Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

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

Micro drone with gimbal

Micro Drone With A Gimbal

It’s among the smallest (and least expensive) drone on the planet. The Micro Drone 3.0 receives a stabilizing gimbal this year, granting steadier video. The 56-gram (71g with camera) quadcopter flies up to eight minutes and can reach speeds of 45 mph. The drone-gimbal bundle retails for $215.

everlast notebook

Digital, Connected Ledger

Mark down all your reminders, musings, and doodles in a reusable notebook that syncs across all your devices. The Everlast Notebook by Rocketbook has synthetic “pages” that can be wiped clean and work with an app to copy everything you write to cloud-based storage services.

shot ski set

‘Shot Ski’ Kit

Turn any ski into an impromptu happy hour. The HotShotSki is a simple setup: four stainless steel shot glasses, and four pairs of 3M adhesive tabs. The company claims the $25 shot-glass pads will not reduce performance and fits all skis.

$10 camping table

$10 Camping Table

Because sometimes simplicity is key. The Cascade Wild camping table is a straightforward solution to keeping your camping meals off the ground. The foldable plastic table can be carried in a backpack water bottle pocket, weighs 2.3 ounces, and holds up to 10 pounds.

vivo barefoot

Smarter Running Shoes

Track your cadence, speed, distance, impact, and more from your shoes. The VIVOBAREFOOT with integrated Sensoria “smart garment technology” has removable inserts that pair with an app to track running metrics. No word on price for the IoT-enabled shoe, which will be available this year.

nuun hydration vitamins

Hydration Vitamins

Quench thirst and get your vitamins, too. Hydration supplement brand nuun launches its line of dissolvable vitamins. The brand claims the effervescent tablets contain 11 vitamins and minerals that “the overall population is most deficient in.”

New balance smart watch

New Balance Watch

Ditch your phone when you run and wear a watch instead. New Balance launches into the smartwatch market with its RunIQ. The $300 timepiece lets you receive phone notifications, map a run, monitor heartrate, and connect with apps like Strava.

blade benefits vets

Blade Benefits Vets

Give back to a critical cause with this compact fixed-blade knife. Twenty-five percent of all profits from sales of the Minuteman Adjutant 2.5-inch, 154CM Stainless Steel knife go to charities benefitting veterans and their families. The newly designed, scaled grip highlights the $175 Minuteman.

phunkshun reprieve

Plastic Bottle Base Layers

Wear your part for the environment. Phunkshun Wear’s Repreve line of striking base layers build on the trend of synthetic apparel from recycled plastic. The brand touts its layers are UPF 50+, breathable, and odor-repelling.