Shop Canadian: Awesome Gear for Fun Summer Adventures

Adventurous Caucasian Woman Friends Hiking on top of a Rocky Mountain Cliff. Sunny Summer Sunset. Mnt Brunswick Hike, North of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


In summer, the days are longer and so are the adventures. The sun acts like a key, unlocking dawn-to-dusk adventure and beckoning you to spend more time outdoors. (Come on, stay the night—or three!) Whether you’re journeying along trails or tributaries, you need gear that’s up to the task. From hiking boots to versatile packs, these workhorse gear picks were built for the backcountry. Find a local dealer or shop online at ROI Recreation Outfitters.


Devold Valldal Merino 130 Tee Wmn

A layering staple, Devold’s Valldal Merino 130 Tee Wmn combines performance with design. Weighing just 85 grams, its featherlight, thermo-regulating quality makes it a versatile wardrobe choice. Wear it as a moisture-wicking standalone on a day hike or as a base layer for a multi-night paddling trip. It’s a 70-30 blend of breathable merino wool and Tencel® to wick away moisture and regulate temperature. This tee may be lightweight, but it is not delicate; Devold, a Norwegian woolen clothing maker founded in 1853, is known for “strong-wearing clothes.” Boasting sheep-to-shop supply chain traceability, it’s a brand to feel good about buying.


Kayland Duke Mid GTX

Canadians might be new to Kayland (ROI Recreation Outfitters began distributing the brand in early 2022), but it’s been around since 1971, finding its (literal) footing as an Italian-designed technical bootmaker with an obsession for biomechanical fit. That means snug, supportive comfort while climbing uphill and descending. Given its high-altitude mountaineering pedigree and performance, a Kayland hiking boot is a solid choice. The Duke Mid GTX is the debut model in a line crafted for advanced hiking. Loaded with technology, these are the boots for rugged trails loaded with loose obstacles and scrambles. A Vibram traction outsole features a grippy lug pattern designed for stability across mixed terrain, GORE-TEX Invisible fit offers a waterproof, windproof and highly breathable membrane and an EVA midsole offers unbeatable cushioning. Duke Mid GTX is available in men’s and women’s.


Trezeta Drift W’s WP

Italian-engineered Trezeta Drift WP is a surefooted hiking boot chosen by adventurers needing midweight support while rambling across varied terrain—without being “too much boot.” Its Water Stopper™ breathable membrane, soft waterproof suede upper and stabilizing Vibram™ Inverness outsole holds major appeal for day hikers and weekenders whose summer adventures might run a bit soggy: along routes crossing slick rock, through creeks or an intertidal zone, along stone-strewn riverbanks or while following trails still partly compacted with slushy snow. A breathable mesh lining means a comfortable, snug fit. Drift WP is available in men’s and women’s.



DEUTER’s AC Lite 15 SL women’s pack might be new to the market, but when its Aircomfort back system was created and patented in 1984, the mesh back carrier system revolutionized backpack design. This version of AC Lite, a popular round-frame DEUTER model, is lighter than ever—perfect for day hikes. Weighing just 810 grams, you might expect a compromise on features, but that’s not the case. Contained within its 15 litres is a two-litre drinking system sleeve, an inner compartment, rain cover and, of course, that ultra breezy Aircomfort system for maximum ventilation. A full-length zipper runs through the centre of the pack for easy inspection and access to contents. We appreciate the stretchy mesh side pockets for stashing small items like snacks or a phone. A zippered pocket secures keys and other valuables.


DEUTER Trail 30

For just 180 grams more (990 total), the DEUTER Trail 30 offers twice the volume of AC Lite 15 SL. At 30 litres, its size offers greater storage for routes that demand you bring more technical gear: hikes and scrambles where you’ll want to affix walking poles, a helmet, pickaxe or carabiners to the exterior without hindering access to the pack’s contents. Trail 30 boasts DEUTER’s signature Aircontact back system, meaning it won’t sit flush against your spine and cause moisture to pool. (Translation: ventilated carrying comfort.) Perforated shoulder straps and pocketed hip fins ensure weight is well-distributed, fitting securely as you hike across varied terrain.


This article was sponsored by ROI

Based in Beautiful British Columbia, ROI has been an importer and exclusive distributor of premium hiking, skiing, mountaineering and outdoor lifestyle products for over 50 years. We are surrounded by the natural beauty and amenities that allow us to test, use and review the outdoor products we import and distribute.