Emerging Gear

Ahead of the curve, cutting-edge, and to-be-released gear.

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.

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.

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.

Anti-Theft Helmet

A unique, retro design that hides an innovative anti-theft feature… that’s what Thousands Helmet offers with the Stay Gold. This $95 bicycle helmet has a removable cap that exposes a hole big enough for a U-lock.

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.

Device ‘Measures Motion’ For Cyclists

Years in the making, a startup company sees ‘wearable motion measurement tools’ as the next big thing for biking. The TYPE-R product from LEOMO assesses body movements to build and display data in realtime as you ride. (See our full coverage of the LEOMO Type-R product launch.)

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.

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.

Mace Trainer

The mace was originally used as a weapon by Hindu and Persian warriors. Today, fitness brand Set For Set has repurposed it for training. The Steel Mace ($49.95) holds almost the entirety of its weight in the ball head, making an uneven distribution the brand notes “engages smaller stabilizing muscles around joints.” It’s used for a variety of core exercises, detailed on Setforset.

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.

Art-Inspired Tevas

Teva partnered with streetwear designer Benny Gold to produce its latest artist-series sandal. The $60 Benny Gold Teva sandal has the artist’s trademark paper airplane logo on the sandal straps. Ten percent of this sandals’ sales go to supporting the arts. Available exclusively on Huckberry.

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.

PAUL Quick-Release

A simple, effective piece, PAUL components’ quick-release bike collar uses the brand’s patented cam function that’s touted as “impossible to mis-align.” The $53 seat collar is available for pre-order now.

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.

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