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Emerging Gear: Thanksgiving Edition

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Check out this week’s selection of pre-Black Friday discounts on cutting-edge, quirky gear.

Snow Bike

Sno-Go-Bike-snow bicycle

Shred pow turns and bomb tree runs with three skis and some handlebars. The Sno-Go Bike sports a single ski up front and two in back. And it has a suspension fork, boot bindings, and articulated arms on the rear skis to let riders lean into turns. If you find snowboarding and skiing too much of a challenge, the folks at Sno-Go promise “anyone can do it, it’s not something that takes months to learn.”

Self-Cleaning Bottle

quartz bottle

“Drink confidently, anywhere,” that’s the promise made by the folks at Quartz Bottle. The 18-ounce water bottle has a built-in rechargeable 280nm ultraviolet light that purifies water—killing up to 99.9999% of bacteria and viruses. The Quartz Bottle is BPA- and mercury-free, and lasts up to two months on a single charge.

Faraday Pouch

bomber and company faraday pouch

Go entirely off the grid just by putting your electronics in the Bomber x Blackout Faraday Utility Pouch. The pouch fits “multiple laptops, tablets, and digital devices.” The pouch blocks all RFID, keeping all your devices digitally invisible inside a leather, roll-top RFID Faraday cage.

Wooden Watch

wood watch

Take another step back to nature, and do some good in the process, with these luxury wood watches. Each timepiece reclaims scrap black forest wood from German manufacturers. And the inner-workings use Japanese Miyota Movement.

Modular Lantern

pal modular lantern

Headlamp, bike light, camping lantern, and flashlight—all in one. The PAL is a rechargeable, 350-lumen light that swaps between accessories to go from head-mounted, hand-held, and bike-compatible. It also features brightness adjustment, and spot-flood modes.

Mobile Drying Rack


Dry your gear before stuffing it in the car using the Malo’o drying rack. The three-pound, foldable rack hangs on sideview mirrors, railings, and anywhere else you can think of. It also folds up for easy storage.

Adventure Photography Pack


For keen shutterbugs snapping action shots, the Shimoda Adventure packs offer internal protection, organization, and storage space for your gear. Available in 40L and 60L pack sizes, Shimoda packs have three modular, removable core packs to set up the pack as you like it.

Titanium Bottles


Touted the “World’s First True Vacuum-Sealed Titanium Mug,” the Therma uses medical-grade titanium. It’s naturally anti-corrosion and anti-bacterial. Available in 300mL and 400mL sizes, the Therma bottles weigh 200 grams and 300 grams respectively.

"Lifetime" Backpack


Waxed canvas, leather, and brass: Those burly materials make up the first product from startup Astray. The Rolltop Backpack offers about 20 liters of capacity and comes with a lifetime warranty. It retails for $240, with early bird discounts available on Kickstarter.

USA- Made Active Wear


Vast Terrain wants to make premium active wear in the USA. It sources only American fabrics to build shirts, shorts, capris, leggings, and more. Best yet, its prices compete with those made overseas. Learn more at Kickstarter.

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