Emerging Gear

Ahead of the curve, cutting-edge, and to-be-released gear.

Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

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

Bicycle Ski Carrier

Ride your bike to the slopes and carry your skis on multi-sport adventures with Defiant Pack’s Gunslinger Ski Carry. This $85 system straps to your bike and holds your planks. It comes in different sizes to fit all sorts of skis and even splitboards, from nordic to 110-mm waist to split. Plus, the design lets riders leave their ski boots in the bindings while they pedal in other shoes.

Waterproof Knit Shoe

Stay dry — up to your ankles — without sacrificing style or breathability. Vessi shoes claim to be the “world’s first 100% waterproof knit shoe.” The single-piece knit upper has no seams and a hydrophobic treatment. And the knit construction is designed to promote airflow, reducing sweat and odor. Live on Kickstarter.

Snowboard Footrest

Give tired legs a break with the RideEasy Portable Footrest and Lock. The device attaches to bindings and includes a drawcord that hooks onto a chairlift, holding up your board. Plus, with a built-in combination lock, the hook also secures the board while you’re away.

All-In-One Camp Cookware

It’s a frying pan, it’s a pot, it’s an oven — yes, and it’s electric. The Morphcooker is built to be a safer alternative to gas camp stoves, and operates as the “Swiss Army Knife of stoves.” The rechargeable camp cooker has adjustable sides that convert between six functions: pan, pot, oven, hot plate, grill press, and water boiler. Plus, it can charge phones and other devices.

Right-Size Backpack

Keep gear and smart devices separate and stable using X-Pak Pro‘s variety of closures and organization. This single-strap shoulder pack has two main compartments, one for smartphones, tablets, and laptops, the other for clothes, books, climbing shoes, and more. It sports a roll-top entry in addition to two separate zipper entries, expandable storage, and waterproof construction.

Most Packable Seat

Always have a place to rest thanks to the Sitpack ZEN. Available in aluminum or aluminum-carbon fiber construction, this telescoping monopole has a ballistic nylon strap that cradles your bum when you need to take a load off. Both models hold up to 300 lbs., pack down to the size of an umbrella, and weigh under one pound.

Customizable Shades

Pick the perfect frame, lens, temple style, and components using Tifosi Optics’ custom sunglass portal. The brand now allows customers to build an ideal pair of glasses—from color to function—based on its full-frame Camrocks, half-frame Synapse, and frameless Brixen styles.

'Vintage' Approach Shoe

Tackle the crag or crush in the gym with a climbing hightop. So iLL released its first approach shoe last month, and we tried it on the slick quartzite at Devil’s Lake in Wisconsin. The $119 Approach held up well in our first tests bouldering, scrambling, and hiking the bluffs.

Chain Holder

Stop fussing with a dangly, dirty chain during routine wheel and tire maintenance. Feedback Sports’ Chain Keeper falls in the “Why didn’t they build this before?” category. The $40 device inserts into one dropout when the wheel is removed, keeping the chain tensioned and inline.

Sand-Proof Mat

Let sand out without letting it in using CGear’s Sand-Free Mat. This beach-ready ground cover uses a “patented weave and specialty fabric” that allows sand to sift through from one side, but blocks it from entering from below. Available in a range of sizes from 6’x6′ up to 10’x10′, this looks like a great option for the beach, tent vestibules, and RV entryways. It’s been around for a couple years, and we’ve used and love the design, but this mat just came back on our radar because it’s launching a new model for spring 2018.

Chrome Industries Knife Roll

Knives and bicycles don’t typically pair well, but bike bag and gear manufacturer Chrome Industries aims to change that. The brand partnered with chef Chris Cosentino to launch the 1050d nylon Knife Roll. It holds 11 knives up to 17 inches, has three utility pockets, and packs down to 19″x10″. Available now for $100.

Quick-Link Bike Multitool

Don’t carry more tools than you have to. The Blackburn Tradesman is the first multitool we have seen with a quick-link splitter. It includes a splitter and a breaker, and a place to store extra quick links. At just $29, it’s a smart gift idea for cyclists.

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