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The Sweatshirt You Need and It Benefits National Parks, Forests and Public Lands

As I’m writing this, it’s raining with temperatures in the mid-50s in Denver.  It’s the perfect day for a sweatshirt and dreaming of hiking in national parks.  If you’re hiking or camping this summer, this sweatshirt is a great addition to your adventure wardrobe because even in summer, it gets chilly at night in the the mountains or desert.

Wild Tribute sent me their National Park Arrowhead Hooded Sweatshirt to gear test.  I recently featured it in my Mother’s Day gift guide.  Admittedly I don’t have a lot of cozy sweatshirts.  I tend to just layer up athletic wear.  This sweatshirt is SO soft taking comfy up a notch.  It’s soft on the outside and uber soft on the inside.  I wore it apres skiing during spring break and recently wore it while on a road trip in Utah including hiking in 5 national parks.  My friend Lisa went googly-eyed over the sweatshirt’s softness.

On that road trip, I put it on several times including for a short hike in Devils Garden in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument on a sunny and chilly morning with temperatures in the 40s.  I also slept in it while camping in a Taxa Mantis in Moab.  The fit is relaxed and its long enough to cover your bum since it’s longer in back.  You could easily tuck it in too.  It’s perfect to throw on over hiking clothes, jeans or even pjs.  I could easily see myself sitting by a campfire sipping an adult beverage and roasting marshmallows for s’mores while wearing this sweatshirt.

The two biggest things I love are the design and donation aspects.  The arrowhead is a nod to Native Americans and indigenous peoples.  Inside of it are about half of the 63 national parks, many of which I’ve been to with a few still on my travel list.  Wild Tribute donates 4% of proceeds to national parks, forests and public lands.  Brands that give back get a huge thumbs up from me.  Some of the projects Wild Tribute has help fund include bear boxes in Yellowstone, trail maintenance in Grand Canyon, supporting the condor project in Zion and helping to plan 50 million trees in national forests.

Plus, the logo design with a bison, mountains and trees is pretty niffy too.  In addition to sweatshirts they carry t-shirts (including long sleeves for men), tanks, hats, youth tees and long sleeves and accessories.  I’m already eyeing a couple of tees for my wish list!  If you’re already thinking ahead to the holidays, this would make a great gift for a national parks lover.

Author Jennifer Broome often gear test products for travel, adventure and the outdoors.  Check out the Go Gear section for more.