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FitBit Versa Smart Watch

$210 $170 from REI 19% off

The Versa’s simple interface allows users to track their heart rate and sleep quality, while boasting 15 exercise modes. The sleek design of the watchface doesn’t look bulky, like most sport watches.


Stio Downwater Anorak (Men’s)

$149 $104 from Stio 30% off

Stio released the first version of the Downwater Anorak last year and we loved it. “It has a laid-back style that goes great with jeans and even better with boardshorts, making it a versatile layer on the river or around town,” our tester said.


Stio Downwater Anorak (Women’s)

$149 $104 from Stio 30% off

Stio released the first version of the Downwater Anorak last year and we loved it. Made from a rugged water-resistant nylon treated with UPF 50-plus sun protection, it fends off wind and water while still looking casual enough to wear around town.


Stio Eddy Shirt SS (Men’s)

$99 $79 from Stio 20% off

We included the Eddie in our roundup for the best sun shirts because it’s stretchy, dries fast, and has a UPF 50+ rating. “It’s as performance-minded as your favorite tech tee but good-looking enough to wear about town,” our tester said. Added style points for the pearl snaps.


Pioneer Ironman IM6 Earbuds

$60 $30 from Amazon 50% off

These buds made it into our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide in our list of the best audio gear. They're lightweight and have a cord that clips to your shirt to stay in place. The sound quality is “faithful to your favorite tracks,” our tester says, but be aware—the buds do not lend themselves to aquatic activity.

Keen Howser III Boot (Women's)

$100 $65 35% off

Made from water-resistant nylon and stuffed with a healthy dose of synthetic insulation, the Howser III is perfect for frosty morning walks to the coffee shop or long winter nights in the cabin. And a non-marking rubber sole won't mess up your floors if you decide to wear them in the house.


Keen Little Kids’ Chandler CNX

$55 $36 from Keen 34% off

Outside gear tester Jakob Schiller can’t say enough about the Chandler CNX shoes. These kicks held up against the abuse of both his children as they grew in and out of them. He says, “Even after years of wear, they’re in great shape. I can’t say that about any other brand of shoe my kids have ever worn.”


Keen Rose Sandal (Women’s)

$90 $58 from Keen 35% off

The Rose sandal looks great, but can handle some adventure, too. The front toe bumper provides extra protection from rocks and sticks, and the rubber outsole has multi-directional lugs—like you'll see on hiking boots or running shoes—for increased traction.