Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

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


Sensor-Equipped Suunto

A next-generation exercise and outdoors watch, Suunto’s Spartan Sport Wrist HR has requisite workout tools plus a 24/7 activity tracker. Its sensors (on the back of the watch face) measure heart rate, no chest strap required. We tested the Spartan this week and were impressed; watch for a full review soon. It’s available for pre-order starting today for $499.

Hypar Kayak configurations

3-In-1 Folding Boat

Unpack a hull and fold it into a kayak, sailboat, or canoe. The Hypar Kayak takes foldable vessels to a next level by making the hull modular. Hypar goes live on Kickstarter April 11.

inferno hammock cocoon

Hammock Cocoon

Envelop your camping hammock in a warm cocoon. The INFERNO is two-piece sleeping bag that wraps around you and your hammock. The down-insulted kit consists secures to a hammock’s suspension. The top and bottom pieces are available separately, or sold as full system for $452.


Lightest Portaledge

Climbers can stop to rest (and sleep) in the D4, the “lightest and most compact full-size portaledge.” The whole system weighs 14 pounds and measures 46.5″ x 80″ when deployed. The brand claims its patented folding design is the most compact on the market, at 10.5″ x 32″. The $1,200 portaledge is available on Kickstarter with early-bird discounts.

victorinox v2 duffle

Hybrid Victorinox Case

Roll or carry one the lightest travel cases in Victorinox’s lineup. The $320 Vx Touring 2-in-1 Carry-On weighs about 6 lbs. and has all the features of a standard carry-on: compression straps, zip-open expansion, and laptop sleeve.

Pixi Diaper Butt Comparison

Women’s Multi-Sport Pant

Transition from the saddle to the yoga mat with these transformable pants. The $132 Pixi athletic pants are designed by women, for women. Available in 3/4 or full length, these stretchy synthetic leggings sport a removable chamois for added comfort while biking. Find it on Kickstarter now for discounts.

accupressure yoga mat product

Therapeutic Yoga Mat

Enjoy trigger-point massage while perfecting downward-dog and happy-baby. Grippz Mats have hundreds of knobs along the surface that provide dual benefits: extra grip and acupressure massage. The $119 mats are live on Indiegogo now.

duluth pack

Everyday Duluth Pack

A canoe-country aesthetic comes through with the $145 City Portfolio. Duluth Pack designed the briefcase-like piece for travel and office use. It’s made in America with the company’s 15 oz. green canvas fabric.

XStradaRack fat bike

Ultra-Fat Bike

Crush rough trails or sandy switchbacks with the XStrada bike. It employs beastly 7.5″-wide tires, packed down into 23.5″ wheels. The “ultra fat bike” will be available March 20th in single- or 11-speed options, or as an e-bike upgrade.