You Know You Want It


Dec 1, 2003
Outside Magazine

[1] Renowned for its pedigreed downhill mountain bikes, frame builder INTENSE has introduced the SPIDER XVP, its new flagship cross-country ride. The aluminum frame sprints like a hardtail on flats and up hills but floats like a hovercraft on descents. ($5,421 as shown, $1,900 for frame; 909-296-9596, [2] Brighten up your midnight rides with LUME's ten-watt STRADA light—a gorgeous piece of electrical engineering wrapped in polished carbon fiber, aircraft-grade aluminum, and fiberglass. ($329;

[1] Lighter than air? Uh, no. But at just 800 grams per pair, GARMONT's HYDROGEN hikers still offer great ankle support for the weight. The secret? The beefy treads are honeycombed, not solid, rubber. ($110; 800-943-4453, [2] Wrap your fist around the handle of the BUCK SUMMIT knife, which has everything you need—a partially serrated blade, corkscrew, can opener, and screwdriver—and none of the frippery you don't. ($70; 800-326-2825, [3] We're already fans of SMITH's swappable-lens sunglasses, but the company's new SEQUEL takes the concept a step further. Three pairs of polycarbonate lenses slide into the frame from the sides, rather than the top, as with previous models. Why? Because it's easier. ($99-$159; 800-459-4903, [4] Fastpackers often make do without silverware, preferring to singe their fingers rather than add to their load. The MY-TI three-piece titanium flatware set from BRUNTON weighs a miserly 1.7 ounces, so you can have your cake and eat it with a fork. ($20; 800-443-4871,