Summer Gear Lovin'

Hit the trail, the beach, and the river in style

Nov 30, 2004
Outside Magazine

  1. Rudy Project Rydon Sunglasses ($149;
    Magnesium, silicium, titanium—are these sunglasses or a pop chemistry quiz? Whatever, the integrated high-tech materials make the Rydons light and tough. Add to that their good looks and interchangeable lenses, and you can score off even the most sartorially fussy friends on your list.
  2. Kokatat Tropos Super Breeze Jacket ($99;
    The Tropos combines affordability with great features such as a waterproof-breathable urethane coating. A soft splash collar and cuffs, zippered mesh chest pocket with key lanyard, factory-sealed seams, and a drawcord waist round things out to make the perfect present for any kayaking-crazed friend.

  3. Arc'Teryx Needle 65 Pack ($299;
    For weekend or weeklong treks, the Needle 65 offers up great suspension, tough construction, and water-resistant design. Winter hikers will appreciate its ski-carrying ability, while summertime users can hook a hydration bladder inside.
  4. BZ 2004 Quatro Body Board ($200;
    Ready to make waves? Then the BZ 2004 Quatro, with a crescent tail that'll help hold a line even on the big wave drops, is the perfect antidote for those who cringe from the cold of a white Christmas.
  5. Picnic at Ascot Picnic Cooler for Two ($50;
    Just want to enjoy an outdoor meal after a drive to the beach? Then the Picnic at Ascot Cooler is a great gift, with a fully insulated food compartment and places for the included wine glasses, plates, and silverware.

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