Welcome to the (All-New) Thunderdome: Emerging Gear

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.
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WESN Henry Pocket Knife
WESN Henry Pocket Knife

WESN’s latest pocket knife is a blur between art and function. The Henry knife has a Swedish-sourced 2.35-inch Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel blade with a 3-inch handle and a titanium body. The tool is also complete with a paracord attachment point at the bottom and comes with either titanium or cherrywood scales. Get the WESN Henry for $80-95.

Simms Women's G3 Guide Wading Jacket
Simms Women's G3 Guide Wading Jacket

Launching this week, Simms’ spring 2020 collection includes this jacket for female anglers. Made for “fishing functionality,” the Simms Women’s G3 Guide Wading Jacket has a GORE-TEX three-layer fabric upgrade, fly box-compatible chest pockets, and watertight cuffs. This jacket is rugged, stylish, and just plain durable — and available now for $450.

Fox Speedframe & Speedframe Pro Helmets
Fox Speedframe & Speedframe Pro Helmets

The third helmet in Fox’s aggressive MTB helmet lineup, the new Speedframe helmet model offers lots of airflow, MIPS technology, and goggle retention without too much bulk. The Speedframe will come in a full-face Pro model or a dropframe option for extra ear and head protection. Our staff would love to try this good-looking trail helmet. The Speedframe helmets start at $110 and come in a variety of colors.

HEADSPIN Outdoor Light
HEADSPIN Outdoor Light

HEADSPIN makes a light tool that can be converted for any situation. The HEADSPIN light comes in a package with five attachment tools for $170. For that price, you get the 2-ounce, 400-lumen rechargeable light unit, headlamp mount and strap, flashlight mount, wall-charging mount, rail and bike mount, and carrying case. The light mounts to the attachments with a unique one-hand-friendly magnetic connection. If you’re looking for a light that can do it all, this might be it.

All-City Cycles Thunderdome
All-City Cycles Thunderdome

Now available as a complete bike for the very first time, the Thunderdome (from $750) is All-City’s UCI-approved racer bike. Crafted from 7000 series aluminum and drilled for front and rear brakes, the 2020 Thunderdome has carbon blades, round-profile tubing, and a velodrome-legal geometry. This bike could be great for urban cyclists and track racers alike. The Thunderdome will retail for $1,599 for the complete bike or $750 for the frame only.

Tranzend Ultra Coat
Tranzend Ultra Coat

Want to be part of wave of the future? Check out the Ultra Coat, a jacket made with sustainable materials like recycled bottles and coffee grounds. Launched on Kickstarter yesterday, the Tranzend Ultra Coat (from $299) is also electrically heated, with zoned heating panels that connect to a portable 5V power bank and offer three heat settings to adjust to your environment. The Ultra Coat is meant to be snowproof, windproof, and provide UV protection.

Stayhold Snow Shovel
Stayhold Snow Shovel

Launched at the end of January, Stayhold’s Compact Snow Shovel is a shovel, ice-scraper, and squeegee in one made with a strong ABS thermoplastic. It has safety reflectors, two handles, a handle guard, a strap slot, and more. Use it to clear snow off your car, or even as a traction device in a sticky situation. The Snow Shovel comes in two sizes (normal and mini) and retails for $15-30.

100% S3 Limited-Edition Sunglasses
100% S3 Limited-Edition Sunglasses

The latest limited-edition shades from 100% celebrate the success of a Dutch cyclocross champion. The neon-orange S3 HiPER Red Multilayer Mirror Lens ($195) are sports performance sunglasses with cylindrical HD scratch-resistant lenses on a grippy, lightweight, impact-resistant TR90 frame. The glasses support interchangeable lenses and are also available with a photochromic lens option.

MagConnect EDC Keychain
MagConnect EDC Keychain

An ever-useful product in the EDC world is the modified keychain tool. This one, called the MagConnect Keychain ($10), is a simple one: It uses a magnet to attach tools to your keyring. If you’re like me and carry a bike key, car key, multitool, flashlight, and more on your keyring, you know you usually don’t need all of them jangling at once. With MagConnect, simply connect and disconnect tools as you wish depending on the adventure.

Chaco Chillos Slide Sandals
Chaco Chillos Slide Sandals

While “Chillos” may sound like a delicious Spanish food, it’s not. Instead, Chaco’s latest sandal style, the Chillos slides ($50), are available for men and women and made with a high-abrasion EVA outsole, Chaco’s durable jacquard webbing straps, and an injection-molded buckle. We haven’t tried them, but they float in water and come in fun colors, making them a great option for travel, post-workout, or around the pool and campfire.

Western Rise Diversion Pant
Western Rise Diversion Pant

Western Rise’s new Diversion Pant is the easy answer for minimalist travelers. The Diversion Pant ($138) has a unique durable double-weave canvas exterior with a fleecy, soft, dobby-weave nylon interior fabric. The pants are Western’s first with four-way stretch and also have a hidden zippered security pocket and a C6 water-repellent treatment. They are available for men in black or blue-gray.

Santa Cruz E-Mountain Bike
Santa Cruz E-Mountain Bike

Santa Cruz’s Heckler mountain bike got a big boost this year with e-bike capabilities. The Santa Cruz Heckler CC E-Mountain Bike (from $7,399) has 27.5-inch wheels, a full-carbon frame, SRAM wireless shifting, and, of course, a Shimano DU-E8000 motor for electric assist. For a high price tag, you get top-shelf features like internal cable routing, carbon wheels, SRAM display units, and two color options. Depending on the model, the bike will weigh 46-48 pounds and retail for up to $13,099.

  • Welcome to the (All-New) Thunderdome: Emerging Gear

    WESN Henry Pocket Knife

    WESN’s latest pocket knife is a blur between art and function. The Henry knife has a Swedish-sourced 2.35-inch Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel blade with a 3-inch handle and a titanium body. The tool is also complete with a paracord attachment point at the bottom and comes with either titanium or cherrywood scales. Get the WESN Henry for $80-95.

  • Welcome to the (All-New) Thunderdome: Emerging Gear

    Simms Women's G3 Guide Wading Jacket

    Launching this week, Simms’ spring 2020 collection includes this jacket for female anglers. Made for “fishing functionality,” the Simms Women’s G3 Guide Wading Jacket has a GORE-TEX three-layer fabric upgrade, fly box-compatible chest pockets, and watertight cuffs. This jacket is rugged, stylish, and just plain durable — and available now for $450.

  • Welcome to the (All-New) Thunderdome: Emerging Gear

    Fox Speedframe & Speedframe Pro Helmets

    The third helmet in Fox’s aggressive MTB helmet lineup, the new Speedframe helmet model offers lots of airflow, MIPS technology, and goggle retention without too much bulk. The Speedframe will come in a full-face Pro model or a dropframe option for extra ear and head protection. Our staff would love to try this good-looking trail helmet. The Speedframe helmets start at $110 and come in a variety of colors.

  • Welcome to the (All-New) Thunderdome: Emerging Gear

    HEADSPIN Outdoor Light

    HEADSPIN makes a light tool that can be converted for any situation. The HEADSPIN light comes in a package with five attachment tools for $170. For that price, you get the 2-ounce, 400-lumen rechargeable light unit, headlamp mount and strap, flashlight mount, wall-charging mount, rail and bike mount, and carrying case. The light mounts to the attachments with a unique one-hand-friendly magnetic connection. If you’re looking for a light that can do it all, this might be it.

  • Welcome to the (All-New) Thunderdome: Emerging Gear

    All-City Cycles Thunderdome

    Now available as a complete bike for the very first time, the Thunderdome (from $750) is All-City’s UCI-approved racer bike. Crafted from 7000 series aluminum and drilled for front and rear brakes, the 2020 Thunderdome has carbon blades, round-profile tubing, and a velodrome-legal geometry. This bike could be great for urban cyclists and track racers alike. The Thunderdome will retail for $1,599 for the complete bike or $750 for the frame only.

  • Welcome to the (All-New) Thunderdome: Emerging Gear

    Tranzend Ultra Coat

    Want to be part of wave of the future? Check out the Ultra Coat, a jacket made with sustainable materials like recycled bottles and coffee grounds. Launched on Kickstarter yesterday, the Tranzend Ultra Coat (from $299) is also electrically heated, with zoned heating panels that connect to a portable 5V power bank and offer three heat settings to adjust to your environment. The Ultra Coat is meant to be snowproof, windproof, and provide UV protection.

  • Welcome to the (All-New) Thunderdome: Emerging Gear

    Stayhold Snow Shovel

    Launched at the end of January, Stayhold’s Compact Snow Shovel is a shovel, ice-scraper, and squeegee in one made with a strong ABS thermoplastic. It has safety reflectors, two handles, a handle guard, a strap slot, and more. Use it to clear snow off your car, or even as a traction device in a sticky situation. The Snow Shovel comes in two sizes (normal and mini) and retails for $15-30.

  • Welcome to the (All-New) Thunderdome: Emerging Gear

    100% S3 Limited-Edition Sunglasses

    The latest limited-edition shades from 100% celebrate the success of a Dutch cyclocross champion. The neon-orange S3 HiPER Red Multilayer Mirror Lens ($195) are sports performance sunglasses with cylindrical HD scratch-resistant lenses on a grippy, lightweight, impact-resistant TR90 frame. The glasses support interchangeable lenses and are also available with a photochromic lens option.

  • Welcome to the (All-New) Thunderdome: Emerging Gear

    MagConnect EDC Keychain

    An ever-useful product in the EDC world is the modified keychain tool. This one, called the MagConnect Keychain ($10), is a simple one: It uses a magnet to attach tools to your keyring. If you’re like me and carry a bike key, car key, multitool, flashlight, and more on your keyring, you know you usually don’t need all of them jangling at once. With MagConnect, simply connect and disconnect tools as you wish depending on the adventure.

  • Welcome to the (All-New) Thunderdome: Emerging Gear

    Chaco Chillos Slide Sandals

    While “Chillos” may sound like a delicious Spanish food, it’s not. Instead, Chaco’s latest sandal style, the Chillos slides ($50), are available for men and women and made with a high-abrasion EVA outsole, Chaco’s durable jacquard webbing straps, and an injection-molded buckle. We haven’t tried them, but they float in water and come in fun colors, making them a great option for travel, post-workout, or around the pool and campfire.

  • Welcome to the (All-New) Thunderdome: Emerging Gear

    Western Rise Diversion Pant

    Western Rise’s new Diversion Pant is the easy answer for minimalist travelers. The Diversion Pant ($138) has a unique durable double-weave canvas exterior with a fleecy, soft, dobby-weave nylon interior fabric. The pants are Western’s first with four-way stretch and also have a hidden zippered security pocket and a C6 water-repellent treatment. They are available for men in black or blue-gray.

  • Welcome to the (All-New) Thunderdome: Emerging Gear

    Santa Cruz E-Mountain Bike

    Santa Cruz’s Heckler mountain bike got a big boost this year with e-bike capabilities. The Santa Cruz Heckler CC E-Mountain Bike (from $7,399) has 27.5-inch wheels, a full-carbon frame, SRAM wireless shifting, and, of course, a Shimano DU-E8000 motor for electric assist. For a high price tag, you get top-shelf features like internal cable routing, carbon wheels, SRAM display units, and two color options. Depending on the model, the bike will weigh 46-48 pounds and retail for up to $13,099.

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Mary Murphy
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Mary is based in Denver, Colorado, but frequently travels abroad. Her outdoor interests span from climbing to landscape photography to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.

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