The Great Ungroomed

Dec 1, 2004
Outside Magazine

POLAR, which pretty much invented the wireless heart-rate monitor, now has a wrist-top computer for the vertically inclined. The slick stainless-steel AXN500 ($329; 800-227-1314, graphs your rate of descent in real time, and also lets you chart your ticker skipping a beat as you huck off that hairy cornice.

The soft microfleece lining in ARC'TERYX's Gothic Hoody ($249; 800-985-6681, belies the warmth of its rugged wool exterior. Unlike those techie soft shells you've been zooming in all day, the Gothic is cut large and loose for chill-out comfort.—Grant Davis
If weather grounds the whirlybird, wait out the storm with a game of dominoes on this suave 28-piece, David Quan–designed walnut set ($60; 212-930-0869,, which comes with a matching case.—Christopher Solomon

After a day trapped in plastic boots, you'll want to pull on footwear built to rejuvenate those tired dogs. A pair of new UGG AUSTRALIA COPLEY sheepskin-lined boots ($120; 888-432-8530, ought to do the trick. We like to think of them as the world's plushest doghouses.—Grant Davis