Running

1. Sunglasses » No sweat streaks, no sunscreen smudges, no frames blocking peripheral vision. Runners won't find a better pair of sunglasses than OAKLEY's Gear of the Year–winning Radars. $155–$225; oakley.com

Running

2. Vest » Core warmth doesn't get any lighter than MONTBELL's 2.2-ounce U.L. WIND VEST. The feathery, DWR-treated nylon vest blocks wind and light rain, yet vanishes in a shirt pocket. The Napoleon pocket is the perfect place to stash a key or emergency cash. $64; montbell.com

3. Hydration » On long runs, the most comfortable way to stay hydrated is with ASICS's GRIP WATER CARRIER, an ergonomically shaped handheld bottle that holds 18 ounces of fluid. It has a moisture-wicking strap, reflective trim, and key pocket. $15; asics.com

4. Shorts » ARC'TERYX's new running apparel has the signature clean lines and attention to detail that distinguish the company's alpine gear. In the VELOX shorts, that means a bunch-free waist, seamless inner thigh, and lightweight, wicking polyester fabric. $59; arcteryx.com

5. Socks » NEW BALANCE's MARATHON TRAINER NO SHOW SOCKS hug the contours of your foot like latex. The anatomical fit, arch supports, and silky, wicking nylon/spandex fabric let you set a blistering pace without the blisters. $10; newbalance.com

6. Shirt » Silver-infused threads in the fabric of BROOK's HVAC T are designed to keep you comfortable by distributing body heat evenly across the shirt. We were dubious, but it seemed to work, keeping our thermostats regulated in warm and cool temps alike. $54; brooksrunning.com

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

1. Jersey » Pull on ZOIC CLOTHING's EL DIABLO and say adios to chafing from hydration-pack straps, thanks to this polyester half-zip's flat, strategically placed seams. $45; zoic.com

2. Tools » SOMA's WOODIE-11 multitool is made with chrome-vanadium steel (for increased hardness and torque tolerance). The wood finish is just for show, but we're not complaining. $25; somafab.com

3. Tire Levers » Unlike plastic levers, SOMA's polymer-coated STEEL CORE TIRE LEVERS are slim for easier use, and when handled correctly they don't mar alloy rims or pinch tubes—or break. $5

4. Sunglasses » SERFAS OPTIC's MIRADOR's quick-change, side-venting lenses (four included) let you adapt to changing conditions without spending a fortune. $50; serfasoptics.com

5. Pedals » The enduro-racing-inspired CRANK BROTHERS ACID 1 is smaller than most downhill flats and adds a traditional CB eggbeater mechanism, creating one perfect all-purpose pedal. $120; crankbrothers.com

6. Shorts » PEARL IZUMI's DIVIDE TRAIL SHORT eliminates pinching at that one critical spot, and keeps it cool with side vent zips. $115; pearlizumi.com

7. Pack » Haul only what's necessary (an extra layer, gel, pump, tube, tools) with DAKINE's SESSION, a slim, back-hugging 400-cubic-inch hydration pack. $60; dakine.com

8. Light » NITERIDER's MINEWT DUAL LED has two handlebar-mounted LED lamps that can be stacked to concentrate light power. $220; niterider.com

Hiking

Hiking

1. Stuffsack » Store your sleeping bag in REI's FLASH UL PACK and you'll have a tough little daypack for base camping. $25, 9 oz; rei.com

2. T-shirt » ICEBREAKER's merino SUPERFINE 140 TECH T is to your old T-shirt what 400-thread-count cotton is to sheets: luxurious. $55; icebreaker.com

3. Flask » Decant a bottle of vino into KLEAN KANTEEN's WINE CARAFE. The lightweight stainless-steel container doubles as a water bottle. $18; kleankanteen.com

4. Lighter » Never be reduced to rubbing sticks together. BRUNTON's FIRESTORM is waterproof and windproof and almost as small as a pack of matches. $50, 1.6 oz; brunton.com

5. Shorts » Not that you would, but you could: MOUNTAIN HARDWARE's TALUS PACK SHORTS are tough enough to wear from Memorial Day to Labor Day without a break. $95; mountainhardwear.com

6. Cookware » OPTIMUS's two-pot TERRA COOKSET is cleverly packaged in a neoprene case that keeps food piping hot and organizes cookware and utensils for packing. $60, 23 oz; optimus.us

7. Windshell » You won't find a more versatile outer layer than OUTDOOR RESEARCH's CONTOUR WINDSHIRT. The tightly woven, DWR-treated Cordura pullover is lighter than a soft shell and tougher than a wispy windbreaker. $119, 10 oz; orgear.com

8. Water filter » KATADYN's VARIO uses both ceramic and carbon filters so you can adjust the filtration according to water quality. Result: a filter that's fast and long-lasting. $80; katadyn.com

Surfing

Surfing

1. Trunks » Let's be blunt: If you've ever worn the same pair of surf trunks for a week straight and contracted a gnarly case of inner-thigh rash, you know the value of good shorts. Pick up a pair of JET PILOT's BOAT TRIP TRUNKS, which have a hidden ultrathin Lycra liner that prevents chafe-induced rash. $60; jetpilot.com

2. Mild-Conditions Wetsuit » Santa Cruz, California's HOTLINE has been making top-shelf wetsuits in small batches since 1979. The company's latest offering, the 3mm/2mm PHOENIX offers the perfect amount of warmth for everyday surfing in water 55 degrees and above. $315; hotlineonline.com

3. Cold-Conditions Wetsuit » Sometimes the best waves come when the water's frigid. Which is why O'NEILL designed the MUTANT, with its 5mm/4mm/3mm neoprene—in the chest, legs, and arms, respectively. And if it gets ice- cream-headache cold out there, simply zip on the modular neck and hood system. $315; oneill.com

4. Top » QUIKSILVER's CELL CL-3 jacket doesn't feel thick enough to keep you toasty when there's a chill in the air and water. Which is exactly the point. Its one-millimeter-thick stretch neoprene is plenty warm for cool (not freezing) days, yet so comfy and flexible you'll forget you're wearing it. $90; quiksilver.com

Paddling

Paddling

1. PFD » A trim design and secure, comfortable internal harness makes KOKATAT's RONIN PRO good for you. PVC-free foam makes it good for the planet. $199; kokatat.com

2. Helmet » You really gonna put a price on your head? SWEET's carbon-fiber ROCKER S1 is a full-coverage, multi-impact lid with an adjustable visor. $239; sweetprotection.com

3. Paddle » Strong enough for creeking, light enough for river running: WERNER's STIKINE, with midsize Kevlar-reinforced blades and a carbon-fiber neutral bent shaft, may be the only paddle you'll ever need. $430, 2.3 lbs; wernerpaddles.com

4. Bootie » TEVA's slim P1 is sized for smaller playboats. It has an internal split toe for control, 3.2mm neoprene for warmth, and a Spider Rubber outsole for good grip on slick rocks. $50; teva.com

5. Lunch Box » OK, it's a beer cooler. And in winter it'll keep a sixer from freezing while you're out ski touring. PACIFIC OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT's CHILLI BIN also keeps lunch dry and easily accessible, thanks to the water-resistant zipper and fold-back lid. $89, 10 L size; pacoutdoor.com

Traveling

Traveling

1. Prudent Pack » PACSAFE's TREKSAFE 100 thwarts would-be thieves with unslashable panels and tamperproof zippers. Anchor it to something secure with its wire-reinforced shoulder strap. $80; pac-safe.com

2. Water Purification » The candy-bar-size STERIPEN ADVENTURER can treat 32 ounces in 90 seconds, killing viruses and other gut bugs with ultraviolet light. Battery-powered, with backup from the SOLAR CHARGING CASE. Pen, $130; Charging Case, $50; steripen.com

3. Portable Power » HIGHGEAR's hand-cranking SMARTDYNAMO recharges its own internal power supply to juice its AM/FM radio, bright LED flashlight, and sirenlike emergency alarm. It also includes adapters to power up many popular cell phones. $30; highgear.com

4. Flashlight » The palm-size, waterproof PRINCETON TEC GENESIS has a long-life, superbright three-watt LED. $85; princetontec.com

5. Pen » We love the TITANIUM INKA PEN because it performs upside down, underwater, and in extreme temps. It also has an integrated PDA stylus. $90; inkacorp.com

6. Multimedia » Don't be fooled by its size: JOBO's GIGA VU PRO EVOLUTION has 120GB of storage, enough for 100 hours of digital video and 20,000 of your favorite audio tracks. $895; jobo.com

7. Hammock » ENO's ultracompact and bombproof SINGLENES HAMMOCK fits into a stuffsack the size of a softball. The SLAPSTRAP allows you to rig it to two sturdy objects in seconds. Hammock, $50; Slapstrap, $20; eaglesnestoutfittersinc.com

8. Shoes » With its customizable footbeds, waterproof leather uppers, and rugged outsoles, TIMBERLAND's PRECISEFIT OXFORDS combine go-anywhere comfort with low-key style. $130; timberland.com

9. Travel Sheet » COCOON's RIPSTOP SILK TRAVEL SHEET won't take up too much space in your pack (it weighs just six ounces). And it's clutch cargo if your seaside hotel isn't as nice—and clean—as the guidebook promised. $65; cocoonusa.com

10. Knife » VICTORINOX SWISS ARMY's S.BEAT has the usual stuff—blade, scissors, and file—plus a 1GB digital audio player/recorder with an FM receiver and up to eight hours of battery life. $215; swissarmy.com

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