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.
Hibear Adventure Flask
Launched this week on Kickstarter, the Hibear Adventure Flask was fully funded in under an hour. The Flask ($85) is a versatile, insulated, stainless steel “utility bottle” designed to craft and hold all beverages — from water to tea, cold brew, and cocktails. It has an interior glass finish, a removable wide-mouth mug at the base, an integrated filter, a cocktail strainer, a carabiner handle, and a powder-coat finish.
Sure, for some, a pillow’s just a pillow. But I’ve used a fair share of them and know the choice is more important than you’d think. Hest made its Camp Pillow ($56 now) to pair with its outdoor mattress, but really, it’d work anywhere. In testing, we liked that the soft nylon liner stays protected underneath the durable exterior cover, and the pillow folds to pack up (fairly) small. Looking for more? Check out our review of Hest’s Dually mattress here.
Pearl Izumi Screaming Yellow '80s Collection
Like neon? Want a spandex style that looks as great on the roller rink as on the bike? Then Pearl Izumi’s Screaming Yellow Collection is the one for you. The collection (from $25) features the Attack Jersey, Sleeveless Attack Jersey, and Cycling Cap in bold colors and geometric patterns. The jerseys are recycled polyester with three bellowed rear pockets, and the cap offers breathability and rad style during your ride.
YOGO Packable Yoga Mat
This ultralight, albeit more expensive, yoga mat ($62) is really a lifesaver for those with limited space. The YOGO Ultralight Yoga Mat is made to fit in the smallest of gym bags and totes. The mat is made of natural tree rubber, has attached minimal folding straps, and weighs just over 2 pounds. If you’d like to make yoga more accessible (like on your next impromptu park outing or camping trip) check out the YOGO.
Meier Fish Sticks
These “fish sticks” are part of Meier Skis’ clever fish-themed collection. The new Trout Country Fish Sticks (and board) — from $750 — feature art from artist Garrison Doctor at angling apparel brand RepYourWater and are handmade to order in Colorado. You can get the topsheets on skis ranging from 147 to 192 cm. And through the rest of the month, get $100 off your favorite limited-edition fish topsheet — no code required.
GSI Outdoors Microlite JavaPress
GSI added another new style to its French press lineup — the Microlite JavaPress ($35). The new press is lighter than previous models, making it perfect for backpacking, skiing, travel, and commuting. It’s vacuum-insulated, holds 15 ounces, and has a nonslip foot. Oh, and it doubles as a travel mug. The Microlite weighs 13.2 ounces, which is lighter (but also less volume) than the brand’s 50-ounce French press.
All City Space Horse GRX Bike
All City’s Space Horse ($2,099) is a cosmic work of art. A versatile touring rig, the new Space Horse GRX build sports custom dropouts and fork ends, four-point rack mounts, more space on the downtube for a third bottle cage, and optional fenders. Plus, this steed bike comes in a dusty rose color. It also has an E.D. (electrophoretic disposition) paint coating to keep it shiny.
Yamaha 2021 Off-Road RMAX2 1000
The off-road Wolverine RMAX2 1000 from Yamaha is the brand’s latest two-seat, “category-dominating” model. The Wolverine RMAX2 1000 ($19,799) has an all-new chassis, new 999cc DOHC parallel-twin engine, and new Yamaha Drive-Mode (D-Mode) power-delivery system. The off-road steed also has FOX suspension technology and an aggressive 8,500 rpm redline. Yamaha hopes it will appeal to customers looking for extreme performance and capability on any trail.
Frontiersman Bear Horn
Hikers in bear country often bring bells to warn ursine habitants of human presence. The Frontiersman Bear Horn ($15) is “louder than other warning methods,” touts Sabre. It toots out air-powered 115db blasts that can be heard up to half a mile away. Sabre recommends periodic blasts to warn bears, with each handheld horn offering about 50 quick blasts per canister on the trail.
Ortlieb Fork Pack
Ortlieb’s Fork Pack ($60) has a new slim Quick-Lock for easy attachment to any forks with either bottle cage bosses or forks with a constant diameter. The Quick-Lock system comes with the pack or individually as an adapter. The fork bag has a roll-top closure and 3.2L volume. Find it in Ortlieb’s new bikepacking line.
Osprey Hemp Arcane Roll Top Pack
Osprey just gave its popular everyday Arcane Roll Top Pack a sustainable facelift with its new blend of 55% hemp and 45% recycled polyester. The pack ($140) is designed for versatile, everyday use. It has room for a 15-inch laptop, a front pocket, a quick-release aluminum hook on the shoulder strap, and a ridged, mesh-covered back panel for breathability.
Blundstone 150-Year Anniversary Boots
In celebration of its 150th anniversary, Blundstone released a limited-edition #150 boot. Built in Tasmania, Blundstones have become a staple shoe for many types of adventurers. The #150 boots ($205) are modeled off the brand’s Chelsea model, with an auburn leather upper and 150th-anniversary details. The shoes are available in men’s and women’s sizes.