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The Best New Outdoor Gear

Best Bike Helmet: Giro Skyla

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Tailored to fit a woman’s head, down to your ponytail, the Skyla has cooling ventilation and new In Mold-technology that fuses the outer shell to the impact-absorbing liner. From basic black to pretty florals, the helmet also has a color-coordinated visor. ($40,

Best Water Bottle: Bobble

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This ingenious multi-tasker includes a water filter built right into the tap to give you purified water wherever you go—without wasting money or harming the environment. ($8.95 - $12.95,

Best Shoes: Merrell Avian Light Ventilator

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With mesh panels to keep your feet cool, a molded foot frame for stability, and a rubber outsole for grip on even the most uneven terrain, these shoes will take you far. Your feet—and friends—will appreciate the anti-microbial treatment to fight odor. ($95,

Best Inline Skates: Spark 84 W

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This blade supports your entire foot with double-wrap technology, asymmetrical lacing, and a magnesium frame that’s lighter and stronger to reduce vibration. Smart colors and cool piping create a look that says "now," not "nineties." ($210,

Best Bike Lock: Kryptonite Evolution Mini

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The braided steel cable provides optimal locking security, and the stainless steel key with LED bulb means you'll never have to fumble in the dark. ($45,

Best Multi-Purpose Tool: Paratool Black Oxide

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Multiple angled pliers and a smooth comfort grip will help get you out of any tight spot. ($103,

Best Sleeping Bag: Sea to Summit Micro Sleeping Bag

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Filled with goose down, yet lightweight and breathable, the Micro has a drawcord opening and contoured mummy shape to keep you snug and warm in the great outdoors. And it folds up nice and small come morning. ($349,

Best Backpack: Osprey Sirrus 24 Backpack

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“The frame of the pack contours to your back for an extremely comfortable fit,” says Jessica Matthews of the American Council on Exercise. Other perks: a built-in rain cover, tapered shoulder harness, and narrow waist belt. ($89,

Best Picnic Gear: Keep Your Cooler Bag for Two with Blanket

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Truly a complete picnic in a pack, this cooler hasn’t forgotten anything: glasses, utensils, cutting boards, shakers, corkscrew, napkins…even a blanket. With this much attention to detail, both you and your lunch can stay chill. ($80,

Best Sunglasses: Smith Optics "Pivlock V90" Max

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These lightweight and rimless glasses were "designed with athletes in mind," says Matthews of ACE. And with two other lenses in different colors that easily swap out, it's like buying three pairs for the price of one. ($139,

Best Functional Clothing: Weighted Vest

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Jessica Biel wore one hiking last year as she prepared to climb Kilimanjaro. "The added resistance strengthens the legs, glutes, and back and trains the stabilizing muscles of the core," says Biel's trainer, Ramona Braganza. "Plus, it's a great calorie burner." Look for one that has a clam-shape design and fits snugly with no restrictions on your range of motion. (prices vary,


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