When you think San Francisco, you think tech companies. But the city is also chock-full of outdoor brands building high-end gear right next to the bay. From bikes to bags to boards, here are six of our favorites. Photo: Low mki Road Bike (Starting at $4,300) We’ve been telling you aluminum is back, and the mki proves it. The handmade frame is the perfect blend of racy-fast and chop-eating compliant. This version is complemented by Scope R5 carbon hoops and Ultegra Di2.
Iris Skateboard ($250) Iris decks are perfect for commuting around town, and no two are alike because each is made from recycled skateboards. There are seven shapes to choose from and two colorways: rainbow or raw wood.
Kitsbow Icon Shirt ($195) Yes, it’s a $200 wool flannel. But as we’ve argued before, it might be the most versatile piece of clothing you’ll ever buy, thanks to features like articulated sleeves and abrasion patches on the elbows and shoulders. Wear it to bike, ski, hike, backpack, camp, drive, or just live in it. Correction: the Icon was originally made in San Francisco and is now made in Oakland.
Timbuk2 Custom Messenger Bag (Starting at $134) The country’s best-known commuter bag company offers a full customization program where you can design both the outside and inside of a backpack or messenger.
Taylor Stitch Chore Pant ($100) Thick 12-ounce cotton canvas and reinforced double-layer knees will make these your favorite work pants. Taylor Stitch adds its touch by slimming the legs for a more refined look.
Mission Workshop The Interval Jacket ($225) Paper-thin, ultrastretchy, Japanese-made nylon turns this rain-resistant windbreaker into the most comfortable early start shell you’ve ever worn. When not in use, it packs down to the size of a plum.