Essential Gear to Brave the Great Outdoors

So you’re going on an adventure. It’s not necessarily race day, so showing up in your compression tights while hiking through Bhutan and visiting temples may not be the right attire, but you still need something with durability and utility to it – that ideally looks good enough for you to pop into that Michelin starred restaurant upon getting back to your hotel. We’ve got you covered. Here are some of our favorite designers and labels, alongside specific pieces, that will take you to the ends of the world and back in style and comfort.

THE ITEM: AETHER MEN’S ALTITUDE JACKET

The Place: Beaver Creek, Colorado

This jacket goes from the double black diamonds to a transcendent meal fireside at Beano’s Cabin with ease and at home in both. The jacket leverages Schoeller® c_change™ fabric that intelligently regulates heat and breathability contingent on a complex set of conditions. Put simply, the fabric allows heat to escape when it senses it is overheating while during periods of rest will contract to maximize heat retention. The jacket has a slew of both internal and external pockets, perfect for keeping your phone safely stored away with an energy bar in easy reach. We’re partial to the sharp, electric glacier blue to make you stand out as you wind your way down the mountain so your friends can ensure they have a hot chocolate at the ready upon your arrival après ski. Pair it with the Apex Snow Pants also by Aether for the perfect mountain outfit.  ($675, available at www.aetherapparel.com)

THE ITEM: BOGNER WOMEN’S KYLIE-D JACKET

The Place: St. Moritz, Switzerland

The Kylie eschews some of the embroidery with which Bogner has long been associated in favor of a more minimalist approach. That doesn’t keep it from having a decidedly luxurious bent, replete with water resistant breathable fabrics, feather light down and technowool neck and wrist gaiters for those especially biting days on the mountain. Get the white version to look as pristine during après ski as the virgin powder you’ll have spent all day carving through. ($1,399, available at www.bogner.com)

THE ITEM: NEMO OBI ELITE 2P TENT

The Place: Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

At a feather light weight of less than three pounds the tent combines high design with cutting edge fabrics and technology. The tent boasts plenty of ventilation, a substantial storage vestibule and is, of course, entirely waterproofed. It is ideal for those adventures where weight is a concern and the bells and whistles associated with larger (and far heavier) tents are generally extraneous and unnecessary. We love it in the striking yellow unique to the Obi Elite series. ($500, available at www.REI.com)

THE ITEM: MONCLER GUI VEST

The Place: The Tiger’s Nest, Bhutan

The staple of the Moncler line – the vest is the perfect unisex complement to the wardrobe. Highly portable and suited to a wide range of temperatures, it is ideally suited to the mountains of Bhutan where rapid altitude changes can have you moving through significant temperature changes over the course of a days hike. The Gui is designed to keep your core insulated and warm as you traverse into high elevations while and explore some of the last pieces of the world largely untouched by modern civilization and technology. ($550, available at www.moncler.com)

THE ITEM: GARMIN FENIX 2

The Place: Los Glaciares National Park (Patagonina), Argentina

The perfect amalgamation of fitness tracker, GPS and outdoor watch without succumbing to looking like an eye-sore. On the contrary, the matte black finish is understated and minimalist with a sort of effortless cool severely lacking from the outdoor watch universe. Useful features like a barometer, temperature sensor and complete integration with Garmin Connect™ LiveTrack further differentiate the Fenix from the rest of the pack. ($400, available at www.REI.com)


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