Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

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

garmin quatix 5 boating smartwatch

Maritime Smartwatch

Built specifically for fishermen, canoeists, sailors, kayakers, and anyone at sea, Garmin’s $600 Quatix 5 is a smartwatch with nautical-minded functions. In addition to activity and fitness tracking, it can help autopilot compatible boats, set waypoint markers, and stream tide, speed, depth, and wind data.

terra trike all terrain

All-Terrain Trike

Be kind to your keister and still rumble over singletrack. The $2,400 Terra Trike All-Terrain Rambler has three 24″ wheels, a mesh seat, and 20 speeds. The 44-lb. steel frame isn’t meant for smooth-surface speed, but it’s designed to take some off-road abuse.

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adidas backland dirt mountain bike goggles

Adidas Dirt Goggles

Stronger, more breathable, and more versatile, Adidas built its Backland Dirt Goggles to address common complaints from mountain bikers and motocrossers. The anti-fog Backland Dirt goggles also sport a removable nose guard for preferred fit with enduro and full-face helmets.

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wallrest expandable poncho

Expandable Poncho

Stay warm, stay dry, stay… cuddly? WALLREST‘s fleece-lined, waterproof “rain blanket” lets wearers zip their ponchos together to share body heat. It might not be a fit for narrow trails, but it could be great for watching the kids play sportsball.

abbey titanium hammer

Titanium Hammer

Pass this hammer down to future generations of budding bike mechanics. Abbey Bike Tools touts this 12″ titanium hammer as the world’s best and claims it will last “multiple generations.” It has a replaceable soft face, weighs 265 grams, and costs $180.

tenkara mini sawtooth package

Fly Fishing On The Go

Stow everything you need for an impromptu fishing trip in your backpack, purse, or suitcase. Tenkara’s $199 Mini-Sawtooth Rod Package has a collapsible 8’8″ rod that packs down to under 14″. The 1.1-oz. pack contains rod, fly line, line clips, spool, and three hand-tied flies.

messenger cooler satch

Messenger Cooler Pack

Hike the trails or cruise the streets with a case of cold ones. Cold Shoulder Bags launched a line of cooler packs for hiking, backpacking, camping, and urban bike riding (messenger pack pictured). The packs vary in size and configuration, from backpack to shoulder sling, and hold 12 to 24 cans.

echo meter bat identifier

Bat Identification Device

Add a face to your greatest fear! Actually, the Echo Meter Touch 2 does for bat enthusiasts what bird-watching apps do for bird enthusiasts. The Echo Meter identifies bats by their ultrasonic echolocation calls. The app and expensive attachments ($179-$349) are compatible with iPhones and iPads