Before you disregard Royal Robbins clothing as preppy street garb, remember the man who made the brand. Robbins completed more than 30 first descents from Chili to California, including Devil’s Postpile of the San Joaquin, an overnighter that is tough by today’s Class V standards. See Devil’s Postpile here.
To whit, Royal Robbin’s Coolmax Cotton Crew ($35) is worthy of a wine bar or a day in the elements. Use it for both. It would hold up in any arena. As an undergarment, it’s 60 percent coolmax polyester and 40 percent cotton, helping you keep heat in and wick moisture away. This quick-drying piece lets you stay toasty under the drytop and stylin’ around the fire.
The Orlando Jersey Crew ($40, left) is a similar concept, but with long sleeves. It serves dual purpose as a summer (paddling) or winter (skiing) insulator, and as we mentioned, you’ll look presentable at dinner too.