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.
Garmin Xero S1 Trapshooting Trainer
Garmin’s latest innovation to hit the market intends to make you a better trapshooter with live action data. The Garmin Xero S1 Trapshooting Trainer ($999) is darn cool. The live-fire mobile trapshooting trainer captures each shot, providing feedback in an instant. It pairs with the Xero app, allowing you to keep track of your shooting long-term, pinpoint strengths and weaknesses, and hopefully up your ability to limit in the field or crush the competition in trials. And it’s available now, just in time for fall tune-ups.
Smokey Bear Collection by Osprey Backpacks
Osprey’s new collaboration with The Landmark Project celebrates 75 years of preventing negligence-caused wildfires through education. The partnership brings a limited edition of their most popular daypack – the Daylite ($60) – in addition to a swath of tees for the whole fam. Each sale gives 10 percent back to the Smokey Bear Fund for Wildfire Prevention Education.
Snow Peak's Kojin Grill
Snow Peak’s Kojin Grill ($730) is a triple-use, easy-transport charcoal grill. This pretty stainless steel piece smokes, grills, and slow cooks its way through whatever you can throw at it. At 40 pounds, it’s probably not getting packed into the backcountry without stock, but it does pack down to manageable parts for travel to camp, the football field, or easy storage at home.
Meet the world’s smallest full-frame mirrorless camera, the Sigma fp. It weighs just 422g with battery and SD card and measures 112.6 × 69.9 × 45.3mm. But while tiny, the camera brings some powerful imaging chops. It uses the new L-mount lens system for interchangeable lenses and packs a 4.6MP BSI-CMOS sensor capable of 14-bit DNG RAW files. Plus it’ll shoot at up to 18 frames per second for up to 12 frames at ISOs of 100-25,600. It can also shoot 12-bit CinemaDNG RAW video at 4K/24p to an external recorder through the USB 3.1 port. While it’s not yet available for purchase, it’s worth watching Sigma’s sizzle reel to learn more about the tremendous chops of this smokin’ little camera!
Filson x Merrell Sandal Collaboration
Filson is known for its neutral, PNW-classic aesthetic. Merrell is known for burly footwear to get you around in the woods or the water. When they get together, they make a burly neutral sandal called the Convert, available for both men and women at $120. It’s an understated sandal, designed for rugged terrain.
Kicking plastic is the coolest thing these days, and if you can do it in the most minimal way available, well, our hats are off to you, friends. Enter the Nanobag 3.0 ($10) by TipTop Things. This thing is packable — put it in your pocket, stick it in your purse, then unroll it and stick 66 pounds of food, gear, or athletic weights inside of it. It’s your choice.
YETI Lunch Bag
If you’re looking to up your DIY lunch game, the YETI gang now has an option for you: The Daytrip Lunch Bag ($80). Personally, I like buying expensive things that force me into a mild amount of guilt that further pushes me into using those expensive things that I buy. This bag is the perfect candidate for that scenario. Treat yourself to an easy-cleaning, well-insulated bag that’s gonna last a long long time. Then fill it with PB&Js and dreams of Chipotle.
Pelican Bow Case
Pelican’s 1745BOW Air Bow Case ($400) is a pretty cool deal for anyone who travels with multiple bows or just likes the extra space. This tricked-out case has space for your arrows and accessories, with an exterior pocket and TSA-approved latches. It’s also highly customizable, with a bunch of bungees and foam bumpers that can be moved around accordingly.
Moment Air Drone Accessory Collection
Do you fly a drone? Do you feel like your drone needs the kind of accessories you rock on your DSLR? Moment Air delivers. They’re releasing a swath of options, from three versions of a 5-pack of neutral density filters, to an anamorphic lens, to a phone case that’s compatible for drone use, to a carrying cases and a drone landing pad, and more. I mean, why release one thing when you can release all the things? Check out their Kickstarter page and outfit your drone accordingly. The goods ship in November, but the early deals are selling out now.
Borough Furnace Dutch Oven
So, America’s Test Kitchen called this company the “Tiffany of cast iron,” and I’m having serious home chef FOMO looking at their products. Their 5.5-quart enameled cast iron dutch oven is set to release this month, and man – is this thing pretty. It’s real sleek, with big handles, oven-safe and dishwasher-safe design, and an inset lid handle that is designed for high heat efficiency. #want
KUIU Pro Pack Series
KUIU’s new Pro Pack series delivers a new modular system for the hard-core generalist hunter. Need a multi-day pack for a backcountry sheep hunt? Go big with its Pro 7800 pack. Then, strap it onto your carbon frame and suspension system. Need to downsize for an afternoon deer hunt? Strip it down to the Pro 1850. Kits start at $149.
Gregory Quadro Pro Luggage
A new travel series from Gregory debuts August 1, and it focuses on organization and separation of clean and dirty duds. With a proprietary ActiveShield compartment, the Quadro Pro allows you to stash wet and smelly laundry in one section of your case, while keeping your other clothes pristine. Say goodbye to the weird laundry bag I’m always carrying in my own carry-on! This new set also includes built-in travel combo locks, a spherical wheel system for control, a polycarbonate shell, and an extra 1.5 inches of expansion built in.
LaCrosse Windrose Boot
Available for both men and women, the 8-inch Windrose boot ($140-160) is LaCrosse’s newest addition to their Navigator Series. This all-purpose hunting boot is outfitted in RealTree camo, 1000G Thinsulate for late-season hunts, DryCore technology, and durable multi-directional, non-loading lugs for uneven terrain.
Hungry, but not so hungry you want an entire bar? CLIF CUBES bridges the gap between bars and chews with nut butter–filled “endurance bites.” CLIF makes the bite-size morsels with ingredients like date paste, peanuts, rice starch, almond butter, cherry juice, and sea salt for a real-food energy snack on the go. They hit the market later this summer for about $2.50 a package.