Arrival of the Fittest

Call it trickle-up technology. In the past 30 years, adventure-centric products have moved from the margins to the mainstream. Here's drool-inducing proof that today's top manufacturers are on our side.

(Photograph by Tim Gilman)
Nike iPod Sport Kit

EXHIBIT A
Wearable Technology
Integration has been good for athletes. The trend started with iPod-ready jackets, encompassed heart-rate-monitoring shirts, and reached a category-defying milestone in this partnership between Nike and Apple. The Nike+ iPod Sport Kit ($29) puts a sensor in your shoe that communicates with a receiver in your Nano, seamlessly integrating music and coaching programs with real-time training data like mileage, pace, and calories burned. The kit first debuted with road-running shoes, but now you can ditch the pavement with the Nike Air Trail Pegasus+3 ($85), an all-purpose kick with a smooth heel-to-toe transition. nikeplus.com

Motorola i580

Exhibit B: Rugged

Motorola i580
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What's worse than witnessing fellow climbers phone home from the summit of Mount Rainier? Being unable to join them because you dropped your cell on the rocks. Motorola's i580 will endure dirt, shock, wet, and extreme temperatures. $280; motorola.com

Garmin Nuvi 680

Exhibit C: Versatile

Garmin Nuvi 680
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Consider Garmin's sleek Nüvi 680 a multitool for modern life. It combines voice-guided navigation, real-time traffic and weather, fuel prices, a multimedia player, and optional language translation in one pocket-size device. $899; garmin.com

Sony Reader

Exhibit D: Portable

Sony Reader
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Everything's better if you can take it with you. Even your library. Weighing just half a pound, and with a page-like interface that's easy on the eyes, the Reader by Sony is the literary equivalent of an iPod, storing up to 80 electronic books. $300; sony.com

Sanyo Xacti E1

Exhibit E: Waterproof

Sanyo Xacti E1
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Adventure is often wet. And now you can get it on video. Take this digital camcorder rafting, snorkeling, or skiing. Sanyo's Xacti E1 can dive to a depth of five feet for an hour, and has a 2.5-inch LCD screen and image stabilizer. $499; sanyodigital.com

VonZipper Skitch

Exhibit F: Sunglasses

VonZipper Skitch
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Fly-fishing and a formal wedding on the itinerary? VonZipper's Skitch has polarized, impact-resistant polycarbonate lenses. And because they have no-slip silicone nose pads, they won't drop off your face—and into the river. $150; vonzipper.com

Jack Spade Bale Case

Exhibit G: Shoulder Bags

Jack Spade Bale Case
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Bike messengers can take credit for a lot of things (single-speed mania, alley-cat races, on-time deliveries), but popularizing shoulder bags is enough for us. Jack Spade's Crown Twill Bale Case is made of durable, canvaslike twill. $295; jackspade.com

Scapegoat Almanac

Exhibit H: PrimaLoft

Scapegoat Almanac
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This insulation was originally developed for the military as a lightweight and packable alternative to down that would stay warm when wet. Now you'll find it everywhere from bedding to Scapegoat's waterproof Almanac. $375; scapegoatbrand.com

Born Carricks

Exhibit I: Footwear

Born Carricks
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Børn took a page from base layers to make these kicks. The Carricks use moisture-wicking footbeds that prevent blisters, have odor-fighting linings infused with silver, and, unlike your zip T, are perfectly OK at client meetings. $129; bornshoes.com

Levi's Capital E ECO Matchstick Jeans

Exhibit J: Organic Cotton

Levi Capital E ECO
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The likes of Patagonia and Prana showed that eco could be cool, paving the way for Levi's organic-cotton Capital E ECO Matchstick jeans, with zipper and buttons made from recycled metal and tags printed with soy-based ink. $198; levi.com

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