Emerging Gear Special Edition: Top Gear Picks From Outdoor Retailer

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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Mustang Survival Women’s Taku
Mustang Survival Women’s Taku

The Mustang Survival Taku Jacket ($380), cut specifically for women, is a three- and four-layer marine shell. The body is a three-layer Marinespec SP, while the forearms and wrists have a four-layer Marinespec BP (Bomb Proof) abrasion-resistant fabric. The whole thing has YKK zippers and reflective logos, zippered chest pockets and fleece-lined hand pockets, as well as adjustable cuffs with neoprene wrist cuff liners. We got to try one on at Outdoor Retailer, and hope to take one out on the water soon. Look for it in October 2021.

Trango Kestrel Ice Tool
Trango Kestrel Ice Tool

Trango’s newish Kestrel ice tool caught the eye of a couple of our editors at Outdoor Retailer. The Kestrel ($495) could be the “ultimate tool for light and fast ice performance,” with its 100% carbon/Kevlar shaft to minimize weight, similar geometry to Trango’s Raptor, an ergonomic handle, dual pommel grips, and removable head weights. Trango is calling it “the cutting edge” of high-performance ice tools (pun intended). Base weight: 440 g.

 

Pre-launched in 2019; available now.

GSI Outdoors Two-Can Stack
GSI Outdoors Two-Can Stack

GSI Outdoors’ upcoming 2-Can Stack is a vacuum-insulated stainless steel tube that holds two cans and will keep them cold for at least 8 hours. Don’t like warm beer or drinks? Grab one of these — you can even bundle a few stacks if you’re bringing a 6-pack along. We think it could be great for backpacking, raft trips, and a variety of other excursions in which a cooler is too much. Look for it in spring 2022.

GCI Outdoor ComPack Rocker Chair
GCI Outdoor ComPack Rocker Chair

No need to sacrifice comfort for trunk space with GCI Outdoors’ ComPack Rocker ($130). Featuring the latest in camp-chair-rocker technology, the ComPack Rocker is designed with patent-pending Tortion Rocking for smooth rocking, and shock cord retention for easy setup and breakdown. The chair has a mesh backrest, padded seat, and even a headrest. Look for it in spring 2022.

Kokopelli Dual-Chamber SPD and Recon Packrafts 
Kokopelli Dual-Chamber SPD and Recon Packrafts 

There are lots of instances and lots of bodies of water that may require dual-chamber boats. Kokopelli heard that feedback loud and clear and has made its first dual-chamber rafts in its XPD and Recon Packraft ($1,000-1,200 MSRP) models. The new construction and design will add about $100-200 to current raft price tags. Look for it in spring 2022.

UCO Gear Plasma Lighter and Flashlight
UCO Gear Plasma Lighter and Flashlight

UCO Gear makes a variety of über-functional gear, cookware, and now EDC tools. Its Arc Plasma Lighter and Flashlight ($20) has a two-ended function: on one, a windproof plasma lighter, on the other, a 100-lumen dimmable flashlight with strobe mode — all operated via one button. The button placement and modes are nicely done. (We didn’t test in the field, but briefly on the floor at OR.) Look for it in September 2021.

Sierra Designs Pika Youth Sleeping Bag
Sierra Designs Pika Youth Sleeping Bag

This Pika Youth sleeping bag ($40) is the first kid-size bag from Sierra Designs. It’s rated down to 30 degrees and has synthetic insulation, a dual sliding zipper, rectangular footbox, baffled hood, and a length of 4-5 feet (depending on whether you count the hood length or not). Look for it in spring 2022.

Ledlenser KIDLED Kids Headlamp
Ledlenser KIDLED Kids Headlamp

Ledlenser’s first headlamp specifically built for kids is out now. The KIDLED unit (from $20) has two buttons for a super-easy UX. Plus, red and white light modes, each run by a different button. Also, there are multiple patterns for youngsters to choose from. The battery-operated KIDLED2 is $20 and the rechargeable KIDLED4 is $30. Look for it in fall 2021.

  • Emerging Gear Special Edition: Top Gear Picks From Outdoor Retailer

    Mustang Survival Women’s Taku

    The Mustang Survival Taku Jacket ($380), cut specifically for women, is a three- and four-layer marine shell. The body is a three-layer Marinespec SP, while the forearms and wrists have a four-layer Marinespec BP (Bomb Proof) abrasion-resistant fabric. The whole thing has YKK zippers and reflective logos, zippered chest pockets and fleece-lined hand pockets, as well as adjustable cuffs with neoprene wrist cuff liners. We got to try one on at Outdoor Retailer, and hope to take one out on the water soon. Look for it in October 2021.

  • Emerging Gear Special Edition: Top Gear Picks From Outdoor Retailer

    Trango Kestrel Ice Tool

    Trango’s newish Kestrel ice tool caught the eye of a couple of our editors at Outdoor Retailer. The Kestrel ($495) could be the “ultimate tool for light and fast ice performance,” with its 100% carbon/Kevlar shaft to minimize weight, similar geometry to Trango’s Raptor, an ergonomic handle, dual pommel grips, and removable head weights. Trango is calling it “the cutting edge” of high-performance ice tools (pun intended). Base weight: 440 g.

     

    Pre-launched in 2019; available now.

  • Emerging Gear Special Edition: Top Gear Picks From Outdoor Retailer

    GSI Outdoors Two-Can Stack

    GSI Outdoors’ upcoming 2-Can Stack is a vacuum-insulated stainless steel tube that holds two cans and will keep them cold for at least 8 hours. Don’t like warm beer or drinks? Grab one of these — you can even bundle a few stacks if you’re bringing a 6-pack along. We think it could be great for backpacking, raft trips, and a variety of other excursions in which a cooler is too much. Look for it in spring 2022.

  • Emerging Gear Special Edition: Top Gear Picks From Outdoor Retailer

    GCI Outdoor ComPack Rocker Chair

    No need to sacrifice comfort for trunk space with GCI Outdoors’ ComPack Rocker ($130). Featuring the latest in camp-chair-rocker technology, the ComPack Rocker is designed with patent-pending Tortion Rocking for smooth rocking, and shock cord retention for easy setup and breakdown. The chair has a mesh backrest, padded seat, and even a headrest. Look for it in spring 2022.

  • Emerging Gear Special Edition: Top Gear Picks From Outdoor Retailer

    Kokopelli Dual-Chamber SPD and Recon Packrafts 

    There are lots of instances and lots of bodies of water that may require dual-chamber boats. Kokopelli heard that feedback loud and clear and has made its first dual-chamber rafts in its XPD and Recon Packraft ($1,000-1,200 MSRP) models. The new construction and design will add about $100-200 to current raft price tags. Look for it in spring 2022.

  • Emerging Gear Special Edition: Top Gear Picks From Outdoor Retailer

    UCO Gear Plasma Lighter and Flashlight

    UCO Gear makes a variety of über-functional gear, cookware, and now EDC tools. Its Arc Plasma Lighter and Flashlight ($20) has a two-ended function: on one, a windproof plasma lighter, on the other, a 100-lumen dimmable flashlight with strobe mode — all operated via one button. The button placement and modes are nicely done. (We didn’t test in the field, but briefly on the floor at OR.) Look for it in September 2021.

  • Emerging Gear Special Edition: Top Gear Picks From Outdoor Retailer

    Sierra Designs Pika Youth Sleeping Bag

    This Pika Youth sleeping bag ($40) is the first kid-size bag from Sierra Designs. It’s rated down to 30 degrees and has synthetic insulation, a dual sliding zipper, rectangular footbox, baffled hood, and a length of 4-5 feet (depending on whether you count the hood length or not). Look for it in spring 2022.

  • Emerging Gear Special Edition: Top Gear Picks From Outdoor Retailer

    Ledlenser KIDLED Kids Headlamp

    Ledlenser’s first headlamp specifically built for kids is out now. The KIDLED unit (from $20) has two buttons for a super-easy UX. Plus, red and white light modes, each run by a different button. Also, there are multiple patterns for youngsters to choose from. The battery-operated KIDLED2 is $20 and the rechargeable KIDLED4 is $30. Look for it in fall 2021.

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Mary is based out of GearJunkie's Denver, CO office. She has a degree in English and Journalism, and been writing professionally for over five years. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.

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