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Emerging Gear: Compostable Jacket, Kid Panniers, Big-Ass Duffel, 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.

KUIU Waypoint Travel Duffel

a stack of three differently-sized KUIU waypoint duffels

KUIU’s new duffels are built for rugged, outdoor travel. The Waypoint Duffels ($199 and up) are made with a TPU-coated nylon ripstop fabric, waterproof and welded bottom, fully padded interior, and interior and exterior water-resistant pockets. They come in three sizes: a 45 L, an 89 L, and a whopping 170 L. They offer interior compression straps to maximize that space. The duffels come in two color choices: black and bourbon.

Igloo Stainless Steel Coolmates

igloo coolmate drink sleeves in teal and stainless steel

Building on its 74-year history of various cooler and drinkware products, Igloo is now making high-quality stainless steel vessels. Igloo’s 12-ounce Stainless Steel Coolmates or Slim Coolmates ($16) are made with double-walled, vacuum-insulated stainless steel and a sweatproof powder coating. Or, you can always opt for the pure, shiny stainless finish. The Coolmates fit 12-ounce regular and slim cans.

tentree Fully Biodegradable Jacket

Tentree fully biodegradeable canvas jacket in dark green

Tentree has dropped its first, and a first-of-its-kind, 100% biodegradable jacket. The Treeline Biodegradable Jacket ($178) is made from organic cotton canvas and a plant-based fiber from the dried fruit of the kapok tree. When the jacket has reached the end of its life, just remove and recycle the buttons — the rest of the jacket is entirely compostable. Read more. 

Po Campo Zinger Pannier Backpack

kids backpack and pannier bag with black star/galaxy print

This backpack-pannier combo was built for kids on the go. The Zinger backpack ($50) doubles as a pannier, with Velcro strap attachment points, a padded main compartment, padded shoulder straps, reflective accents, as well as room for tablets, a laptop, and other school supplies — and more.

Title Nine Crash 2.0 Tights

title nine crash 2.0 tights in black on a female model from waist down

Still looking for that perfect pair of shoulder season tights? Title Nine’s “best” tights are back! The Crash 2.0 Polartec Tight ($99) is made with abrasion-resistant Polartec fleece fabric, for both warmth and comfort, an elastic waistband with an interior drawcord, a zippered pocket, and reflective hems. The tights’ Polartec Power Stretch contains 84% recycled poly and 16% spandex.

Kulkea x Nick Goepper Travel Backpack

kulkea limited edition olympic freeskier 40L travel backpack in black

Kulkea is launching a new hydration bag, in partnership with an Olympic freestyle skier. The Kulkea x Nick Goepper Kayda Backpack ($290) sports the brand’s Travel System, which separates the pack into two units — the 40L travel backpack and the 5L travel kit for smaller essentials. The Travel Kit can be carried separately or worn cross-body too. This bag is a limited edition.

Deckers X Lab Knit Sneakers

Deckers X Lab X-Scape shoes

Deckers X Lab believes it may have stumbled upon the “comfiest sneaker to ever hit the sidewalk” with its latest shoe: the X-Scape Knit Low. The experimental and tech-forward arm of Deckers, the X Lab brand has brought unique footwear innovations like the high-cushion KO-Z BA DA DA 30 flip-flop. With the X-Scape, DXLab mixed a slipper-like fit and knit feel with sustainable materials, including bio-based Sorona fabric on the upper and sugarcane-blended EVA midsole. Marketed as a do-everything around town (and home) sneaker, the X-Scape launches today for a cool $100.

Tentsile T-Mini Double-Person Hammock

tentsile t mini suspended hammock against white background

Tentsile’s T-Mini ($179) is a two-person suspended camping hammock. The newest “mini” version uses an anti-roll strap system, the powers of tension, and a lightweight 70-denier polyester fabric for setup. The T-Mini hammock is reinforced with seatbelt webbing to creating two separate sleeping spaces, and it packs down to just 5.5 pounds.

Loon Outdoors Ergo Quick Release

Loon Outdoors safe hook removal tool for fishing

Loon’s fish-friendly Ergo Quick Release Tool ($19) is designed to minimize the amount of time someone spends handling a fish. The Ergo is a quick hook-removal tool made with durable stainless steel and an ergonomic design. It can “quickly remove a wide variety of flies and hooks,” wrote Loon. Add one to your fishing kit or vest today.

8000Kicks Waterproof Hemp Shoes

8000Kicks waterproof hemp shoes in brown splashed with water

Launching a new batch of shoes on September 30 is grandmother-founded (and -approved) 8000Kicks. Its Waterproof Hemp Shoes V2 ($129) are made from durable hemp fibers in the upper and insole and an algae outsole. They are waterproof, biodegradable, and carbon-neutral! Keep an eye out for version 2 next week.

Honey Stinger Cookies & Cream Waffle

a blue and yellow box and two packets of Honey Stinger cookies and cream flavor waffles

Got a sweet tooth? Craving some sweetness in your pre- or post-workout snacks? Honey Stinger’s Cookies & Cream Waffle ($18/12-pack) should hit the spot. The new waffle flavor has two chocolate waffle sides sandwiching some vanilla cream filling. And like all of Honey Stinger’s waffles, they are sweetened with honey and are gluten free.

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