Style Guide: Intrepid Explorer

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The sun is shining through the clouds now, as summer is right around the corner, which means more opportunities to venture into the backcountry. Sooner than later, the warmer days will be consistent and you’ll be able to enjoy the blue skies while you fish for dinner, catch some refreshing waves, or immerse yourself in nature by hiking a trail. As we’re transitioning into summer, adventure awaits, so investing in the right gear is important to enjoy the upcoming season.

Staying stylish while functional is the balance you need so you can document your warm-weather adventures without shying away from the camera. Premium activewear doesn’t need to be bland or boring. We’ve turned to some exceptional companies that have built stellar reputations producing apparel and gear that give you the best of both worlds. Whether you’re scaling a mountain or cracking open a cold one at your local bar, these style options are both rugged and contemporary.

Magpul El Impresario Belt

The durable El Impresario belt is a new addition to the Magpul Tejas Gun Belt lineup. Crafted from beautiful full aniline leather with a flexible reinforced polymer interior, this handsome belt will provide you with sag-free performance. It combines the sleek look of a formal dress belt with the ruggedness of a gun belt, as it’s tough enough to carry a holster. Constructed in Texas, the El Impresario is an impressive all-around belt.

Purchase: $90

Magpul Explorer Sunglasses

For those with wanderlust, Magpul’s mil-spec Explorer Sunglasses are a worthy companion on any adventure across the globe. They’re made with a lens and frame built to Z87.1 ballistic impact standards and benefit from an oleophobic treatment for protection against chemicals and liquids. And these scratch-resistant, anti-reflective sunglasses adopt the iconic wayfarer style, making them perfect for any scene.

Purchase: $99+

Under Armour Syncline Fishing Shoes

For anglers looking for a nice catch on their hiking trip, the Syncline Fishing Shoes are tough enough weekend expeditions. They have dual-layer mesh uppers for water drainage and an L6 BOA speed closure system for a locked-in feel even in water. The shoes also feature high-traction rubber lug outsoles for reliable grip on a variety of terrain and Charged Cushioning in the heels to absorb impact.

Purchase: $78

Triple Aught Design Nautilus AC Shorts

Borrowing from a style of shorts worn in ‘60s James Bond Films, the Nautilus AC is upgraded for the modern adventurer. It’s constructed from 100% nylon with DWR treatment and polyester mesh lining. Thanks to its triple and double needle stitching, these adventure shorts can keep up with any activity you feel like taking on for the day.

Purchase: $95

Benchmade Mini Vallation Knife

This everyday duty knife adopts its tactical style from a legacy line of automatic knives. Its stout handle boasts 6061-T6 billet aluminum scales and a trusty palm swell for excellent grip whether you’re cutting or using the carbide glass breaker. And its CPM-S30V steel blade is durable enough for just about any task.

Purchase: $245

Sony Extra Bass Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

Sony’s wireless noise-canceling headphones can help you shut the world out and enjoy your personal soundtrack with Extra Bass sound quality. They have a foldable design, making them easy to store when you travel and their one-touch technology allows for easy track changes and volume-adjusting on the go. On a single charge, you can enjoy up to 30 hours of tunes.

Purchase: $250

Mission Workshop Blakwell Track Jacket

If you need a tailored ultra-high-performance track jacket, the Blakwell is a smart option. It’s made with 4-way stretch fabric with high-performance vapor management technology, making it highly breathable. The sleek, moisture-wicking jacket is built to endure any activity in the city or the great outdoors and guaranteed for life.

Purchase: $255

DJI Osmo Action Camera

For aspiring outdoor action videographers, the DJI Osmo Action Camera is an exceptional choice. It boasts dual-screen technology, a waterproof exterior, “rocksteady” image stabilization, and 8x slow-motion capabilities. You’ll be able to capture all your adventures in 4K HDR or 4K UHD at 60 fps, providing you with pristine footage in any weather.

Purchase: $349