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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.

CRKT Stylus Assisted-Opening Knife

CRKT Stylus Rose Pink 3-inch knife

CRKT just unveiled three new knives with assisted opening. We have our eye on the Stylus ($70) everyday-carry model, with Ken Onion’s assisted-opening mechanism for smooth, rapid, one-handed operation. The Stylus has a sleek profile with a 3.18-inch satin drop-point 12C27 Sandvik blade, cutout flipper opening, deep-carry pocket clip, and a maroon, aluminum, textured-grip handle. CRKT is also hosting a giveaway tomorrow where you can enter to win a knife.

Sea to Summit Cool Grip Collapsible X Mugs

Sea to Summit textured collapsible mug for hot drinks

Sea to Summit’s new camp accouterment is the Cool Grip X Mug ($13-15). Designed to still keep beverages hot (but your hands not), this collapsible mug is made with heat-resistant, BPA-free, food-grade silicone with a glass-reinforced nylon rim and heat-protective fins. It comes in 12- and 16-ounce sizes. We got our hands on some samples and are excited to test them at camp.


Dakine x Rumpl 40L Duffel

dakine rumpl duffel bag with snap carry straps

Dakine and Rumpl have partnered for some collaborative fan-favorite gear. The collection includes a Dakine x Rumpl duffel bag, Rumpl blanket, shammy towel set, Beer Blanket, and more. The 40L Duffel ($60) is made with nylon CORDURA ripstop fabric as well as Rumpl’s 150-denier lightweight recycled polyester, and, most importantly, it can easily haul the rest of the collab gear.

MiiR Earth Month Bottle

MiiR’s Earth Month bottles come in two sizes and styles. The Earth Month bottle (from $33) is vacuum-insulated stainless steel, comes in a narrow-mouth 23-ounce or wide-mouth 32-ounce option, and features an eye-catching mountain, forest, and sun design. To celebrate Earth Month, MiiR will be donating 5% of every bottle sale to The Conservation Alliance.

FixIt Sticks All Purpose Driver Kit

fix it bike tool driver kit with wrench

FixIt Sticks’ new All Purpose Driver Kit ($200) is designed to give a rider a premium set of tools and bits, including the brand’s innovative T-Way Wrench (ratcheting and modular), along with a massive amount of driver tools. It’s an expensive kit, yes, but one that can fix lots of issues.


Machines for Freedom MTB Apparel

Asian model wearing pink cycling long sleeve tee and off road shorts and MTB shoes

Machines For Freedom cycling brand is officially breaking into the mountain bike space with its Off Road Collection (from $68). The collection includes shorts, liner shorts, tees, a crew layer, and a sports bra. The line is designed for anywhere, “from urban commuting, to gravel touring, to going full send,” the brand wrote.

Thousand Jr. Heritage Helmet

thousand junior vented helmet in blue

After interviewing more than 100 kids in the 5-11 age group, Thousand has come up with the first helmet in its Jr. collection. The Thousand Junior Heritage Helmets ($60) have an adjustable dial fit system, a magnetic buckle, vegan leather straps, six vents, and kid-approved colors and sticker pack themes. (Thousand included self-identifying female, male, and nonbinary participants in its focus groups.)

Mizuno Wave Exceed SL 2 AC

mizuno wave exceed ac tennis shoe

Mizuno’s newest addition to its tennis shoe category is the Wave Exceed SL 2 AC ($105). This shoe is specifically designed for the courts (tennis or pickleball) and is built to be light and fast. The shoe has a carbon rubber outsole, lightweight midsole, a highly cushioned insole infused with springy MIZUNO’s WAVE Technology, and a new wider fit in the forefoot. It’s available in women’s too.


TriggerPoint Foam Roller

trigger point channel spine protective foam roller

TriggerPoint’s latest Channel Foam Roller ($45), designed with a recessed channel, is built to roll out and work muscles while protecting and supporting the spine. The roller has a hollow core design and is made with a sweat-resistant EVA foam. The Channel’s shape also delivers direct compression to target tight and overactive muscles as well as alleviate back discomfort.

Pocket Shot Arrow Kit

pocket arrow kit with hammer and arrow in a small case

Practice your aim from anywhere with this pocket arrow kit. The Pocket Shot Combo Kit ($139) includes a pocket Hammer with a brace, a whisker biscuit, two arrow pouches, three arrows, one razor tip, one hammer tip, and an archery release. The arrow kit has a 35-pound draw strength and can reach a speed of 170 feet per second — enough to take out game. See the original kit here.

Nathan RunLite Pack

Nathan mesh paneled lightweight running pack

Nathan’s new RunLite Pack ($40) is a versatile backpack designed to double as a hydration pack. The pack has a moisture-wicking back panel, sternum and torso straps for an anti-bounce fit, an internal bladder compartment with a 2L bladder capacity, reflective details, and four exterior pockets.

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