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It’s a packed week of sweet new gear! From colorful collabs on shoes to creative approaches for photography and camping — it’s all right here.

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When it comes to outdoor sports, we like to think of ourselves as equal opportunity here at GJ. That’s why Emerging Gear includes the coolest new releases from a variety of outdoor sports, from running, hiking, and camping to kayaking, cycling, skiing, and even outdoor photography.

Whether you’re looking for something specific or just window shopping, this is where you’ll find the best new gear selected by GearJunkie editors. If you find something you like, we suggest following the wise words of Parks & Recreation: “Treat yo’ self!”

Brooks Running x Adam Dalton Blake Pride Collection

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The Trace 3, designed by Adam Dalton Blake; (photo/Brooks Running)

Brooks Running dropped its third annual Run Proud Collection this week, in collaboration with Brooklyn-based artist and illustrator Adam Dalton Blake. The collection showcases designs inspired by surrealism and 1980s boldness, emphasizing “queer joy,” the brand said.

These bold and beautiful Trace 3 running shoes are introduced at $100, featuring updated cushioning and an air mesh upper. There’s also the super-colorful Ghost Lite Crew 2-Pack socks, available for $24.

Brooks continues its partnership with International Front Runners, a running organization aligned with making running more inclusive for LGBTQ+ runners and allies, by donating running gear and $50,000.

Beaverlab Excope DT1

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The Excope DT1; (photo/Beaverlab)

Beaverlab has already raked in over $300,000 of Kickstarter money with the Excope DT1, an optical instrument that transforms any smartphone into a high-performance ultra-telephoto camera.

The device has a 400mm focal length lens, capable of magnifying distant objects up to 200 times. That means photographers could capture images of lunar craters or birds in flight from miles away while maintaining clarity, the company claims.

The Excope DT1 comes equipped with a 48-megapixel high-resolution image sensor for detailed closeups. it also allows for image cropping with minimal quality loss. Advanced image processing and AI anti-shake technology work together to reduce blur. The campaign has swiftly surpassed $382,000, with the basic early bird package available at $220.

Chaco Rapid Pro Sandal

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Chaco already makes some of the best sandals around — but now the brand has released a “Super Chaco.”

OK, so that’s my description, but the Rapid Pro is supposedly an upgrade from the company’s beloved Z/1 sandal. As part of the company’s 35th anniversary this month, the new drop aims for top-notch performance for professional rafters. (But it’s also suitable for anyone looking for adventure, of course, the company added.)

The Rapid Pro has Vibram Megagrip for traction, quick-drying straps with comprehensive adjustability, and a reinforced heel riser for extra durability. This unisex sandal, offered at $130, is available in both the classic Z/1 style or the toe loop style of the Z/2.

Pit Viper Mohawker Clawdia

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Glen Plake; (photos/Pit Viper)

And you thought you looked cool.

U.S. National Ski Hall of Famer Glen Plake now has some original shades through a collaboration with Pit Viper. The skier known for his multicolored mohawk introduces the Mohawker Clawdia, a pair of sunglasses inspired by his distinctive style and priced at $70.

The design features a reverse fade for shielding the eyes when looking up, as well as providing clear vision on the downhill. They come with rubberized touchpoints for a secure fit and anchor points with tie-downs for additional security. Plake’s creation started as a playful concept that evolved into a modern take on the cat-eye design.

Hydro Flask Insulated Shaker Bottle

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(Photo/Hydro Flask)

Do you love your Hydro Flask? How about a bottle that works with those recovery powders you like?

Hydro Flask just launched its latest addition: the 24-ounce Insulated Shaker Bottle, priced at $35. Designed with athletes and gym-lovers in mind, it features a leakproof flip-top chug spout and an internal whisk ball for mixing of post-workout recovery drinks. It also comes with insulation to keep your beverage at the temperature you want.

Available in five colors — Dew, Trillium, Goji, Indigo, and Black — this dishwasher-safe shaker bottle allows for easy cleaning without the use of lead. It’s now available online at Hydro Flask.

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Breeo Firewood Subscription

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With delivery right to your doorstep, this firewood comes in various size options, ensuring that you can store it in small spaces and replenish your supply on your own schedule.

For those interested in regular deliveries, Breeo’s firewood subscription service offers several options. A once-a-month delivery of a 16-inch box is priced at $26, while opting for a twice-per-month delivery reduces the cost to $24 per box.

The brand also just dropped a Firewood Rack. Priced at $225, it’s meant to keep your firewood dried and seasoned for an optimal burning experience, thanks to its water-resistant cover, powder-coated steel construction, and stainless steel feet. It comes with a lifetime warranty and the flexibility to expand storage capacity.

Pyranha ReactR Kayak

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Pyranha thinks that its latest kayak, the ReactR, might be the best whitewater model it has ever made.

Designed for top performance in challenging rapids, this new kayak rides higher and drier through rapids, allowing paddlers to navigate steep gorges and tight lines, Pyranha claimed.

Suitable for kayakers across all skill levels, the ReactR aims to level up your river running with better maneuverability and responsiveness. As for the price tag, Pyranha’s website can help you find a local dealer. It currently costs $1,700 at the Nantahala Outdoor Center.

CRKT Soldotna Fixed

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Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT) marks its 30th anniversary with the launch of the Soldotna, a U.S.-manufactured, fixed-blade hunting knife. Crafted in collaboration with outdoorsman and craftsman Russ Kommer, this all-purpose hunting knife has a 3.5-inch drop-point blade designed for versatility, from skinning to precise cutting.

It’s also available in two models. The cheaper option offers a carbon steel blade and micarta handle for $200. A limited-edition version, with a walnut handle and Damascus steel pattern, costs $500 and is only available on CRKT.com. The limited run includes just 200 pieces.

MEC Dynomite Climbing Pant

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Looking for a new pair of stellar climbing pants? The Mountain Equipment Company (MEC) just dropped its Dynomite Climbing Pant, and it looks pretty sweet.

Crafted from a cotton, nylon, and elastane blend, the pants are designed to withstand the rigors of both indoor and outdoor climbing. They feature four-way stretch fabric and articulated patterning that supposedly aids climbers during challenging sections. The water-repellent pants have a drawcord-style waist, multiple pockets, and adjustable cuffs for unobstructed heel hooks (ask a climber).

They’re currently available at a discounted price of $80, down from the regular $100. The offer, valid for both men’s and women’s models, lasts until April 24.

Radio Flyer Via eBike

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(Photo/Radio Flyer)

Does everyone make an e-bike these days? It sure seems like it, but there’s no denying the attraction of combining Radio Flyer nostalgia with modern lithium batteries.

The Flyer Via eBike wants to replace your minivan (at least part of the time) with a cargo-hauling, family-friendly design. From school dropoffs to grocery runs, it’s suitable for riders between 4’10” and 5’10” and supports up to 400 pounds. A 500W motor and lithium battery give the bike 30-50 miles of range with a max speed of 20 mph.

Priced at $2,200, the Via also includes a Kid & Cargo Carrier Hoop. Compatible with an extensive range of accessories, it’s available for a 30-day free trial that includes free shipping.

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