Photos: JP Van Swae
From cold and killing it to cool and casual. After last lap, it’s straight to the car to swap boots for shoes and thick clothing for thin. Then it’s from the car to the bar. Remember this gear, relax, and refresh.
GOPRO HERO5 BLACK ($400)
Hands-free voice control, image stabilization, and a two-inch touch screen make the fifth generation GoPro, which now turns on and starts recording with a single button push, a force to be reckoned with. Rugged and waterproof but now without a bulky housing, users can also review and edit footage on the camera itself. Ability to capture Wide Dynamic Range images (WDR aka HDR), plus Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, is remarkable for something you can chuck across the room and stick in your pocket.
LIFEPROOF FRE POWER ($120)
Sloppy bartenders got nothin’ on this waterproof phone case—neither does bitter cold, because this baby holds an extra charge. Buttons and touch screen function when wet and dirty, so it works after encounters with brews or wing sauce, and since it’s also shockproof, have no fear tossing it to a friend.
NIXON MISSION ($400)
A smartwatch for action sports. Not just GPS, this 100- meter water-resistant package pairs with Android Wear, SnoCountry, the Trace app, and Surfline. And it tells more than just time—it displays text messages, tracks distance ridden, tells Google to search for stuff, and users can change the 1.5-inch digital face display depending on mood or occasion.
SPY WHISTLER ($120)
Aviators just got cooler with the introduction of cool blues and reduction of bad blues. Happy Lens technology allows long-wave blue light through and blocks short-wave blue light, resulting in mood enhancement on gloomy days. Tough to say if the name refers to a large Canadian resort or the happiness-induced act of whistling.
PATAGONIA RECYCLED DOWN SHIRT JACKET ($199)
The only parts of this piece not 100 percent recycled are the buttons, chest-pocket zipper, and logo labels, and those are still 50, 80, and 85 percent reprocessed respectively. 600-fill down square baffles keep the body warm, the polyester lining resists sweat, and the wool face fabric helps retain heat even when wet—all the more reason to like plaid while getting rad.
TWSNOW SHIRT ($20)
DAKINE PACER GLOVE ($70)
COAL HEADWEAR THE SCOUT ($25)