Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

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

Disguised E-Bike

Beat the stigma of “clunky e-bikes” by hiding the battery in the frame. The Jetson adventure e-bike looks like a regular bike but conceals a 36-volt battery. The $1,800 bicycle tops out at 20 mph and is available this summer.

night runner pro

Running (Shoe) Lights

Light up the night, from your feet! The Night Runner Pro blasts 300 lumens from dual shoe-mounted lights to illuminate your path. The $90 LEDs spread 270-degrees of light and have 10 hours of battery life.

mcdavid run shin splint

Shin Splint Relief

Does running give you shin splints? The $35 McDavid Therapy Shin Splint Sleeve offers relief with compression and two adjustable pads to target pressure points.

speedestrain copenhagen wheel

Smart Wheel

First announced a couple years ago, the Copenhagen Wheel from Superpedestrian is finally for sale this month. The wheel integrates a battery, motor, and sensors into its large red hub. It pairs with smartphones and boosts riders’ pedal power up to 10 times, the brand states. The catch? It weighs about 16 pounds and costs $1,500.

kora yak sweater

Yak Sweater

Sheep plus yak equals modern alpine mid-layer. The Kora Xenolith blends merino and yak wool with Polartec Alpha fibers to create a layer that is warm and breathable. The Xenolith is a technical piece, and priced accordingly: $250.

donkey label bike base layer

Biker Baselayer

Donkey Label’s sleeveless base layer is specially designed for cyclists. Its super-thin fabric wicks and breathes, and it’s cut short to tuck into bikers’ bibs. The $45 unisex base layer is made in the USA.

exogear ecoslate orange

Music, Light & Power

Blast your tunes, illuminate a campsite, and charge a phone — even in the rain. The Ecoxgear EcoSlate is an all-in-one waterproof, Bluetooth speaker. It’s complete with a 200-lumen lantern, two subwoofers, USB port, and it floats. The $150 speaker launches today.

sony slr

Full-Frame Mirrorless

Sony touts its mirrorless a9 camera as “groundbreaking” thanks to its full-frame stacked CMOS sensor and up to 24.2 MP resolution. The brand claims it is the industry’s fastest camera and offers superior focus across 93 percent of the frame. The a9 will be available in May for $4,500.

dripo cold brew

Camping Cold Brew

Enjoy iced coffee in the woods without making it beforehand. The Dripo 2 allows you to make cold-brew coffee in a fraction of the time of other brewers, as little as 2.5 hours (compared to 24 in other systems). The BPA-free Dripo is a brewing vessel and travel mug in one: just add grounds and ice water, screw on the top, and head to the campsite.

faceshot glasses

Subtle Camera Sunglasses

“Look, pivot, record” is the slogan of FaceShot, sunglasses with a docking camera built into the frame. Designed as lifestyle shades with a hidden camera, simply pull out the camera from the frame to start recording. Close the camera back into the frame, and the video ends. FaceShot records in 1080p at 30fps, costs $300, and is available December 2017.

trego trolley

Convertible Cargo Bike

Front-load this unique cargo bike that sports a removable dolly. The Trego Trolley integrates a two-wheel cart into the front end of the bike frame. You can see video of the dolly-fork in action. The brand claims the Trego saves enormous space over traditional cargo bikes, and will be considerably cheaper. While there’s no word on price yet, you can pre-order for a discount.

spark camera remote

Multi-Remote For Cameras

Shoot scenes with a tethered remote, infrared remote, or from your phone. The $59 Spark attaches to most SLR and mirrorless cameras and gives users trigger options based on the situation. The infrared remote works from 30 feet away, and the app allows time-lapse controls. The company released the Pulse last year, this improves on the design with infrared (instead of Bluetooth).

rollers lawn game

Rollers Lawn Game

Horseshoes, bocce ball, and bowling in one epic game — that’s the claim by the makers of Rollers. Take this game anywhere there’s a flat surface. Roll a numbered disc (bowling), try and land it next to a target (horseshoes), and knock other players’ discs to block their points (bocce ball). $45.

m.c. hammie multi-use hammock

Multi-Use Hammock

Go from tent to hammock to blanket all with the M.C. Hammie from Wildish. Available on Kickstarter later this week, the waterproof nylon fabric is equipped for hammocking as well as folding into a small lean-to shelter. It comes with aluminum tent stakes and paracord for tent mode, and built-in ropes and carabiners for hammock mode.