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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.

SAXX Viewfinder Base Layer

saxx viewfinder baselayer

Underwear brand SAXX is adding base layers to its lineup. SAXX’s new Viewfinder Top and Bottoms ($75 each) are lightweight base layers with recycled polyester and merino wool. The top is a crew-style long-sleeve with raglan sleeves, and the bottoms have SAXX’s signature BallPark Pouch and flat seams throughout. Patterns include blue camo and hot dogs.

Victorinox 'Winter Magic' Pocket Knife

victorinox winter magic limited edition

The limited-edition Winter Magic 2020 Swiss Army Knife ($68) is a nine-function pocket knife in Victorinox’s classic Swiss design. The Pioneer X Winter Magic blade is inspired by winter and has gray-blue scales etched with a snowflake motif. It includes a blade, scissors, can opener, screwdriver heads, and more. The 3.7-inch multitool weighs 2.8 ounces.

Dakine Snow Travel Bags

dakine recycled travel bags

Dakine just upgraded its all-weather travel snow bags with 100% recycled materials. The All Weather Ski and Snowboard Bags (from $165) have 360-degree padded protection, two exterior zipper compartments, a removable outerwear bag, and dual compression straps for ease of packing. This burly line of ski and snowboard bags, duffels, and packs is built to keep your stuff safe and dry.

Stance Wu Tang OTC Ski Socks

Stance ski socks wu tang

For a throwback style, Stance just added Wu Tang-themed socks to its over-the-calf ski sock collection. The Wu Tang Protect Ya Socks ($30) are a nylon-wool blend (35% nylon, 31% wool, 31% polyester, 3% elastane) and have medium cushioning throughout the sock for a secure fit. The socks are themed after the “Protect Ya Neck” track from Wu Tang’s 1993 debut album.

Archer Components Drop Bar Remote

ARCHER drop bar remote

Archer’s new bike tech is some of the coolest we’ve seen in a while. It claims to turn any bike into an electronic-shifting bike. Archer created a two-button remote utilizing its existing D1x chainstay-mounted shifter. The custom-designed DBR — drop-bar remote ($119) — works ergonomically within the hood and offers easy push-button shifting and on-the-fly adjustability. Even better, the DBR has on-bike charging. The Archer D1x Trail Shifter with a DBR Remote System is $399, or get the DBR remote separately for $119. Both are available on presale now.

Ball and Buck Field Pant FG

Ball and Buck recently released a women’s hunt collection and new field pant. The Field Pant FG ($218) comes in a classic canvas and an olive camo. The women’s collection includes shooting shirts designed for active days in the field. Our Hunt/Fish editor has the Annie shirt ($158) in hand, and she loves the wicking fabric and protective patching on the shoulders and elbows. Add in a mix of duck cotton and CORDURA for durability, and we’ve got some winners.

The North Face Eco Nuptse Vest

TNF eco nuptse vest

The North Face just added an eco version of its Nuptse vest and jacket. The Eco Nuptse Vest ($199) has 100% recycled fabrics and insulation, a stowable hood, a cinching cord at the hip, is packable into its own pocket, and more. The Eco Nuptse is made with 100% recycled polyester and recycled waterfowl down for warmth.

Tern Bicycles HSD S11 E-Bike

tern HSD S11 tundra hauler

Tern Bicycles has revamped its HSD cargo e-bike. The Tern HSD S11 ($4,199) is Tern’s first Class 3 e-bike. It’s got a Bosch Performance Line Sport Gen 3 motor that will allow riders to take the bike up to 28 mph. The “Hauler” bike also has a lighter frame and new cargo area (front and rear cargo rack options that can hold up to 130 pounds). The bikes will ship in 2021.

Outpost New Growth Lager

new growth lager outpost and laughing monk

The New Growth Lager ($15) is Outpost’s inaugural charity beer. In partnership with Laughing Monk Brewing, New Growth Lager is brewed with redwood tree pine needles. The beer was a creative collab: Its flavor was developed by James Beard-nominated chef Kim Alter, and its label has photography from Andy Best and design by Paul Hoi. Proceeds will be donated to redwood conservation efforts.

GiantMouse ACE Riv Knife

giantmouse ace riv knives

Carrying a fixed blade and small compact folder both have perks — the fixed blade serves as the go-to while the folder provides a handy backup. But the Riv purports to marry the two. The ACE Riv (from $185) has an Elmax blade steel, ball-bearing pivot, and titanium frame lock. The Riv is available in titanium, brass, or green with Micarta scales. The blades are 2.44 inches in length, ideal for EDC.

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