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Firestarting Knives, Ice Picks for Skiers, ‘The SUV of Bikes,’ and More Emerging Gear

From burly bikes and eye-catching eyewear to an affordable knife multitool that also calls for help and starts a fire — we’ve got the goods.

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Are you looking for something fresh? Feeling lucky? ‘Cause if killer new gear is what you’re after, you’ve come to the right place. Every week, GearJunkie collects the coolest, weirdest, most interesting releases from brands big and small.

If it starts fires, stores gear, keeps you dry, comes on two wheels, or generally motivates someone to get out the front door — you might just find it here. Check out the latest releases for this icy, rainy, windy February.

ENVO D50 / ST50 e-Bikes

If grocery shopping with an e-bike sounds like your idea of a groovy Sunday morning, then ENVO’s latest models might ring your bike bell.

With the ENVO D50 and ENVO ST50, the company claims to offer the “SUV of e-bikes” for their dual functionality as urban commuters and cargo haulers. Both models feature different power options between 500W and 750W, depending on local regulations for e-bikes.

The UL-certified bikes feature hydroformed alloy frames capable of carrying up to 400 pounds, according to company specs. With the two models offering a range of over 60 miles and 90 miles, respectively, the D50 and ST50 come with front suspensions, integrated lighting, and oversized racks for cargo. Both models cost $2,100.

Hydro Flask Destination Oregon Colors

Finally, more colors of Hydro Flasks! ‘Cause you got to be accessorizing, right?

For its latest seasonal color palette, the Oregon-based company looked for inspiration close to its home in the Pacific Northwest. Dubbed the Destination Oregon collection, the new colors include cool blue, fir green, and a soft pink inspired by sunsets over Trillium Lake.

Prices vary, but the 24 oz. Standard Mouth with Flex Straw Cap and 40 oz. All Around Travel Tumbler both cost $40.

Arc’teryx Beta Jackets

Arc’teryx has updated its Beta jackets, bringing in PFAS-free technology in select models: the Beta Jacket ($400) and Beta Lightweight Jacket ($500). The jackets are available for both men and women.

Arc’teryx collaborated with GORE-TEX to use the recently launched PFAS-free ePE membrane. According to the company, it’s lighter and thinner, while improving durability. The redesign process spanned over 2 years, the company said in a press release, with testing of various components, including face fabrics, backer materials, seam tape, and coatings.

Supposedly, these jackets are now even better. And since it’s Arc’teryx, they were pretty solid to begin with.

Yakima Rugged Line HD Collection

Calling all Toyota-loving outdoor recreationists! Yakima would like a word. It just dropped the RuggedLine HD Collection, a platform-to-vehicle mounting system designed for exterior roof storage on Toyota vehicles.

Available starting Feb. 15, the RuggedLine offers roof racks tailored for the Toyota Tacoma, 4Runner, and RAV4. (However, they’ll also work on a Jeep Grand Cherokee and RAM 1500.) Made from steel, the RuggedLine HD claims an off-road load rating of up to 330 pounds, varying by vehicle, and integrates with Yakima’s LockNLoad Platform.

The RuggedLine HD for newer vehicle models costs $679. The RuggedLine HD Track Mount — for use on vehicles with Yakima HD and Classic Tracks — costs $499.

KOO Eyewear Energia Goggles

It’s hard to deny that athlete-brand collabs can be super cool — especially with a guy like River Radamus.

KOO Eyewear just dropped a collaboration with the American World Cup alpine ski racer, unveiling “retro-inspired” goggles priced at $250. Part of KOO’s Energia collection, these goggles pay homage to the bold ski fashion of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, the brand said.

The goggles offer an expanded field of vision with minimal refraction for optimal clarity. A lightweight frame, triple-layer foam cushioning, and venting system are meant to stop fogging. They might also be hard to find: They were sold out on the KOO website as of this writing.

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Vollebak Future Suit

British brand Vollebak has specialized in men’s sportswear since 2015. Now, it has released a Future Suit meant to work seamlessly “from boardroom to mountain.”

I’m not sure I can see a C-suite executive showing up at a board meeting in this, though the cumulative $1,150 price tag of the jacket and pants certainly suggests the target market receives a healthy paycheck. Crafted from merino wool, the suit is water- and wind-resistant and breathable, the company said, while still offering quick-drying, antibacterial, and insulating features.

The jacket costs $645, while the pants will set you back about $500. Given that the brand’s Planet Earth range sold out within 24 hours of release, according to Vollebak, it’s very possible the Future Suit could become a surprise hit with the jet-set crowd.

The Alpine Lab KikPik

The KikPik, a nifty little ski tool, is the brainchild of newcomer The Alpine Lab. Essentially a tiny ice pick, the KikPik offers skiers, snowboarders, and other winter sports lovers a way of quickly clearing compacted snow, ice, and debris from boots, bindings, and equipment.

At just 2 ounces, the tiny tool consists of a rust-resistant pick on one end and a nylon brush on the other. Its handle grip ensures that it’s easy to use even with gloves, the company said, while an angled pick end provides access to deep binding recesses without scratching equipment.

Available in red or blue, the KikPik costs $30 on Amazon or the KikPik website. Check out this YouTube vid to learn more.

Flicker Feather and Scout Feather

This Kickstarter reached its funding goal in just a few days, which means you still have plenty of time to hop on board the bandwagon.

This campaign offers two knives — the Flicker Feather and Scout Feather — that come with several unexpected features, like a rapid firestarting method and a 115dB emergency whistle for signaling. Also, built-in sharpeners/honers can ensure that they stay sharp.

The Scout Feather has a drop point blade with a sabre grind, ideal for sharpness and durability, while the Flicker Feather boasts a chisel blade, renowned for its strength and precision cutting abilities, according to the product description.

Pledge options range from $40 to $130. With 27 days to go in the campaign as of this writing, there’s still time to back the project and get some versatile new blades for your collection.

Chrome Industries Commuter Collection Backpacks

Chrome Industries’ Commuter Collection includes several new backpacks with something it calls “T-Lok technology.” According to Chrome, this system enables owners to make side-to-side adjustments to shoulder straps. That helps them achieve a more universal fit and personalized comfort.

The collection features three packs: the Corbet 24L flap-top pack priced at $135, the Hawes 26L Pack priced at $150, and the Hondo 18L Pack priced at $120.

Nathan Sports 2024 Hydration Gear

Don’t worry, runners — we didn’t forget about you. Nathan Sports dropped new running gear this month, including some sweet vests. (Full disclosure: I love running vests and backpacks.)

The TrailMix 12L 2.0 Hydration Pack, priced at $150, is an updated version of Nathan’s bestselling pack. It is 15% lighter and offers expandable storage options, including a roll-top opening for extra storage capacity. Equipped with versatile pocket options, including a back mesh pocket and an expansive bungee, this pack also features updated trekking pole storage and includes a 1.5L bladder.

The Pinnacle Featherlite Vest, priced at $110, offers another version of the Pinnacle 12L by catering to minimalist runners with an ultra-lightweight design. Aiming for maximum breathability and comfort, it comes with a 14-ounce soft flask (with the pocket accommodating up to a 20-ounce flask) and features a 1.5L back pocket with a zipper closure for storing essentials. It wasn’t available on the website as of this writing but should debut online this month.

Also check out the QuickSqueeze Plus Handheld, available in several sizes that cost $30-45.

PATH Projects Graves PX Jacket

A lightweight jacket made for runners, the Graves PX has a unique face fabric. Its Toray Primeflex material is the same thin fabric the company employs for its running shorts. The result is a breathable and water-resistant shell made for misty days that hover around freezing.

We took the Graves PX on a few runs this winter and were impressed with its precise fit, functionality, and also its svelte good looks.

Bonus: It folds into its pocket to pack down small when not on your back.

Weber Searwood

Grilling behemoth Weber launched a line of products it touts as “industry-firsts.” Among the grills, the Weber Searwood stands out as a wood-pellet cooker that can infuse smoke flavors into foods while grilling. It dials from 180 to 600 degrees F and self-adjusts to maintain the target temperature throughout a cook.

The Searwood pairs with a Weber app to remotely control what the brand calls a “smart, flame-kissed culinary experience” from your phone. Available this spring starting at $900.

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