Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

A peek at emerging products from the sometimes cutting-edge, sometimes quirky world of gear design.

adidas porsche s4 lux red shoe

Posrche Shoe

If Porsche designed a running shoe, what would it look like? Here’s your answer. The $425 Bounce S4 Lux is a collaboration between Porsche-Design and Adidas. The shoe has a decoupled heel that attaches to the front with a carbon plate and a single-piece 3D upper.

AirBuddy tankless dive system

World’s Lightest Diving Gear

Enjoy the ease of snorkeling with the freedom of SCUBA diving. The $2,000 AirBuddy is a floating air pump that delivers fresh air through a hose while you dive (and breathe). Unlike Snuba or Scuba systems, it requires no tanks and can be carried on a plane ready-to-use. The device, which launches on Kickstarter this month, claims 45 minutes of air with a 40-foot range.

moar folding fat ebike

Folding Fat eBike

Crush any terrain with a bike crammed with virtually every feature conceivable. The MOAR is a foldable, full-suspension fat bike that has integrated head- and taillights, turn and brake signals, and a rechargeable motor. Live on Indiegogo, the MOAR runs from $1,200 up to $4,000, depending on motor and battery options.

wave speaker on surfboard

Waterproof Music Anywhere

Bring tunes anywhere you bring a GoPro. The $199 WAVE is a fully submersible (up to one meter), waterproof speaker that attaches to bikes, boards, boats, and more with any GoPro mount. The WAVE uses bluetooth and accepts SD cards, so load your playlists beforehand.

ovao sim goggle trainers

Smart Swim Trainer

Receive subtle coaching cues through your goggles for better swimming. Ovao introduces a swimming training device that pairs with an app on your phone. The Ovao slips onto your goggles and uses color-coded lights to direct your intensity and time. Audio tones can be set for tempo training as well. Sign up for updates on its release.

hoka one one running shoe for women

Hoka One One For Women

Treat your feet and boost your time with this road runner designed for women only. The Clayton 2 draws from the expertise of running-shoe manufacturer Hoka One One and the women’s apparel brand Oiselle. The $160 runners weigh 7 oz. per shoe, have a 4mm drop, and come in women’s size 7-10.


deuter pack aircontact pro 70L

Carryall And Summit Pack

Bring everything you need and maybe even some things you don’t. Deuter designed its 70L Aircontact Pro to carry 60 pounds or more of hiking gear, camping essentials, and mountaineering necessities, and keep you comfortable in the process. It has a sliding back pad for various body types, pole and ice-axe attachments, hydration pack compatibility, a detachable summit pack, and more. The $349 pack weighs a hefty 7 lbs. 4 oz.

vonhof womens bike frame

US-Made Bikes Backing Women

Enjoy a hand-built frame designed for hard-to-fit riders. Von Hof Cycles uses Columbus steel and makes its frames in New York. The 2017 DIA women’s road cycle caters to riders 5’5″ and under with a customizable, race-minded frame. And it donates a portion of each bike sold to introductory bike racing courses for female riders. Frames start at $1,950. Call for complete build options.

rad season heli mtb in new zealand

Extreme Sports Travel

Feel like hang gliding in the Alps, mountain biking in New Zealand, or skydiving in Norway? Upstart RadSeason offers an online booking platform specifically for extreme sports junkies. And a just-announced partnership with travel giant Priceline means customers can find adventure sports events around the world, and book lodging, travel, and tickets in one spot.


brooks range alpha mountaineering vest

Mountaineering Vest

Minimize bulk and keep your core warm, that’s the idea behind the Alpha Vest by Brooks-Range Mountaineering. The $160 vest combines Polartec’s Alpha Insulation and Dry Wool for a blend of warmth and breathability. The vest works as a base or mid layer and weighs 8.5 oz.

Xtratuf Riptide Deck Shoe