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Chacos Chillos Sneakers ($65)
This sandal-sneaker love child proved extremely versatile for warm-weather travel. The breathable canvas lace-up is snug and supportive enough for day hikes, sleek enough to wear with jeans, and has a crushable heel, so you can wear it as a cushy slip-on. (7-14)
Royal Robbins ReadyDry Briefs ($22)
Comfortable, moisture-wicking underwear is the unsung hero of a precision travel kit. The ReadyDry is made from wildly soft recycled polyester and was supportive enough for testers to wear on ten-mile trail runs. Plus, it dries extremely fast, ideal for hand-washing in hotel-room sinks. (S-XXL)
Marmot X Pendleton Waist Pack ($40)
This three-liter waist pack weighs four ounces and is stuffed with travel-nerd features like gear loops, a covert passport pocket that rests against your waist, and an adjustable–and stylish–lightweight belt with a print by Pendleton. It stuffs down to the size of an orange.
Huk Pursuit Volley Shorts ($35)
The Pursuit Volley Shorts are about to be your go to summer companion. With +30 UPF Sun Protections, blended fabric with flexibility and stretch, a durable water repellent finish and quick drying, it’s the ultimate summer short.
Flylow Trailwork Pants ($95)
Flylow’s Trailwork pants are a utility player: sturdy enough for physical labor and plenty stretchy for scrambling, with a slim cut that meets date-night standards. The DWR coating kept valuables dry during an hourlong walk in the rain, while the nylon canvas fabric still breathes like cotton. (28-42)
Reigning Champ Polartec Delta Polo ($115)
This top turned one cotton-T-shirt-loving tester into a daily polo wearer. Credit Polartec Delta, which is knit into a raised grid composed of hydrophilic and hydrophobic yarns that wick moisture better than many tech fabrics. We crushed sprint workouts and then earned style compliments during meetings hours later. (XS-XXL)
Taylor Stitch Lined Utility Shirt ($188)
A layer of light recycled polyester fill inside the organic cotton exterior of this shirt kept testers comfortable on outings into the low forties. The Utility is made to take a beating, but everyone raved about how good the slim silhouette looks. (XS-XXL)
Vaer D4 Meridian USA Solar Diver Watch ($339 and up)
The best travel watch does its job without fuss. Testers never had to worry about the D4’s batteries, since they’re solar powered; nor did they have to be careful on beach days–this timepiece is waterproof to 200 meters. Still, the aluminum bezel classes up any outfit.
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