ALL SYS­TEMS GO

Aspen Peak - - Contents - BY TESS WEAVER STROKES

Meet the must-have tech gear fu­el­ing sum­mer per­for­mance.

Light, por­ta­ble, and de­liv­er­ing quick re­sults, this sea­son’s high-tech sports items prom­ise to en­hance your sum­mer ac­tiv­i­ties. From mus­cle re­cov­ery guns to power me­ters and satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tors, here are the six in-de­mand gad­gets for op­ti­mal sum­mer per­for­mance.

MUST-HAVE #1: THERA GUN G1 RE­COV­ERY TOOL

Aspen’s ath­letes know the se­cret to ef­fec­tive train­ing is all about re­cov­ery. The new Thera Gun G1, a hand­held de­vice that uses per­cus­sive, pain-free force to in­crease blood flow, helps mus­cles re­cover more quickly—which means fewer down days be­tween ac­tiv­i­ties. Sold online (from $599), the Thera Gun is also a fix­ture at The Fix Body Ther­apy ($25 for 10 min­utes), where it is of­ten used in con­junc­tion with other treat­ments like com­pres­sion ther­apy and mas­sage. 501 Rio Grande Pl., Ste. 105, 970-3664890; the­fix­as­pen.com; ther­a­gun.com

MUST-HAVE #2: URSACK BEAR SACK

The light­est soft-sided bear bag ap­proved by the White River Na­tional For­est of­fice, the wa­ter­proof and punc­ture-proof Ursack ($80–$95), at half the weight of tra­di­tional can­is­ters, pro­vides ul­tra­safe back­coun­try stor­age for food and valu­ables thanks to a pro­pri­etary lam­i­nat­ing process of bul­let­proof Spec­tra and Kevlar fab­rics. Aspen Ex­pe­di­tions, 133 Prospec­tor Road, Ste. 4115, 970-925-7625; aspen ex­pe­di­tions.com

MUST-HAVE #3:

STAGES CY­CLING POWER ME­TER

For­get heart rate mon­i­tors— power me­ters show ex­actly what you’re get­ting out of your train­ing. Down­right minia­ture, weigh­ing less than an en­ergy gel packet, and made from the same ma­te­rial as bul­let­proof glass, Boul­der-based Stages Cy­cling’s power me­ter ($550), in­stalled on your bike’s crank arm, is the first on the mar­ket to use Blue­tooth Smart pro­to­col. With no ex­ter­nal or mov­ing parts, a wa­ter­proof hous­ing, and a user-re­place­able bat­tery,

MEET THE MUST-HAVE, TECHHEAVY GEAR THAT’S FU­EL­ING ASPEN’S EN­HANCED SUM­MER SPORTS PER­FOR­MANCE.

Stages me­ters are also per­fect for Colorado’s fast-chang­ing weather. Basalt Bike & Ski, 731 E. Val­ley Road, Basalt, 970-9273460; basalt­bike­and­ski.com

MUST-HAVE #4:

GARMIN INREACH EX­PLORER+

You may ven­ture off the grid, but you’re never out of reach with an INREACH Ex­plorer+ hand­held satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tor from Garmin ($450). De­signed for out­door en­thu­si­asts who want to roam far­ther and ex­pe­ri­ence more with­out com­pro­mis­ing their loved ones’ peace of mind, INREACH pro­vides com­mu­ni­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion shar­ing, nav­i­ga­tion, and crit­i­cal SOS func­tions on land, wa­ter, or in the skies. Ute Moun­taineer, 210 S. Galena St., 970-9252849; ute­moun­taineer.com

MUST-HAVE #5: BIG BENEV­O­LENT VIDEOS

Want to cap­ture your lat­est ride, rapid, or jump? Con­sult Aspen video pro­duc­ers Big Benev­o­lent, where you can rent the new­est GOPRO Hero5, as well as a hel­met mount or selfie stick, and re­ceive in­struc­tions on how to film like a pro ($200). Then, turn in your footage: Big Benev­o­lent will cre­ate a pro­fes­sion­ally edited, Vimeo-ready video—with smooth tran­si­tions, ef­fects, ti­tles, and roy­alty-free music—overnight. 409 S. Hunter St., 970-315-2379; big­benev­o­lent.com

MUST-HAVE #6: ROSS REELS EVO­LU­TION R FLY REEL

Colorado-based Ross Reels de­signed the Evo­lu­tion se­ries for an­glers who ap­pre­ci­ate both art and func­tion. Tay­lor Creek Fly Shop calls the ex­traor­di­nar­ily light Evo­lu­tion R ($465–$475) an “ex­quis­ite piece of ma­chin­ery.” Its fully sealed car­bon fiber drag of­fers an in­dus­try best power-to-weight ra­tio, and the ul­tra-large ar­bor spool forces the even wind­ing of the line across its face—a first-ever func­tion for a fly reel! Tay­lor Creek Fly Shop, 183 Basalt Cen­ter Cir., Basalt, 970-920-1128; tay­lor creek.com; ross­reels.com .

Get in gear: Boul­der-based Stages Cy­cling makes its torque-mea­sur­ing car­bon fiber power me­ters for all dif­fer­ent types and brands of bi­cy­cle com­po­nents, in­clud­ing FSA cranks (BE­LOW) and Cam­pag­nolo’s Record driv­e­train (BOT­TOM LEFT). BOT­TOM CEN­TER: The Ther­a­Gun G1 mus­cle re­cov­ery tool means faster re­cov­ery—and less down­time.

CLOCK­WISE FROM LEFT: Go far­ther and al­ways be within reach with the Garmin inReach Ex­plorer+ satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tor; Tay­lor Creek Fly Shop touts Ross Reels’ ul­tra-light, ul­tra-strong Evo­lu­tion R fly fish­ing reel as an “ex­quis­ite piece of ma­chin­ery”; back­coun­try camp with peace of mind with Ursack’s near­bul­let­proof bear sacks.

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