Health & Fitness

By Eva Whalen


It’s warm enough outside to run, bike or hike any time or any where to your heart’s content, and having the right gear can make it easier, more comfortable, and even more stylish. Here’s a top-to-bottom recommended lineup for your summer sprints.

Merrell fuses performance, form and function with its Avian Light line, which includes stretchy lightweight fabrics in flattering and versatile styles. The Ellsworth Halter Back Tank top is luxuriously soft and stretchy and features a flattering gathered bust. It’s also quick drying, and has a built-in bra.

Pair it with the Merrell Reece Jacket, which keeps moisture off the skin with its Opti-Wick fabric, dries quickly, and offers sun protection. And the Ellsworth Bermuda Short with Opti-Wick fabric is truly the most comfortable pair of shorts imaginable.

Then lace up your Avian Light Ventilator hiking shoes and prepare for deep comfort. Mesh panels provide climate control, and a sturdy sole platform enables rugged terrain hopping. You’ll feel like you’re walking on clouds! Find all Merrell products at or your favorite sports store.

The SpiBelt can conveniently hold your keys, cash, cards and iPhone for ease of movement if you like to run to music. Or if you run with your dog in tow, you can add some dog treats. It’s a perfect solution for hands-free dashes (and summer traveling or hiking too); available at

You want to keep dry and sweet smelling in a natural way, and Lavanila deodorant delivers on all three of those things – a perfect match. Lavanila is a blend of 100% natural botanicals, essential oils, amino acids, and 30 vitamins, available in vanilla, vanilla coconut, vanilla grapefruit, vanilla lavender, and four other summery scents. Purchase them at, or and Sephora stores.

Go take a hike!

Originally published June 2012



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