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Emerging Gear: S-Works ‘Aloha’, Copper Gravel Grinder, Marathon Kits, 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.


HOKA ONE ONE Rincon 3 road running shoe

Dropping today is HOKA’s latest iteration of the Rincon runner. The Rincon 3 ($115) is an update to the Rincon model, with a 5mm drop and wicked light weight (under 7 ounces claimed for a men’s size 9). While it still boasts support (thanks to the full-compression EVA midsole), HOKA prioritized shaving weight over plushness. You’ll notice a vented mesh upper, minimalist pull tab, and bold colors and graphics in this refreshed HOKA shoe. Preorder now. 

State Bicycle Co. Road Bike Copper

state bicycle road bike in copper brown

SBC’s ever-popular 4130 All-Road Bike gets a refresh in a copper-brown paint job plus component upgrades this month. The 4130 Road ($430 frame only/$900 build) has a chromoly steel frame, an 11-speed drivetrain, can be built out with either 700c or 650b wheels (tubeless compatible), and has State’s All Road bars. And, who doesn’t love those shiny “Explore Your State” and “SBC” decals!

Made In Fishing Knife

Made In Cookware just released a high-carbon stainless steel fishing knife set. Designed in collaboration with angler and chef Tom Colicchio, the fishing knife ($89) is made from high-carbon stainless steel and weighs 4 ounces. It comes in a fillet or utility style — a difference of a 7.5-inch or 7.6-inch blade, and a straight or serrated edge. Both knives have a slip-resistant handle.

Teva Hurricane XLT2 Sandals

We’ve been rocking these new-for-spring patterned Hurricane XLT2 Sandals for weeks now. Teva’s Hurricane XLT2s ($70) got several new colors this season (we went with the Vista Sunset). The sandals have injection-molded straps made with recycled plastic  REPREVE yarn, an EVA footbed, a padded heel, and great adjustability. Available in men’s and women’s sizing.

Norco Bicycles VLT E-MTB

Norco Bicycles is hitting the ground running with three new E-MTB models: the Sight VLT, Range VLT, and Fluid VLT. The VLT series ($4,199 and up) offers three different platforms — totally redesigned frames in either carbon or aluminum — with Shimano’s EP8 E-specific drive system, and three battery options (a 540Wh, 720Wh, and 900Wh), ranging from trail to big mountain capabilities. Mix and match to find your perfect ride. (Bikes will be available to order between now and fall 2021.)

Tracksmith Fall Marathons Collection

After 2020, runners everywhere are more excited for marathon season than ever before. Six renowned marathons — Boston, Tokyo, Berlin, London, Chicago, and New York — will occur within weeks of each other this fall. Rep your favorite with this lightweight Tracksmith track set. The Marathon collections ($65 and up) consist of shorts, singlets, and tees in each marathon’s country/city colors.

Maho Shades Catalina

Maho catalina shades side view

Alabama-based Maho Shades is making some really cool sunglass styles for those of us engaging in various outdoor activities. Its Catalina shades ($150) will stay put while you sweat, stretch, and move, thanks to the brand’s gecko-like temple grips on the arms. Bonus: The Catalinas are rocking a cool new root beer color this summer.

Specialized S-Works Recon Lace Gravel Shoes

Ride in wild style with Specialized’s new “Aloha” S-Works Recon shoes. In addition to the fun new print, the S-Works Recon ($325) has the brand’s stiffest and lightest carbon plate, a titanium alloy cleat nut, a two-bolt cleat pattern, and rubber heel and toe treads with removable toe studs for traction. Now, if only this design came on the S-Works road shoe too.

Luno Life Camp Fan

It’s July, and it’s hot. Consider upping your car camping setup with Luno Life’s Camp Fan ($35). This portable and easy-breezy fan attaches to any car window with a locking suction cup mount, has a rotating bevel so you can adjust the fan angle, and easily plugs in via a USB port to a 5V car adapter, power station, or any other power source you’ve got on hand.

Bombas Performance Socks

bombas performance socks mid calf height

Grab a pair of Bombas Performance Hiking Socks ($16) for summer. This sock style is designed with a balance of cushioning and ventilation, made with a moisture-wicking cotton and merino fabric blend. Plus, the brand has its signature honeycomb Hex-Tex pattern underfoot. Available in men’s and women’s sizes.

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