To address the elephant in the room immediately: This new Hydro Flask looks quite similar to Stanley’s omnipresent Adventure Quencher Tumblr. Sometime in 2021, a sweeping trend delivered double-walled stainless steel handled mugs into the hands of nearly every millennial and Zoomer in the country. Stanley may have started the movement, but it has since grown larger than any single brand can manage.
Hydro Flask’s new Travel Tumbler ($40-45) completely sold out within 5 hours of its release — but as of this article’s publishing, it’s back in limited stock With the brand’s reputation for quality, it was always destined to be a hit. I get it — trends are fun and durable straw-compatible bottles are convenient. Still, if you’re looking for a vessel to hold drinking water, there are plenty of other options out there that are readily available for about $9.
Black Diamond’s new Distance 1500 headlamp ($200) is designed for long endurance pushes — so naturally, it sports a long-lasting battery pack and plenty of lumens. According to the brand, the Distance burns for up to 40 hours on low and “all night long” at a moderate setting.
While battery life is a top priority for long-term headlamp users, comfort is a close second. BD’s “Comfort Cradle” design delivers “bounce-free fit and contoured, dispersed padding.” Ultra runners and century riders will also appreciate the rear red flasher and “obstacle-spotting” optical lens.
The single-compartment duffel bag dates back to the mid-17th century. Hyperlite’s Approach ($189) is a fresh take on an old classic.
Built from the same durable, waterproof Dyneema fabric that Hyperlite uses in its acclaimed backpacking packs, the new duffel is a simple carry-all with numerous applications. The brand touts the Approach as an ideal companion for road trips, air travel, or single-pitch rock climbing. Personally, I’m not sold on the concept of using a duffel as a climbing crag bag, but the other advertised functions are perfectly reasonable.
Aside from the 30L primary storage, the Approach has two small zippered pockets — one interior and one exterior.
Snow Peak is a self-proclaimed camping brand, but its apparel frequently borders on big-city fashion. The brand’s lofty price tags and chic design sense might raise some eyebrows, but in my experience, Snow Peak’s quality standards are consistently excellent. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to look fresh — even in the woods.
JINS — a fellow Japanese brand — is a natural collaborative partner. Both brands claim a city-to-nature ethos, and both are backed by first-rate craftsmanship. As the name suggests, the Day and Night 003 shades ($290) are built to adapt to any kind of light conditions. According to the brand, they’re comfortable for mornings in camp and late-night driving.
Vuori apparel dominates yoga studios and urban trailheads across the nation. Now, in collaboration with Clae footwear, the brand drops the Malone Lite ($160) — its first-ever footwear.
These unisex sneakers have a timeless look — somewhere between a contemporary skate shoe and vintage New Balances. Designed for casual wear, the Malone Lite is better suited for brunch than the trail. Still, the microsuede and mesh upper should offer plenty of comfort for cruising about town or strutting down the boardwalk.
Three limited edition colors are available, but I’m partial to the off-white with hunter-green accents. The Malone Lite is “100% vegan.”
From Mt. Fuji to Chamonix, Courtney Dauwalter has won everything there is to win in the wild world of ultrarunning. Now, as an acknowledgment of her boundary-pushing achievements, Dauwalter receives the ultimate prize — her own personal flavor of endurance fuel.
Tailwind’s Endurance Fuel is well-regarded for its “light taste” and quick-absorbing calories. The new Dauwaltermelon flavor ($10) doesn’t mess with the successful formula, it’s simply a playful ode to “those adventurous summer days of childhood.” Like most Tailwind flavors, Dauwaltermelon “mixes clear and rinses clean.” It’s exclusively available in packs of four servings.
Sight fishing involves casting flies directly into the path of fish roaming just below the surface. It’s a popular practice in the shallow bays along the east coast of Florida. To sight fish successfully, a solid pair of sunglasses is an essential tool. Bajio’s new Eldora shades ($209) don’t just fit the bill — they’re purpose-built for the job.
According to Bajio, the Eldora’s lenses block 100% of UV light and 90% of harsh yellow light — minimizing surface glare and providing a clear view into the shallow depths. Many lens colors are available, each with unique condition-specific characteristics. Magnification can be added for an extra $20.