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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.

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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.

Garmin Montana 700i Handheld

700i montana handheld garmin computer

The Garmin Montana 700i ($700) is a huge upgrade from the 600 series — it has a large 5-inch, glove-friendly touchscreen display, preloaded topo maps, integrated inReach satellite two-way messaging, weather interface and alerts, and more. It’s also more durable, with military-standard shock and thermal tests and an IPX7 rating. The 700i has multiple mounting options for use in ATVs, boats, motorcycles, and RVs.

Jackson Kayak Antix 2.0

antix 2.0 kayak

Developed by Jackson Kayak (with the help of Dane Jackson himself), the Antix kayak has been long-awaited in the world of whitewater. The Antix 2.0 ($1,399) is a river-running and playboating maniac, with an all-new rocker profile. The new version includes an updated hull shape to allow for better performance on several styles of rivers, new colors, and three different size options.

New Belgium Fat Tire x Chaco Chillos

fat tire x chaco

Yesterday, New Belgium Brewing Company and Chaco partnered to announce their latest collab: a Fat Tire-themed sandal. The Fat Tire Chaco Chillos ($50) is a limited-edition run with contoured footbeds, a high-abrasion EVA outsole, and polyester jacquard webbing with injection-molded buckles. So if you like to kick back with a Fat Tire in hand, you might as well get the shoes to match.

GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Pro Stove

pinnacle pro

Possibly the most-awaited camp stove of 2020, the GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Pro Stove ($170) is finally here. The GSI Pinnacle is designed to be as slim as possible: with foldout legs, two 11,000-BTU burners, and a thin windscreen and frame that are all just 1.4 inches thick. We gave it a Best in Show award in January, as it shows lots of promise and innovative design for a camp stove.

Kryptonite Incite X6 Bike Light


Kryptonite’s new bike light collection focuses on providing lots of features across a variety of price points. The Incite X6 ($75) has a single-button and double-lens design, side lighting to increase visibility, and a top-facing sensor that adjusts light modes automatically based on the surrounding conditions. The X6 has a maximum runtime of 30 hours between charges, seven different modes, and a max lux of 60.

Swiftwick Pursuit Ultralight Socks

swiftwick ultralights socks

The Swiftwick Pursuit Ultralights (from $17) are the newest socks to hit the market and come in four different heights: the Pursuit Zero, One, Four, and Seven. The socks have fine-gauge merino wool, which provides breathability and moisture-wicking properties. Even though they’re ultralight, Swiftwick made sure to reinforce the heel and toe areas for durability.

Glerups Sun Sole

sun sole

The Glerups Sun Sole ($135) is the same style of Glerups we know and love, just with a bright new color. The Sun Soles (which comes in the slip-on, boot, and shoe styles) have a natural rubber outsole and the brand’s sustainably produced, breathable wool upper.

Boon Stroopwafels

gu energy boon waffles

Brought to us from the makers of GU, Boon is a new player in the energy food industry. The Stroopwafels ($15 per eight-pack) contain tasty and nutritious ingredients like cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom to boost your energy, no matter how you choose to eat them. The brand also just launched a variety of almond butters to pair.

fizik Tempo Overcurve Wide

fitzik wide

Fizik is expanding its cycling shoe lineup with a wide collection. The Overcure Wide ($200) has a smooth PU laminate and mesh upper, spiffy BOA dial, a stiff carbon-injected outsole, and a staggered collar around the ankle. Each element has been redesigned for wider feet.

MAHLE X35+ E-Bike System

MAHLE 35+ smart bike

German smartbike brand MAHLE just launched its most compact e-bike design yet: the X35+ bike system. The X35+ system integrates a wheel hub motor, battery, and control units almost invisibly into a standard bike frame. It has up to 250 W of power, and the system weighs under 8 pounds.

Chums Surfshorts Wallet

chums fish wallet

The Chums Surfshorts Wallet ($12) is a super-versatile and durable product that deserves more credit. And hopefully it will get some with the latest upgrade: new fish scale patterns and a printed logo. The wallet has two opposite pouches for cards and cash, an ID or medical ID window, and a hidden pouch with a loop to attach a keyring. Our editor has been carrying one for 3 years and loves its compact size and durability.

Teva x Cotopaxi Sandals

teva universal

Teva and Cotopaxi collaborated this week to bring customers a fun yet sustainable limited-edition sandal. The Teva x Cotopaxi Universal Sandal ($70) is made with repurposed remnant fabrics (which Cotopaxi also uses in its windbreakers). They’ve got flat EVA foam footbeds and colorful ripstop rPET straps. These come in both men’s and women’s sizing.


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