The joys of adventure travel are all about experiencing the elements and the thrill of outdoor pursuits. But that doesn’t mean you can’t embrace a little luxury at the same time.
So we have gathered together some of the best adventure accessories that combine premium styling, exceptional engineering and ingenious design. From high tech to high fashion, these products have a level of exclusivity that will heighten your travel experiences, wherever adventure takes you.
Beautiful Alpine hiking boots
Hiking boots have gained in credibility in the fashion world. However, although many designer models might look great, they don’t always stand up to the rigors of outdoor pursuit. Moncler’s Italian-made hiking boots are stylish and rugged in equal measure. Choose the Blanche model for her and the Peak for him.
US$670 (Peak)/US$615 (Blanche)
High-tech ski goggles
Check your routes, find out your top speed, track your vertical drop, and keep up with a mass of other data while you’re on the slopes. No need to fumble with phones or struggle with pockets though – Oakley’s Airwave goggle has a built-in display that shows you all the data on your big-mountain exploits right before your eyes.
Superbly engineered trekking poles
Leki has been a go-to for premium-quality, practical trekking gear for nearly 70 years. The innovative folding style of the Micro Vario Carbon means that it can pack down to an even smaller size than most traditional telescopic poles, and the ergonomic foam handle features impressive attention to detail – even the straps are moisture-wicking.
Approx. US$200 per pair
The best heated gloves
Gone are the days of hoping your disposable hand warmers would last the morning. Outdoor Research’s Lucent Heated Gloves™ come with a rechargeable Lithium ion battery to keep you going all day whether hiking, biking, or skiing. Water-resistant goat leather palms and full-length gauntlet styling make this award winner an instant winter classic.
Famed for its limited edition Courchevel Exclusive ski set (just 10 units were produced, retailing at US$67,000), French brand Lacroix manufactures exceptional skis using innovative technology. Its Ultime Black skis feature a full wood core sandwiched between metal and carbon/Kevlar fibers, and retail at 20 times what a quality all-mountain pair usually costs; these score highly on the exclusivity scale.
US$15,500 with bindings
The do-it-all backpack
With enough room for urban essentials or touring gear, the understated classic styling of the Ghurka Explorer No. 239 backpack makes it as fit for day-to-day use as a weekend in the mountains. This vintage-inspired bag loves the outdoors almost as much as you – the premium quality leather will develop a unique patina with age and weathering.
The best of Swiss engineering
A pocket-knife is an outdoor staple, whether you’re on a gentle day hike or halfway up Mont Blanc. Victorinox’s limited edition RangerWood Damast comes with a patterned blade and walnut scales, and with eight tools it’s functional without being over the top. Only 5,000 were made and each is numbered, making this a real exclusive.
Sophisticated stormproof outerwear
While many designer labels are rushing in on the adventure space’s newfound interest in beautiful design, Arc’teryx stands out as an established outdoor brand embracing cutting-edge fashion. Its Veilance range is a triumph of outdoor tech-meets-urban chic. The top-end Monitor coat will keep you warm without sacrificing style, wherever you travel and whatever the conditions.
US$1,425 Monitor hooded down coat
Stay safe and stylish in the backcountry
When you find yourself at the top of steep-and-deep couloir you need a safety backup. And an avalanche airbag is the latest gear to become standard issue for freeriders. Mammut’s 3.0 Airbag technology makes the Pro Protection one of the lightest options around, and its sleek black design strikes a balance between stylish minimalism and practicality.
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