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What’s better: An upgrade to something classic? Or a completely new idea? At GearJunkie, we prefer not to choose between these poles of innovation. That’s why our Emerging Gear column includes the best of both worlds.

Kona Bicycles had a rocky start in 2024, but the brand is back in the founders’ hands and churning out solid mountain bikes. But you’ll also find new collections from other reliable outdoor brands like Mystery Ranch and NRS.

For those obsessed with the new and techy, we’ve also got stainless steel jackets, blisteringly fast electronic scooters, and a reimagined sunglasses design from the 14th century. Read on to find your next coolest thing.

Kona Process Bikes

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Process G3 134; (photo/Kona Bicycles)

Kona introduces the third generation of its popular Process MTB line, which was first launched in 2014.

The new Process 153, available in four builds, has a mullet-ready flip-chip and revised suspension. Prices range from $3,000 to $7,000. Designed for all-mountain and every-trail riding, the 153 includes a range of sizes.

Meanwhile, the Process 134, described as the “trail bike most of us need,” also enters its third generation with a few updates. It also has a mullet-ready flip-chip with revised suspension, and comes in two carbon fiber and two aluminum builds. Prices range from $2,500 to $6,000.

The Process 134 is positioned between XC bikes and longer-travel all-mountain/enduro machines. Be sure to check out the brand’s cool launch video as well.

NRS Fishing Rafts

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Lovers of water recreation take note: Northwest River Supplies (NRS) just dropped a bunch of new gear for 2024. The brand’s latest includes updated life jackets, packrafts, stand-up paddleboards, dry bags, and flexible-use sleeping pads.

Building on the 2022 release of the Slipstream Fishing Rafts, NRS introduced new models meant for greater stability, maneuverability, and safety on the water. Case in point: The Approach Raft is lightweight and easy to transport.

With smaller tubes and a thick drop-stitch insert floor, the Approach allows for navigation and buoyancy in very shallow waters. The micro-raft package is available in two sizes and comes with customizable features. The basic package costs about $3,800.

Vollebak Steel Blazer

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When I read that Vollebak was releasing blazers woven with stainless steel, I immediately thought of the improbably bulletproof jackets of the John Wick films. To be clear, Vollebak is not claiming these will resist bullets, though for a $1,000 price tag — I wonder if they should.

At any rate, Vollebak calls these shiny jackets the “first-ever Steel Blazer,” a record that I doubt will be challenged. Available in both Black and Bronze editions, this lightweight, two-layered jacket is reinforced with 24% corrosion-resistant stainless steel, a material used in the first SpaceX Starship bound for Mars.

According to the brand, the blazer was developed over 4 years of R&D and is malleable, strong, and weather resistant. It has a convertible collar that can be worn two ways, four pockets, metal detailing, a soft and breathable inner lining, and shoulder construction resembling overlaid steel plates.

My question is … Do they always look so wrinkly?

Solar Scooter Hyperion

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Adrenaline junkies, take note: Your next fix just arrived.

Solar Scooters unveiled the Hyperion, an electric scooter with a top speed of 65 mph. Its Samsung 72V 40Ah 2,880Wh battery offers a range of 70 miles at an average cruising speed of 30 mph.

Crafted from aluminum, the Hyperion’s chassis ensures stability with a custom-designed, adjustable suspension capable of carrying a 2,000-pound load per suspension and a 90-degree tilt angle, the brand claims.

It also has a 3.5-inch waterproof navigation display that connects via Bluetooth. Powered by dual 3,500W motors, peaking at 4,500W each, the Hyperion also boasts a split rim and tubeless design for easy maintenance. Electroluminescent lights provide 360-degree illumination.

This baby will definitely stand out on the road. Just remember to wear a helmet if you’re going for top speeds!

Mystery Ranch Mission Series

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Mystery Ranch launched its updated Mission Series of travel packs, a comprehensive packing system made from ballistic nylon.

The collection includes the Mission Wheelie 65 ($350), which nests into the Mission Wheelie 110 ($430). The Mission Control XL ($100) fits a 13-inch laptop and has a luggage pass-through loop.

Also worth a look are the Mission Duffels. Ranging from $160 to $250, they can be compactly stored in their exterior pockets. The Mission Rover, available for $230, offers three carry options: suitcase-style side handle, removable shoulder strap, and stowable backpack straps.

The updated series is now available, catering to the needs of adventure travelers.

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Snow Peak Camp Lights

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Snow Peak unveiled two new lighting options: the Celes and Nyx, both designed for campsites, backyards, or homes.

The Celes, priced at $150, is a low-profile, multifunctional LED light with four brightness modes and an adjustable hanger. It can be mounted on a tripod or connected to Tabletop Architect components, offering versatile lighting solutions.

The Nyx, available for $160, is an isobutane gas-powered tabletop lantern. It creates a flickering flame to provide an aesthetic ambiance, ideal for outdoor gatherings where an open flame is not possible. Nyx is approximately 50% larger than the Mini Flame, making it suitable for larger spaces.

Fly Frames Earless Sunglasses

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Do you still think that Morpheus’ armless shades in The Matrix were the coolest thing ever? If so, Fly Frames were probably invented with you in mind.

To be fair, this emerging brand is actually falling back on a design that predates the sci-fi masterpiece by 700 years. The armless sunglasses take inspiration from a 14th-century pince-nez design that sits securely on the bridge of your nose. That makes it easy to use them with over-the-ear headphones like the model above.

But just how well do these babies work? We’ll have to test some soon and let you know!

Fender x Teufel Rockster Go 2

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A water-resistant speaker co-designed by Fender? Count me in!

The Fender x Teufel Rockster Go 2, priced at $130, is a portable Bluetooth speaker with a “rugged design” inspired by Fender’s classic guitars and amps, the brands said.

It claims to offer punchy stereo sound from two aluminum wide-band drivers and a passive radiator for deep bass. The ROCKSTER GO 2 is also IP67-certified, making it dustproof and water-resistant up to 3 feet for 30 minutes and capable of functioning in temperatures as low as 15 degrees Fahrenheit. The speaker offers up to 28 hours of battery life in Eco Mode at medium volume and recharges quickly via USB-C.

For even bigger sound, check out the Rockster Cross and Rockster Air 2.

CAMP National Park Collection

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CAMP has launched a new limited-edition eyewear capsule celebrating five National Parks: Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, and Great Smoky Mountains. For each pair sold, 5% of sales will be donated to local park nonprofits, the brand said.

Each frame is crafted from natural, organic, and sustainable materials and includes national park-inspired color schemes. The collection also includes custom packaging and a retro, color-coordinated sleeping bag pouch.

Injinji Courtney Crew

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Injinji launches the Courtney Crew, a new collection in collaboration with Team Injinji Athlete and ultrarunning legend Courtney Dauwalter. Designed for runners, racers, and outdoor enthusiasts, these socks have the brand’s signature five-toe design, keeping feet cool, dry, and protected on rugged terrain.

The Courtney Crew socks have a high, secure fit above the ankle to keep out debris, a supportive band under the arch, and a breathable mesh top. The collection includes two tie-dye color schemes inspired by Dauwalter’s major wins at Hardrock and Moab last summer. Each pair also comes with a custom “Injinji x Courtney Dauwalter” elastic band that can be used as a hair tie.

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