The Goods: Adventure Racing

Go-fast gear for your next adrenaline-fueled run-climb-bike-hike-paddle through the woods

Photograph by Jens Mortensen    

1. HYDRAULICS RACE PRO // A slim profile, hands-free drinking system, and accessible snack pockets make this PFD race ready. $195; www.hydraulics-nz.com

2. LEKI ULTRALITE TI ERGOMETRIC AS // These trekking poles are comfortable in the palms for hours on end and collapse to a compact 27 inches for easy stowing. $110; www.leki.com. Small hands? Check KOMPERDELL's superlight CARBON AIRSHOCK WOMEN poles (not pictured). $160; www.komperdell.com

3. PETZL METEOR III // Smart cutouts make this climbing helmet cool and light. The 7.7-ounce brain bucket adjusts precisely, and the integrated clip holds a headlamp in place. $89; www.petzl.com

4. THE SUMMER BUFF // Beanie, sun protector (up to UPF 50), neck warmer, wrist sweatband, tourniquet . . . This Coolmax swath of fabric is an adventure racer's most versatile piece of gear. $20; www.buff.us

5. GOLITE MULTI-SPORT PACK // Can't stop to refuel? Stow two hydration bladders and plenty of instant-access Snickers in this 1,900-cubic-inch pack. $100; www.golite.com

6. C.A.M.P. XLH 95 // You'll carry a harness much more than you'll wear it, so choose the world's lightest, at three ounces. $40; www.camp-usa.com

7. SALOMON KARMA // Instant draining, reliable traction, and one-pull lacing help these shoes ace canyon, river, and coast terrain. $90; www.salomonsports.com

8. PEARL IZUMI KAWAIHAE RACE SHORT // Eliminate chafed skin with these bike shorts and their perfectly thin chamois. $75; www.pearlizumi.com

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