Spring Break

Score with a bargain rain shell, an eco-friendly PFD, and more of the season's hottest new gear

Feb 16, 2007
Outside Magazine
New Spring Gear

   Photo: Jens Mortensen

Polyvinyl chloride is bad for humans and the environment. So Patagonia developed the RIO FRIO, a PVC-free personal flotation device that can save your life without harming your health. It also includes a compartment for your hydration reservoir. $120; patagonia.com

The unbeatable bargain among this year's rain shells is REI's ULTRA LIGHT JACKET, which uses two-way stretch nylon for improvedmobility—even when you batten everything down. And it comes with a zip-off/stow-away hood. $129; rei.com

Big Agnes's STAGE-COACH DUFFEL shines whether you're on foot or afloat, thanks to smooth-rolling polyurethane wheels, an extendable handle, hide-away backpack straps, and waterproof welded construction. 5,100 cubic inches; $159; bigagnes.com

The only time it's acceptable for a guy to wear capris? When he's bike- commuting in Chrome's three-quarter-length SHINS. You get: light padding (i.e., no diaper butt), zippered cargo pockets, and synthetic water-resistant stretch fabric. You don't get: grease stains. $136; chromebags.com

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Think of Brooks's HVAC LONGSLEEVE as your personal heating-and-cooling system. It's part moisture-wicking mesh, part thermoregulating woven silver (which also helps cut odor-causing bacteria). Bonus: a digital audio pocket. $68; brooksrunning.com

Pow's SLICK LIGHT-WEIGHT GLOVES are ideal for spring's fickle weather. Use them alone for skiing, biking, and more; the stretch mesh shell is both breathable and warm. On cold days, they work great as liners inside a heavier glove. $35; powgloves.com

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