Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

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

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Auto-On Bike Lights
Auto-On Bike Lights

Never leave your bike lights on… or off. Light & Motion launches the Vibe head- and tail-lights that sense ambient light and speed. The result: Hands-free lights that illuminate the path ahead and alert traffic around you. Vibe series lights cost $40-$60, depending on brightness.

ULLR Powder Suit
ULLR Powder Suit

Helly Hansen built this one-piece for powder junkies. It’s essentially a high-end jacket and shell pants, just connected (like what you had as a kid!). But top-shelf waterproof/breathable materials and features like a phone-battery-preserving insulated pocket (see our review here) make the $850 suit future-proof. Available this fall.

Do-All Battery Box
Do-All Battery Box

Charge your computer, jumpstart your car. The Crank Juice Box is a lightweight battery bank that is agnostic toward what it powers up. In short, this is a big battery with a litany of hook-ups, ports, and connections, from USB and old-school pin connectors, to the included clamp-ons for an auto battery that goes dead. It comes in a case, ready to use in an emergency or everyday.

Lighter, Faster Fixie
Lighter, Faster Fixie

Hit the velodrome (or blaze past urban traffic) with a high-performing fixed-gear bike. State Bicycle Co. took on the challenge of making its Undefeated model more nimble without raising the price. At 15 lbs. 6 oz., the Undefeated II weighs 2.5 lbs. less than its predecessor, but costs the same at $945.

Day Pack With Dividers
Day Pack With Dividers

The Gobi Free Spirit is a 30-liter pack you can stuff into its own palm-size pocket. The $79 pack boasts numerous internal storage dividers and external pockets to separate and haul your gear.

Blaster Of Light
Blaster Of Light

LED Lenser ships its mega MT18 flashlight this month. It is ultra-bright, including a blinding 3,000-lumen setting that will cut hundreds of feet into the night. Bonus: A lock-off switch guarantees the MT18 won’t flip on accidentally inside your backpack. $199 at Ledlenserusa.com

'James Bond' Luggage
'James Bond' Luggage

CRESTS offers a carbon fiber travel case that combines high-tech looks with real tech features. The case has a built-in scale, GPS, remote locking, and an impact sensor that lets you know if it’s been damaged in transit. And while it has a James Bond-worthy price (over $1,450), it’s available at discount on Kickstarter.

K2 Heated Ski Boots
K2 Heated Ski Boots

No more cold toes if you can afford the $900 K2 Spyne 120 Heat ski boots. They are new for this winter and have heated liners with three settings for hours of on-slope warmth. K2 touts comfort, but also notes temp-regulated feet boost performance “by allowing the foot muscles to be relaxed and therefore more responsive.”

Basic 'Scholar' Bag
Basic 'Scholar' Bag

Pack what you need without a mess of extra features. Luggage brand Db dives into everyday backpacks with The Scholar. Built with college and school-kids in mind, the 15-liter pack carries a computer, some goods, and it has external buckles to strap on a skateboard.

Low-Profile Wallet
Low-Profile Wallet

Stash your cash and cards without extra pocket bulge. Chums’ $25 cowhide Agent Wallet measures 4″ x 3″, just enough to take along what you need.

Leather and 'Weatherproof'
Leather and 'Weatherproof'

OluKai launches its first waterproof collection, including the Makoa, a $150 low-cut shoe. Its grippy rubber sole makes it capable on-trail, but it also fits semi-formal occasions.

Foldable, Portable LED
Foldable, Portable LED

Inventor Ravi Varma noticed while camping that portable lanterns “were getting in the way.” He made the MESA as a new form factor that shines an LED glow straight down on a table or in a tent. Its legs fold up when not in use.

Autumn Beer
Autumn Beer

File this under You Know Summer’s Over When… New Belgium launches this year’s special fall release: Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin. Cinnamon and habañero peppers combine to give this seasonal some extra kick.

Solo 'Lean-To' Tent
Solo 'Lean-To' Tent

This pseudo-bivy, available in early 2018, packs in more versatility, space, and weight savings than expected, our editor noted in his review. The Sierra Designs High Side Tent is a new take on the solo tent, weighing about 2 pounds and featuring a large awning to cook and prep gear.

  • Auto-On Bike Lights

    Never leave your bike lights on… or off. Light & Motion launches the Vibe head- and tail-lights that sense ambient light and speed. The result: Hands-free lights that illuminate the path ahead and alert traffic around you. Vibe series lights cost $40-$60, depending on brightness.

  • ULLR Powder Suit

    Helly Hansen built this one-piece for powder junkies. It’s essentially a high-end jacket and shell pants, just connected (like what you had as a kid!). But top-shelf waterproof/breathable materials and features like a phone-battery-preserving insulated pocket (see our review here) make the $850 suit future-proof. Available this fall.

  • Do-All Battery Box

    Charge your computer, jumpstart your car. The Crank Juice Box is a lightweight battery bank that is agnostic toward what it powers up. In short, this is a big battery with a litany of hook-ups, ports, and connections, from USB and old-school pin connectors, to the included clamp-ons for an auto battery that goes dead. It comes in a case, ready to use in an emergency or everyday.

  • Lighter, Faster Fixie

    Hit the velodrome (or blaze past urban traffic) with a high-performing fixed-gear bike. State Bicycle Co. took on the challenge of making its Undefeated model more nimble without raising the price. At 15 lbs. 6 oz., the Undefeated II weighs 2.5 lbs. less than its predecessor, but costs the same at $945.

  • Day Pack With Dividers

    The Gobi Free Spirit is a 30-liter pack you can stuff into its own palm-size pocket. The $79 pack boasts numerous internal storage dividers and external pockets to separate and haul your gear.

  • Blaster Of Light

    LED Lenser ships its mega MT18 flashlight this month. It is ultra-bright, including a blinding 3,000-lumen setting that will cut hundreds of feet into the night. Bonus: A lock-off switch guarantees the MT18 won’t flip on accidentally inside your backpack. $199 at Ledlenserusa.com

  • 'James Bond' Luggage

    CRESTS offers a carbon fiber travel case that combines high-tech looks with real tech features. The case has a built-in scale, GPS, remote locking, and an impact sensor that lets you know if it’s been damaged in transit. And while it has a James Bond-worthy price (over $1,450), it’s available at discount on Kickstarter.

  • K2 Heated Ski Boots

    No more cold toes if you can afford the $900 K2 Spyne 120 Heat ski boots. They are new for this winter and have heated liners with three settings for hours of on-slope warmth. K2 touts comfort, but also notes temp-regulated feet boost performance “by allowing the foot muscles to be relaxed and therefore more responsive.”

  • Basic 'Scholar' Bag

    Pack what you need without a mess of extra features. Luggage brand Db dives into everyday backpacks with The Scholar. Built with college and school-kids in mind, the 15-liter pack carries a computer, some goods, and it has external buckles to strap on a skateboard.

  • Low-Profile Wallet

    Stash your cash and cards without extra pocket bulge. Chums’ $25 cowhide Agent Wallet measures 4″ x 3″, just enough to take along what you need.

  • Leather and 'Weatherproof'

    OluKai launches its first waterproof collection, including the Makoa, a $150 low-cut shoe. Its grippy rubber sole makes it capable on-trail, but it also fits semi-formal occasions.

  • Foldable, Portable LED

    Inventor Ravi Varma noticed while camping that portable lanterns “were getting in the way.” He made the MESA as a new form factor that shines an LED glow straight down on a table or in a tent. Its legs fold up when not in use.

  • Autumn Beer

    File this under You Know Summer’s Over When… New Belgium launches this year’s special fall release: Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin. Cinnamon and habañero peppers combine to give this seasonal some extra kick.

  • Solo 'Lean-To' Tent

    This pseudo-bivy, available in early 2018, packs in more versatility, space, and weight savings than expected, our editor noted in his review. The Sierra Designs High Side Tent is a new take on the solo tent, weighing about 2 pounds and featuring a large awning to cook and prep gear.

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