Teva Mountain Games

The coolest happenings of the season—and the right gear to make the most of them.

Giro Aeon

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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

Scarpa climbing shoes
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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

Patagonia
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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

Stalk It Longboards
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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

Coppertone sunscreen

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 Finepix camera
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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

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