Race Upgrades

Road cycling race upgrade gears


1. MT. BORAH CUSTOM With seven-week turnarounds and minimum orders of just six pieces, Mt. Borah makes customcycling gear easier than ever. Jerseys from $83; mtborahcustom.com

2. VITTORIA OPEN CORSA EVO CX The handmade CX can handle pressures up to 200 psi and is arguably the world's best racing clincher. $75; vittoria.com

3. ZIPP ZEDTECH Choose from among any Zipp rims, spokes, hubs, and bearings (including ceramic), create your own color scheme, then spend like it's 2007. From $1,554 per wheel; zipp.com

4. GORE RIDE ON LOW FRICTION CABLE SYSTEMS A proprietary, super-slippery coating reduces friction for snappier shifts and braking. $50; rideoncables.com

5. QOLEUM QFORCE PRE SPORTS OIL How do Belgian pros race in shorts when it's 49 degrees and raining? With sports rubs like this all-natural massage oil, which is made with warming ingredients like black pepper, pine, wintergreen, and eucalyptus. $24; qoleum.com

6. GARMIN EDGE 705 AND CYCLEOPS POWERTAP ANT+ SPORT UPDATER Who needs two computers on his bars? This updater converts any wireless PowerTap 2.4 hub to work on the same frequency as Garmin's bike-specific 705 ($500), leaving you with power, speed,cadence, heart rate, and GPS data all on one unit. $100; cycleops.com

7. SPEEDPLAY ZERO TITANIUM The cleats for these dual-sided, 2.9-ounce pedals offer an infinite variety of fixed or floating foot positions. $325; speedplay.com


Running gear

1. SUGOI READY JACKET This six-ounce windshell was the most breathable one we tested this year, but it still cut the chill on crisp mornings. Bonus: The tightly woven polyester fabric was surprisingly water-resistant. $75; sugoi.com

2. RYDERS TREVISO SUNGLASSES The Treviso's polarized, photochromic lenses aren't quite as sharp as those on top-tier shades, but they're close—and cost half as much. $90; ryderseyewear.com

3. ULTIMATE DIRECTION BLAZE On hot days, this gauzy and lightly stretchy hydration belt is the most comfortable way to carry 20 ounces of water and your keys. $29; ultimatedirection.com

4. TIMEX IRONMAN ROAD TRAINER Though we'd have liked a bigger display, this no-frills digital heart-rate monitor is both intuitive and a great bargain. $110; timexironman.com

5. PATAGONIA WOOL 1 It's pricey, but this merino-wool-and-polyester tee is as fast-drying and comfy as they get. $75; patagonia.com

6. ECCO BIOM A Ecco's 11-ounce trainer has a firm heel that naturally keeps you forward on your midfoot during fast-tempo runs. It's different, but we liked it. $195; thebiomproject.com

7. OSPREY TALON 5.5 Even when fully loaded, this 1.1-pound, 330-cubic-inch hydration pack is stable enough for trail runners. $69; ospreypacks.com

8. ZOOT RUNFIT ALL SPORT SHORTS Stretchy, chafe-free polyester. Two gel pockets. And a seven-inch inseam and supportive liner. In a word, perfect. $45; zootsports.com

Car Camping

Car camping gear

1. SLUMBERJACK SILVER STOWAWAY CAMP Table This 47-by-27-inch all-aluminum-frame table sets up in a snap, can support up to 100 pounds, weighs just 16 pounds, and packs into a shoulder bag. $110; slumberjack.com

2. BRUNTON BREWFIRE DUAL-FUEL COFFEEMAKER Campsite coffee without the mess: The eight-cup BrewFire runs on butane or propane canisters and has an easy-to-clean and reusable filter. $161

3. BRUNTON PROFILE DUO Grilled cheese or pasta? How about both: With a 12,000-BTU burner and a 10,000-BTU grill in one sleek case, this sturdy propane/butane stove has you covered. $138; brunton.com

4. THE NORTH FACE TWIN PEAKS The two full zippers on this two-person, 20-degree sleeping bag make for easy access. A draft collar keeps out cold air, even if you drift apart over time. $159; thenorthface.com

5. REI CAMP BED 3.5 SELF-INFLATING SLEEPING PAD This ultra-plush, 3.5-inch pseudo mattress turns the cold, hard ground into a featherbed. $100; rei.com

6. BIG AGNES FLYING DIAMOND 6 With two rooms, 90 square feet of floor space, and two massive vestibules, the deluxe Flying Diamond is more like a backcountry castle than a tent. $500; bigagnes.com

7. COLEMAN LED QUAD LANTERN Heading to your tent? Simply pluck one of the four rechargeable 24-LED sides right off the lantern and you've got a flashlight. $70; coleman.com


Rock climbing gear

1. METOLIUS BIG WALL PANTS The cotton-canvas Big Walls are practically indestructible. $65; metoliusclimbing.com

2. METOLIUS IRON HAND GLOVES Quash rope burn—but not dexterity—with these fingertip-less, leather-palm belay gloves. $29

3. MAMMUT SMART BELAY DEVICE The Smart combines the foolproof security of an auto-locker—it spontaneously blocks rope under load—with the simplicity and light weight of a manual device. $30; mammut.com

4. FIVE TEN PRISM This shoe's toe box is sculpted in five flat facets for total contact on eyelash-thin outcroppings. $145; fiveten.com

5. PETZL ALTIOS HELMET With its nine vents and wicking mesh-panel interior, the Altios kept us cool. $80; petzl.com

6. BLACK DIAMOND OZONE HARNESS So precisely sculpted it feels like wearing almost nothing. $100; bdel.com

7. MILLET SILVER TRIAXIALE ROPE Three distinct cores + waterproofing of each nylon strand = an exceptionally durable rope. 60m, $260; milletusa.com

8. EVOLV OPTIMUS PRIME The deep heel cup on these Chris Sharma–designed slippers stabilizes your foot for maximum power. $125; evolvesports.com

9. CAMP M3 EVO PACK This sturdy 1,800-cubic-inch pack has a mesh helmet holster, crampon pouch, and daisy chain for clipping extra gear. $140; camp-usa.com

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