A peek at emerging products from the sometimes cutting-edge, sometimes quirky world of gear design. Explore the grid below or click through for a slideshow.
Addaday IRONMAN BioChair
Addaday, a company offering a range of massage tools and accessories, just debuted its latest product designed by in-house chiropractors: the IRONMAN BioChair. This massage chair was designed as a recovery tool, complete with BioScan technology that maps spine curvature, dynamic air compression, and zero-gravity inversion. Use the touchscreen remote to choose between swim, bike, or run therapy options specifically tailored to muscle groups exercised during each sport. This chair will have you feeling relaxed about everything (except maybe the $2,950 price tag).
Juiced Bikes Scorpion Moped E-Bike
Juiced Bikes just launched its newest bike mode: the Scorpion. This electric bike is different than any other on the market with its retro style and features inspired by 1970s mopeds (like the motorcycle headlamp and rear seat rack). It’s also got modern stuff like an LCD display and front and rear suspension, perfect for off-road riding. The bike comes with a 52V battery and can reach speeds up to 28 mph. Prices start at $1,299.
Bundl Electric Sleeping Bag
While we’re always a little leery of adding complexity to proven products, a new brand, Bundl, makes an interesting entry with its Electric Sleeping Bag ($299). The down-insulated bag adds heating elements and a 30,000mAh battery pack. The brand claims these will heat the bag for a minimum of 4 nights on a charge. You can control the temperature of the bag with your phone, allowing you to easily preheat it before hopping off to bed. Good luck getting out of this one on a frosty morning!
National Luna Legacy 50L Fridge/Freezer
The latest 12V fridges and freezers from National Luna are powered by its new Off-Road Compressor, meaning the units will cool down faster and stay cool longer. The fridges also have higher-density insulation, a temperature controller, and a digital thermostat. They are perfect for extended travel, and choices range from a portable 40L to a hefty 128L capacity. You can also choose between a single compartment or the versatile, dual-controlled (fridge/freezer) model. Prices start at $995.
Dreamcase Car Sleeping Kit
Did dirtbagging it in your car just go top-shelf mainstream? A new product called Dreamcase puts all the essentials for sleeping in your car in a slick container. The Dreamcase unfolds into a double mattress with multilayer memory foam, car duvet, and pillows neatly enclosed in a carrying pack. Interestingly, the brand’s marketing video shows it used to sleep in the back of a Tesla Model S. If you’re inclined to take sleeping in your car to the next level, give it a look for an eye-watering price of $750 and up.
HMM Recycled Glass W Mug
Personally, I know I can never have too many camping or travel mugs lying around. This one is made of 100-percent-recycled glass and handmade by Taiwan’s largest recycled glass company using heat and glass-dyeing techniques. The mug’s handle is heatproof and its body is stackable. We really like it for office, home, and off-grid travel use. The collab mug ($35) from HMM and the W Glass Project comes in two size options (6 and 10 ounces).
Serius Hot Ratz Boot Dryers
New to the market are family-owned brand Serius’ portable boot dryers. The Hot Ratz ($40) matches up with other dryers on the market with its AV car adapter and DC power options. This model, though, has a silent warming fan that produces the perfect balance of heat and airflow. Not just for ski boots, these dryers also work great with wet cycling shoes or hiking boots.
Beyond Clothing K4 Ventum Hoodie
This new hoodie from Beyond Clothing is an impressive lightweight layer, weighing in at just 12-13 ounces (depending on size). It’s not only ultralight but easily packable, folding into a self-stowing pocket. The jacket’s construction is a nylon-spandex blend with DWR coating, best for weather 45 degrees and warmer. The hoodie retails at $115 for the women’s style and $127 for the men’s.
Pelican 1535 and 1615 TRVL Air Cases
Ah, luggage. There’s always a chance it’ll get damaged or not fit in the overhead bin. Pelican revamps how luggage is designed for the rugged traveler with its new TRVL Air Cases. Designed at the maximum airline carry-on and checked-bag size dimensions, these cases have everything from rolling stainless steel wheels to packing cube organizers, mesh compartments, and TSA locks. Get the carry-on for $310 and the checked-bag size for $420.
OtterBox Elevation 14 Mug
Gone are the days of too-hot or too-cold coffee. Made from 100-percent stainless steel, this mug from OtterBox has an internal copper lining that maintains contents at an ideal temperature. The sweat-resistant design also leaves no rings. It’s perfect for morning beverages or evening campsite cocktails. Get this camp mug for $25.
tentree FLTR Bandana
Tentree, an apparel brand that plants 10 trees for every item sold, just released a new item that will help even more trees. The FLTR Bandana is designed to block almost 99 percent of harmful particles emitted from wildfire smoke. The bandana is made with an N99 medical-grade fabric membrane accented with an ink that changes color with heat. Each bandana sold will plant 10 trees at tentree’s planting sites in Peru. Get the FLTR bandana here for $23.
Ooni Karu Portable Pizza Oven
Calling all outdoorsy Food Network fans: The Ooni Karu pizza oven is the next logical addition to your camp kitchen setup. Get perfect pizza in minutes with this wood-, charcoal-, or gas-burning oven made with 430-grade stainless steel. It’s portable and made of three easy-to-attach components. The actual oven heats to a whopping 932 degrees Fahrenheit and can bake a pizza in just 60 seconds. The downside: It weighs 26 pounds. (Pizza-tossing skills not included.)
Sherpa Adventure Gear x Arcade Belts Collab
Try an Arcade belt, and you’ll be a believer. We think it’s maybe the most comfortable option for anyone with an active lifestyle. And now, the California-based purveyor of stretchy belts teams up with Sherpa Adventure Gear to create a limited-edition design that does good. True to Sherpa’s business pledge, $5 from the sale of every Arcade x Sherpa Rambler belt will go into a grant scholarship to help provide Nepali children a college education. Check it out here for $28.
Oyuki Haika 3-in-1 Gloves
Insulated gloves are nothing new, but this shell/liner 3-in-1 glove gives you all the options for $160. Wear just the water-resistant goatskin leather shell for protection, the GORE-TEX liner with touchscreen fingertips for warmth, or wear both. The glove’s membrane is also 100 percent windproof. (Note: These can only be shipped to addresses within North America.)
Shotgun Front-Mounted Bike Seat
Mountain biking parents: Get your kid to actively (and safely) participate on your ride with this front-mounted seat. Unlike rear-mounted seats, this new child bike seat has an adjustable width and angle to fit any adult bike, and molded rubber padding to protect your frame. For your little one (2-5 years), the seat offers a fully-adjustable saddle, footpegs, and a sweet front-seat view. The Shotgun seat retails for $150 (and optional child handlebar attachments retail for $33).
Parks Project California Collection Tee
Parks Project debuts a new collection with tees in tribute to our West Coast state parks — and we love the brand for it. This California Collection T-shirt gives a slim fit and has clean, colorful graphics. Ten percent of your purchase will go to the California State Parks Foundation. Each collection from Parks Project benefits a specific state park. The shirt retails for $36 MSRP.