Gear is a big deal. Whether its borrowed, bargained or inherited, appropriate gear is an essential component of any outdoor adventure. This week, I caught up with a few wizards of the outdoor gear world and these folks shared some insight into the most reliable pieces they keep in their closet (or, um, the trunk of their Subarus). Puffy: A down jacket is an all-time favorite in the outdoor world. My suggestion is the Mountain Hardwear Sub Zero down jacket SL (in Ski Patrol Red). Besides being water resistant and insanely warm, it has a spiffy water/beer bottle pocket and windproof hood.