When it comes to serious outdoor wear, form usually takes a back seat to function, and the resulting clothes are, well, not ones you’d want to wear outside of a national park (it’s hard to praise the aesthetics of a pair of zip-off hiking pants). But a new crop of outdoor gear merges top shelf technical specs with street-savvy fashion sense, so you can go on that hike and then grab beers afterward without attracting any sideways glances at the bar.
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If you’re shopping for a guy (or several) who loves to be outside but doesn’t love the look of typical adventure gear, you’re in luck: We’ve rounded up some stylish, trail-ready picks that deserve a spot in any outdoorsman’s closet.
G-Shock GG1000-1A8 Watch
Every guy needs a good watch on his wrist, but not every watch is built to handle a day of adventuring outdoors. That’s why the GG1000, the latest in G-Shock’s Mudmaster series, stands out: It’s built to resist dirt and mud (perfect for mountain biking and other dirt-centric activities), it comes with a digital compass for wayfinding, and it’s shock resistant and water resistant up to 200 meters. Plus, an LED illuminator and large numerals make easy to read and extra sharp, too.
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DUER Stay Dry 2.0 Jeans
These are not your ordinary pair of jeans. The Stay Dry 2.0 combines denim fabric with paraffin wax to maket these pants oil-, water-, and dirt-resistant; that means they can handle whatever weather (or spilled food) comes your way. They also feature triple-stitched inseams and double layer pockets for maximum durability, and they’re designed to provide greater range of motion for all your outdoor activities.
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Electric Knoxville S
Electric has a reputation for building sleek and sporty shades, but the company upped the ante with the Knoxville S. A performance upgrade to one of Electric’s most popular models, the S version is lighter, has a flexible, impact-resistant frame, and comes with non-slip nosepads so you can venture out without worrying if your sunglasses can handle the action.
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Darn Tough Vermont Unstandard Stripe Sock
Are socks a bad gift? When they look as good, and perform as well, as these, the answer is definitely not. Put some color in his sock drawer with the Unstandard Stripe socks from Darn Tough. Made of a nylon/merino wool blend, these socks wick moisture and have a seamless knit for maximum comfort and a great fit.
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G-Shock G Steel Watch
The G-Steel is built to go wherever you do. A tough-as-nails Cordura fabric band keeps a snug grip on your wrist, and the solar-powered battery ensures this watch will keep ticking for months without the need to recharge. It’s also water resistant up to 200 meters and features a number of illumination options to keep the face readable in the dark.
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Topo Designs Wool Shirt
Inspired by classic overshirts, this wool button-down is designed to keep you comfortable wherever you find yourself this winter. Oversized chest pockets offer convenient storage, and hand warmer pockets concealed at the side seams make it a great layer for chilly conditions. Plus, it’s made of a machine-washable merino blend, so you get the benefits of wool without the shrinkage.
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Pro Trek WSD-F20BK
The Pro Trek line of watches come packed with all kinds of gadgets for adventuring outside. This new model is powered by Google’s Wear OS and works with Android phones, and it comes with built-in features like an altimeter, barometer, activity tracking, a digital compass, and a standalone GPS antenna with a map right on the watch face. That’s nearly everything you need, all right on your wrist.
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Red Wing 6-Inch Moc Boots
Like the other kicks in Red Wing’s Heritage collection, the new 6-Inch Moc boots are a modern twist on a classic boot that has graced workers’ feet for decades. The upper is made from oil-tanned leather that resists water, sweat, and stains, and it rides on a hefty outsole designed to deliver optimal traction. Take a break from the typical brown leather boot and try out a time-tested classic in an eye-catching new colorway.
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Patagonia Woolyester Fleece Jacket
Fleece products have been an outdoorsman’s staple for decades, and Patagonia continues to innovate on them with its lineup of fleece jackets. The Woolyester jacket is an eco-friendly upgrade to the classic layer, and it features a recycled blend of wool, nylon, and polyester that provides the throwback styling and beside-the-fire warmth that make fleeces perfect winter tops.
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Carhartt Duck Quilted Flannel-Lined Active Jac
Sure, you can manage your commute to the office in a windbreaker, but if you’re planning on being outside this winter, you’ll need a jacket that can really protect you from the elements. The cotton duck fabric of this Carhartt jacket blocks wind and rain, and it’s lined with flannel on the inside for extra comfort and warmth when Mother Nature really starts to bite.
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