The World's Most Highly Evolved Gear

Born in the labs and fashioned on the workbenches of the world's best designers, the next generation of gear is faster, stronger, and smarter than ever before. (Inga Hendrickson)
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Born in the labs and fashioned on the workbenches of the world's best designers, the next generation of gear is faster, stronger, and smarter than ever before.

Small Smart Tools

The tomato-size 360 Fly (left) mounts anywhere a GoPro can and captures video from every direction simultaneously, letting the viewer pick the POV on playback. $500; 360fly.co

Few portable chargers can both juice your phone and jump-start your car. The 12-volt, 300-amp output of the checkbook-size JunoPower JunoJumpr (right) is enough to get most four- or six-cylinder engines going again. $100; junopower.com

A rubbery form of silicone, Sugru (center) molds easily, holds its shape, and bonds to most surfaces after 24 hours of dry time. Totally waterproof and longer-lasting than duct tape, it’s ideal for emergencies (patching holes in boots) and gear hacking (customizing grips on ski poles). $22 for eight; sugru.com

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Soccer Gets Clever

Sensors inside Adidas’s miCoach Smart ball beam data on spin, impact, and force to a smartphone, helping you improve striking and passing skills. Feel and reaction are no different than a standard size-five ball. $300; adidas.com

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(Inga Hendrickson)


One Simple Belt

From professional freeskier Cody Townsend’s company Arcade, the Blackwood elastic webbing belt is washer and dryer safe. The pinch-to-release buckle adjusts easily, and because there are no belt holes, it always fits perfectly. $26; arcadebelts.com

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(Inga Hendrickson)


The Ultimate Puffy

Stuffed with feathers from the nests of Arctic ducks, Black Diamond’s Hot Forge Eiderdown jacket is the magnum opus of the down world. Coveted for its durability and thermal density, eiderdown sticks together like Velcro, giving it a superior warmth-to-weight ratio, meaning Black Diamond was able to achieve a high temperature rating with fewer feathers. Alas, this level of coziness isn’t cheap. When the world’s entire harvest can be carried in a single truck, you’re more likely to get your hands on a Bugatti. $1,000; blackdiamondequipment.com

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(Inga Hendrickson)


A Flyweight Frame

Cannondale’s SuperSix EVO Black Inc. is the lightest production road-bike frame in the world—it weighs about as much as a full water bottle. The tubes are proprietary carbon and are held together with a lightweight resin. The real magic, however, is that unlike a lot of other featherlight frames, the SuperSix is stiff enough for climbing and tracks straight as a laser going down. $13,000; cannondale.com

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Multitool Ski Poles

Light and strong aluminum poles? Great idea. Ones that double as a multitool? Sheer genius. Char poles hide a camera monopod in one of the grips, Phillips and flathead screwdrivers in the handles, and optional bottle openers in the baskets. We can’t get over how simply it all works—and that nobody thought of it sooner. $120; charpoles.com

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Haute Commuting

Made from waxed-cotton canvas, the Côte and Ciel Isar rucksack is the cleanest-looking bike bag we’ve ever seen. Inside there’s a sleeve for a 15-inch laptop and dividers to keep pens and documents sorted. A handle bridges the curved shoulder harness to convert it into a brief-case. $245; coteetciel.com

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Tenacious Ski

Lightweight boards tend to chatter and lose their edge during aggressive turns on hardpack. So Head made the Great Joys with graphene. Each layer is a million times thinner than a sheet of paper and a hundred times stronger than steel. $700; head.com

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(Inga Hendrickson)


A Wool-Filled Jacket

Wool as a substitute for down insulation has been gaining momentum. Icebreaker’s Helix LS Zip Hood* repurposes merino scraps from its factory floor to fill out a water-repellent shell made from recycled nylon. The result is a puffy that stays warm even when wet. $285; icebreaker.com

*An earlier version of this article mistakenly referred to this jacket as the Helix Ranger LS.

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Shockingly Smart

To sense the incline of the trail, Magura’s TS8 eLect fork uses an accelerometer, which locks and unlocks the suspension as the terrain changes. Tilt the bike at the desired cant and hold down a button for five seconds. The fork will remain rigid when the bike hits that grade, then shift into plush mode when the trail turns down. $1,400; magura.com

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Beer for Bikers

A growler is tough to transport on a bicycle. Thankfully, Meriwether of Montana’s Leather Bike Growler Carrier attaches to the seat hooks or seat-post of your commuter or cruiser, making it much easier (for better or worse) to pick up 64 ounces of craft beer on your way home from work. $95; mwmade.com

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Socklike Shoes

Plenty of footwear companies have tried to devise an upper that feels like a sock. Nike comes closest with its 6.2-ounce Free Hyperfeel. By knitting a single strand of ultrastrong yarn into a variety of textures, Nike’s designers were able to produce an upper that slides snugly onto your foot. Nylon fibers strategically added to the material provide greater mobility and support around the heel and ankle. $175; nike.com

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Next-Gen Jacket

Performance outerwear is usually constructed from multiple fabrics. That’s great for putting strength or breathability where it’s needed but also adds seams, which tend to wear out. To get around this, the North Face created a single fabric with two deniers for its Fuse Uno. The result is a near seamless shell that’s sturdier in high-wear zones and lighter everywhere else. $400; thenorthface.com

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Light-Sensitive Ski Goggles

Ski out of the trees and into bright sun and the contrast of Oakley’s frameless, wide-lens Flight Deck Prizm goggles instantly adjusts, which means no more swapping out lenses as conditions vary. Oakley used a dye to enhance certain wavelengths and block others that make it hard to see. The result: we’ve never had an easier time navigating tricky terrain in low light. $170; oakley.com

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(Inga Hendrickson)


The Newest Board Sport

The Onewheel is the furthest you can get from a standard skateboard and still shred. Lean forward and the 500-watt rechargeable hub motor propels you at up to 12 miles per hour. Lean back to slow down or stop. Sensors balance the deck around the wheel, and a smartphone app lets you track speed, distance, and battery life. $1,500; rideonewheel.com

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From Shovel to Ice Ax

Meant for ski touring and light mountaineering, the two-piece Ortovox Pocket Spike turns the company’s Pro Alu III avalanche shovel ($69; shown) into an ultralightweight forged ax and shaft spike, giving you an ice tool equipped for self-arrests and nontechnical climbing. The Pocket Spike weighs only 3.5 ounces, and the sharp edges can be removed so they don’t tear a hole in your bag. $60; ortovox.com

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A Stinkproof Shirt

Funk-resistant fabric is nothing new, but Patagonia’s Polygiene-treated Capilene 1 Silkweight shirt is an odor-fighting base layer we’ll actually wear in mixed company. After six days in the backcountry, we had no qualms about flirting with a girl at the bar without hitting the shower first. $45; patagonia.com

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(Inga Hendrickson)


A Wetsuit Made From Plants

Leave it to Patagonia to lead a green revolution in surfing. The Yulex-Nexkin R2, created in partnership with biomaterials company Yulex, is 60 percent guayule, a desert plant, instead of the usual 100 percent neoprene, a petroleum by-product. Next mission: convert the masses. $530; patagonia.com

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A Safer Helmet

POC’s Skull Orbic Comp H.I. MIPS keeps track of impacts. If too many of the liner’s crumple zones get deformed, or if there’s a catastrophic crash, a button on the back turns red, indicating that it’s time for a new brain bucket. $480; pocsports.com

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The Sleekest Cycling Shoe

Part of a collaboration with California-based Giro, Rapha’s Climber’s shoe is constructed from the same carbon fiber used in top-of-the-line handlebars and wheels. And the perforations in the upper aren’t just to drop the weight down to 215 grams for the pair: they’re a nod to the coveted polka-dot jersey awarded each year to the best climber at the Tour de France. $400; rapha.cc

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A Stripped-Down Fly Reel

Landing big fish requires superior line control. Sage exposed both sides of the Evoke’s walls, yielding more palming area to better feel the fight. The fine-tuned carbon drag lets you dial in resistance, and unlike many fly reels, righties and southpaws get their own versions. $575; sageflyfish.com

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A More Capable Splitboard

Most splitboards come apart into two pieces—cumbersome for uphill travel, since the resulting skis are wide and lack the glide of an alpine setup. Salomon’s Premiere splits into four—two on your feet, two in your pack—for narrower sticks that are faster and more stable on steep terrain. When reassembled, the Premiere also delivers more torsional stiffness, thanks to a strip of aluminum under the touring brackets, for a sturdier ride. $1,300; salomonsnowboards.com

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Self-Adjusting Ski Boots

Most alpine-touring boots must be manually switched from a flexible walking and skinning mode to a stiff skiing mode. Thanks to spring-loaded tabs near the heel, activated when you click in and out of the binding, the Scarpa F1 Evo does it automatically. Bonus: the boots are exceptionally light (just under 2.5 pounds), though they’re still plenty stiff for steep descents. $700; scarpa.com

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The Coziest Sleeping Bag

Think of Sierra Designs’ Backcountry Bed as the love child of a mummy bag and your grandma’s quilt. (Or something like that.) By omitting zippers and leaving an opening at the torso that can be covered with an attached down comforter, the Backcountry Bed lets you rest up in all kinds of just-like-home sleeping positions. Unlike with a traditional mummy bag, which tends to twist around you every time you roll over, you can flop all night long. $300; sierradesigns.com

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Time Simplified

Swatch’s Sistem51 analog timepiece could only be produced in the digital age. It’s engineered so that even strong magnets won’t alter the movement of the hands while using fewer parts—51, hence the name—than any mechanical watch in history. $150; swatch.com

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No-Frills Work Boots

Woolrich’s first foray into footwear is everything we like in a boot. The Speculator is produced in Wisconsin and boasts a cushy felt midsole, Horween leather upper, and sticky Vibram outsole, so it performs just as well in the field as it does in a Brooklyn brewpub. $350; woolrich.com

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