SGB wants to make winter packing easy, so we compiled a handful of best-of products from DryGuy, Pearl Izumi, Smartwool, and more, that will keep you warm, hydrated and exploring all day.
The redesigned Hydro Flask 32 oz and 64 oz Growlers are a great way to transport your favorite beverages from tap to trailhead to yurt. The side handle orientation offers better pouring control thanks to its close proximity to the growler opening. The loop handle accommodates all sizes of hands, fingers and carabiners, and Hydro Flask’s TempShield Insulation keeps your beverage as cold and refreshing as when it was poured.
Simple Dry, $40, a simpler version of the Force Dry DX by DryGuy is a budget-friendly option for those who understand the bliss of warm boots before stepping outside on a cold day. Using a convection based drying system that heats to approximately 105 degrees, the Simple Dry is silent and will not damage fragile boot or glove liners. The Simple Dry uses a 120 volt AC outlet, dries two garments in six to eight hours, weighs less than five pounds and helps reduce odors caused by bacteria, fungus and mildew.
The Pearl Izumi Escape Thermal Glove, $30, is ideal for cycling or running with a new wool-like synthetic palm material. This smooth, supple yet exceptionally durable fabric boosts the glove’s function and modern appeal. Select Thermal fabric on the back of the hand allows for movement while providing warmth; conductive synthetic leather index finger and thumb pads offer touchscreen compatibility; and black reflective accents add style and safety.
Lexi introduces the Aergon 2 Pole, $139, an innovative Trigger S Vertical grip system on a new line of alpine touring poles next season. The new technology centers around the Flexband, an elastic band which enables variable gripping without having to click out of the grip and allows the pole to remain firmly connected to the hand with optimal power transmission on top of the pole for palming.
The 1L Mossy Oak Microfilter Bottle Set, $50, with Anti-Bottle and MicroFilter weigh just 2.7 ounces, and the filter is capable of purifying hundreds of liters of water from lakes, rivers, streams and tap water over its lifespan. Equipped with Vapur’s SuperCap, the 1.5L Vapur, $16, bottle can be carried around town with the same ease as the rest of the Vapur family, but with more volume. The new Vapur DrinkLink Hydration Tube, $15, converts your Vapur Anti-Bottle into a hydration bladder with the change of a cap. Take any SuperCap bottle and easily screw in the new Hydration Tube system, equipped with a 135-degree angle bite valve.
Smartwool teamed up with renowned alpinist Conrad Anker to develop the new PhD Outdoor Mountaineer Sock, $35. Beyond comfort, features include new Industractawool technology, a bulk free instep, two integrated mesh zones for aggressive venting, and a 20-30 mmHg compression heal cup. With Conrad’s attention to detail and Smartwool’s 20 years of sock innovation, this may be the most technical mountaineering sock ever.
For a special Fall 2016 launch, Mountainsmith tapped into its 37-year heritage by resurrecting some of its most cherished designs from the mid-90s as trail-inspired commuter bags. The Roots Collection will feature six styles inspired by the brand’s rich history, retro-fitted to accommodate modern travel demands. Honoring their trademark durability, the line will be produced using Cordura fabric.