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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'Swappable' Shoe Concept
'Swappable' Shoe Concept

Zip on a fresh pair of shoes for any occasion with ACBC’s Shooz. Dubbed the “world’s first travel sneakers,” Shooz offer dozens of combinations of uppers and soles—for business, casual, or sporting needs. Plus, the upper “skins” are recyclable, and each pair lays flatter than traditional shoes for packability.

Ultralight Kayak
Ultralight Kayak

Carry, inflate, and paddle this 17-pound kayak from Advanced Elements. The skin-on design of the AdvancedFrame Ultralite inflates around an aluminum frame. After paddling, it packs up small for transport. Available in 2018.

Carryall MTB Pack
Carryall MTB Pack

Hit the trail with all the hydration, tools, repair items, nutrition, and necessities to get you through a day of backcountry riding. The $110 Henty Enduro pack has space for a 3-liter water bladder. There are zippered lumbar and hip pockets for gear and a mesh pocket for maps. Padding near the kidneys and over the lower back and hips gives comfort and some protection in a crash.

Lighter Goggles
Lighter Goggles

“See more, feel less.” That’s what Adidas Splite ultralight goggles offer. The frameless ski goggles weigh 80 grams (2.8 ounces) and are bendable for easier packability. Plus, the Splites sport anti-fog treatment and cost less than $100.

Smart Taillight
Smart Taillight

Keep yourself visible on the bike with the Rayo “smart” taillight. This light not only has variable brightness for day and night riding, but it also features an automatic brake light and customizable blinking pattern. And it pairs with an app to alert you if it detects “unfamiliar bike movement” when you’re away, signifying a possible theft.

Multi-Function Outerwear
Multi-Function Outerwear

Add versatility to your winter wear with Bergaffe Outerwear. Austrian for “mountain monkey,” Bergaffe launches a wind shell, Primaloft jacket, and snow bibs. Each garment includes extras like a detachable hood, integrated microfiber cloths for goggles, ski pass pockets, and more. Live on Kickstarter this week.

World's Lightest Sandals?
World's Lightest Sandals?

Techies and hippies unite—the 3D-printed, minimalist sandal is here! French brand iGUANEYE launches its Jungle sandal, a rubber sole with a single toe pocket and heel piece. Best of all, each pair assembles like a puzzle, so you can mix and match the toe-heel support with soles of varying thickness.

NASA-Inspired Sports Bra
NASA-Inspired Sports Bra

A true “space-age sports bra”? This one was created by a former NASA space-suit designer. It’s called the Siggie Lodoen sports bra, and it offers microfiber padding in the cups, “one-way stretch” for bounce control, and the brand’s patented Space Band feature for extra support during high-impact activity. Live on Kickstarter.

Minimalist Folding Knife
Minimalist Folding Knife

Everyone needs an everyday-carry knife, and the iQ Flipper offers a stylish, minimalist take. Inspired by Japanese Higo knives, the iQ sports a 2.9-inch VG10 steel blade and a carbon-fiber-inlayed titanium handle. It weighs just 2.2 ounces.

Leather Helmet Bag
Leather Helmet Bag

Keep your helmet secure and protected. The Classic is a full-grain-leather, padded motorcycle helmet bag with shoulder strap. Plus, a stash pocket—accessible from the outside of the pack—makes use of the dead space inside the helmet to place small items. Live on Kickstarter.

Scottish-Made Field Jacket
Scottish-Made Field Jacket

Add utility, fashion, and longevity to your wardrobe with Mission Workshop’s Eiger Waxed Canvas Field Jacket. While it costs a staggering $685, this Scottish-made, weatherproof coat is “guaranteed forever.”

'Modular' Clothing
'Modular' Clothing

Cold? Add sleeves. Working out? Strip ’em off. Ki Made launches what it calls the “world’s first modular clothing system.” Though zip-off pant legs have been around for decades, Ki Made’s approach brings the concept to an entire outfit. Both pants and shirts have zip-together long and short sleeves and pant legs to transition between activities.

Electronic Bug Shield
Electronic Bug Shield

Emit a forcefield to keep blood-sucking intruders out—no super powers required. Thermacell’s Radius is a rechargeable, invisible repellent that emits a 110-square-foot barrier with enough juice for 40 hours of bug protection.

Goat Skin Glove
Goat Skin Glove

A good pair of lined work gloves provides warmth without sacrificing utility. The $118 MTN Utility Gloves have Primaloft Gold insulation and a goat leather outer to provide waterproofness and durability.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    'Swappable' Shoe Concept

    Zip on a fresh pair of shoes for any occasion with ACBC’s Shooz. Dubbed the “world’s first travel sneakers,” Shooz offer dozens of combinations of uppers and soles—for business, casual, or sporting needs. Plus, the upper “skins” are recyclable, and each pair lays flatter than traditional shoes for packability.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    Ultralight Kayak

    Carry, inflate, and paddle this 17-pound kayak from Advanced Elements. The skin-on design of the AdvancedFrame Ultralite inflates around an aluminum frame. After paddling, it packs up small for transport. Available in 2018.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    Carryall MTB Pack

    Hit the trail with all the hydration, tools, repair items, nutrition, and necessities to get you through a day of backcountry riding. The $110 Henty Enduro pack has space for a 3-liter water bladder. There are zippered lumbar and hip pockets for gear and a mesh pocket for maps. Padding near the kidneys and over the lower back and hips gives comfort and some protection in a crash.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    Lighter Goggles

    “See more, feel less.” That’s what Adidas Splite ultralight goggles offer. The frameless ski goggles weigh 80 grams (2.8 ounces) and are bendable for easier packability. Plus, the Splites sport anti-fog treatment and cost less than $100.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    Smart Taillight

    Keep yourself visible on the bike with the Rayo “smart” taillight. This light not only has variable brightness for day and night riding, but it also features an automatic brake light and customizable blinking pattern. And it pairs with an app to alert you if it detects “unfamiliar bike movement” when you’re away, signifying a possible theft.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    Multi-Function Outerwear

    Add versatility to your winter wear with Bergaffe Outerwear. Austrian for “mountain monkey,” Bergaffe launches a wind shell, Primaloft jacket, and snow bibs. Each garment includes extras like a detachable hood, integrated microfiber cloths for goggles, ski pass pockets, and more. Live on Kickstarter this week.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    World's Lightest Sandals?

    Techies and hippies unite—the 3D-printed, minimalist sandal is here! French brand iGUANEYE launches its Jungle sandal, a rubber sole with a single toe pocket and heel piece. Best of all, each pair assembles like a puzzle, so you can mix and match the toe-heel support with soles of varying thickness.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    NASA-Inspired Sports Bra

    A true “space-age sports bra”? This one was created by a former NASA space-suit designer. It’s called the Siggie Lodoen sports bra, and it offers microfiber padding in the cups, “one-way stretch” for bounce control, and the brand’s patented Space Band feature for extra support during high-impact activity. Live on Kickstarter.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    Minimalist Folding Knife

    Everyone needs an everyday-carry knife, and the iQ Flipper offers a stylish, minimalist take. Inspired by Japanese Higo knives, the iQ sports a 2.9-inch VG10 steel blade and a carbon-fiber-inlayed titanium handle. It weighs just 2.2 ounces.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    Leather Helmet Bag

    Keep your helmet secure and protected. The Classic is a full-grain-leather, padded motorcycle helmet bag with shoulder strap. Plus, a stash pocket—accessible from the outside of the pack—makes use of the dead space inside the helmet to place small items. Live on Kickstarter.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    Scottish-Made Field Jacket

    Add utility, fashion, and longevity to your wardrobe with Mission Workshop’s Eiger Waxed Canvas Field Jacket. While it costs a staggering $685, this Scottish-made, weatherproof coat is “guaranteed forever.”

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    'Modular' Clothing

    Cold? Add sleeves. Working out? Strip ’em off. Ki Made launches what it calls the “world’s first modular clothing system.” Though zip-off pant legs have been around for decades, Ki Made’s approach brings the concept to an entire outfit. Both pants and shirts have zip-together long and short sleeves and pant legs to transition between activities.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    Electronic Bug Shield

    Emit a forcefield to keep blood-sucking intruders out—no super powers required. Thermacell’s Radius is a rechargeable, invisible repellent that emits a 110-square-foot barrier with enough juice for 40 hours of bug protection.

  • Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

    Goat Skin Glove

    A good pair of lined work gloves provides warmth without sacrificing utility. The $118 MTN Utility Gloves have Primaloft Gold insulation and a goat leather outer to provide waterproofness and durability.

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