Emerging Gear: ‘Madhappy’ Skis, Biggie Smalls Puffy, Trippy Blades, and More

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Marmot Mammoth Parka
Marmot Mammoth Parka

Marmot’s Mammoth Parka has been around since the ’90s (it was apparently a favorite of Biggie Smalls), but it finally got an upgrade this fall. The Mammoth Parka ($575) is a 700-fill down parka with a two-layer GORE-TEX shell, 100% taped seams, a zip-off, down-filled hood, a powder skirt, handwarmer pockets, an interior media pocket, microfleece cuffs, and more. It comes in some new colors and sizes S-2XL.

Gaia Winter Topo Maps
Gaia Winter Topo Maps

Last week, Gaia introduced its winter-edition topo maps. The Winter Topo layers, designed by Gaia’s in-house cartographers, include new features like terrain info, tree cover, contours, nordic and downhill trail maps, and a special “winter” color palette. Looking for resort skiing? Fat bike trails? Gaia’s winter topos should be able to guide you through it all this season. But take note: It’s only available with Gaia premium memberships.

Point6 Livin' It Merino Joggers
Point6 Livin' It Merino Joggers

Hike sockmaker Point6 now also makes apparel. Its cozy joggers and hoodie (from $175) are made with a 100% merino exterior. A brushed polyester interior insulates the joggers, and an 88% merino (plus a bit of spandex) blend makes up the hoodie. The joggers have deep drop pockets, and the hoodie has a kangaroo pouch. Shop the men’s and women’s hoodie, or men’s and women’s joggers.

Benchmade Collector's Edition Cutlery
Benchmade Collector's Edition Cutlery

Benchmade already has knife sets, including a custom knife set, but how about a one-of-a-kind collector’s set? Benchmade’s got that too with its 4000-211 Collector’s Edition 3 Piece Set (available for a cool $2,400). Each knife in the set — a chef, utility, and paring knife — comes with a 14-degree edge Damasteel blade, a gold-plated ring, and carbon handles with marbled carbon-fiber bolsters. Only 200 sets are available.

Faction x Madhappy Agent Skis
Faction x Madhappy Agent Skis

Faction’s Agent 4.0 touring skis get a makeover with Madhappy Outdoors. The collab Faction x Madhappy Skis are different from the standard Agents, as they feature recycled materials in the base and sidewalls, a sustainably sourced wood core, and plant-based resin. To top it off, 1% of sales will be donated to 1% for the Planet. The skis come in 171cm and 179cm lengths. These cloud-like beauties retail for $800.

Sea to Summit X-Pot Kettle
Sea to Summit X-Pot Kettle

A compact kettle that folds to save space? Yes, please. This kettle utilizes Sea to Summit’s proprietary heat-resistant silicone to form collapsible walls. The X-Pot Kettle ($40-50) has an anodized aluminum base, silicone walls, translucent lid, and glass-reinforced nylon handles. The kettle is BPA-free and comes in two sizes: 1.3L and 2L. Pair with the collapsible Sea to Summit X-Mug or X-Pot for a perfect packable setup.

Injinji Lightweight Running Gloves & Headband
Injinji Lightweight Running Gloves & Headband

New and perfect timing for cold-weather running are Injinji’s lightweight gloves ($24) and headband ($12). Both are soft, lightweight, and uber-reflective. We’ve been enjoying them the past few weeks, and we especially love the touch-compatible fingertips and reflective hits. The gloves come in sizes for men and women. P.S.: These would make a great stocking stuffer!

Jack Wolfskin DNA Tundra Hoody
Jack Wolfskin DNA Tundra Hoody

New for winter 2021 is Jack Wolfskin’s DNA Tundra Hoody ($200), an essential puffy style revived with completely recycled materials. The DNA Tundra is windproof and water-repellent, with a ripstop outer fabric and 700-fill RDS-certified duck down. It’s 100% PFC-free, and 100% recycled (except for the zipper). It’s available in men’s and women’s sizes.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard x Spyder Googles
U.S. Ski & Snowboard x Spyder Googles

Similar to another athlete collab earlier this season, Spyder has partnered with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Pro Team to create a goggle perfect for cheering on our athletes on home turf — or repping them abroad. The Collab Spyder Goggles ($130) have a frameless design, a red lens, and U.S. Ski & Snowboard Pro Team logo decal on the strap.

  • Emerging Gear: ‘Madhappy’ Skis, Biggie Smalls Puffy, Trippy Blades, and More

    Marmot Mammoth Parka

    Marmot’s Mammoth Parka has been around since the ’90s (it was apparently a favorite of Biggie Smalls), but it finally got an upgrade this fall. The Mammoth Parka ($575) is a 700-fill down parka with a two-layer GORE-TEX shell, 100% taped seams, a zip-off, down-filled hood, a powder skirt, handwarmer pockets, an interior media pocket, microfleece cuffs, and more. It comes in some new colors and sizes S-2XL.

  • Emerging Gear: ‘Madhappy’ Skis, Biggie Smalls Puffy, Trippy Blades, and More

    Gaia Winter Topo Maps

    Last week, Gaia introduced its winter-edition topo maps. The Winter Topo layers, designed by Gaia’s in-house cartographers, include new features like terrain info, tree cover, contours, nordic and downhill trail maps, and a special “winter” color palette. Looking for resort skiing? Fat bike trails? Gaia’s winter topos should be able to guide you through it all this season. But take note: It’s only available with Gaia premium memberships.

  • Emerging Gear: ‘Madhappy’ Skis, Biggie Smalls Puffy, Trippy Blades, and More

    Point6 Livin' It Merino Joggers

    Hike sockmaker Point6 now also makes apparel. Its cozy joggers and hoodie (from $175) are made with a 100% merino exterior. A brushed polyester interior insulates the joggers, and an 88% merino (plus a bit of spandex) blend makes up the hoodie. The joggers have deep drop pockets, and the hoodie has a kangaroo pouch. Shop the men’s and women’s hoodie, or men’s and women’s joggers.

  • Emerging Gear: ‘Madhappy’ Skis, Biggie Smalls Puffy, Trippy Blades, and More

    Benchmade Collector's Edition Cutlery

    Benchmade already has knife sets, including a custom knife set, but how about a one-of-a-kind collector’s set? Benchmade’s got that too with its 4000-211 Collector’s Edition 3 Piece Set (available for a cool $2,400). Each knife in the set — a chef, utility, and paring knife — comes with a 14-degree edge Damasteel blade, a gold-plated ring, and carbon handles with marbled carbon-fiber bolsters. Only 200 sets are available.

  • Emerging Gear: ‘Madhappy’ Skis, Biggie Smalls Puffy, Trippy Blades, and More

    Faction x Madhappy Agent Skis

    Faction’s Agent 4.0 touring skis get a makeover with Madhappy Outdoors. The collab Faction x Madhappy Skis are different from the standard Agents, as they feature recycled materials in the base and sidewalls, a sustainably sourced wood core, and plant-based resin. To top it off, 1% of sales will be donated to 1% for the Planet. The skis come in 171cm and 179cm lengths. These cloud-like beauties retail for $800.

  • Emerging Gear: ‘Madhappy’ Skis, Biggie Smalls Puffy, Trippy Blades, and More

    Sea to Summit X-Pot Kettle

    A compact kettle that folds to save space? Yes, please. This kettle utilizes Sea to Summit’s proprietary heat-resistant silicone to form collapsible walls. The X-Pot Kettle ($40-50) has an anodized aluminum base, silicone walls, translucent lid, and glass-reinforced nylon handles. The kettle is BPA-free and comes in two sizes: 1.3L and 2L. Pair with the collapsible Sea to Summit X-Mug or X-Pot for a perfect packable setup.

  • Emerging Gear: ‘Madhappy’ Skis, Biggie Smalls Puffy, Trippy Blades, and More

    Injinji Lightweight Running Gloves & Headband

    New and perfect timing for cold-weather running are Injinji’s lightweight gloves ($24) and headband ($12). Both are soft, lightweight, and uber-reflective. We’ve been enjoying them the past few weeks, and we especially love the touch-compatible fingertips and reflective hits. The gloves come in sizes for men and women. P.S.: These would make a great stocking stuffer!

  • Emerging Gear: ‘Madhappy’ Skis, Biggie Smalls Puffy, Trippy Blades, and More

    Jack Wolfskin DNA Tundra Hoody

    New for winter 2021 is Jack Wolfskin’s DNA Tundra Hoody ($200), an essential puffy style revived with completely recycled materials. The DNA Tundra is windproof and water-repellent, with a ripstop outer fabric and 700-fill RDS-certified duck down. It’s 100% PFC-free, and 100% recycled (except for the zipper). It’s available in men’s and women’s sizes.

  • Emerging Gear: ‘Madhappy’ Skis, Biggie Smalls Puffy, Trippy Blades, and More

    U.S. Ski & Snowboard x Spyder Googles

    Similar to another athlete collab earlier this season, Spyder has partnered with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Pro Team to create a goggle perfect for cheering on our athletes on home turf — or repping them abroad. The Collab Spyder Goggles ($130) have a frameless design, a red lens, and U.S. Ski & Snowboard Pro Team logo decal on the strap.

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Mary is based out of GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has been writing professionally for more than six 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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