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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Quilted Hammock
Quilted Hammock

Hang and sway long after summer’s gone in the 800-fill Superior Hammock. With a 6.5-foot underquilt built into the two-layer ripstop hammock, the brand claims it has the simplest solution to “Cold Butt Syndrome.” Superior Hammock will retail for a hefty $449, but discounts are available on Kickstarter now.

Weatherproof Duffel Backpack
Weatherproof Duffel Backpack

Keep the elements out and your back happy with the convertible Vacanza travel bag. The Vacanza has tuck-away shoulder straps and a roll-top closure for wearing as a backpack. And it has a main front pocket and handles to carry as a duffle. Plus, the Vacanza PU leather construction makes it weatherproof and scratch-resistant. Live on Kickstarter.

Smart Heating Jacket
Smart Heating Jacket

Dial in extra heat where you need it using Kinesix’s Smart Heating Jacket. Twelve removable heating elements not only provide warmth but can be individually controlled using the connected app. Kinesix is live on Kickstarter now.

Drink-Friendly Speaker
Drink-Friendly Speaker

Open, hold, or spill your drink—the ECOXGEAR EcoBoulder+ can handle it all. The $250 Bluetooth speaker blasts 100 watts of sound through an 8-inch speaker, 3-inch tweeter, and 8-inch passive subwoofer. Plus, the EcoBoulder+ has two cupholders and a bottle opener.

Ultimate Winter Cycling Boot
Ultimate Winter Cycling Boot

When two Minnesota brands come together, you know winter is near. Red Wing Boots and 45 NRTH team up to launch the Wolvhammer Red Wing Edition cycling boot ($345). Clipless mountain cleats on the sole, full leather upper, and an Aerogel footbed make this one of the coolest warmest pieces of winter cycling gear we’ve seen.

Fatter Winter Rack
Fatter Winter Rack

Haul more of the newest gear to the slopes on Yakima’s FatCat Evo 4 and Evo 6 roof racks. Touted as “the most aerodynamic” snow sports mount by Yakima, the FatCat Evo 4 ($229) and 6 ($279) add more than 4 inches of extra space to accommodate wider all-terrain skis and snowboards. The racks hold four skis/two snowboards and six skis/four snowboards respectively.

K9 Fitness Collar
K9 Fitness Collar

Make sure your dog is happy, healthy, and sleeping well with the Waggit wearable. The collar monitors your pet’s resting vitals, body positions, sleep quality, activity, and nutrition. Live on Kickstarter, the Waggit establishes your dog’s baseline, then alerts you when sleep, movement, and more raise health concerns.

Campsite Snake Fence
Campsite Snake Fence

Sleep with peace of mind knowing you won’t wake up to snakes. The Atrox Snake Barrier lets campers, hunters, and anyone worried about snake intrusion to set up a protective mesh perimeter. The barrier sits 10 inches off the ground and, according to the brand, keeps snakes from getting in while allowing snakes inside to get out. Live on Kickstarter.

Tiny Knife
Tiny Knife

Bring basic utility almost anywhere with the key-size WESN folding knife. Measuring less than 4 inches total, the WESN sports a 1.5-inch AUS8 steel blade, titanium body, frame lock, keychain hole, and a lifetime warranty. Live on Kickstarter beginning at $35.

Performance Moccasins
Performance Moccasins

It took awhile, but The North Face finally launched its all-weather slip-ons in America. All the rage in Japan, TNF’s $100 NSE Traction Lite Moc II is water-resistant, PrimaLoft-insulated, and has an outdoor-ready rubber sole.

On-the-Go Tubeless Repair
On-the-Go Tubeless Repair

Fix flats on your tubeless setup quickly with the milKit Tubeless Booster. Fill the bottle with air before you go with the presta adapter, then refill a flat with a single squeeze. Plus, if you need extra hydration, the milKit doubles as a water bottle.

Universal Filtration
Universal Filtration

Add filtration to your favorite water bottle with LifeStraw’s two-stage adapter kit. Two different lid sizes accommodate wide- and narrow-mouth openings. The LifeStraw Universal removes bacteria and protozoa for up to 1,000 liters, and an activated carbon filter improves taste, and removes chlorine and organic matter. Available for pre-order for $35.

Plush Leather
Plush Leather

Minnetonka Moccasin and Duluth Pack team up to bring the best of each to a limited run of products. The collection includes two moccasin styles and two packs, each separately incorporating Duluth Pack’s leather and buckles, and Minnetonka Moccasins’ suede and sheepskin.

Double-Duty Hydration
Double-Duty Hydration

Keep yourself and your best friend cool and hydrated with the “world’s first hygienic multi-beverage bottle.” A straw, bite valve, and release button lets you drink. Meanwhile, a flip-out dish, squeeze button, and leak-proof valve lets Fido drink, too. The Drink & Buddy will retail for $35, but discounts are available on its Kickstarter.

$99 Puffy
$99 Puffy

Warm, ethical, and under 100 bucks, Sierra Designs Tuolumne guns for the “lowest priced, tech-based synthetic down jacket on the market.” The jacket boasts the equivalent of 600-fill down and uses a 40D poly shell. Available in men’s and women’s (pictured) styles.

Level Up Climbing Stickers
Level Up Climbing Stickers

Show off your greatest achievement and eye up your next climb with Mountain Markers. Available as stickers or buttons, colorful faces sport climbing and bouldering grades that you can wear and use to motivate your own development. Live on Kickstarter.

Camp Pizza Oven
Camp Pizza Oven

Fresh-baked pizza may not be feasible for backcountry adventure just yet, but Uuni at least makes it available for the backyard or car campsite. The $299 Uuni3 weighs under 30 pounds, has a pack-away chimney, and burns wood pellets. The oven can reach 930 degrees F and has three legs for extra stability on uneven ground.

Camp Blanket System
Camp Blanket System

Stay warm, stay dry, and stay soft with Kammok’s three-part All Adventure Camp Blankets. Each blanket has a different application on its own and snaps together for extra protection. The water-resistant Mountain Blanket (pictured) can be worn as a poncho, or used as a top quilt or ground cover. There’s also the lighter-weight Field Blanket and minimalist Mesa Mat.

Stretch Collar Shirt
Stretch Collar Shirt

Look fancy without feeling fancy. DUER launches its first collection of performance dress shirts. The 9 to 9 Button Down incorporates cotton, Coolmax, and spandex to wick moisture and offer lots of flexibility.

Skipping Stone Fetch
Skipping Stone Fetch

Clear your mind and help Fido get some exercise at the same time. Kurgo introduces the floating Skipping Stone dog toys. The $13 non-toxic, washable (and chewy) stones are brightly colored easy to spot, and purported to skip like flat rocks.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    Quilted Hammock

    Hang and sway long after summer’s gone in the 800-fill Superior Hammock. With a 6.5-foot underquilt built into the two-layer ripstop hammock, the brand claims it has the simplest solution to “Cold Butt Syndrome.” Superior Hammock will retail for a hefty $449, but discounts are available on Kickstarter now.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    Weatherproof Duffel Backpack

    Keep the elements out and your back happy with the convertible Vacanza travel bag. The Vacanza has tuck-away shoulder straps and a roll-top closure for wearing as a backpack. And it has a main front pocket and handles to carry as a duffle. Plus, the Vacanza PU leather construction makes it weatherproof and scratch-resistant. Live on Kickstarter.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    Smart Heating Jacket

    Dial in extra heat where you need it using Kinesix’s Smart Heating Jacket. Twelve removable heating elements not only provide warmth but can be individually controlled using the connected app. Kinesix is live on Kickstarter now.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    Drink-Friendly Speaker

    Open, hold, or spill your drink—the ECOXGEAR EcoBoulder+ can handle it all. The $250 Bluetooth speaker blasts 100 watts of sound through an 8-inch speaker, 3-inch tweeter, and 8-inch passive subwoofer. Plus, the EcoBoulder+ has two cupholders and a bottle opener.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    Ultimate Winter Cycling Boot

    When two Minnesota brands come together, you know winter is near. Red Wing Boots and 45 NRTH team up to launch the Wolvhammer Red Wing Edition cycling boot ($345). Clipless mountain cleats on the sole, full leather upper, and an Aerogel footbed make this one of the coolest warmest pieces of winter cycling gear we’ve seen.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    Fatter Winter Rack

    Haul more of the newest gear to the slopes on Yakima’s FatCat Evo 4 and Evo 6 roof racks. Touted as “the most aerodynamic” snow sports mount by Yakima, the FatCat Evo 4 ($229) and 6 ($279) add more than 4 inches of extra space to accommodate wider all-terrain skis and snowboards. The racks hold four skis/two snowboards and six skis/four snowboards respectively.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    K9 Fitness Collar

    Make sure your dog is happy, healthy, and sleeping well with the Waggit wearable. The collar monitors your pet’s resting vitals, body positions, sleep quality, activity, and nutrition. Live on Kickstarter, the Waggit establishes your dog’s baseline, then alerts you when sleep, movement, and more raise health concerns.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    Campsite Snake Fence

    Sleep with peace of mind knowing you won’t wake up to snakes. The Atrox Snake Barrier lets campers, hunters, and anyone worried about snake intrusion to set up a protective mesh perimeter. The barrier sits 10 inches off the ground and, according to the brand, keeps snakes from getting in while allowing snakes inside to get out. Live on Kickstarter.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    Tiny Knife

    Bring basic utility almost anywhere with the key-size WESN folding knife. Measuring less than 4 inches total, the WESN sports a 1.5-inch AUS8 steel blade, titanium body, frame lock, keychain hole, and a lifetime warranty. Live on Kickstarter beginning at $35.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    Performance Moccasins

    It took awhile, but The North Face finally launched its all-weather slip-ons in America. All the rage in Japan, TNF’s $100 NSE Traction Lite Moc II is water-resistant, PrimaLoft-insulated, and has an outdoor-ready rubber sole.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    On-the-Go Tubeless Repair

    Fix flats on your tubeless setup quickly with the milKit Tubeless Booster. Fill the bottle with air before you go with the presta adapter, then refill a flat with a single squeeze. Plus, if you need extra hydration, the milKit doubles as a water bottle.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    Universal Filtration

    Add filtration to your favorite water bottle with LifeStraw’s two-stage adapter kit. Two different lid sizes accommodate wide- and narrow-mouth openings. The LifeStraw Universal removes bacteria and protozoa for up to 1,000 liters, and an activated carbon filter improves taste, and removes chlorine and organic matter. Available for pre-order for $35.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    Plush Leather

    Minnetonka Moccasin and Duluth Pack team up to bring the best of each to a limited run of products. The collection includes two moccasin styles and two packs, each separately incorporating Duluth Pack’s leather and buckles, and Minnetonka Moccasins’ suede and sheepskin.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    Double-Duty Hydration

    Keep yourself and your best friend cool and hydrated with the “world’s first hygienic multi-beverage bottle.” A straw, bite valve, and release button lets you drink. Meanwhile, a flip-out dish, squeeze button, and leak-proof valve lets Fido drink, too. The Drink & Buddy will retail for $35, but discounts are available on its Kickstarter.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    $99 Puffy

    Warm, ethical, and under 100 bucks, Sierra Designs Tuolumne guns for the “lowest priced, tech-based synthetic down jacket on the market.” The jacket boasts the equivalent of 600-fill down and uses a 40D poly shell. Available in men’s and women’s (pictured) styles.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    Level Up Climbing Stickers

    Show off your greatest achievement and eye up your next climb with Mountain Markers. Available as stickers or buttons, colorful faces sport climbing and bouldering grades that you can wear and use to motivate your own development. Live on Kickstarter.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    Camp Pizza Oven

    Fresh-baked pizza may not be feasible for backcountry adventure just yet, but Uuni at least makes it available for the backyard or car campsite. The $299 Uuni3 weighs under 30 pounds, has a pack-away chimney, and burns wood pellets. The oven can reach 930 degrees F and has three legs for extra stability on uneven ground.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    Camp Blanket System

    Stay warm, stay dry, and stay soft with Kammok’s three-part All Adventure Camp Blankets. Each blanket has a different application on its own and snaps together for extra protection. The water-resistant Mountain Blanket (pictured) can be worn as a poncho, or used as a top quilt or ground cover. There’s also the lighter-weight Field Blanket and minimalist Mesa Mat.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    Stretch Collar Shirt

    Look fancy without feeling fancy. DUER launches its first collection of performance dress shirts. The 9 to 9 Button Down incorporates cotton, Coolmax, and spandex to wick moisture and offer lots of flexibility.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    Skipping Stone Fetch

    Clear your mind and help Fido get some exercise at the same time. Kurgo introduces the floating Skipping Stone dog toys. The $13 non-toxic, washable (and chewy) stones are brightly colored easy to spot, and purported to skip like flat rocks.

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