Emerging Gear: Custom-Made Balaclava, Fire Pit Heat Deflector, and More

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Solo Stove Heat Deflector
Solo Stove Heat Deflector

At some point, the folks over at Solo Stove got together and brainstormed, “How can we make fires better?” The Heat Deflector seems to be their solution. Constructed from high-grade stainless steel, it offers an improved 360-degree heat radius, angled to “yield the most warmth.” The Heat Deflector (from $110) is available for the Ranger, Bonfire, and Yukon stove models and will ship in the spring.

USWE Hajker Hydration Backpack
USWE Hajker Hydration Backpack

USWE is out with a winterized version of its do-it-all Hajker backpack. The 30L Hajker ($200) is meant to accommodate fast-and-light pursuits. It also offers a sturdy fit and winter-friendly hydration (that won’t freeze). The Hajker has a four-point harness system for a secure fit (great for sports like skiing and snowboarding), helmet carry, a detachable waist strap, and insulated shoulder straps to keep your liquids, well, liquid.

Quiksilver 2022 Winter Collection
Quiksilver 2022 Winter Collection

For 2022, Quiksilver has dropped not one but two winter gear collections: High Altitude and Surf the Mountain. High Altitude consists of an insulated jacket and pant kit (though it’s going fast). And the Surf the Mountain collection — made with Sammy Carlson and Bryan Fox — includes a GORE-TEX jacket, bibs, shell pants, a puffy midlayer, thermals, and more.

Suunto 5 Peak GPS Watch
Suunto 5 Peak GPS Watch

Suunto has hit today running with a pretty epic release: its lightest GPS watch yet. In fact, the 5 Peak is lighter than most fitness watches we’ve tested, including the fan-favorite Garmin Forerunner. The 5 Peak ($329) weighs just 39 g, which is 41% lighter than its predecessor. It also offers up to 100 hours of battery life and has 3D maps and routes, a wrist HR sensor, and a selection of easily changeable accessory straps.

Faction Skis Prodigy 1.0 LTD
Faction Skis Prodigy 1.0 LTD

Limited-edition skis? Yes, please. The new Faction Prodigy 1.0 ($479) is the same Prodigy 1.0 ski design, but with new a new topsheet. Hidden in the graphics of this ski is the saying “A Dragon Amongst People” — a phrase celebrating Faction’s leading freestyle athletes. The limited dragon graphic is available now in 164cm to 180cm lengths for men’s and women’s models. Only 200 pairs of skis are available.

Hikerkind Polartec Fleece Balaclava
Hikerkind Polartec Fleece Balaclava

Women’s hiking gear company Hikerkind just launched its latest capsule for winter 2022. Available now, the collection includes a Fleece Balaclava ($60) made with Bluesign-certified Polartec PowerAir grid fleece. On top of that, each balaclava is made to order. See the full winter collection here.

  • Emerging Gear: Custom-Made Balaclava, Fire Pit Heat Deflector, and More

    Solo Stove Heat Deflector

    At some point, the folks over at Solo Stove got together and brainstormed, “How can we make fires better?” The Heat Deflector seems to be their solution. Constructed from high-grade stainless steel, it offers an improved 360-degree heat radius, angled to “yield the most warmth.” The Heat Deflector (from $110) is available for the Ranger, Bonfire, and Yukon stove models and will ship in the spring.

  • Emerging Gear: Custom-Made Balaclava, Fire Pit Heat Deflector, and More

    USWE Hajker Hydration Backpack

    USWE is out with a winterized version of its do-it-all Hajker backpack. The 30L Hajker ($200) is meant to accommodate fast-and-light pursuits. It also offers a sturdy fit and winter-friendly hydration (that won’t freeze). The Hajker has a four-point harness system for a secure fit (great for sports like skiing and snowboarding), helmet carry, a detachable waist strap, and insulated shoulder straps to keep your liquids, well, liquid.

  • Emerging Gear: Custom-Made Balaclava, Fire Pit Heat Deflector, and More

    Quiksilver 2022 Winter Collection

    For 2022, Quiksilver has dropped not one but two winter gear collections: High Altitude and Surf the Mountain. High Altitude consists of an insulated jacket and pant kit (though it’s going fast). And the Surf the Mountain collection — made with Sammy Carlson and Bryan Fox — includes a GORE-TEX jacket, bibs, shell pants, a puffy midlayer, thermals, and more.

  • Emerging Gear: Custom-Made Balaclava, Fire Pit Heat Deflector, and More

    Suunto 5 Peak GPS Watch

    Suunto has hit today running with a pretty epic release: its lightest GPS watch yet. In fact, the 5 Peak is lighter than most fitness watches we’ve tested, including the fan-favorite Garmin Forerunner. The 5 Peak ($329) weighs just 39 g, which is 41% lighter than its predecessor. It also offers up to 100 hours of battery life and has 3D maps and routes, a wrist HR sensor, and a selection of easily changeable accessory straps.

  • Emerging Gear: Custom-Made Balaclava, Fire Pit Heat Deflector, and More

    Faction Skis Prodigy 1.0 LTD

    Limited-edition skis? Yes, please. The new Faction Prodigy 1.0 ($479) is the same Prodigy 1.0 ski design, but with new a new topsheet. Hidden in the graphics of this ski is the saying “A Dragon Amongst People” — a phrase celebrating Faction’s leading freestyle athletes. The limited dragon graphic is available now in 164cm to 180cm lengths for men’s and women’s models. Only 200 pairs of skis are available.

  • Emerging Gear: Custom-Made Balaclava, Fire Pit Heat Deflector, and More

    Hikerkind Polartec Fleece Balaclava

    Women’s hiking gear company Hikerkind just launched its latest capsule for winter 2022. Available now, the collection includes a Fleece Balaclava ($60) made with Bluesign-certified Polartec PowerAir grid fleece. On top of that, each balaclava is made to order. See the full winter collection here.

Mary Murphy
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Mary is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and is based in GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has a background in both newspaper and magazine writing. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.

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