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Peak Design Field Pouch V2

peak design v2 field pouch with roll closure in navy worn crossbody

Peak Design’s ever-popular Field Pouch just got a major update this week. The new Field Pouch V2 ($45), in addition to three new colors, has enhanced organization with a new internal pocket layout and added stretch pockets, a custom carry strap, and a roll-top closure. Plus, it’s constructed with Bluesign-approved and recycled fabrics and is Climate Neutral certified.

Hibear All-Day Adventure Flask

HiBear adventure coffee and drink flask bottle

After 3 years of product design and a drawn-out Kickstarter, the Hibear Adventure Flask is finally available direct-to-consumer. The Hibear ($85) is a flask, water bottle, tea and coffee brewer, and more. Make coffee, cocktails, and tea, and store and serve them all in one place. The Hibear has an insulated chamber, stainless steel filter, screwcap lid, secondary lid that inverts for pourover mode, and a silicone mug for drinking.

Helinox Tactical Field Office Collection

tactical style and color Helinox chair, table, and cargo bag

Helinox has made dozens of limited-edition prints and iterations of its camp chairs, but this new collection has a little somethin’ special. The Tactical Field Office Collection ($120 and up) includes a tactical Sunset Chair, Chair One, and a tactical camp office, if that’s a thing. The office offers users a unique, “work-from-anywhere setup” with options for a low or high table/desk. Attached is the Field Office 15L cargo bag that attaches to the frame, for all your chair, tech, and accessory needs.

Mystery Ranch In and Out 22 Pack

New for this spring, Mystery Ranch just dropped its In and Out 22 ($89) pack. The In and Out 22 is made with featherweight 100-denier fabric, a breathable yoke, a drawstring access main compartment, weather flap, sternum strap, three external pockets, gear loops, a hydration pocket, and more. And it weighs an impressive 14.4 ounces. On top of the new pack, check out Mystery’s new pack colors for its 22L and sister 19L size, like Limeade and Hummus.

Ten Thousand City Series Apparel

ten thousand NYC workout shorts black

A favorite brand among our staff for its workout shorts, Ten Thousand just launched a new fitness apparel line. Ten Thousand’s City Series ($34 and up) includes tees, tanks, and shorts all made to celebrate the different cities that its athletes (MMA fighters, marathoners, and more) call home, kicking off with tributes to LA and NYC. Look for more City editions over the summer.

Altra Superior 5

profile and sole view of altra superior 5 trail shoe

According to Altra, the Superior 5 is ready to tear up any terrain. The Superior 5, for men and women ($120), is a lightweight trail runner with multidirectional lugs, a redesigned upper, a removable StoneGuard for rock protection underfoot, a wraparound tongue and traditional laces, and Altra’s signature FootShape bed to give comfort and room to your feet.

Cannondale Jekyll 1 and 2

cannondale jekyll 1 suspension bike with gradient metallic paint job

Cannondale’s shiny full-sus Jekyll 1 and 2 (from $4,400) have a unique suspension layout — the sus and geometry are optimized by size. That means as bike size increases, the rear center increases to align the rider’s center of gravity with different length chainstays. The Jekyll suspension is also a high-pivot, four-bar system, giving lots of room around the rear wheel axle. Cannondale calls this proportional suspension its “special sauce” that makes this bike a standout for anyone looking to mash through technical trails. The Jekyll is topped off with either RoxShox or Fox forks and shocks, Shimano or SRAM Eagle drivetrains, and hydraulic disc brakes. Available summer 2021.

Jot Ultra Coffee

bottle of jot liquid coffee

Jot, a first-of-its-kind drink designed for convenience, is a concentrated liquid coffee. A single tablespoon in water or milk, hot or iced, “transforms” into any coffee drink you desire. There’s no need to pack beans, grounds, containers, coffee presses, or pourovers — all you need is Jot and a mug. One of our editors tried Jot Coffee ($24/bottle) and is hooked. Jot isn’t full of flavors or sweetener — all it is is water and organic coffee beans (sourced from Central and South America). Jot’s liquid is 20x more concentrated than traditional coffee, it claims, and one bottle can make 14 cups of coffee.

PRO Stealth Saddles

two PRO stealth saddles for road cycling

PRO Bike Gear is introducing two new models to its popular range of Stealth saddles ($180-220). First up is PRO’s Stealth Team saddle, followed by its Stealth Performance saddle, both reengineered to give riders a 12% larger anatomic area. Last up is the new Stealth Curved, another shape option with a slightly narrower nose and a more curved profile to offer riders more support and reduce “shifting” when seated. Find the Stealth saddle that best fits you.

KEA Kit Outdoor Survival Kit

pre-packaged outdoor survival KEA Kit

The New Zealand-made KEA KIT ($138 on Kickstarter) is an epic, prepackaged survival kit that includes gear like a 50-piece first-aid kit, water filter, and firestarter, and more unique kit items like a compass, headlamp and knife, neatly packaged into labeled units like “shelter,” “medical,” and “tools.” Kiwi founder Matt Butler has been working on the survival kit for over a year. It launched on Kickstarter this week (available in the U.S., Canada, N.Z., Australia, and Singapore) and is already 10 times over its funding goal.

Princeton Tec Triforce Color Collection

For 2021, Princeton Tec has given several of its most popular headlamp models a facelift with new “Triforce” colors. The Princeton Tec Refuel (250 lumens), Remix and Sync (300 lumens), and Vizz (400 lumens) headlamps have all been updated. Users can now choose from dark red, gray, green, or blue, plus a multicamo pattern (Sync model only).

MiiR High and Lowball Tumblers

MiiR lowball tumbler for drinks

MiiR wants whiskey glasses to be a must-have for your camp (or home) bar. Launched last week, its new Highball and Lowball Tumblers ($25 and up) are 14 oz. and 10 oz., respectively. The tumbler specs include double-wall construction, a weighted base (made from reclaimed materials), and domed bases to prevent ice from sticking. Ideal for an old-fashioned, Negroni, single-ounce pours, and other icy drinks.

Metolius Crash Pad Couch

metolius bouldering pad and couch frame

Gone are the days of squatting, crouching, or sitting on a jagged rock at the crag. Grab this Crash Pad Couch setup from Metolius ($120) and be comfortable anywhere you climb. The coolest part is it assembles via a slot system so you can pack it down flat when not in use. If you decide to spring for the couch, be sure to pair it with Metolius’ Camp Table too.

Sanuk x Airstream Flip Flops

turf-covered footbed sanuk sandals

Looking for the ultimate at-camp flip flop? Sanuk and Airstream have come together to bring us a classic, comfy version of just that. Their Furreal Classic Sandals ($40) have thoughtful touches like turf footbeds — we’re pretty sure these are the only flip flops out there made with turf — molded rubber outsoles, and a cute little embroidered Airstream trailer on the strap.

Phunkshun UltraLite Tube

Phunkshun’s UltraLite Tube ($17) is breathable, moisture-wicking, stretchy, water-repellent, odor-blocking, UPF 50+ rated, and sustainably made in Colorado, USA. The tube is Phunkshun’s push to help wick and protect, while staying light and cool for summer endeavors. It comes in small/medium and medium/large sizes.

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