Gear of the Week: July 31-August 6

Our favorite stuff from the past seven days


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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. 

Stio Second Light Alpha Hooded Jacket ($299)


The Second Light jacket is the perfect outer layer for late summer and fall. Made with breathable, warm Polartec Alpha insulation, it's light and packable. 

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Thule Stir 35L Pack ($140)


The Stir has a removable hip belt and an adjustable torso so you can dial in the fit. The unique StormGuard system combines a partial rain cover, while the main body is plenty large to accommodate day-hike essentials.

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Bogs Johnny Chelsea Boot ($155)


The waterproof leather uppers of the casual Johnny Chelsea boot will keep your feet dry even in a downpour. The soles are lined with an anti-odor technology, and Bogs Max-Wick moves sweat away from your feet.

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Red Paddle Co 10’6” MSL Stand Up Paddle Board ($1299)

(Red Paddle Co)

Red’s inflatable stand-up paddleboard inflates in minutes. After a day on the water, we experienced no notable deflation. Plus, it packs up into its own rolling suitcase so you can easily store it in the trunk of your car. 

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Omeals Camping Meals ($9)


The fully cooked and never-freeze-dried meals offer the ultimate convenience in the backcountry. And they're surprisingly tasty. Each eight-ounce meal is low in cholesterol but full of protein and cooks in its own bag with a provided heating source. No stove required. 

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Eddie Bauer Flying Squirrel 40° Sleeping Bag ($299)

(Eddie Bauer)

There’s nothing more uncomfortable than tossing and turning in a sticky sleeping bag on a hot summer night. The zipper-less Flying Squirrel lets you sleep unrestricted—you can even just lay the bag over you like a blanket. The lack of zippers also saves weight. The whole bag packs up the size of a softball.

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Teva Arrowood Lux WP Sneaker ($140)


The Arrowwood Lux is Teva's take on the classic trail sneaker. Constructed with waterproof leather and an ultralight but durable foam sole, this a go-anywhere, do-anything shoe. 

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Oakley Green Fade Collection ($190)


The Green Fade collection combines Oakley’s classic ’80s green heritage color with the the 21st century performance of its Prizm lenses. The glasses come in a variety of lens shapes to match your specific sport. 

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Polar M600 Watch ($330)


With the launch of the M600 watch this week, Polar has solidified itself as a leader in the wearables industry. The watch features integrated GPS, wrist-based heart rate technology, text notifications and allows access to more than 4,000 third party apps via Google Play.

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