Photograph by Skip Armstrong
All the outdoor sports you love, one suitcase. The best weekend getaway of your life starts with an adventure in packing. Every one of these items is guaranteed to push it as hard as you do—and look good in the process. From the ultimate Swiss Army multitool to featherweight trail running shorts with UV protection, this list will get you there in style.
Pants: Kuhl Jean, $69
Perhaps the only pair of pants you’ll need the entire trip; wear these on the trail, on the crag, and at the bar.
Lifestyle Shirt: Prana Rollin Shirt (spring 2014), $75
An organic cotton and polyester fabric that’s lightweight and functional with eyelets in the underarm for ventilation.
T-shirt: SmartWool NTS Micro 150 Tee, $70
Made of 100 percent merino wool with UPF 30, this attractive, form-fitting shirt functions just as well as a standalone as it does as a base layer.
Long-sleeved Performance Shirt: Columbia Men’s Freeze Degree ½ Zip (spring 2014), $70
Protects against sun and sweat thanks to Omni-Shade and Omni-Wick EVAP technology.
Hat: Patagonia Trucker Hat, $29
Blocks the sun, hides unwashed hair, and is an essential part of the adventurous male’s style quiver. Most outdoor brands make their own versions of these hats. We borrowed this one from our friends at Camp4 Collective.
Knife: Swiss Army Spartan, $29
At only 3.5 inches, this knife has 12 implements covering all the basic functions from tweezers to bottle opener.
Multitool: Swiss Army Rescue Tool, $105
An adventure must-have that helps you be prepared for emergencies and was developed in collaboration with fire and rescue workers. It contains a blade easily opened with one hand, a seatbelt cutter, removable window breaker, and disc saw.
Suitcase: Swiss Army CH 20 Tourist Wheeled Carry-On Backpack, $280
Equally functional as a backpack or roller bag, this spacious 20-inch carry-on was designed for a weekend getaway.
Laptop Backpack: Swiss Army Deluxe Laptop Backpack, $135
A padded 17-inch backpack with dual compartments for your laptop and tablet.
Water Bottle: CamelBak Forge (fall 2013), $30
The first travel mug by CamelBak uses cutting-edge technology to create a one-handed, leak-proof drinking experience. Perfect for coffee.
Fuel: Clif Bar, $1.79
An energy bar for every adventure, all-natural Clif Bars are made with 70 percent organic ingredients and come in 20 flavors.
WARM WEATHER GEAR & APPAREL
Hiking Boots: Patagonia Men's Drifter A/C Mid Waterproof, $185
A lightweight, all-terrain, all-purpose waterproof hiking boot suitable for every adventure.
Hiking Pants: Salomon Minim Pant (spring 2014), $120
With strategic stretch panels for breathability and comfort, this durable pant moves with you.
Rain Jacket: Mountain Hardwear Super Light Plasmic Jacket (spring 2014), $200
This waterproof shell is incredibly light and packable, and features high pockets compatible with backpack straps.
Daypack: CamelBak Fourteener, $140
The must-have pack for day trips holds three liters of water and all your essentials, includes organizer pockets and overflow storage.
Trail Running Shoes: Salomon XA Pro 3D (spring 2014), $130
An evolved version of Salomon’s top trail running shoe, with improved grip and durability for 2014.
Trail Running Tank: The North Face Better Than Naked Singlet, $45
Stay cool and dry courtesy of this tank’s breathable wicking fabric and engineered physiologic panels on the back for ventilation.
Trail Running Shorts: The North Face Better Than Naked Shorts , $55
Featherweight shorts with UV protection, FlashDry wicking technology, built-in briefs, and easy-access pockets.
Running Socks: SmartWool PhD Run Ultra Light Mini, $16
With ultracushioning in the high-impact zones, these wool socks go the distance on any trail.
Hydration: CamelBak Ultra LR, $130
Nothing works better for long trail runs than this hands-free lumbar hydration system. Holds a two-liter reservoir.
Cycling Jersey: Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Leader Jersey, $200
Pearl Izumi’s high-performance jersey incorporates advanced material technology and construction methods, and an aerodynamic form fit.
Cycling Shorts: Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Leader Bib Short, $220
The most technically advanced bib short in Pearl’s line, these include the Seamless 4D Chamois for maximum comfort and performance.
Cycling Shoes: Pearl Izumi Elite Rd III, $200
A lightweight (265 grams), high-performance carbon cycling shoe with a one-piece upper for a comfortable second-skin fit.
Sunglasses: Julbo Stunt, $90
Developed with mountain bikers in mind, these sunglasses provide superior stability thanks to their GripNose and slim GripTech temples.
Climbing Pants: La Sportiva Solution (spring 2014), $129
Stretch corder pants that are technical and durable with an integrated toothbrush pocket and stash pocket.
Climbing Jacket: Mountain Hardwear Super Chockstone Jacket (spring 2014), $135
An abrasion-resistant, air-permeable soft shell that protects from the sun and wind while offering superior mobility and minimal weight.
Climbing Shoes: Scarpa Force X, $129
A high-performance yet comfortable shoe for long days on the rock.
Swimsuit: Hurley Phantom Block Party Men's Board Short, $65
Looks just as good in the hot tub as it does on the stand-up paddleboard—and feels good too thanks to no inseam.
For boating and paddling, the shoe’s amphibious, ultralightweight design ensures comfort for all-day wear.
COOL WEATHER GEAR & APPAREL
Base Layer Top: Salomon Park Tee (spring 2014), $45
A cutting-edge tech tee with all the wicking performance of a synthetic, but with the look and feel of cotton.
Base Layer Bottom: Opedix KNEE-Tec Tights, $225
Designed in collaboration with scientists from Vail’s Steadman Philippon Research Institute, these tights are proven to reduce quadricep fatigue and knee pain.
Mid Layer: Icebreaker Carve Long Sleeve Zip, $220
Highly breathable, fast-drying, and odor resistant, the Carve is made of 320g merino wool with a bit of Lycra for the perfect fit.
Ski Coat: Salomon Quest Motion Fit Jacket, $450
An articulated fit that allows for unrestricted freedom of movement, whether you’re skiing laps at the resort, breaking trail in the sidecountry, or spending the day in the backcountry.
Ski Pants: Salomon Quest Motion Fit Pant, $325
All the benefits of the matching jacket, plus external leg air vents with mesh backing, removable bibs, and an adjustable waist.
Ski Socks: Eddie Bauer First Ascent Heavyweight All-Mountain Socks, $22
Designed for mountain terrain, these guide-team approved wool socks will keep your feet warm, dry, and blister-free.
Gloves: Ibex Side Mountain Glove (fall 2013), $145
Insulated with 100 percent merino wool, this breathable, cold-weather glove is made from a highly water-resistant soft shell with a weather-resistant leather palm.
Goggles: Julbo Orbiter, $180
The ventilated spherical photochromic polarized lens provides peripheral vision of the entire mountain regardless of light levels, with no fogging.
Down Jacket: Patagonia Men’s Ultralight Down Jacket (spring 2014), $299
Insulated with 800-fill-power premium European goose down, this low-profile jacket features Patagonia’s toughest, lightest weight shell yet.
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