Everyone who does anything outside—skiing, surfing, biking, camping, kayaking, climbing—should have one of these in the trunk. (We like it because we’re tired of wrestling our kids into ski boots while they balance precariously on one foot in the snowy parking lot.) It folds up so the dirty side is always on the inside, a carabiner attaches to a backpack, and it’s insulated so your feet don't get cold. (Race gatekeepers: take note.) Qwickstand is $15, shipped to your door.
New training tool from Suunto lets you plan, track and analyze your workouts whether you train indoors or out.
These days, kitted out treadmills, stair climbers and stationary bikes can tell you a lot about your cardio session: distance covered, top speed, average speed, cadence, resistance, incline, heart rate, calories burned and then some. But if logging your miles on a machine in a loud, sweaty fitness factory rather than on a quiet, deserted dirt trail betrays your outdoorsy constitution, Suunto's got your covered.
In the sporting goods business, no phrase carries more cred than “athlete designed.” The pros know best, and when they help develop new products, the results are usually good. Case in point: Utah-based OGIO’s Layover, which is an ideal ski trip carry-on. Its external pockets hold goggles, socks, base layers and other accessories, and the main compartment is roomy enough for your boots, jacket and pants. Bonus: Patterned fabrics make it easy to spot on the baggage carousel, so you can grab and go. Because fresh tracks won’t last.