictive.
www.honeystinger.com
Soft, comfortable, easy to slip on and off shoes
Saola sustainable shoes
Soft, comfortable, easy to slip on and off and unquestionably hip, you’d never guess these kicks were made from recycled plastic bottles. Other materials include organic cotton, natural cork and algae foam, the latter causing harm to lake and river ecosystems by releasing CO2 into the air, but which can be reduced to powder and incredibly useful in the construction of outsoles. Saola was founded on the mission of preserving the planet through eco-design and wildlife preservation. Who knew that green footwear could look so good?
www.saolashoes.com
Topo Designs accessory bag
This wallet-sized pouch is rendered from heavy-duty Cordura and nylon pack cloth material with industrial zippers that will never fail. Ideal for seamless access to credit cards, cash and coins, this bag, like all Topo Designs products, was inspired by outdoor living but suitable for travel across the globe. Launched in the Fort Collins basement of co-founder Jedd Rose, who made the early products himself on a sewing machine, the sweet look, endurance and obvious functionality of Topo Designs has taken off across North America.
www.topodesigns.com
wallet-sized pouch rendered from heavy-duty Cordura
wallet-sized pouch rendered from heavy-duty Cordura
Topo Designs accessory bag
This wallet-sized pouch is rendered from heavy-duty Cordura and nylon pack cloth material with industrial zippers that will never fail. Ideal for seamless access to credit cards, cash and coins, this bag, like all Topo Designs products, was inspired by outdoor living but suitable for travel across the globe. Launched in the Fort Collins basement of co-founder Jedd Rose, who made the early products himself on a sewing machine, the sweet look, endurance and obvious functionality of Topo Designs has taken off across North America.
www.topodesigns.com
variety of lids marked by super-cool graphics
Headsweats trucker hat
Many of us separate our outdoor activity and going-out-on-the-town headwear, but there’s no need for that with this variety of lids marked by super-cool graphics (pine trees, skulls, bikes, unicorns, Colorado logos … the choice is tough). While artistically designed in the Boulder-based company’s logolab (which also produces custom logos) to look and feel cool, but also to cover up a bad hair day or post workout ‘do, the townie hat features Headsweats’ famously light, sweat-wicking, performance-driven technology.
www.headsweats.com
bourbon created as an homage to the 10th Mountain Division soldiers
10th Mountain bourbon

Created as an homage to the 10th Mountain Division soldiers who conducted their hearty mountain warfare training near Vail in the 1940s, 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company’s bourbon has won numerous gold medals. Its charred oak-vanilla aroma alone will have you swooning before you take your first fiery-smooth sip.
www.spirits.10thwhiskey.com

Pakems women’s Cortina – Brickell boots
Yes, these Pakems Cortina boots look cute, warm, rugged and waterproof. And they are indeed all of these things. What’s truly amazing about them, however, is their ability to fold up into a small (included) bag that, unlike most winter wear, can easily fit into a backpack, suitcase, or, depending on how lightly you like to travel, the front of your jacket. Pakems founder Julie Adams was inspired to create the slipper-like footwear after lamenting her aching, ski boot-suffocated feet every afternoon during a European ski trip. You’ll never want to take them off.
www.pakems.com
warm, rugged and waterproof boots
warm, rugged and waterproof boots
Pakems women’s Cortina – Brickell boots
Yes, these Pakems Cortina boots look cute, warm, rugged and waterproof. And they are indeed all of these things. What’s truly amazing about them, however, is their ability to fold up into a small (included) bag that, unlike most winter wear, can easily fit into a backpack, suitcase, or, depending on how lightly you like to travel, the front of your jacket. Pakems founder Julie Adams was inspired to create the slipper-like footwear after lamenting her aching, ski boot-suffocated feet every afternoon during a European ski trip. You’ll never want to take them off.
www.pakems.com
Soft, stretchy and puncture-proof jacket
SYNC Performance stretch puffy
We all have that puffy jacket that’s our go-to for heading outdoors on the most frigid days, but usually that jacket doesn’t function well for skiing or aggressive winter activities. Enter the Sync Performance stretch puffy. Soft, stretchy and puncture-proof, this jacket was designed to keep ski racers warm yet pliant while bombing down the slopes at mach speed. It also doubles as a sporty, sleek outerwear option for wearing around town on the most blistering nights.
www.syncperformance.com