Today's best gear for the weekend warrior

These items won't let you down in a pinch.

Danner Mountain 600 boots

Star Trek Voyagers

Based solely on its brown leather upper and red laces, you might dismiss the Danner Mountain 600 as a simple throwback. But this boot is designed to perform. That brown leather? The Oregon-­based company's cordwainers use as few pieces as possible—just five—minimizing sewing screwups. And that sole is an exclusive collaboration with the plastic masters over at Vibram; it blends natural rubber with ethylene-based polymers to create a contact patch that grips like crazy. So now that you've got these kicks: Where to? $200Ted Cavanaugh
butler motorcycle maps

Scouting Party

Want directions to Charlottesville? Ask your phone. Want to know the fun way to get to Charlottesville? Ask...the Internet? Or Butler Maps, invented to surface great rides for motorcyclists interested in journey over destination. Butler's curators evaluate roads based on undulation, elevation change, and scenery. Field agents drop pins in an app to rate routes, which HQ superimposes onto a map showing quality in three grades: G1, G2, and G3. "G1 is worth going 100 miles out of your way to ride," says founder Court Butler. Only one way to find out... $15 and upTed Cavanaugh
victorinox i.n.o.x. watch

Wrist Rock It

This watch is tougher than you. Any Victorinox I.N.O.X. watch has to be able to withstand 130 tests of badassery. Among them: a 650-foot descent into Davy Jones' Locker, a 33-foot drop test, a 2.5-hour boiling-water bath, being frozen in ice, and getting run over by a 64-ton tank. That's five­­—only another 125 to go. The titanium version pictured has to also endure a trip into the stratosphere via weather balloon. The test victim ascended more than 100,000 feet above sea level before the balloon popped and then fell into a lake. All without losing a second of accuracy. $550Ted Cavanaugh

This article was originally published in the January/February 2017 issue of Popular Science.