PHOTOS: JP Van Swae
Warm, sunny days are often among the most memorable. And in many regions, it’s not out of the question to ride nine or 10 months out of the year, leaving plenty of days on the warmer side of the spectrum. To make the most of spring and summer at altitude, think lightweight, versatile gear to play defense against the sun’s harsh game.
QUIKSILVER AGENT INSULATOR ($130)
100 grams of polyester fill is more than enough warmth on most sunny days, and the Agent is so low profile that it’ll double as a mid-layer during cold months. One of the few shirt jackets with serious style, this wool look-a-like is made from no-itch polyester and the chest pocket features audio cord passage for easy listening.
ELECTRIC ROARK GLACIER GLASS ($199)
Originally designed for a Himalayan motorcycle expedition, these shades for glacier travel–or any bright day on snow–take Electric’s popular Huxley frame and add leather shields to block sun and wind. Flexible temple hooks hold them in place, Italian construction is tough to outlast, and 50 percent of proceeds go toward Nepalese earthquake relief.
COAL TRACKER ($40)
A seven-panel hat if you count the flannel earflaps, the Tracker was made for changing weather. Drop the flaps to shade yourself from sun and wind, then tie them up when the ears need to breathe. Half nylon, a quarter wool and a quarter polyester, it’ll dry fast but still keep the head warm while wet.
CRAB GRAB SLUSH MITT ($40)
Most mitts are made for winter. Not this one. This one was crafted with Mount Hood summers in mind. DWR-treated nylon repels snowmelt, thin insulation dries quickly, and the thumb and palm provide grip without bulk, making the Slush Mitt ideal under the alpine sun.
MIZU/TWSNOW INSULATED BOTTLE ($20)
Stash an insulated bottle in your pack or in the snow and stay hydrated while lapping the hill. We partnered with MIZU to bring you a metal bottle with a soft-touch finish, built to last. We also offer a TWSNOW double-wall insulated bottle for even better insulation.
WEND WARM WAX ($7.50)
DARN TOUGH LIGHT SOCKS ($23)