A peek at emerging products from the sometimes cutting-edge, sometimes quirky world of gear design.
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.
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.
Everyday Motorcycle Boots
Get the rugged function of motorcycle boots with the look of urban kicks. The IR X RM (Iron Resin and Ridgemont Outfitters, respectively) Outback is a leather sneaker-boot made for riders to wear all day. They have an extended toe cap for shifter protection and a waterproof-breathable lining. There’s no word on price, but the Kickstarter launches later this month.
‘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
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.
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.
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 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.
Swerve, weave, and scoot your way up to 19 miles per hour. The 2017 Onewheel+ has more torque, a smoother and quieter ride, stronger hill climbing, and a higher top-end speed (by 4 mph). The American-made electric board retails with charger for $1,500.
All-Wool Cycling Gear
Stay warm, comfortable, and dry with this all-merino, waterproof cycling jacket. The $248 Woolmark Civic Jacket has waterproof zippers, a vented back flap, and reflective accents, all necessities for urban cycling. The ladies’ jacket (pictured) is one of a line of men’s and women’s all-merino products launched by the Woolmark and Taylor Stitch team-up. Available for pre-sale now.
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.
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.