Spring is here and with it comes the urge to get out of your house and shake off the winter doldrums. But doing so requires gear that will stand up to whimsical weather, keep you comfortable and (hopefully) look good, too. Thankfully, the following items achieve all that and more…
Mountain Hardwear Supercharger Shell ($225): Designed in conjunction with renowned Swiss mountain climber Ueli Steck, this lightweight shell is über technical. Fully taped, waterproof breathable construction makes it perfect for spring hikes and rides.
Imperial Motion Alley Running Short ($59.95): Featuring an inner compression liner and moisture wicking material, this short will keep your male parts in order while ensuring you stay nice and dry while zipping around the hood.
Stance Fusion Running Socks ($15-$36): These socks are moisture wicking, have reinforced cushioning in their toe and foot bed and feature strategically designed ventilation for breathability. So not only will they give you instant street cred, but also they will instantly up your running game.
Kitsbow Icon Shirt ($195): Sewn by hand in San Francisco, this Pendleton Wool shirt boasts top-notch technical features. It is super mobile thank to an adaptive fit for cycling and has abrasion patches strategically placed on the elbows and shoulders that protect you from potential spills.
Keen Versatrail ($120): Made with a full layer of foam cushioning and a breathable tongue, these shoes are totally comfortable right out of the box. They will take anything the trail throws your way and keep you looking just as good deep in the concrete jungle.
Oboz Yellowstone II B-Dry ($150): This all leather, waterproof boot features a super rugged outsole for extra traction on the trails as well as Oboz’s B-Fit insole, which provides support and comfort. As a side note, Oboz has partnered with Trees for the Future and plants a tree for every pair of shoes sold. That can’t be bad for your karma!
Royal Robbins Billy Goat Hiker ($58): This modern take on the classic Billy Goat shorts (circa 1975) is durable, made with cotton and thick yarn canvas, provides SPF up to 50 and has added stretchy material for extra comfort. The stylishly rugged look works equally well for hiking or hanging on the back patio with friends.
Ibex Jackson Shirt ($145): Made from 100 percent Rambler wool, this garment is designed to move with you. It also happens to be lightweight, breathable and odor resistant. And thanks to the fancy pearl snaps, your sartorial sense will be the talk of any BBQ you attend.
Outdoor Research Ensenada Sun Hoody ($79): Don’t let the casual sweatshirt look fool you; this is one super technical garment. The lightweight fabric is moisture wicking, fast drying and has an SPF of 50+. It’s perfect for hitting the trails or hanging late on the beach.