The Teva Mountain Games are the country's biggest outdoor multisportapalooza: a four-day binge of trail running, bouldering, mountain biking, road cycling, whitewater kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, beer-drinking ... you get the idea. The best part? You can enter any event and race alongside the pros. Runners: go for the grueling 10K trail race up and down Vail's ski slopes. The best spectating is at the climbing wall for the Bouldering World Cup (arrive early for good seats) and—surprise—the Dock Dogs contest (think flying dog toys, flying canines, and slobbery splashes in a pool). Be sure to snag one of the affordable creekside rooms at Vail Mountain Lodge, where you can watch stand-up paddleboarders and freestyle kayakers from your balcony (from $179; vailmountainlodge.com).
Giro's lightweight, breezy Aeon helmet ($250; giro.com) is the perfect accessory for the time-trial races at Teva Mountain Games.
Scarpa Instinct S Shoes
With a downturned toe and soft rubber sole, Scarpa's Instinct S shoes offer the ideal bouldering surface: protective but supple enough that you can feel the rock. $129; scarpa.com
Patagonia 120L Black Hole Duffel
The soft-sided Patagonia 120L Black Hole duffel eats all your gear without getting bloated. Smart: squared-off corners prevent collapse when you're searching inside, and backpack straps make cross-terminal treks a breeze. $149; patagonia.com
58Five Landspeed Longboard
The flat, paved pathways of Vail Valley beg to be cruised on a skateboard—one that you can handle. Stalk It Longboards' extra-long, adult-friendly 58Five Landspeed is chatter-free, thanks to soft wheels, while responsive trucks make for smooth carves. $585, helmet (above) included; stalkit.com
Coppertone Sport Lotion
High altitude + outdoors = major sunburn potential. We slather up with Coppertone's new Sport Lotion SPF 100+: no grease, sheen, or residue—and no weird sunglasses tan. $10; coppertone.com
Fujifilm FinePix XP20
Fujifilm's dust-, shatter-, and waterproof FinePix XP20 camera, with a 14.2-megapixel sensor, lets you shoot first and worry about dirt, drops, and dunks ... never. $200; fujifilm.com
Outdoor Research Reverb Shirt
Outdoor Research shirt
The mostly polyester Reverb shirt by Outdoor Research wicks moisture but has just enough cotton to make it soft on your skin. $60; outdoorresearch.com