The best of...mudroom essentials
Three Posts Gaskell Storage Bench
This handsome two-person bench made of Asian hardwood has three drawers to keep all of your household’s hats, gloves, and scarves neatly stowed away. Assembly is required.
Source: Good Housekeeping
Black Diamond Alpine Trekking Poles
There’s no better all-round trekking pole than Black Diamond’s carbon-fiber model with cork grips. A “stellar” flip-lock mechanism handles height adjustments, and the carbon fiber is “strong enough for the roughest of trails.”
PackTowl Personal Towel
This super-absorbent quick-drying camping towel is great for “nearly every towel-related scenario.” They’re just the thing for wiping down a wet dog, too, because an antibacterial treatment controls odors.
From $10 to $45, packtowl.com
DryGuy Force Dry
There’s “nothing worse” than starting a day by having to step into cold, damp, and smelly boots. This electric boot dryer blows hot air from each of its two foldable mounts, drying boots—or gloves—in about an hour.
Xtratuf 15-inch Legacy Boots
“If there were a state boot of Alaska, it would be the Xtratuf.” A rugged, nonslip neoprene rain boot long favored by the state’s commercial fishermen, the Xtratuf “rules in rain and slop.” Also available with insulation and steel toes.