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Route’s Favorite Products: September 2020 Roundup
Tired of politics, pandemics, and the takeover of pumpkin spice?
(Just kidding on that last one—who doesn’t love getting carried away from reality by the warmth of a sweet, sweet PSL?)
Fall is in full swing, and we know just the ticket to making it truly the best season of the year. Treat yo’self! September had the crew at Route discovering new brands and goods that make the world a little comfier, a little cleaner, and a little cozier to help us all escape to our own li’l oasis.
See what lull-inducing goods we hand-picked as our favorites from September, then give yourself the gift of one (or all) of these pick-me-ups.
Jump around these goodies:
- Nest Bedding – FLIP Hybrid Mattress
- Stryve – Beef Biltong
- Brooklinen – Hammam Robe
- Olukai – ‘Ohana Beach Sandal
- Brümate – Hopsulator TRíO 3-in-1
- Monos – CleanPod UVC Sterilizer
- Girlfriend Collective – Classic Sweatshirt & Jogger
Nest Bedding – The FLIP Double Sided Hybrid ($699)
The mattress-in-a-box craze of the past few years seemed to have hit its peak—until now. Nest Bedding adding has pushed the envelope and doubled down on evolving mattresses even more with the FLIP hybrid mattress.
What the heck is that? The FLIP hybrid mattress is pretty much two mattresses in one, with one side offering up a medium feel while the other provides sleepers a firmer surface. Made in the U.S., the FLIP is the first-of-its-kind mattress crafted with Visco Gel support foam and a durable Caliber Coil system.
This combo makes the FLIP ideal for folks who aren’t sure what feel they prefer in a mattress, can’t get out to test a bunch of firmnesses in a wide-open showroom, or those who want to have peace of mind should they switch from a side-sleeper to a belly-sleeper in the future.
If you’re a fan of feeling prepared with versatile must-haves (like zip-off cargo pants, perhaps), you’re going to sleep easy on this affordable luxury mattress. “If you are looking to go green for not a lot of green, eco-friendly and made in America, you came to the right place.”
Stryve – Beef Biltong ($6.99/2.25 oz)
Biltong: lean meat which is salted and dried in strips.
Stryve biltong is the product of a South African family recipe dating back hundreds of years. It’s an all-natural mix of spices and vinegar that marinate the beef before it’s hung up and air dried for as long as two weeks.
The meat stays tender, each slice retains more flavor than ubiquitous jerky, and it’s so good it just won the 2020 Chef’s Best Award. We also love that Stryve makes their biltong sans sugar, nitrates, and preservatives—just protein and stuff that’s good for ya. (There’s no better time to stay healthy and hardy, right?)
Plus, you won’t ever have to worry about eating mystery meat since all of Stryve’s beef is sourced from American farmers with manufacturing taking place right in good ol’ Oklahoma.
If you’re ready to see with biltong is all about, you can get a slick 15% off your first order (and you could even sign up for their subscription service to make sure your biltong well never runs dry).
Brooklinen – Hammam Robe ($98)
Remember what we said about making the rest of this year as cozy as possible? The Hammam Robe by Brooklinen can make that dream a reality the moment you slip into it.
Made with Turkish cotton and donning a terry cloth interior, this robe is best for:
- After taking a shower or bath
- After hitting the beach and swimming in the ocean
- After waking up and you just are not ready to put on real clothes and face the world
You get the point. This robe is Comfortable, with a capital C, and it’s outfitted with a hood and pockets to add that touch of functionality that we all need in our leisurewear these days.
Brooklinen has a reputation for doling out affordable yet extremely comfortable wares, and this li’l diddy is no exception, taking home the 2020 Best Stuff Award from GQ.
If you’re not sure if this robe is what you need to make this year better, Brooklinen offers a 365-day return policy (and free return shipping). So if you’re one of those folks who really wants to get their hands on something before they fully commit, the Hammam Robe is as risk-free as they come.
Olukai – ‘Ohana Beach Sandal ($70)
Even though it’s tough to imagine here in our Utah-based headquarters, some parts of the U.S. don’t sit under a blanket of snow for half the year like we do, which means people still have the luxury of heading to the beach without freezing off their tookus. Good for them.
But seriously, take advantage of all your sandy beaches, sun, and not frozen tundras by puttin’ your feet in a pair of ‘Ohana Beach Sandals by Olukai. They’re built with the ocean in mind, resulting in a water-resistant flip-flop with an anatomical fit so they won’t wiggle around, flop off your foot, and wash away during your nightly oceanside stroll.
Each pair comes with a year-long warranty and free shipping if you spend more than $125 (which isn’t hard to do when you get an eyeful of what else they have to offer 👀).
The very best part, though? A portion of proceeds from every pair sold goes to the Ama OluKai Foundation, honoring those who preserve and celebrate the cultural heritage and Aloha spirit of Hawai‘i.
Olukai is an inspirational brand doing its part to give people great experiences. Their site says it best: In Hawai‘i, ‘ohana isn’t just immediate family; an ‘ohana is a sanctuary of friends and family where you can just be yourself.”
Brümate – Hopsulator TRíO 3-in-1 ($24.99)
Is it normal to fall in love with a can cooler? Asking for a friend…
Seriously, though, the Hopsulator TRíO 3-in-1 in matte black is as sexy as a bevvy insulator can get. Not only is it sleek and completely cupholder-friendly, its patented 3-in-1 functionality makes it the premier insulator for 16 oz. and 12 oz. cans, and with a li’l switcheroo, it becomes the coldest 16 oz. pint glass this side of the Mississippi.
Aside from its sheer versatility, Brümate also has functionality on lockdown with features like these:
- An easy-to-use push-lock gasket
- No metallic aftertaste common with stainless steel stuff
- A no-slip base for stability on any surface
- Bevguard™ technology that keeps drinks cold for up to 20x longer than other can coolers
The Hopsulator TRíO comes in nearly 30 different colors and patterns (if sexy matte black isn’t your jam), and its quality is backed up by more than 50,000 5-star reviews from real people sipping ice-cold beers all day.
Brümate dubs itself “the dehydration company” and is fully committed to enhancing the adult beverage experience. The focus on making better insulators for cans, glasses, growlers, crowlers, seltzers, and more shows in every new product they release. It’s obvious can koozies aren’t an afterthought for this shop—they’re the only thought.
In just a few years, Brümate has won the booze-loving hearts if more than a million customers while retaining total independence. We’re not sure you need to know how Brümate has awards like Forbes’ 30 under 30 and Entrepreneur of the Year in its portfolio, but we do think it’s a rock-solid testament to how seriously the company cares about each customer’s experience with their adult bevvy of choice.
Monos – CleanPod UVC Sterilizer ($90)
Last month, we raved about the UV phone sterilizer by Zagg, and keeping with the theme of cleaning up our acts, we’ve discovered the CleanPod UVC sterilizer by Monos. Instead of a germ-murdering capsule you stick your dirty things in when they need a cleaning, the CleanPod is essentially a sterilizing wand you can wave over anything you want to sterilize.
Monos is primarily in the business of luggage and travel, so working portability into the design of the CleanPod was a no-brainer.
Its slim design easily stores in suitcases or carry-on bags, and it’s quickly become a must-have for folks traveling, say, during a global pandemic.
The CleanPod is lined with LEDs that are “engineered to output UVC light at peak germicidal wavelengths.”
This means that in a click of a button, you have the power to kill 99.9% of the germs on any surface or item you wave the wand over for 30 seconds without using chemicals.
(There’s no warmup waiting period, so you can get to slayin’ germies as soon as you turn on the CleanPod.)
Monos is all about mindful traveling and crafting products that are built to last without a massive price tag. To prove how serious they are, Monos offers a lifetime warranty on everything it sells.
And if you wanted even more reasons to buy, not only does the CleanPod keep loads of sanitizing wipes from making their way to the landfill, but a portion of proceeds are donated for every CleanPod sold.
There aren’t a ton left in stock right now, so if we were you, we’d get on getting one (and taking advantage of the payment plan offered by Sezzle).
Girlfriend Collective – Classic Sweatshirt & Jogger ($146 total)
OK, enough about cleaning—let’s get back to lounging. The Girlfriend Collective has perfected lounging and comfort essentials, the sweatshirt and jogger (or sweatpants for us peasants).
When put together, you get a Grade A sweatsuit that’s ready to binge Netflix and order Postmates for at least the next 48 hours. I mean, if we’re all spending more time inside, why not be as comfy as humanly possible?
The Girlfriend Collective is conscious of the environment, social justice, and production concerns, which is why they put their money where their mouth is by:
- Sharing every detail of their production process
- Using 100% recycled packaging
- Donating to Black Lives Matter
- Designing and creating products made using 50% recycled materials (mostly from plastic bottle waste)
- Offering interest-free payment installments with AfterPay
- Providing an incredible range of sizes for any body type (the sweatshirt, for example, is available from XXS to 6XL)
- Taking steps to lessen their carbon footprint with shipping and fulfillment
The Classic Sweatshirt comes in at $68 and the Classic Jogger is just $10 more with a price tag of $78. When purchased together, you’ll be set with the best quarantine outfit out there.
Get in, We’re Making Fall 2020 Rad
What are you waiting for? Kick off the worries of the world with us, snuggle into your monochromatic sweatsuit, cleanse your life of germs, and get cozy on your soft (or firm) mattress for a night of relaxation. This year doesn’t have to be one big bummer—and the change starts with treatin’ yourself pronto.