Don’t get us wrong—we love winter gear. In fact, we’re so obsessed with it that we just finished our massive, comprehensive Buyer’s Guide that includes 357 hand-selected ski products. But, we’re fans of the off-season, too, and therefore we’ve brought you these 13 purchase-worthy products to hold you over till the snow starts falling again.
Moji Charging Station Lantern
Black Diamond | $79.95
When you’re out adventuring, you’ve got to be selective about your packing list, and the Moji Charging Station Lantern should make that list every time. It’s both a lantern and portable charger, and weighing in at just under a pound, it’s barely noticeable in your bag even on the longest of days.
Drafter 12L Backpack
Dakine | $125
It’s a little baffling how much a backpack can do these days, and the Drafter 12L is leading the charge with that bafflement. Between its Hydrapak reservoir with a quick disconnect system and magnetic hose clip, helmet-carrier, fleece-lined sunglass pocket and many more features, this thing will serve any outdoorsperson well.
Eureka! | $159.95
Please, for the love of god, do not go to a place like Target or Walmart if you’re looking for an affordable tent. There are, in fact, wonderful options out there for you, and the Midori 2 is one that should be heavily considered at just $159.95. The three-season tent sleeps two people, packs well, is easy to setup and take down and weighs just under five pounds, too.
MTB Comp Shoe
Scott | $99.95
Scott has one hell of a product line coming out for this winter, but take a peek at these bike shoes first and foremost because they’re some of the best in the game. They’re comfortable, they lock in like champs without any worries of pre-releasing and their straps are guaranteed to hang on tight through the burliest of rides.
Giro | $150
Before you go search in a new ski helmet, invest in Giro’s Montaro MIPS bike helmet. It offers a well-rounded fit that covers all of your noggin’s bases, as well as strategically-placed vents to keep you cool, calm and relaxed. Utilizing the same trusted MIPS safety tech as Giro’s ski products, this thing will keep as safe as possible out on the trail.
Lighthouse Mini Lantern
Goal Zero | $59.99
This compact, high-tech lantern is sure to keep you in the light on the darkest of nights. Its solar panels can soak up enough energy to keep it running for over 500 hours (A.K.A. 20 freaking days), and its built-in hooks are perfect for hanging in the tent, on a branch or anywhere else you can get creative with.
21 oz Standard Mouth
Hydroflask | $27.95
Drinking bottled water is bad for the environment and a waste of money. Period. If you like helping the environment instead, and drinking water that stays cold for hours on end thanks to high-tech insulation, go with the beastly 21 oz Standard Mouth from Hydroflask. This thing rocks, and it’s pretty dang stylish, too.
Igloo | $299.99
This cooler is such a beast that it’ll probably make your car look like a wuss, but you should buy it anyway because it’s just bad to the bone. Like, Stone Cold Steve Austin bad to the bone. Rugged outdoor-friendly wheels mow over any terrain, bottle openers keep beers flowing all day and it retains ice for four days long. Party on. (Disclaimer: This thing is big, so plan on using it for car camping, not long treks.)
Sumo Cooking System
Jetboil | $139.95
There are a lot of awful off-grid cooking systems out there, and the Sumo Cooking System laughs at them all. You can set it up within seconds, have water boiling within a minute (literally) and not worry about pesky wind thanks to its powerful and covered-up flame. Oh, and it only weighs one pound.
Smith | $169
You know Smith is trusted year after year for its stellar goggles on the slopes, but have you tried its sunglasses? Go for the Comstock, a stylish and tech-packed pair that you’ll find hard to take off. Our favorite aspect: the color and contrast-enhancing ChromaPop lenses.
MiiR | $52.95
Waterbottle? Check. Badass beer carrier? With the MiiR Growler—check. This thing is so sleek it looks like it was made by Apple, but instead it’s an outdoor-focused item that’ll further help you disconnect from the digital world with a nice buzz. Take it on your next adventure because any real traveler knows beer is a must-have.
Men’s Piero Lite Jacket
Mountain Hardwear | $49.98
Good for any activity during any season, the durable yet comfy Men’s Piero Lite Jacket is a garment we love. Between its stretch, wind resistance, softshell fabric and bold look, it gets the job done no matter what the day calls for. Not to mention, that’s a price point you can’t refuse.
Osprey | $85
You’ve got a lot of nice gear. Why disrespect it with a crappy bag? Avoid that nonsense and go for the Osprey Transporter. It’s stylish, it’s durable, it can be worn as a backpack when you’ve got a ways to travel and it bears the name of a very badass movie series. Quadruple win.