Emerging Gear: Wu Tang Socks, Hot Dog Pants, and More

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SAXX Viewfinder Base Layer
SAXX Viewfinder Base Layer

Underwear brand SAXX is adding base layers to its lineup. SAXX’s new Viewfinder Top and Bottoms ($75 each) are lightweight base layers with recycled polyester and merino wool. The top is a crew-style long-sleeve with raglan sleeves, and the bottoms have SAXX’s signature BallPark Pouch and flat seams throughout. Patterns include blue camo and hot dogs.

Victorinox 'Winter Magic' Pocket Knife
Victorinox 'Winter Magic' Pocket Knife

The limited-edition Winter Magic 2020 Swiss Army Knife ($68) is a nine-function pocket knife in Victorinox’s classic Swiss design. The Pioneer X Winter Magic blade is inspired by winter and has gray-blue scales etched with a snowflake motif. It includes a blade, scissors, can opener, screwdriver heads, and more. The 3.7-inch multitool weighs 2.8 ounces.

Dakine Snow Travel Bags
Dakine Snow Travel Bags

Dakine just upgraded its all-weather travel snow bags with 100% recycled materials. The All Weather Ski and Snowboard Bags (from $165) have 360-degree padded protection, two exterior zipper compartments, a removable outerwear bag, and dual compression straps for ease of packing. This burly line of ski and snowboard bags, duffels, and packs is built to keep your stuff safe and dry.

Stance Wu Tang OTC Ski Socks
Stance Wu Tang OTC Ski Socks

For a throwback style, Stance just added Wu Tang-themed socks to its over-the-calf ski sock collection. The Wu Tang Protect Ya Socks ($30) are a nylon-wool blend (35% nylon, 31% wool, 31% polyester, 3% elastane) and have medium cushioning throughout the sock for a secure fit. The socks are themed after the “Protect Ya Neck” track from Wu Tang’s 1993 debut album.

Archer Components Drop Bar Remote
Archer Components Drop Bar Remote

Archer’s new bike tech is some of the coolest we’ve seen in a while. It claims to turn any bike into an electronic-shifting bike. Archer created a two-button remote utilizing its existing D1x chainstay-mounted shifter. The custom-designed DBR — drop-bar remote ($119) — works ergonomically within the hood and offers easy push-button shifting and on-the-fly adjustability. Even better, the DBR has on-bike charging. The Archer D1x Trail Shifter with a DBR Remote System is $399, or get the DBR remote separately for $119. Both are available on presale now.

Ball and Buck Field Pant FG
Ball and Buck Field Pant FG

Ball and Buck recently released a women’s hunt collection and new field pant. The Field Pant FG ($218) comes in a classic canvas and an olive camo. The women’s collection includes shooting shirts designed for active days in the field. Our Hunt/Fish editor has the Annie shirt ($158) in hand, and she loves the wicking fabric and protective patching on the shoulders and elbows. Add in a mix of duck cotton and CORDURA for durability, and we’ve got some winners.

The North Face Eco Nuptse Vest
The North Face Eco Nuptse Vest

The North Face just added an eco version of its Nuptse vest and jacket. The Eco Nuptse Vest ($199) has 100% recycled fabrics and insulation, a stowable hood, a cinching cord at the hip, is packable into its own pocket, and more. The Eco Nuptse is made with 100% recycled polyester and recycled waterfowl down for warmth.

Tern Bicycles HSD S11 E-Bike
Tern Bicycles HSD S11 E-Bike

Tern Bicycles has revamped its HSD cargo e-bike. The Tern HSD S11 ($4,199) is Tern’s first Class 3 e-bike. It’s got a Bosch Performance Line Sport Gen 3 motor that will allow riders to take the bike up to 28 mph. The “Hauler” bike also has a lighter frame and new cargo area (front and rear cargo rack options that can hold up to 130 pounds). The bikes will ship in 2021.

Outpost New Growth Lager
Outpost New Growth Lager

The New Growth Lager ($15) is Outpost’s inaugural charity beer. In partnership with Laughing Monk Brewing, New Growth Lager is brewed with redwood tree pine needles. The beer was a creative collab: Its flavor was developed by James Beard-nominated chef Kim Alter, and its label has photography from Andy Best and design by Paul Hoi. Proceeds will be donated to redwood conservation efforts.

GiantMouse ACE Riv Knife
GiantMouse ACE Riv Knife

Carrying a fixed blade and small compact folder both have perks — the fixed blade serves as the go-to while the folder provides a handy backup. But the Riv purports to marry the two. The ACE Riv (from $185) has an Elmax blade steel, ball-bearing pivot, and titanium frame lock. The Riv is available in titanium, brass, or green with Micarta scales. The blades are 2.44 inches in length, ideal for EDC.

  • Emerging Gear: Wu Tang Socks, Hot Dog Pants, and More

    SAXX Viewfinder Base Layer

    Underwear brand SAXX is adding base layers to its lineup. SAXX’s new Viewfinder Top and Bottoms ($75 each) are lightweight base layers with recycled polyester and merino wool. The top is a crew-style long-sleeve with raglan sleeves, and the bottoms have SAXX’s signature BallPark Pouch and flat seams throughout. Patterns include blue camo and hot dogs.

  • Emerging Gear: Wu Tang Socks, Hot Dog Pants, and More

    Victorinox 'Winter Magic' Pocket Knife

    The limited-edition Winter Magic 2020 Swiss Army Knife ($68) is a nine-function pocket knife in Victorinox’s classic Swiss design. The Pioneer X Winter Magic blade is inspired by winter and has gray-blue scales etched with a snowflake motif. It includes a blade, scissors, can opener, screwdriver heads, and more. The 3.7-inch multitool weighs 2.8 ounces.

  • Emerging Gear: Wu Tang Socks, Hot Dog Pants, and More

    Dakine Snow Travel Bags

    Dakine just upgraded its all-weather travel snow bags with 100% recycled materials. The All Weather Ski and Snowboard Bags (from $165) have 360-degree padded protection, two exterior zipper compartments, a removable outerwear bag, and dual compression straps for ease of packing. This burly line of ski and snowboard bags, duffels, and packs is built to keep your stuff safe and dry.

  • Emerging Gear: Wu Tang Socks, Hot Dog Pants, and More

    Stance Wu Tang OTC Ski Socks

    For a throwback style, Stance just added Wu Tang-themed socks to its over-the-calf ski sock collection. The Wu Tang Protect Ya Socks ($30) are a nylon-wool blend (35% nylon, 31% wool, 31% polyester, 3% elastane) and have medium cushioning throughout the sock for a secure fit. The socks are themed after the “Protect Ya Neck” track from Wu Tang’s 1993 debut album.

  • Emerging Gear: Wu Tang Socks, Hot Dog Pants, and More

    Archer Components Drop Bar Remote

    Archer’s new bike tech is some of the coolest we’ve seen in a while. It claims to turn any bike into an electronic-shifting bike. Archer created a two-button remote utilizing its existing D1x chainstay-mounted shifter. The custom-designed DBR — drop-bar remote ($119) — works ergonomically within the hood and offers easy push-button shifting and on-the-fly adjustability. Even better, the DBR has on-bike charging. The Archer D1x Trail Shifter with a DBR Remote System is $399, or get the DBR remote separately for $119. Both are available on presale now.

  • Emerging Gear: Wu Tang Socks, Hot Dog Pants, and More

    Ball and Buck Field Pant FG

    Ball and Buck recently released a women’s hunt collection and new field pant. The Field Pant FG ($218) comes in a classic canvas and an olive camo. The women’s collection includes shooting shirts designed for active days in the field. Our Hunt/Fish editor has the Annie shirt ($158) in hand, and she loves the wicking fabric and protective patching on the shoulders and elbows. Add in a mix of duck cotton and CORDURA for durability, and we’ve got some winners.

  • Emerging Gear: Wu Tang Socks, Hot Dog Pants, and More

    The North Face Eco Nuptse Vest

    The North Face just added an eco version of its Nuptse vest and jacket. The Eco Nuptse Vest ($199) has 100% recycled fabrics and insulation, a stowable hood, a cinching cord at the hip, is packable into its own pocket, and more. The Eco Nuptse is made with 100% recycled polyester and recycled waterfowl down for warmth.

  • Emerging Gear: Wu Tang Socks, Hot Dog Pants, and More

    Tern Bicycles HSD S11 E-Bike

    Tern Bicycles has revamped its HSD cargo e-bike. The Tern HSD S11 ($4,199) is Tern’s first Class 3 e-bike. It’s got a Bosch Performance Line Sport Gen 3 motor that will allow riders to take the bike up to 28 mph. The “Hauler” bike also has a lighter frame and new cargo area (front and rear cargo rack options that can hold up to 130 pounds). The bikes will ship in 2021.

  • Emerging Gear: Wu Tang Socks, Hot Dog Pants, and More

    Outpost New Growth Lager

    The New Growth Lager ($15) is Outpost’s inaugural charity beer. In partnership with Laughing Monk Brewing, New Growth Lager is brewed with redwood tree pine needles. The beer was a creative collab: Its flavor was developed by James Beard-nominated chef Kim Alter, and its label has photography from Andy Best and design by Paul Hoi. Proceeds will be donated to redwood conservation efforts.

  • Emerging Gear: Wu Tang Socks, Hot Dog Pants, and More

    GiantMouse ACE Riv Knife

    Carrying a fixed blade and small compact folder both have perks — the fixed blade serves as the go-to while the folder provides a handy backup. But the Riv purports to marry the two. The ACE Riv (from $185) has an Elmax blade steel, ball-bearing pivot, and titanium frame lock. The Riv is available in titanium, brass, or green with Micarta scales. The blades are 2.44 inches in length, ideal for EDC.

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Mary is based out of GearJunkie's Denver, CO office. She has a degree in English and Journalism, and been writing professionally for over four years. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.

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