- Buyer's Guide
Best Gear Finds from Altitude Sports
As you might have noticed, we’ve got ourselves a new retailer crush: Canada’s Altitude Sports. A strictly e-comm operation hailing from above the border, with impressive taste in technical gear.
And so when they gave us the challenge to ‘curate’ their already finely tuned curation and zero in our favorites, we jumped at the chance, and began combing through the oceans of goodness.
We’ll be honest, it took longer than we thought – like, a lot longer. But we’ve managed to whittle our favorites down to 13 stellar picks. From hiking packs to travel pants to shoes that can fit any foot, these are our Best Gear Finds from Altitude Sports, selected by us.
Don’t want to forgo quality audio for your travel tunes? Goal Zero’s Rock Out 2 Wireless Rechargeable Speaker is a portable Bluetooth speaker that’s weatherproof, wireless and rechargeable via USB or solar panel for adventure-ready audio. And it comes with a bungee cord to secure it to a bike or backpack when you’re on the go.
The Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody is a lightweight, wind and water-resistant mid layer designed for active use. It features Coreloft™ 60 insulation in the torso, arms and hood, as well as ventilated side panels. So you get breathability and warmth in one sleek, compressible design that’s handy for both day-to-day and travel use.
Smartwool’s Intraknit Merino 250 Thermal 1/4 Zip is designed with insulation, ventilation and freedom of movement in mind. Made with 100% merino yarn, it’s odor-resistant, regulates temperature and wicks moisture. The garment features mesh ventilation in gender-specific zones for enhanced breathability. And you also benefit from reflective details that increase visibility in low-light conditions.
Salomon’s Outline Mid Jacket is a breathable mid layer designed to move freely with you for active use. The jacket has reflective detailing, zippered hand pockets and a soft, enticing feel for all-day comfort across a range of activities.
The North Face Sprag 5-Pocket Pants are a savvy choice for travel clothing as well as everyday wear. Made with a water-repellent stretch fabric, they keep the elements at bay while allowing freedom of movement whether you’re hiking or out and about in town. And they’re easy to dress up or down too, keeping you flexible with a restricted travel wardrobe.
Japanese furoshiki wrapping cloths, in shoe form? Inpired by the versatility of these traditional cloths, Vibram created their Furoshiki Shoes that feature a stretchy upper designed to fit almost any foot. The hook-and-loop closure allows the shoes to be secured or removed quickly and simply. The shoe also features a lightweight Vibram outsole and can be rolled up for easy packing in the included carry sack.
Not only is the Salomon XA Discovery GTX a great trail running shoe, it’s a solid travel option too. The shoe is lightweight yet durable, with shock-absorbing midsoles and a Gore-Tex membrane for protection from the elements. The Contagrip MD outsoles provide reliable grip across a range of terrains, allowing you to hit the hiking trails, go for a run, or simply take on the city with equal ease.
When day-long or overnight outdoor adventures are calling, Mystery Ranch is ready to answer with the Coulee Backpack. The 40L pack features a 3-Zip opening for ease of access, a comfy padded harness including a removable waist belt with integrated pockets, side compression, as well as an assortment of quick-access pockets. Additionally, the pack is hydration bladder compatible for easy hydration on the go.
A lot of inflatable pillows provide packability but sacrifice comfort. But NEMO Equipment’s Fillo Pillow provides both. The pillow’s baffled air cell, luxury foam, and soft microsuede cover offer welcome comfort after a long day of hiking, on a plane or road trip, or wherever else your travels might take you. The cover is removable for convenient machine washing and the pillow also comes with an integrated stuff sack for compact storage.
Snow Peak’s Wabuki Chopsticks are a great alternative to single use plastic cutlery. Made with stainless steel handles and a bamboo tip, the collapsible chopsticks come with a carrying case for easy portability in your EDC and travel setup alike.
The prAna Mantra Jogger combines casual styling with a comfortable fit for day-to-day and travel wear. Made with a blend of hemp, recycled polyester, and spandex, the jogger offers UPF 50+ protection and can be worn rolled up or down thanks to the elastic leg cuffs. Additionally, the elastic waistband with drawstring closure lets you tailor the jogger to your preferred fit.
Inspired by the iconic Arc’teryx Arro Backpack, the Arro 16 is a smaller version of the pack that retains its eye-catching style and functionality. Flexible enough to transition between urban and outdoor environments, the Arro 16 features a padded 13″ laptop sleeve and is hydration bladder compatible. The main compartment is complemented by a front kangaroo pocket for stashing bulkier and quick-access items.
The North Face Access 02 Backpack provides rapid access to the main compartment with the simple push of a button. And the updated pack delivers this quick access with a design that’s lighter, more comfortable to carry, offers increased internal space, and is self-standing for more user-friendly functionality.
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