Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

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

Energysole smart insole

Smart Insole

Measure steps, calories burned, and distance all from your insole. Insole-maker MEGAComfort launches Energysole, a smart insole that pairs with an app to track your activity. The brand makes the insoles from memory foam and promises unrivaled step count accuracy and comfort.

Snow Peak Mini Solo Combo 2

Snow Peak Mini Solo Combo 2

Cook your dinner with less weight. The Mini Solo Combo 2.0 from Snow Peak upgrades a classic. The upgrades include a silicone tab to open the pot, a cup with twice the volume as the original, and streamlined handles. The titanium cook set weighs a scant 5.5 oz, and allows 110-g fuel canisters to fit within.

timbuk2 modern duffel

Timbuk2 Modern Duffel

The Quest Duffel, new to Timbuk2’s 2017 fall collection, is made of water resistant 420 denier ripstop. It has an internal mesh wall pocket, a large exterior pocket for shoes, and accommodates backpack, shoulder, and hand carrying styles. Available in three sizes, the 30L, 48L, and 66L packs run $100, $129, and $149 respectively.

outlier linen injected parka

Linen Injected Parka

For a breezy summer jacket, Outlier launches its experimental Injected Linen Sun Parka. Linen is “injected” into the polyester for an elegant and expensive feel. The $425 parka, expected next week, is made of 59 percent linen, 41 percent polyester, taped seams, and has two front pockets. “In summertime, this is pretty damn close to magic,” said the brand.

GoTele communication

Off-Grid Communication Device

Track and message up to 30 travelers with radio waves instead of cell service. Sounds a lot like GoTenna! Similarly, the device pairs with other goTele devices to send messages, alerts, and location. You can even create a geofence to alert you when your dog runs beyond the boundary. Live on Indiegogo now. It claims a delivery date of September, but we’ve seen similar products face significant delays.

power bar plant protein

Plant Based Protein Bar

You won’t find any animal byproduct in this plant-packed bar from PowerBar. The $2.40 Plant Protein Bars include 10g of protein and are made from pea powder for its protein boost. According to the brand, plant-based proteins will help you live longer and are more affordable.

L train priority bikes

Commuter Bike For Train Users

There’s no better time to start bike commuting to work than when your train route undergoes repairs. Brilliant Bikes, a brand run by Priority Bikes, launches its first model, the L Train. Named after the Brooklyn subway that is shut down, the commuter bike has a Gates Carbon Drive belt instead of chain, Shimano brakes, and steel frame. Get it for $650 on Brilliant’s website.