When you think about your salient memories, nature probably plays a starring role. Finishing a challenging hike up a mountain with epic sunset views at the top; road-tripping to a remote spot, portaging even further and then pitching a tent among the nothingness; taking in the star-strewn sky on a clear night—these are the moments you’ll remember forever.

It’s this kind of unbridled freedom that’s at the core of Peak Performance, an innovation-led activewear brand that lets you make the most of the great outdoors. Hailing from Sweden, Peak Performance takes wilderness-inspired capability and combines it with authentic Scandi design vibes (read “pieces you’ll actually look good in”). The brand’s collections are made for every adventure no matter the season or activity, including mountaineering, ski touring and even—for those chasing serious adrenalin—trail biking.

“The two most important foundations of our design philosophy are performance and function,” says Erik Stensson, designer at Peak Performance. As such, every piece must get the stamp of approval from the brand’s roster of mountaineers and athletes who sign off on technical elements as well as the super-practical details (packability, durability and lightness included) for everyday adventurers.

Erik Stensson, Designer; Photo credit: Peak Performance

The best example of Peak Performance’s vision is the Vislight GORE-TEX Pro Jacket, a rugged-meets-stylish shell that redefines functional outerwear. Windproof, waterproof and completely breathable thanks to a fully-seam-sealed GORE-TEX Pro fabrication, it’s a proven 365-days-a-year piece. The jacket is stripped of all the unnecessary extras and instead prioritizes features that help you be bold in the open air: a three-way adjustable hood that’s compatible with any activity helmet; multiple zippered ventilations for arduous outings; a RECCO reflector to allow you to be searchable by rescue professionals around the world; plus, easy-to-spot canary-yellow sleeves for ultimate safety. “As an answer to the visibility needs in the mountains and backcountry, we drew inspiration from aircraft-marshalling signals,” says Stensson of the contrast design element. Smartly packable in its own hood, the Vislight GORE-TEX Pro Jacket is a must-pack piece that lets you soak up every second of summer and beyond.


Price: $800 at peakperformance.com.