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Emerging Gear: New YETI Color, Coffee Straw, Graphene Jacket, and More

Take a peek at emerging products from the sometimes cutting-edge, sometimes quirky world of gear design. Explore the grid or click through for a slideshow.

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Take a peek at emerging products from the sometimes cutting-edge, sometimes quirky world of gear design. Explore the grid or click through for a slideshow.

GOAT HUB 50 Cooler

GOAT HUB50 cooler with modular containers

The GOAT HUB 50 (from $319) just launched for preorder, and you can score one for 15-20% off. The HUB 50 isn’t just a cooler, but a modular system, with gear canisters, organizer accessories, and more. It’s made with heavy-duty, rotomolded construction, integrated turrets, and water-resistant, BPA-free gear canisters. And it’s more compact and light (25 pounds) than its HUB 70 counterpart.

WESN Samla Knife

WESN Samla knife titanium handle

WESN’s latest blade just launched on Kickstarter, and we gearheads are pretty excited.  The Samla Knife ($135 MSRP) is a friction folding knife made with Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel and a titanium or cherry wood handle. And it’s WESN’s lightest and most compact folder to date, available (at a discount!) on Kickstarter now.

Merrell 'See America' Hiking Shoes

Merrell See America low hikers with artist crest

Merrell’s new See America collection features three styles (with men’s and women’s sizes) of its Antora 2 and Nova 2 hikers (from $120). Each style was designed by artists in commemoration of the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide Trail — with colors, prints, and details unique to each trail. Shop the full collection here.

Revel Bikes Purple Rascal Frame

revel bikes rascal frame in purple

Revel expands its color selection on the popular Rascal frame ($3,699) with this striking and special color. Back in October, Revel held a fundraiser for the nonprofit LoveYourBrain and made a custom color in its honor. And now by popular demand, that LYB Purple Rascal paint job is permanently available.

YETI King Crab Orange Roadie Cooler

Yeti Cooler in King Crab orange

YETI’s latest seasonal color choice is finally here. King Crab Orange (from $25) is “inspired by the tough Alaskan seas — and the men and women that risk their lives to pull the iconic, orange crab to the surface.” (It’s also inspired by crustaceans in general.) King Crab orange will grace YETI coolers, mugs, tumblers, and more.

Smartwool Merino 150 Tees

smartwool indigo plant-based dye tee

Smartwool’s Merino 150 Base Layer Short Sleeves now feature plant-based dyes. The Merino 150 for men and women ($75) is made with Smartwool’s lightest-weight merino fabric, flatlock seams, a 20 UPF rating, and now new colors, courtesy of a more responsible, plant-based dying technique.

JoGo Coffee Brewing Straw

jogo coffee straw with filter

The JoGo Straw ($19) is a sustainable new way to brew coffee anywhere, anytime. The JoGo consists of a stainless steel mesh filter, straw, and BPA-free, heat-resistant silicone tip. It’s designed to eliminate disposable, plastic, and paper filter waste. The JoGo was inspired by the founder’s solo cross-continent motorcycle trip. But it also works for trips closer to home (we’ve got one staff member in the process of testing).

GAMMA Graphene-Infused Jacket

gamma jacket made with graphene fabric

The GAMMA Jacket (preorder for $295 on Kickstarter) is a  lightweight, insulated jacket with graphene sewn into the fabric. We’ve seen this wünder material — touted as the strongest on Earth — in shoes and only one other jacket. The GAMMA Jacket is waterproof with water-resistant zippers and an adjustable hood and hem. Not only is graphene already thermoregulating, but GAMMA added built-in carbon fiber heaters to this jacket to ensure consistent warmth. The jacket weighs roughly a pound.

BOTE LONO Aero Inflatable Kayak With Pedal Drive

BOTE LONO aero kayak inflatable kayak standing up (front and back view)

BOTE’s LONO Aero inflatable kayak (from $1,499) just launched this week, and it’s a showstopper. This 12-plus-foot, multifaceted kayak folds up as small as an inflatable SUP, so you can take it with you wherever you go. It’s got a pedal foot platform, cargo areas, and kick-up rudder.  The LONO kayak and added APEX Pedal Drive come together “to create a pedal-driven kayak that boasts versatility, speed, and durability.” Get the LONO Aero with pedal drive for $2,099 when you preorder now (with a coupon deal for $200 off the $800 pedal drive), or get it without pedal drive for $1,499.

Alpine Parrot Ponderosa Pants

two plus-size models wearing forest green alpine parrot pants

Alpine Parrot is an outdoor apparel brand that caters to underrepresented communities in the outdoors through inclusive sizing and modeling. And it’s on a quest to make plus-size technical adventure pants. The brand has a high-rise waist with built-in belt, Bluesign-approved and 40 UPF two-way-stretch fabric, and lots of pockets. The Ponderosa Pant ($119) will come in several colors and two fit styles, Mountain and River, in sizes 14-24. They’re available on Kickstarter now. Read our full feature on Alpine Parrot here.

North St. Bags Handlebar Pouch

north street handlebar pouch

Portland-based North St. Bags is out with a new way to carry your bike tools and snacks. The North St. Handlebar Pouch ($55) is compact and made with 100% REPREVE recycled EcoPak waterproof sailcloth, a water-resistant zipper, adjustable straps, and a laser-engraved patch. It comes in a whopping eight color options and weighs just 2.4 ounces.


Moxie Cycling Co. T-Back Jersey

female model with ponytail wearing Moxie Cycling T-Back

Moxie Cycling is out with its new 2021 halter-style cycling shirt. The brand claims the High Vis T-Back ($90) is more comfortable around the neck than — but just as flattering as — the original. It has wicking fabric, a built-in bra, reflective hits on the pockets, and, of course, new high-visibility prints. Moxie also offers sizes up to 3X and is made in the USA.

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