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Take a peek at emerging products from the sometimes cutting-edge, sometimes quirky world of gear design.

Maven CM1 monocular
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Maven CM.1 Monocular

maven cm1 monocular

Maven’s new CM.1 monocular ($150) is built with an 8×32 configuration and measures just 1.75 x 5.1 x 2 inches. It’s a perfect optic for keeping in a vehicle, pocket, or pack to ensure you never miss an amazing sight. The CM.1 has extra-low-dispersion (ED) glass to perform great in low-light conditions. As the brand writes, this little viewer has “silky focus, edge-to-edge clarity, and a generous depth of field.”

Backcountry Access Hybrid Skins

bca new backcountry skins

These skins have good grip, good glide, and need no re-gluing. The new Hybrid Climbing Skins from Backcountry Access ($200-220) have a contoured style, a blend of 65% mohair and 35% nylon, and a hybrid glue that makes transitions a breeze. When skins get dirty, just wash with soap and water. Four length sizes (and different widths) are available.

Outdoor Voices x Merrell Moab Mid 2 Eco

merrell moab eco shoe

The Merrell and Outdoor Voices Moab 2 Mid Eco shoe ($130) was created to be both eco-friendly and waterproof. The Moab Mid 2 Eco has recycled laces and footbeds, 50% recycled content in the mesh, a BLOOM foam midsole made with algae, and wool integrated into the tongue for a little extra comfort. The shoe is available in men’s and women’s sizing.

WESN CB Carabiner

The WESN Carabiner ($55) is the epitome of minimalism. WESN designed this pocket-size ‘biner to be as sleek as possible. It’s made from a single piece of high-strength, milled titanium with machined spacing to ensure optimal strength through repeated uses. It weighs just half an ounce.

Rapha x Bang & Olufsen E8 Sport Earphones

Rapha x Bang & Olufsen sport earphones

For this sport earbud collab, Bang & Olufsen brought in its winning sound quality, and Rapha brought its performance design. The Beoplay E8 Sport limited-edition earphones ($350) are sweatproof and noise-canceling, with a 7-hour continuous runtime and built-in microphones on each side. Plus, they have some sweet hot-pink anodized-aluminum detailing. The special-edition earphones come with a pocket-size charging case and various ear tips and fins so you can find your fit.

Dakine Grateful Dead GORE-TEX Mitts

Looking for mitts with performance fabric and style? Check out Dakine’s Team Baron GORE-TEX Grateful Dead Mitts ($115). The mitts have waterproof-breathable GORE-TEX liners, Gore Grip technology for storm protection, PrimaLoft Gold insulation, a wool lining, and a 100% goat leather palm. The mitts also have a design and logo based on Grateful Dead’s 1976 “Steal Your Face” album.

Machines for Freedom Endurance Bib

machines for freedom bib

Machines for Freedom summer and fall lineup includes this women’s Endurance Bib ($235). The bib is made with a high-quality Italian chamois sized for a variety of sit bone widths, a wider center cushion for better support when riding in an aggressive position, and carbon fiber fabric to prevent bacterial buildup. They’re available in sizes XS-3XL.

Allbirds TrinoXO Tee Apparel

Allbirds tee

Allbirds has moved from footwear to apparel with its new TrinoXO Tee ($48). The tee has a 20% lower carbon footprint than most tees (6.3 to 7.1 kg of CO2E) — and that’s because it’s made with discarded materials, recycled tree fibers, and crab shells. The tee also weaves in merino wool for moisture-wicking and breathability. Find men’s and women’s sizes here.



Designed by firefighter Sarah Apgar, FitFighter is a fire hose workout and training tool. The FitFighter Steelhose ($65) is an alternative to clunky weights that mimics the malleable form and feel of a firehose, even when it’s charged. Made in the USA from real fire hoses, the Steelhose comes in weights from 5 to 50 pounds.

Faction x Wells Lamont Skis

Wells Lamont began making work gloves in 1907. Faction entered the skiing market in 2006. Now they’ve teamed up to bring this ski glove and ski bundle to market. The limited-edition Faction x Wells Lamont Collab (from $700) features the Prodigy 2.0 Collab Ski and Wells Lamont x Faction-branded HydraHyde gloves or mitts. The artwork, by Freeride World Tour athlete Andrew Pollard, draws the capsule together.

Goldwin Plant-Fiber Sweater

goldwin the sweater

Goldwin is trying out new materials with the hope to shift to the least water-intensive, most sustainable materials possible. The Sweater ($800) is made with “brewed protein,” a plant-derived biomass that’s fermented and then spun to mimic natural spider silk properties. This material is then blended with fine merino wool and cashmere (there’s where the price tag comes in). And to get this high-ticket piece, you’ll need to apply here.

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