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Emerging Gear: Smartwool Sock Dog Bed, Artist Collab Splitboard, and More

Take a peek at emerging products from the sometimes cutting-edge, sometimes quirky world of gear design.

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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.

Muck Apex PRO Arctic Grip Boots

New for this winter, the Muck Boots Apex PRO ($190) for men is a boot made for the harsher elements winter brings. The Apex PRO boots are 100% waterproof with a 4mm neoprene bootie, an Arctic Grip outsole, breathable mesh lining, a memory foam footbed, and Vibram’s new traction lug technology, which could improve traction by up to 25%.

Smartwool K9 Dog Cushion

smartwool dog bed with dog

To celebrate National Sock Day, Smartwool released the first product from its Second Cut program. The program collects used socks that would otherwise go to a landfill and recycles them into new materials. The Second Cut K9 Camp Cushion (from $120) is stuffed with recycled sock shreddings and is available in three sizes. The small measures 18 x 24 inches, the medium 24 x 36 inches, and the large 36 x 48 inches.

Weston Backcountry x Brooklyn Bell Artist Series

weston brooklyn bell-artist designed eclipse splitboard

Weston’s collaboration with Pacific Northwest artist Brooklyn Bell includes a splitboard, a snowboard, and skis ($599-899) adorned with Bell’s groovy artwork for amazing on-mountain vibes. A portion of proceeds from the collaboration supports Weston’s ongoing mission to increase avalanche safety education among traditionally underrepresented groups in the backcountry.

Ibex Merino Woolies 2

woolies 2 zip merino wool layer in purple

The Ibex Woolies 2 for men and women ($145) are designed to be merino wool winter staples. Base layer, active layer, lounge layer, what have you, this cozy merino zip-up should do the job. The quarter-zip layer is made with 100% 18.9-micron merino and has a weight of 240 gsm. There are three color choices available.



Pine Cycles RASA Bike Frame

A new brand based out of Salt Lake City, Pine Cycles just debuted its first frame. The RASA ($1,050-1,200) steel frame has a 1.25-inch custom headtube, Columbus Zona tubing, English threaded BB, and custom dropouts. And it’s compatible with four forks, three tire sizes (700×35, 650×48, and 26×2.3), and can be used with either rim or disc brakes. Orders placed by Dec. 30 will ship in February 2022.

DECKED x Uncharted Supply Co. D-Bag Emergency Kit

Designed for overlanders and frequent adventurers is the new D-Bag Emergency Kit ($650) from DECKED and Uncharted Supply. The kit is designed to keep two people alive for up to 72 hours and includes a variety of tools in categories like first aid, air and vision, power, warmth, food and water needs, and more. It has standard goods like a flashlight and multitool but also things like a power station, waterproof gloves, and a water filter.

Gobi Vertex Heated Ski Gloves

This month, Gobi introduced its Vertex Heated Ski Gloves ($219), which should keep your fingers toasty with Gobi’s heating elements on the hand and around each fingertip. The ski gloves, made with a leather exterior and touchscreen-compatible fingers, provide up to 6 hours of heat. They have a choice of three different heat settings — low, medium, and high — and will recharge in 3-4 hours.

1UP Recon Bike Rack

1UP USA’s Recon Rack (from $1,200) is built for hauling five or six bikes. 1UP stipulates that it built these big haulers as compactly as possible (choose from the Recon 5 or Recon 6). The Recon racks have smooth pivot operation, which folds the rack down to provide rear trunk access, adjustable ground clearance, and different wheel baskets to fit youth 20-inch bikes up to 5-inch fat bikes.

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