In the winter, we’re skiers. And we never forget it. But in the summer we can be anything we want. Some of us bike, some of us hike, some of us trail run, or rock climb. Some of us spend as many hours of daylight possible on the river, and some of us do a lot of those things but none of them very well.
In the summer, we try to entertain ourselves while we wait for that first October storm. Luckily, summer outdoor gear has far more crossover potential than ski gear, which tends to be rooted in its initial intended use and hard to use for warm-weather excursions in the mountains.
For whatever ways you choose to distract yourself this summer, here are a few stand-out pieces of outdoor gear that are well equipped to serve you on the trail, river, and rock wall as you try to make sense of these next snow-free months.