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Gear of the Week: July 17-24

Our favorite stuff from the past seven days

Photo: Patagonia

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Our favorite stuff from the past seven days

We cover lots of gear every week. Every Friday, we’ll feature the coolest stuff in this new weekly column. Think of it as your mini buying guide for the season. 

Patagonia Performance Jeans ($119)


These jeans are just as comfortable at happy hour as they are on the crag. Built for those with an active lifestyle, they feature mechanical stretch, Coolmax fiber-based moisture management, and a weather-resistant DWR finish. Our Gear Guy even ran a half marathon in them.

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Smith Tioga Sunglasses ($96)


A classic since 1993, the Tioga recently got an upgrade with polarized lenses and matte black frames. 

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Topo Designs X Tenkara Rod Co. Kit ($259)

(Tenkara Rod Co.)

If you’re just getting hooked on fly fishing, then this kit is for you. The Topo Light hip Pack keeps your essentials handy, while the Topo Leader Wallet organizes lines and flies. The Tenkara rod is versatile and dependable (and niche), and includes line and a selection of flies. 

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Black Diamond Revolt Headlamp ($73)

(Black Diamond)

The Revolt is a waterproof headlamp that gives off a solid 130 lumens of light. It’s USB rechargeable, but also runs on AA batteries. 

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Helinox Chair One ($89)


The Chair One folds up into the size of a shoe and weighs less than a liter of water. It’s the perfect addition to any night around the campfire and is low profile enough that you’ll barely notice it in your pack.  

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Darn Tough Socks ($17)

(Darn Tough)

We’ve been hard pressed to find socks that are more durable than those made by Darn Tough. Made from a blend of merino wool and Coolmax, and stitched with a high-density knitting technique, they are immune to the holes that plague other woolies we’ve tried. If the sock does tear, you can return it for another, no questions asked. 

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Outdoor Tech Turtle Shell 2.0 Speaker ($80)

(Outdoor Tech)

The Turtle Shell is waterproof and shockproof so you can listen to music anywhere without worrying. An accessories package lets you mount the speaker to a bike, kayak, or stroller.

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So iLL Runner Climbing Shoe ($119)

(So iLL)

With its newly released climbing shoes, So iLL continues their 10 year tradition of making high quality climbing equipment. The Retro inspired Runner has three velcro straps for a tight fit, and an ultra grippy Dark Matter Rubber sole. 

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DPS Dreamtime Sale 


We love DPS skis and Dreamtime is the only time to grab a set of 2016/2017 planks at a discount. Get a free mounting and pro tune when you buy a pair of skis and bindings and free shipping worldwide. 

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