Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

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

polar a370

Monitor Fitness And Sleep

Take a holistic approach to hitting fitness goals. Polar releases the $180 A370, a continuous heart-rate monitor that tracks both activity and sleep patterns. It aims to improve both workouts and rest for better health.

leatherman juice b2

Dual-Blade Leatherman

Sometimes, all you need is a knife. That’s according to Leatherman, which launches the Juice B2. This foldable has one serrated blade and one straight-edge, each 2.2 inches long. Folded in the pocket, the $25 Juice B2 takes up 3.2 inches and weighs 1.3 ounces. We tested the minimal Leatherman knife line and found them a good value.

high beam hunting boots

Stealth-Light Hunting Boots

Illuminate the path ahead without tipping off game; these prototype hunting boots have special lights built in. High Beam Shoes announced hunting boots with UV lights that light up animal territory markings, and red and green lights that show the way without alerting animals. The boots will be available later this year and cost about $150.

granite gear cadence pack

Durable Campus Pack

For trekking across campus or traveling abroad, Granite Gear built the stand-up, roll-top Cadence pack. The water-repellent pack has three compartments with multiple organization pockets, a padded laptop sleeve, and 22-liter capacity. And at $90, students can still afford textbooks.

foresake acadia womens shoe

Women’s Lightweight Trekker

Trail run, hike, and explore with Forsake Acadia. The $90 Acadia (on sale for about $67 through Memorial Day), has traction as its focus, with lugs that angle forward along the outsole, and a siped rubber heel to prevent slipping.

garmin virb 360

360-Degree Garmin Camera

Capture immersive, 5.7K video from every direction with Garmin’s latest camera. Announced this week, the $800 VIRB 360 is waterproof, has four microphones, and works with most virtual-reality headsets. The VIRB can also capture 15MP spherical photos and will be available In June.

alite cooler pack

Convertible Cooler Pack

Bike to the BBQ with groceries, snacks, and beer on your back. Alite’s Cooler Pack holds up to 28 liters and sports a removable waterproof liner that fits a six-pack. The $100 pack has a divider to carry and keep food and beverages separate, and comes with a lifetime guarantee.

underwater drone

Glass Travel Mug

Use this water bottle if you’re worried about the health effects of plastics or metals. We haven’t seen many travel mugs made of glass, for obvious reasons. But Meshbottles addresses health concerns with these made-in-the-USA milk bottles, and non-plastic mesh sleeves and caps. The brand claims its 16-oz., $25 bottles are durable and long-lasting.

all-terrain monowheel cart

All-Terrain Monowheel

Carry and store up to 200 lbs. of gear along any sort of terrain. The Real Wheel is a pull-along tote that doubles as a table and storage solution. Stuff gear on or inside of the large steamroller-like wheel, and take it across sand, gravel, or grass. It goes live on Kickstarter in June.

nomatic travel pack

Expandable Travel Pack

Pack and organize all your stuff with the Travel Pack’s 20 pockets and 20L-30L expandable storage. The water-resistant NOMATIC Travel Pack converts from backpack to briefcase configurations, has RFID-blocking security pockets, and wrap-around zippers. It’s live on Kickstarter now for $179 and up.

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