Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

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

Nike zoom vaporfly elite emerging gear

Fastest Marathon Shoe

Lace ’em up and break the two-hour marathon barrier. Nike aims to help the most elite runners on Earth do just that with the Zoom Vaporfly Elite concept shoe that goes against conventional design. A 21mm forefoot stack and 9mm offset provide a cushier profile than traditional low-to-the-ground endurance shoes. But it goes farther, with aerodynamic elements, high-energy-return foam, ultralight weight, and custom fit tailored for each athlete. The shoe is so unique it’s already sparked a debate as to whether it should be legal!

vapor howe women's running vest emerging gear

Extra Stretchy Running Vest

Custom trims for men and women, super breathable, and flexible enough to wear over clothes, NATHAN’s Vapor running vests aim for the perfect fit. The women’s VaporHowe (pictured) and men’s VaporKrar have two 12-oz. soft-flask pockets with straws, and multiple stash pockets. The lightweight vests carry a hefty price: $150-$180 depending on size.

rock shox super deluxe coil emerging gear

Super Deluxe Coil

‘Lean back and hang on.’ Rock Shox advertises its Super Deluxe Coil as the perfect rear suspension for trail, enduro, and downhill riding. You read that right: The brand aims to put a coil shock on your trail bike. It has remote lockout for stiffness while pedaling hard, and only comes as an installed option from the factory.

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Timbuk2 Apexer bag emerging gear

Graffiti Packs

From street art to pack design, Timbuk2’s Apexer bags are custom-designed by the famed San Francisco graffiti artist for which they’re named. The $119 Messenger, Tuck Pack, and Mini Prospect Pack are part of the brand’s “Future Shapers Campaign.” The campaign will highlight famous influencers who benefit and give back to their cities, with events and limited product releases.

Stromer ST1X e-bike emerging gear

Performance E-Bike

Cruise up to 70 miles at nearly 30 mph on a single charge with Stromer’s ST1 X electric bicycle. The $5,000 aluminum commuter syncs with smart devices to control locking functions and power output.

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kojo discreet breastfeeding apparel emerging gear

Activewear For Breastfeeding

Stay active without worrying about when and where to nurse. Designed by a mom for moms, Kojo activewear is a synthetic baselayer with specially designed pockets for breastfeeding “comfortably and discreetly.” The upstart brand is live on Indiegogo now with long- and short-sleeve layers.

oakley youth mountain biker

Youth Oakleys

Active UV protection, for kids! Oakley launches its first line of youth lenses with three prescription and sunglasses frames: the Turbine, Crosslink, and Radar (pictured).

ritual energy coffee bar

Chewable Coffee Bar

Now you can have your coffee and eat it, too. Ritual Energy packs 100-mg of caffeine-loaded goodness into a bite-sized bar. There are no artificial sweeteners or ingredients, and we can attest they taste delicious. A sack of 15 single-bite bars costs $22.50.

donkey label skin care products

Better Skin For Bikers

No chemicals, no bacteria: Cycling apparel-manufacturer Donkey Label launches a line of waterless skin-care products. Typically, hygiene products use chemicals to fight off yeast and bacteria that contaminate water-based products. Use discount code DLCARES to try out the soaps, chamois butter, and recovery oils.

costa south point sunglasses

Low-Light Fishing Sunglasses

Enjoy 100-percent UV protection, and glare-cutting polarization for fishing near dawn and dusk. Costa Sunglasses new Sunrise Silver Mirror polarized lens gives anglers a new choice for when fishing is best. The lenses allow more light transmission than most polarized lenses, providing “highest light transmission of any polarized lens on the market.” Sight cast at sunrise and sunset in a variety of frames, like the $219 South Point (pictured).


Anti-Theft Backpack

Keep your stuff safe from theft and abuse. The Venturesafe by Pacsafe has slash guards, a puncture-resistant zipper, locking pockets, and an internal cable lock. Available in 45L ($180) and 65L ($270).

nitecore flashlight

First-Response Flashlight

This flashlight mimics sunlight to help you see color at night. The Nitecore MT06MD utilizes high-color-rendering light, so it illuminates objects with clearer detail, as the sun would. Combined with a photo-biologically safe light, the MT06MD is ideal for first responders to locate and evaluate people in emergency situations.

ball and buck angling shirt

Angling Shirt

Roll up your sleeves and cast. Ball and Buck’s 2017 fishing line includes water-resistant Angler’s Shirt. The $178 shirt is made in Boston, has button-up sleeves, and is compatible with an attachable fly patch.

euclid running short

‘Perfect’ Running Shorts

Reflective elements, bacteria-fighting fabric, and the “perfect length” for running, Rezlo’s Euclid running shorts are a simple, lightweight garment. The shorts sport a 4.5″ inseam and are made in the USA, $65.