Emerging Gear: Coconut Cooler, Cactus Leather EDC, and More

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Cotopaxi x Sunski Treeline Sunglasses
Cotopaxi x Sunski Treeline Sunglasses

Launched this month is this fun collab between two brands that need no introduction: Cotopaxi and Sunski. The Cotopaxi x Sunski Treeline Sunglasses ($89) have lightweight and recycled-material frames, polarized lenses, removable sun shields, and a bit more retro styling. And 1% of all proceeds go to the Cotopaxi Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to alleviating poverty.

United By Blue Workwear Duffle
United By Blue Workwear Duffle

Part of United By Blue’s new workwear bag collection is this Workwear Duffle ($148) addition. The 42L duffel is made with 100% organic cotton and cotton canvas, brass hardware, and leather zipper pulls. It comes in two colors: toasted malt (that’s tan) and slate (gray). It has both exterior pockets and interior compartments for stashing all kinds of clothes and gear.

Osprey Heritage Series Packs
Osprey Heritage Series Packs

A recent addition to Osprey’s arsenal of offerings is the Heritage Series. The Heritage Packs (from $60) “draw on the brand’s 46 years of product design,” and include classic silhouettes remixed with modern materials (Bluesign-approved fabrics). The packs themselves — five unisex styles, ranging from a laptop bag to backpack to musette — are 500-denier recycled nylon with a PFC-free DWR. Osprey designed the series for hiking, travel, and everyday carry.

Nutshell Coconut Fiber Coolers
Nutshell Coconut Fiber Coolers

Launched on Kickstarter, Nutshell may have the most unique idea yet for sustainable cooler insulation. Nutshell Coolers (now $169) are made from the fibers of coconuts. Specifically, these soft-yet-rigid collapsible coolers are made with natural coconut husk insulation (no plastic!), a 600D tear-resistant fabric, and a 100% certified recycled polyester yarn for the cooler’s water-repellent shell and liner, plus stainless metal hardware.

High Camp Highball Shaker
High Camp Highball Shaker

High Camp flasks is here to serve all our cocktail, mocktail, and beer needs. The Highball Shaker ($79) may seem pricey, but hear us out. It’s a cocktail shaker, strainer, drinking glass, and can koozie all in one. The design “is inspired by a traditional Mason Jar, our favorite highball cocktail glass,” wrote High Camp. It’s made with vacuum-insulated 18/8 food-grade stainless steel, with a leakproof twist lid — and it even has a nylon sleeve to protect it on the go. The Highball Shaker measures 14 ounces, or 20 ounces with the strainer.

Russell Moccasin Co. x Ball and Buck Trail Boots
Russell Moccasin Co. x Ball and Buck Trail Boots

Ball and Buck have partnered with Russell Moccasin Co. to create a water-resistant, low-profile hiker. The Russell Moccasin X Ball and Back Trail Boots ($398) have a Vibram 360 Force sole, water-resistant leather lining, 10-ounce camo Duck quarter paneling on the upper, brass eyelets, hand-sewn toe seams, and Ball and Buck’s 3/4 Poron cushioning. Each pair of boots is made to order; the boots will go on sale tomorrow, August 27.

Altra Lone Peak Anniversary Edition
Altra Lone Peak Anniversary Edition

Altra celebrates its 10th anniversary this month with the return of its original Lone Peak ($130). The shoe has some modern updates while offering “throwback upper materials” that conjure early days when Altra was a scrappy Utah startup. The 2021 edition comes with the company’s signature FootShape design to give feet more space to sit naturally. Large, canted lugs on the sole placed beneath the metatarsals provide traction and a fun anatomic touch.

KUIU Fairbanks Jacket
KUIU Fairbanks Jacket

KUIU wants to offer a “sleek everyday mid-weight” jacket solution for all of your colder fall endeavors outside. The Fairbanks Jacket ($179) has 3M Thinsulate Water-Resistant Insulation, siliconized synthetic fibers for warmth and water-resistance, a weather-resistant CF full zip, and plenty of snap, zip, and drop pockets. Its low-key classic styling combined with the technical features make it a very versatile piece.

Kate's Real Food Oatmeal Cranberry Bar
Kate's Real Food Oatmeal Cranberry Bar

New flavor alert! Kate’s Real Food just released another flavor, in addition to its six on market: Oatmeal Cranberry & Almond. Like the rest of the bunch, the new bars ($2.50/each) are soy- and gluten-free. They are a bit on the sweet side, but otherwise make for a well-balanced and fantastic post-workout or pre-meeting pick-me-up. Looking for a deal? Use the code BerryGood15 for 15% off the oatmeal cranberry almond bars now until August 31! (Valid for 6- or 12-pack boxes.)

ROKA Barton Rx Glasses
ROKA Barton Rx Glasses

A wear-everyday look cloaks performance attributes in the Barton Glasses ($195) from ROKA Sports. We have been testing them this summer, from hikes and mountain bike rides to casual settings around town. They are comfortable but secure, including hydrophilic nose and temple pads that keep the frames in place no matter how much you sweat. ROKA offers full lens options to match your prescription.

SAXX x Rumpl Collab
SAXX x Rumpl Collab

Cozy up with the special edition Saxx underwear and Rumpl blanket collaboration. The Rumpl x Saxx Puffy Blanket and Quest Boxer ($32, $129) feature an artist “Fish Are Fly” design, and sales will benefit Plastic Bank, an org that raises awareness and funds to fight ocean pollution and improve lives in impoverished coastal communities. Either purchase will offset 50 plastic bottles from reaching the ocean.

National Geographic Orbitkey EDC
National Geographic Orbitkey EDC

Orbitkey partnered with Nat Geo for its biggest collab yet, and newest EDC. The National Geographic EDC Key Organizer ($45) is made with a cactus leather band and stainless steel hardware that can hold two to seven keys. The collection is “inspired by the mountains, oceans, and stars,” wrote the brand, with topo lines, river, and constellation patterns.

Beyond Clothing Yuba K6 Rain Anorak
Beyond Clothing Yuba K6 Rain Anorak

Beyond Clothing’s new jacket looks pretty badass — the Yuba Ultralight K6 Rain Anorak ($285) is a three-layer waterproof shell weighing in at just 8 ounces. That’s pretty impressive for a longer, anorak-style jacket with zippered pockets and an adjustable hood. The Yuba Ultralight shell comes in five colors and sizes, from XS to 2XL.

Dr. Bronner's Travel-Size Toothpaste
Dr. Bronner's Travel-Size Toothpaste

New this season is Dr. Bronner’s 70% organic toothpaste, now in a travel-friendly 1-ounce package. Dr. Bronner’s Toothpaste ($2/each) is a low-foaming paste made with organic menthol crystals, organic fair-trade coconut oil, organic aloe, and other natural ingredients. You can get the mini sizes in peppermint, spearmint, anise, or cinnamon flavors.

CADEX Race Handlebar
CADEX Race Handlebar

With the introduction of the CADEX race comes the brand’s first-ever handlebar. The Cadex Race Handlebar ($370) is a super-light one-piece carbon bar — weighing under 160 g — that the brand built to deliver on stiffness, maximum comfort, and superior handling. The handlebar comes in two sizes: 380mm (154g) and 400mm (157g).

Terrain 365 Otter Slip Flip-AT
Terrain 365 Otter Slip Flip-AT

Terrain 365’s flipper-style Otter Slip Flip-AT ($225) blade is here. A new variant in the brand’s popular Otter Series, the Otter Slip Flip-AT is a slip-joint flipper made with 100% rustproof construction thanks to Terrain’s cobalt Terravantium blade alloy. It’s also got custom-turned titanium hardware throughout, ceramic bearings, and is available with full titanium billet or carbon fiber handles. Compact, light, and it won’t ever rust? We’re on board.

  • Emerging Gear: Coconut Cooler, Cactus Leather EDC, and More

    Cotopaxi x Sunski Treeline Sunglasses

    Launched this month is this fun collab between two brands that need no introduction: Cotopaxi and Sunski. The Cotopaxi x Sunski Treeline Sunglasses ($89) have lightweight and recycled-material frames, polarized lenses, removable sun shields, and a bit more retro styling. And 1% of all proceeds go to the Cotopaxi Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to alleviating poverty.

  • Emerging Gear: Coconut Cooler, Cactus Leather EDC, and More

    United By Blue Workwear Duffle

    Part of United By Blue’s new workwear bag collection is this Workwear Duffle ($148) addition. The 42L duffel is made with 100% organic cotton and cotton canvas, brass hardware, and leather zipper pulls. It comes in two colors: toasted malt (that’s tan) and slate (gray). It has both exterior pockets and interior compartments for stashing all kinds of clothes and gear.

  • Emerging Gear: Coconut Cooler, Cactus Leather EDC, and More

    Osprey Heritage Series Packs

    A recent addition to Osprey’s arsenal of offerings is the Heritage Series. The Heritage Packs (from $60) “draw on the brand’s 46 years of product design,” and include classic silhouettes remixed with modern materials (Bluesign-approved fabrics). The packs themselves — five unisex styles, ranging from a laptop bag to backpack to musette — are 500-denier recycled nylon with a PFC-free DWR. Osprey designed the series for hiking, travel, and everyday carry.

  • Emerging Gear: Coconut Cooler, Cactus Leather EDC, and More

    Nutshell Coconut Fiber Coolers

    Launched on Kickstarter, Nutshell may have the most unique idea yet for sustainable cooler insulation. Nutshell Coolers (now $169) are made from the fibers of coconuts. Specifically, these soft-yet-rigid collapsible coolers are made with natural coconut husk insulation (no plastic!), a 600D tear-resistant fabric, and a 100% certified recycled polyester yarn for the cooler’s water-repellent shell and liner, plus stainless metal hardware.

  • Emerging Gear: Coconut Cooler, Cactus Leather EDC, and More

    High Camp Highball Shaker

    High Camp flasks is here to serve all our cocktail, mocktail, and beer needs. The Highball Shaker ($79) may seem pricey, but hear us out. It’s a cocktail shaker, strainer, drinking glass, and can koozie all in one. The design “is inspired by a traditional Mason Jar, our favorite highball cocktail glass,” wrote High Camp. It’s made with vacuum-insulated 18/8 food-grade stainless steel, with a leakproof twist lid — and it even has a nylon sleeve to protect it on the go. The Highball Shaker measures 14 ounces, or 20 ounces with the strainer.

  • Emerging Gear: Coconut Cooler, Cactus Leather EDC, and More

    Russell Moccasin Co. x Ball and Buck Trail Boots

    Ball and Buck have partnered with Russell Moccasin Co. to create a water-resistant, low-profile hiker. The Russell Moccasin X Ball and Back Trail Boots ($398) have a Vibram 360 Force sole, water-resistant leather lining, 10-ounce camo Duck quarter paneling on the upper, brass eyelets, hand-sewn toe seams, and Ball and Buck’s 3/4 Poron cushioning. Each pair of boots is made to order; the boots will go on sale tomorrow, August 27.

  • Emerging Gear: Coconut Cooler, Cactus Leather EDC, and More

    Altra Lone Peak Anniversary Edition

    Altra celebrates its 10th anniversary this month with the return of its original Lone Peak ($130). The shoe has some modern updates while offering “throwback upper materials” that conjure early days when Altra was a scrappy Utah startup. The 2021 edition comes with the company’s signature FootShape design to give feet more space to sit naturally. Large, canted lugs on the sole placed beneath the metatarsals provide traction and a fun anatomic touch.

  • Emerging Gear: Coconut Cooler, Cactus Leather EDC, and More

    KUIU Fairbanks Jacket

    KUIU wants to offer a “sleek everyday mid-weight” jacket solution for all of your colder fall endeavors outside. The Fairbanks Jacket ($179) has 3M Thinsulate Water-Resistant Insulation, siliconized synthetic fibers for warmth and water-resistance, a weather-resistant CF full zip, and plenty of snap, zip, and drop pockets. Its low-key classic styling combined with the technical features make it a very versatile piece.

  • Emerging Gear: Coconut Cooler, Cactus Leather EDC, and More

    Kate's Real Food Oatmeal Cranberry Bar

    New flavor alert! Kate’s Real Food just released another flavor, in addition to its six on market: Oatmeal Cranberry & Almond. Like the rest of the bunch, the new bars ($2.50/each) are soy- and gluten-free. They are a bit on the sweet side, but otherwise make for a well-balanced and fantastic post-workout or pre-meeting pick-me-up. Looking for a deal? Use the code BerryGood15 for 15% off the oatmeal cranberry almond bars now until August 31! (Valid for 6- or 12-pack boxes.)

  • Emerging Gear: Coconut Cooler, Cactus Leather EDC, and More

    ROKA Barton Rx Glasses

    A wear-everyday look cloaks performance attributes in the Barton Glasses ($195) from ROKA Sports. We have been testing them this summer, from hikes and mountain bike rides to casual settings around town. They are comfortable but secure, including hydrophilic nose and temple pads that keep the frames in place no matter how much you sweat. ROKA offers full lens options to match your prescription.

  • Emerging Gear: Coconut Cooler, Cactus Leather EDC, and More

    SAXX x Rumpl Collab

    Cozy up with the special edition Saxx underwear and Rumpl blanket collaboration. The Rumpl x Saxx Puffy Blanket and Quest Boxer ($32, $129) feature an artist “Fish Are Fly” design, and sales will benefit Plastic Bank, an org that raises awareness and funds to fight ocean pollution and improve lives in impoverished coastal communities. Either purchase will offset 50 plastic bottles from reaching the ocean.

  • Emerging Gear: Coconut Cooler, Cactus Leather EDC, and More

    National Geographic Orbitkey EDC

    Orbitkey partnered with Nat Geo for its biggest collab yet, and newest EDC. The National Geographic EDC Key Organizer ($45) is made with a cactus leather band and stainless steel hardware that can hold two to seven keys. The collection is “inspired by the mountains, oceans, and stars,” wrote the brand, with topo lines, river, and constellation patterns.

  • Emerging Gear: Coconut Cooler, Cactus Leather EDC, and More

    Beyond Clothing Yuba K6 Rain Anorak

    Beyond Clothing’s new jacket looks pretty badass — the Yuba Ultralight K6 Rain Anorak ($285) is a three-layer waterproof shell weighing in at just 8 ounces. That’s pretty impressive for a longer, anorak-style jacket with zippered pockets and an adjustable hood. The Yuba Ultralight shell comes in five colors and sizes, from XS to 2XL.

  • Emerging Gear: Coconut Cooler, Cactus Leather EDC, and More

    Dr. Bronner's Travel-Size Toothpaste

    New this season is Dr. Bronner’s 70% organic toothpaste, now in a travel-friendly 1-ounce package. Dr. Bronner’s Toothpaste ($2/each) is a low-foaming paste made with organic menthol crystals, organic fair-trade coconut oil, organic aloe, and other natural ingredients. You can get the mini sizes in peppermint, spearmint, anise, or cinnamon flavors.

  • Emerging Gear: Coconut Cooler, Cactus Leather EDC, and More

    CADEX Race Handlebar

    With the introduction of the CADEX race comes the brand’s first-ever handlebar. The Cadex Race Handlebar ($370) is a super-light one-piece carbon bar — weighing under 160 g — that the brand built to deliver on stiffness, maximum comfort, and superior handling. The handlebar comes in two sizes: 380mm (154g) and 400mm (157g).

  • Emerging Gear: Coconut Cooler, Cactus Leather EDC, and More

    Terrain 365 Otter Slip Flip-AT

    Terrain 365’s flipper-style Otter Slip Flip-AT ($225) blade is here. A new variant in the brand’s popular Otter Series, the Otter Slip Flip-AT is a slip-joint flipper made with 100% rustproof construction thanks to Terrain’s cobalt Terravantium blade alloy. It’s also got custom-turned titanium hardware throughout, ceramic bearings, and is available with full titanium billet or carbon fiber handles. Compact, light, and it won’t ever rust? We’re on board.

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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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