These days, performance wear is more highly engineered than ever. Everyday clothes and gear are now designed with many of the same properties as pro athlete uniforms and military equipment. Whether you live or work in a harsh weather environment, get a rush from extreme outdoor activities, or are just clumsy like that, a durable outfit with tactical features is of the utmost importance.
No matter what task is at hand, these eight items are sure to help anyone who needs to prepare for all kinds of tough conditions while climbing, hiking, camping, training, and more.
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Get the most out of any adventure with a rugged watch whose durability and tough construction is built to the U.S. military standard 810 for thermal, shock, and water resistance. Its fiber-reinforced polymer case is chemically strengthened and features a scratch-resistant display that reads with high contrast even in sunlight. The multi-GNSS satellite support and outdoor sensors make it a stronger tracking system in more challenging environments than other GPS devices.
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The North Face PROPHET 100
This alpine mountaineering pack has been tested by Denali guides and athletes for long, treacherous treks up North America’s highest peak. The handsome, rugged bag feels comfortable and light enough to lug around, while the bullet-proof and abrasion-resistant materials make it one of the sturdiest climbing packs around. Its 100-liter capacity can accommodate a full cache of gear, and the back panel can be adjusted without removing the pack.
UNTUCKit Wrinkle-Free Performance Erbach Shirt
UNTUCKit’s performance line includes a variety of super soft shirts that are office-ready while retaining some of the brand’s signature technologies like moisture wicking, stretch, and wrinkle-resistance. Perfect for any on-the-go commuter, its high-tech properties and versatility make it a solid proposition for the everyday guy who values comfort as well as style.
Patagonia SnowDrifter Jacket
Snowboarders and skiers require a variety of performance properties in their gear, and this Patagonia jacket ticks all the boxes. It provides three shell layers of storm protection (including a water-repellant finish) for staying dry and comfortable in all kinds of conditions. The stretchy fabric allows for a smooth, drag-free ride. And it’s designed for a full range of movement and breathability that performs on and off the slopes.
Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots
These leather/nylon waterproof boots are designed for maximum support during long hikes and backpacking weekends. They’re lightweight and flexible enough to still feel comfortable when you’re traversing rugged terrain and rocky hills, and the GORE-TEX liners protect you from unexpected puddles, streams, and rain. The rubber outsoles provide excellent traction on all kinds of surfaces.
Columbia Omni-Heat Touch Glove Liner
For those extra frigid days, these soft gloves can be worn either by themselves or as an underlayer. The stretchy, moisture-wicking fabric suits all kinds of cold, wet weather, while the insides are lined with a thermal-reflective material to retain heat. Of course, no high-tech glove is complete without touch screen-compatible finger tips, making this the ideal pair for any iPhone-wielding explorer.
Arc’teryx Rho Beanie
Not all beanies are created equal. This lightweight, unisex option by Arc’teryx stands out thanks to its cozy merino wool fabrics and stretchy elastane material. The double-layer headband does an excellent job of keeping the head and ears warm whether while carving snowy trails or enduring another arctic blast on the walk to work.
Maui Jim Peahi Polarized Sunglasses
The polarized lenses boost colors and contrast significantly, while shading your eyes from the sun’s dangerous UV rays from all angles. The frames are made from a lightweight nylon material that provides flexibility at any temperature while remaining durable and impact resistant. In addition, this pair excels at reducing 99 percent of glare from water, sand, and snow.
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