Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

A peek at emerging products, culled from crowd-source sites like Kickstarter, PR campaigns, and industry scoops on the sometimes cutting-edge, sometimes quirky world of gear design.


Geologists’ Compass

It costs nearly $800 and is built for professional geologists. However, we as map/compass geeks can’t help but give the Brunton Axis a curious glance. The unit “was invented by geologists for geologists” and is designed for geological measurements with a dual-axis, hollow-hinge design that “allows for intuitive, efficient, accurate measurements of planes, lines, bearings, and vertical angles.” Made in the USA.

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Lock-Brand Bike Lights

Bike-security mainstay Kryptonite expands into bike lights this month. The Street Light Series are USB-rechargeable units for the front and rear of a bike. Five models are coming soon and the company notes “with our knowledge of the security category, we are positioned to become a leader within lights as our focus remains a rider’s primary safety AND security needs.”

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Massive Outdoors Sound

Use it judiciously, but for big sound in the outdoors the ECOXGEAR EcoBoulder ($250) offers a 100-watt Bluetooth speaker for “backyard parties, beach days, tailgates, and camping trips.” Its 8-inch full-range speaker, 3-inch tweeter, and 8-inch passive woofer give unparalleled outdoors audio in a speaker that is waterproof (fully submersible!), has UV-protected housing, is dirt/dust proof, and even floats.