Gear Guide 2022

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It’s shaping up to be a very Boulder summer: We see long, hot days on the horizon, with a few crisp mornings and chilly alpine nights sprinkled in, and mountain trails rolling as far as our eyes can see. Whether hiking, biking, paddling or hanging out with your pup, gear up with best-of-the-best 2022 products and make the most of what this Rocky Mountain state has to offer.

CLIMBING

Sierra Designs Alpine Start Sun Hoodie

With UPF 40 sun protection, toss this on for long days in the alpine and at the crag. 

Outdoor Research SuperStrand LT Jacket

This synthetically insulated, light-weight jacket is making its mark with one of the best warmth-to-weight ratios on the market. Ideal for long days with varying temperatures, pack this baby to take you from the chilly trailhead, through your hot hike, to a cold summit. The lofted polyester insulation strands mimic the shape of thousands of down clusters, providing extremely high loft, and continued warmth even if it gets wet. 

Boulder Denim: 2.0 Athletic Fit

Designed by Canadian boulderers, these 360-degree diagonal stretch denim jeans contour to your body and keep their shape even after climbing in them for days at a time. 

RUNNING

Tracksmith Lane Five Crop Top

This supportive crop top has a built-in bra, plenty of stretch and fends off moisture.

Tracksmith Lane Five Short Tights

Make it a set! Super functional with five pockets and smooth fabric, these shorts go the distance without riding up. 

Scarpa Golden Gate ATR

Looking for a versatile, transitional shoe that’s not only comfortable on paved surfaces, but also performs on park paths, gravel roads and groomed single-track trails, aka: one shoe to rule all of Boulder? This is the one for you. As Scarpa’s most-cushioned shoe to-date, the impressive impact absorption is thanks to a responsive midsole, designed to absorb and return energy efficiently. The rubber outsole provides great traction both on and off road, inspiring confidence as you expand your running horizons throughout the summer. 

BACKPACKING

Ibex Indie Hoodie

Fear no itch here, this 100% Merino hoodie has a performance finish and proprietary steaming process that makes the material feel cooler to the touch, increasing its versatility in various climates: Throw it on at camp to keep you warm in the first rays of light—then wear it throughout the day as its thermoregulating properties wick away sweat and keep you cool in the afternoon sun. 

Swiftwick Flite XT Trail Five Stability Hiking Sock

Strong elastic around the ankle and micro treads on the heels and balls of these socks keep your feet from sliding inside your sock or shoe.

Jack Wolfskin Terraventure 22L

To make this 100% recycled bag: 14 plastic bottles are upcycled, and the Bloomfoam™ algae padding purifies water from polluted lakes in China. A win-win!

YOGA/HEALTH

Intelligent Elixirs Tinted Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Wears like a cream, protects like a screen. Did you know up to 90% of visible signs of aging come from daily exposure to the sun? Intelligent Elixirs, a clean, clinically-driven, cruelty-free skincare company based in Denver, delivers a tinted sunscreen that doubles as sun protection and a tinted daily foundation—helping you crush your summer day or the trails in style. 

Vuori Sunday Performance Joggers

Prioritizing fit, function and soft stretch, these jogger sweats will help you get warmed up without bulking at your ankles.

SAXX Hot Shot Short Sleeve Shirt

Made for keeping you cool when you’re breathing hard outside, this shirt fits to the contour of your body while maintaining a modern silhouette.

WATERSPORTS

WRSI Trident Helmet

A carbon composite shell EVA foam liner and a polyurethane sub-shell, work together in WRSI’s Trident helmet to provide ultimate head protection on the river. And with the interconnect retention system and built in O-brace harness, this helmet stays snugly on your head, even when rushing water is trying to pull it off. 

Astral GreenJacket Life Jacket PFD

Yes, you can go into an outdoor store and find a cheap life-jacket. But, the Astral GreenJacket submerges those basic alternatives in techy qualities and useful features. The GreenJacket life vest has been tested in some of the most extreme environments and is the preferred lifejacket of pro paddlers around the world. 

Roark Privateer Wetsuit Jacket

Stay warm in cold water, and plunder the rivers’ raddest routes in this 2mm stretchy Roark privateer wetsuit jacket.

CYCLING

POC Axion Spin

Protecting your noggin in comfort and style, the POC Axion Spin is equally comfortable on the trail, or on the streets. It’s lightweight, well-ventilated, and protects the back and sides of your head with extra coverage.

Ombraz Versa Headbands

Sunglasses have generally been made the same way since James Ayscough invented the first tinted eyewear in the mid-1700s: two lenses, held aloft by two arms. That is, until Ombraz came along. Then, this Seattle-based eyewear company took that norm and turned it on its head. They ditched the arms, in favor of a custom woven, Japanese nylon abrasion resistant cord with a minimalist adjustment system. No more folding arms. No more bent or broken hinges. Just shades that fasten to your face. The nose pads are sculpted for a comfortable fit and reduced fogging. The frames are biodegradable, plant-based and handcarved. And the lenses…. they’re some of the best polarized lenses you’ll find in any sunglasses, from any brand. Few shades are more perfect for a day spent ripping up mountain biking trails than Ombraz.

Bicycle Booth Flamingo Jersey

Bike jerseys don’t all have to look like sponsor clothing. Why not get a little wacky and wild? Why not cycle in style? With Bicycle Booth’s flamingo cycling jersey, you can peddle with panache while still wicking sweat. 

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