ALL SYSTEMS GO
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
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
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.