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The Best Watches of 2016

The Best Watches of 2016

A watch isn't always just a watch. Sometimes it's a GPS, flashlight, tachymeter, or survival tool. Sometimes it's all those things in one. So whether you're just looking to tell the time or whether you want a do-it-all timepiece that can tell you when to surf, we've got a model for you.  

Aulta Leeway Nylon watch 2016
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Aulta Leeway Nylon  

Newcomer Aulta was hatched by industry vets with a love of surfing. The Leeway has a Japanese quartz movement and a tough 316-L steel case, and survives plunges down to 328 feet. It makes us want to drive our woody up onto the dunes and never leave. 

Price $105 

Szanto Pilot 4000 watch 2016
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Szanto Pilot 4000

No solar power or tachymeter here—just basic good looks, with a seventies-feeling brown and gold face, a bronze-colored steel case, and a supple stitched-leather band. But the vintage style is matched with high-quality quartz timekeeping. Subdials count up seconds and minutes, if you like to “run track,” as it used to be called. 

Price $350

Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X N
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Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X. Naimakka Limited Edition 

That strap is a piece of Naimakka paracord that can be pulled apart and deployed to, say, tie a splint—and then sent back to Victorinox to be rewoven. The housing is a superstrong steel I.N.O.X. case with removable bumper wraps. 

Price $625

Casio G-Shock Gravitymaster
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Casio G-Shock Gravitymaster

This tricked-out Casio contains a GPS antenna, and it’s the first watch to use hybrid radio-GPS technology to automatically set the time anywhere on earth. Extras include a solar panel on the face to recharge the battery and an LED that can help you find your way in the dark. 

Price $950

  Photo: Inga Hendrickson

Nixon Moon Raider 

This jumbo-dialed (but not too heavy) tide watch is tailor-made for surfers. The screw-down crown is on the left to prevent wrist bite when paddling out, a simple high/low dial keeps you posted on tide status, and an antiglare treatment keeps it visible even in bright sun. 

Price $850

Luminox Recon Team Leader 8840
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Luminox Recon Team Leader 8840 chronograph

The Recon pays homage to old-school navigation. Will you really use the compass rose, tachymetric scale, or map-reading ruler etched into the band? Probably not. But you’ll love the tough sapphire crystal and lightweight, carbon-reinforced polycarbonate construction. Out late? Illumination on the numbers and hands glows for 25 years. 

Price $795

The Best Sunglasses of 2016

The best new sunglasses are so high tech they basically give you super vision. Behold their color- and face-enhancing powers.   Photo: Sunski Sunski Dipseas  This metrosexy number turns up the style dial with delicious frame colors like the tortoise pictured. The outlook is cool and clear through polarized emerald lenses that are better than you’d expect at this price, though they don’t give enough coverage for hardcore outdoorsiness. Big-headed guys only wish they could wear ’em, because the design’s medium-smallish. Price $55   Photo: Under Armour Under Armour Captain  Ahoy. And huzzah. Normcore is dead—even, at last, in sunglasses designed for boating. UA builds

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The Best Après Shoes of 2016

It's a true testament to the wonders of technology that you can own a shoe that looks street-smart but feels like a winter hiker. And you have plenty of options, but these six classy kicks made the cut for us.   Photo: Timberland Timberland Heston Mid The Heston’s rich oxblood-mahogany hue is a subtle way to stand out at any post-ski watering hole. But this boot is hardly a style piece, with waterproof leather and a Gore-Tex bootie to protect your feet from parking-lot slush, plus a Pendleton wool collar to keep you toasty.  Price $170   Photo: SeaVees SeaVees Army Issue High If canvas high-tops

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The Après Tailgating Essentials of 2016

Because you can do better than ketchup and crackers.   Photo: Zippo Zippo All-Terrain grill  With an easy-to-set-up folding frame, rugged rubber-coated wheels, and 1.9 square feet of cooking space, the All-Terrain is your instant party starter. With a durable aluminum body and heavy-duty grate, it’ll last for years. And it works just as well at campsites come summer.  Price $300   Photo: Cascade Designs Therm-a-Rest Treo chair  A camp chair is not an unnecessary luxury in the parking lot—it’s a throne you’ve earned with a day of hard charging. And this one is too easy not to pack: it’s smaller than a bottle

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The Best Women’s Après Gear of 2016

Don't blend in by the fireside. All you need are some Bolivian alpaca socks, a go-anywhere espresso kit, and some choice plaid to stand out whether you're cruising Salt Lake City or Truckee.     Photo: Woolrich Woolrich Giant Buffalo Wool coat  Lumberjack shirts are the de facto uniform of mountain-town dudes. Woolrich gives the look an urban upgrade for women with its Giant Buffalo coat, made from a wool-nylon blend to keep you warm on the streets Vail at night.  Price $350   Photo: United by Blue United by Blue Murray Plaid dress  We like flannel for its unbeatable next-to-skin feel, and we like dresses

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