Fall? What fall? Brands are already prepping for winter, and I’m on hand to ensure that you don’t miss a single powdery drop. Our weekly Emerging Gear column is a veritable charcuterie board of salty snowsport gear, savory apparel, sweet kicks, and tasty shades.
HOKA is known for its extra-cushy, extra-thick shoes. Can the brand bring that level of comfort to the apparel game? We’re about to find out, as the HOKA recently launched a line of outdoor clothing designed to complement its running shoe line. The ColdSnap Jacket combines baffling with a thin layer of synthetic insulation to keep you warm while moving quickly.
Other running-specific features include two zippered chest pockets and hidden hand mitts. The ColdSnap Jacket starts at MSRP $228.
Throwback styling is the name of the game right now, and Oakley is on top of it with this colorful collaboration with Sage Kotsenburg. For the goggles, the Olympian and the design team at Oakley fused racing stripes, a textured strap, and a classic color pairing with a Prizm Sage Gold Iridium lens. Steeze for days.
Kotsenburg’s collection also includes apparel like shell pants, a beanie, and mittens. It’s worth noting that Kotsenburg is 30, meaning he was born in 1993 and only 7 when the decade he’s paying stylistic homage to ended. Try not to feel old.
Hilleberg is synonymous with mountaineering tents, so heads up when they drop a new one. Such is the case this spring, when the brand plans to launch a new four-person shelter called the Saivo 4. The tent is “engineered to be the ultimate all-season dome tent,” according to a press release.
Interestingly, the Saivo 4’s two vestibules are different sizes. Hilleberg claims the shelter is easy to set up in harsh conditions, even for one person. That’s a heck of a claim. Spring will tell all!
You can tell a Give’r glove thanks to that leather construction and iconic red cuff. But for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the brand is trading in crimson for pink. This year, Give’r transformed its popular 4-Season gloves in addition to other products. And, 15% of all the proceeds from this limited-edition line goes toward The Breasties — a nonprofit aiming to create community and support for all those impacted by breast and gynecologic cancers.
Freshly launched sunglasses brand Popticals certainly lives up to its name with a range of eye-catching, colorful shades. I’m a fan of minimalist ski goggles on bluebird days, and this blue and black selection with a glossy mirror finish does the trick. Also, peep how this thing can fold up for storage in a svelte little case!
And 189 bucks will get you a pair. It’s more expensive than rooting through the lost and found bucket at your local hill, but what isn’t?
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes … Ibex is back! Sure, the brand rebounded from the brink years ago, but to me, nothing celebrates a triumphant comeback more than a pair of cozy socks. And for all the comfy, stretchy, performance apparel Ibex has rolled out, we’ve been left wanting for socks — until now.
Made in the USA, these socks come in a quarter length ($22) that’s great for running, or a full crew length ($25) for hiking. Made from a blend of merino, nylon, and lycra spandex, the Ibex socks combine the no-stink comfort of wool with the added stretch and durability of synthetic fibers.
The Mossy Oak patterned Bottomland Turtlebox portable speaker goes hard — 120 decibels of volume and 100% waterproof. Turtlebox’s whole vibe is portable speakers that won’t crap out the second they get a little dirt and water on them, and the Bottomland edition is no exception. The little speaker supports output charging, has a mic input, and includes wireless Bluetooth pairing.
Canyon launched the sleek gravel Grail back in 2018. Now the brand has updated the line with new geo and components, aiming to make those speedy backroad rides even faster. The new Grail is available in three platforms, with the CFR line boasting the slickest specs — it’s the bike Carolin Schiff rode to her 2023 Unbound 200 victory.
Going to the gym is hard enough. Trying to get in a workout with your gear in a plastic grocery bag is even worse. Built for Athletes is a brand that goes all in on durable, organized storage. Its Pro Series Duffel Bag caught my eye thanks to fully waterproof internal compartments, a built-in wet bag, and 1,000-denier Cordura construction.
There are 60 L of storage, a ventilated shoe compartment, a padded laptop sleeve, and pretty much anything else you’d need for a lunch break at the gym or a CrossFit comp. The Pro Series Duffel runs $250.
The second generation of HEYTRIP’S SUV-friendly inflatable mattress is constructed of PVC-free 600-denier Oxford fabric and inflates in just 2 minutes. At 72″ x 47″, it should fit nicely into the back of most SUVs (assuming your seats fold all the way flat, that is!). This mattress comes with a stern warning not to use it in high-altitude areas, so maybe keep this one to low-elevation car camping adventures, okay?
Oboz Whakatā Puffy Insulated Moc
You can say this about both Vermont and Montana. It can get a little frosty in both locations. Enter the cheekily named VerMontana collection, a collab between Obox and Skida designed to fuse the best of both outdoor wonderlands.
The Oboz Whakatā Puffy Insulated Moc is perfect for post-turn brews or quick trips to the store. Basically it will roll with whatever your frosty winter weekend has in store for you thanks to a PFC-free DWR coating, a knitted collar, and 100g synthetic insulation. And the pattern? On point. Grab a pair for $105.
Simplicity and a hint of style combine to launch Dagne Dover’s debut collection of travel packs. Designed for the thrift-wise carry-on culture, the seven-piece Travel 1.0 Collection includes an assortment of quick-trek essentials.
The kit includes a convertible duffel, flap-top backpack, travel brief, slim laptop bag, tote bag, cross-body sling, and dopp kit. Each piece is available in four earthy colors (Ash, Onyx, Dark Moss, and Warm Dust), and uses recycled materials and ethical manufacturing. Explore the whole Travel 1.0 Collection now.