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Gear solid 

Stock up on the basics, prepare for emergencies and indulge in a new gizmo or two.

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Burton Beeracuda
Five in the chamber, one ready to guzzle.
Burton’s research & development team loves just one thing as much as it loves powder lines: tubes of cold beer. So, Burton invests in science that matters—namely, beer science. The Beeracuda is an over-the-shoulder beer holder that keeps five frosty brews in the chamber and one in the koozie strap. It’s ideal for a quick hike or an afternoon of fishing. $19.95-$29.95,


Epic Bison, Bacon & Cranberry Bar
Finally, a protein bar that tastes like meat.
A protein bar for the backcountry that doesn’t involve soy, doesn’t taste like an overcooked baking experiment and boasts two deliciously meaty ingredients? Wipe the tear from my eye. Epic, which sees itself as a leader in “recognizing the value of sustainable and responsible animal welfare practices,” has concocted arguably the best-tasting protein/energy bar on the market with the Bison, Bacon & Cranberry Bar. $34/box of 12,

Hero Kit Crash Pack: Cycling First Aid Kit
Fast and pack-efficient prescription to keep pedaling
Flying around berms and crushing steep downhills is awesome; crashing is not. Yet the hard truth is that we all take a digger or two eventually, so it’s best to be prepared. This packable first-aid kit weighs a scant 3.3 ounces and comes in a waterproof resealable bag. Inside, you’ll find gloves, gauze, antibiotic lotion, bandages, burn gel, an irrigation syringe and even instructions so you can get back on the trail in no time. $25,


Hoka One One Conquest
Who you callin’ an overpronator?
Minimalist running shoes are, like, so 2011. The new road-running darling is the maximum-cushioned Hoka One One Conquest. Slightly stiffer than previous Hoka shoes, they’re still probably the most padded shoes you’ll ever purchase (unless you bought Moon Shoes in the ’90s). A thick forefoot helps joints deal with pavement-pounding, and a rockered sole—curving up at the toe and forefoot—aids in rolling through the gait cycle. Especially helpful for overpronators, the Conquest helps give a sense of a solid landing. $170,

JayBird Reign
The soon-to-be king of fitness tracking.
From the West Valley City-based company that brought us the best active-lifestyle Bluetooth headphones comes a revolution in fitness tracking. The Reign is housed in a form-fitting wristband that’s wireless and waterproof and is designed to “solve real-life active needs that matter to you.” When synced up with a smartphone or computer, the Reign displays the data of your life by sport, a powerful motivator. It’ll also tell you how much sleep you need each night and—the coolest feature announced so far—reads your body and knows when it wants to be active. The Reign is set for a fall 2014 release. $199,

Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket
Stay high and dry.
When your day hike or climbing sesh in the High Uintas gets rudely interrupted by a flash storm—which you can count on most summer days—don’t sweat it. Just pull out the ultra-compressible Helium II. This breathable rain jacket weighs in at a meager 6.4 ounces, so you’ll forget it’s in your pack or on your harness until you actually need it. Outdoor Research’s Pertex membrane is highly effective at shielding you from the wet stuff, and the fully taped seams won’t let in any moisture. $150,


Petzl NAO
A paradigm shift in lighting technology.
The next generation of headlamps has arrived. The NAO is Petzl’s first headlamp with Reactive Lighting technology. A sensor in the headlamp measures and analyzes available ambient light, which then tells two LEDs to instantly and automatically adjust their output. Additionally, you can customize the NAO to meet your lighting needs via software, regulating the light intensity, lighting time and distance, and program up to four activity profiles. The NAO also comes with a long-lasting rechargeable battery. $175,


Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed
Always wake up on the right side of the bed.
Don’t let a terrible night’s rest spoil your camping trip in Yosemite or your sunrise vista at Canyonlands. The Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed gives you the flexibility to sleep on your back, side or (rejoice!) stomach—just as you would back home. Free of extraneous material or hardware, this zipper-less hydrophobic-down-stuffed sleeping bag offers three key features for better sleep in the backcountry: an oval-shaped opening with an integrated comforter, a sleeping pad sleeve, and insulated hand and arm pockets. $249-$439,

Yeti Tundra 35 Cooler
Cold beer for what seems like a year.
What’s built for the wild, is grizzly-proof and has some really rugged-looking lines? No, it’s not Bear Grylls; it’s this badass cooler from Yeti. The Tundra 35 easily packs in 20 cans of brew, so it’s ideal for picnics, road trips or the river. The rotomolded construction—that’s how kayaks are made—means it’s virtually indestructible, and the Permafrost insulation is the ultra in keeping stuff cold. This might be the last cooler you ever buy. $300,


The Key Log
Training for the LumberJack Games just got easier.
You’re in luck—you no longer need to haul your favorite rollin’ log around with you every time you go on a family vacation to Bear Lake. Designed by world-champion log rollers, the Key Log weighs 60 pounds so it’s easy to transport and store, unlike your trusty piece of pine tree. The Key Log re-creates the density of a traditional wood log, so it floats, spins and reacts as you play on the water or train for the LumberJack Games. $2,150,

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