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.
Kammok Roo Double
One of our most beloved hammocks gets an upgrade this week. Kammok placed a new fabric into its redesigned Roo Double, dubbed Gravitas ripstop nylon. The 40-denier fabric is supposedly stronger, lighter, softer, and more breathable than the previous hammock. Yet it does all that and maintains a high weight limit at 500 pounds. The Roo Double weighs 18 ounces, making it 20 percent lighter. Kammok sells the Roo Double for $79.
Customize a slew of Leatherman multitools in its new custom shop. Previously, the Wave was customizable, and now the Wingman, Skeletool, Rebar, Surge, Charge, and more are open to your imagination. Customizations include the blades and handles. You can even upload your own photos.
One of the lightest pairs of cycling sunglasses is now fully customizable. You can change the top and bottom frames, lens, grip pads, and the rocker on the ROKA CP-1x and GP-1x. And with each selection boasting more than 18 colors, you can really personalize these shades. These sunglasses go for $230 custom.
Hedkayse One 'Multi-Impact' Helmet
Stow your helmet in your pack during the work day, then unfold it for the bike ride home. That’s the claim of British company Hedkayse, which introduces the helmet Hedkayse One. According to the brand, this helmet can take multiple impacts and also folds up thanks to its flexible proprietary polymer called Encayse. It’s so durable it survived 80 impact tests whereas traditional helmets survived only two. Plus, it does all that and can fold. The Hedkayse One is available now for $195.
Prylobite Keychain Knife
You can hang your keychain from a hole in the Prylobite Blade. But the features don’t end there. This wacky pocket knife design comes with a pocket clip, bottle opener, bit driver, and a knife with S35VN steel and a G10 fiberglass handle. The Prylobite is on Kickstarter now for $100.
Huckberry Danner Vertigo 917
Huckberry’s first collaboration with Danner comes in the form of the Vertigo 917. Available in a special-edition Goldrush color, this is a new, unique look on one of Danner’s best-selling boots. Huckberry’s changes to the boot include a Vibram gum sole, Huckberry branding on the tongue, a suede heel, and golden leather. Beyond the collab, the Vertigo 917 has stretchy side panels yet timeless leather lace-up construction. The Goldrush Danners are available now for $220 from Huckberry.
Trilight Emergency Car Light
Worry less during your next roadside breakdown with the Trilight. While it may not fix your car, it provides a lot of handy emergency tools to make life less complicated during crisis. Included in the Trilight is a warning triangle light, jump-starter, power bank, bike light, work light, SOS light, and durable rubberized construction. So shine light under the hood, or place it on the road to warn traffic. The Trilight is available now for $69 Early Bird on Kickstarter.
Place the Obsbot Tail on the ground, then go do your thing while the camera records your every move. With preset tracing and AI tracking modes, this camera moves automatically to track movement in complex environments. And when it’s looking, you can use special gestures with the wave of a hand to change how the camera records. It can record up to 4K at 60 fps, has a three-axis gimbal for smooth recording, and is capable of livestreaming. Learn more about the Obsbot on Kickstarter, where Early Bird cameras go for $489.
GEARLAB x Sea Shepherd Paddles
In support of the Sea Shepherd’s anti-whaling campaign, GEARLAB designed special-edition Greenland Paddles. The GEARLAB x Sea Shepherd Edition uses GEARLAB’s Akiak paddle, an Inuit-style carbon fiber kayak paddle, with Sea Shepherd designs on either end. The silhouette of the paddle ensures seamless stroke, and the tips are exchangeable. Profits from the $348 paddle will go to support the Sea Shepherd.
UCO Ware Mess Kit
UCO Ware’s Mess Kit was announced this summer and is now available to consumers with some slight upgrades. The four-piece mess kit, which includes a lid/plate, bowl, spork, and utility cord, is more durable than the bamboo model and comes with a lifetime warranty. And whether you use them camping or at home, the kit is safe to put in the dishwasher, microwave, and freezer. The UCO Ware 4 Piece Mess Kit is available now for $15.