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.
CAKE Åik Long-Range EV
While most e-bikes struggle to hit 100 miles on a full charge, CAKE’s new Aik model ($6,470 and up) boasts a whopping 224-mile maximum range. The key to shattering the glass ceiling? Lots and lots of battery capacity. The Aik is highly customizable, and the 224-mile-range claim only applies to the triple-battery option. For delivery workers and other utility-minded folk, the Aik’s batteries can also power refrigerated food boxes and electronic tools.
FORLOH Expedition Parka
FORLOH’s Expedition Parka ($1,195) was built for Greenland’s bitter conditions. In partnership with Downlite Outdoor, FORLOH loaded the parka with “responsibly harvested 800+ fill power down sourced in the USA.” The price rivals high-end parka makers like Arc’teryx and Canada Goose, but according to the brand, “every aspect of the Expedition is crafted to maximize warmth, comfort, and temperature regulation.” It’s available in men’s and women’s — read our full review.
Oru Kayak Orange Edition Inlet
The first several generations of Oru’s innovative folding origami kayaks were made from stark-white corrugated plastic. After a successful trial run of colored boats in 2022, the brand expands its color options with orange. All of Oru’s kayak models are available in orange for a limited time, including our long-time favorite, the Inlet ($999). Bonus: Get an extra $100 off the new Orange with code ORUORANGE at checkout.
Modern Dayfarer 'Dayfarer V2' Backpack
If hitting the gym is a standard part of your day-to-day itinerary, a reliable backpack is a must. From shorts to protein powders to climbing shoes, workout gear is best kept in a contained, ready-to-go package. Modern Dayfarer’s Dayfarer V2 ($173 on preorder) is designed for active commuters. Now in its second generation, this 24L water-repellent pack has a well-padded laptop sleeve and a breathable pocket for sweaty shoes.
Tifosi Vogel SL Eye Shield
We’ve tested several Tifosi sunglasses over the years, and they consistently hold their own against much pricer competition. Made for vigorous outdoor workouts, Tifosi’s Vogel SL ($40) has a single “shatterproof” polycarbonate wraparound lens and hydrophilic nose pads that maintain grip on sweaty skin. A hardshell case and microfiber cleaning bag are included.
Babiators Kids' Ski Goggles
These youth-only ski goggles have a comfortable fit and the performance little shredders need on the snow. Babiators’ Wicked White Ski Goggles ($55) come with a UV-safe mirrored lens. They fit kids ages 3-12 and are compatible with eyeglasses and helmets. Best of all, the company will replace the goggles for free if lost or broken — simply register the product and pay the shipping, and a new set will show up on your doorstep ready to ride.
Looking to level up your winter wardrobe? RUGGED ROBE thinks its got just the thing, with its rugged, all-weather robe. The RUGGED ROBES (coming soon on Kickstarter) premiered at Outdoor Retailer this week and are made with military-grade Polartec double-sided velour fleece and a DWR treatment. The robes are reinforced with Diamond Ripstop and memory softshell for comfort. RUGGED ROBE is based in Sequim, Wash., with patents pending in the U.S., Canada, and international (WIPO) as an indoor/outdoor technical robe. Now we’ve seen it all.
PUMA Fuse 2.0 Training Shoes
PUMA announces a fresh batch of color options for its minimalist Fuse 2.0 Training shoes ($100). True to the monochromatic and low-profile trends of today’s running shoes, the Fuse 2.0 utilizes seamless construction for maximum durability. The current iteration is built on a wider last for “additional support and a stronger stance.” Pictured is the women’s Rose Dust/Hibiscus Flower color.
Public Rec V-Neck Weekend Hoodie
Looking to upgrade your tattered hoodie with something a bit more dashing? A subtle V-neck gives Public Rec’s midweight Weekend Hoodie ($108) a slightly dressy look, without sacrificing comfort or utility. A dash of spandex adds stretch for active use, and the zippered kangaroo pocket is roomy enough for all sorts of EDC items.