Get Into Gear
Whether for the trail, the town or the campsite, these standouts all make being outside better.
Gregory / Jade
The Women’s Jade, a popular pack from Gregory, is enhanced for Spring 2023 with a more supportive and comfortable suspension system, dynamic carry, improved torso adjustment and new recycled materials. The FreeFloat dynamic hipbelt moves with the body for comfort, and additional padding in the hipbelt conforms to the shape of the lower back and hips for a body-hugging, supportive fit. The suspended, open-air backpanel delivers breathability and is now easier to adjust for a precise fit. Design details also include extra-large hipbelt pockets for phone storage, a hydration sleeve, front stretch mesh pocket and U-Zip opening for easy access to the main compartment.
Huk / Icon X
This line of performance fishing shirts from Huk offers style, comfort and 50+ UPF sun protection. Icon X shirts feature a 100% polyester blend for moisture management, and use the brand’s I.C.E. (Internal Cooling Element) technology, with cooling fibers that allow air to pass through and work to pull heat from the skin’s surface. Mesh underarms and back further enhance the “coolness” of these shirts. Plus, all garments in the Icon X line utilize an anti-microbial treatment that inhibits and kills the growth of odor-causing micro-organisms. Shirt styles in the line include long sleeve, pocket long sleeve, short sleeve, polo and a hooded version for both men
and women. The collection ($40-$60) comes in a variety of colors and patterns.
Inov-8 / Venturelite Hiking Apparel
Footwear and apparel brand inov-8 has launched its first-ever hike clothing range, designed for faster, lighter outdoor adventure. The new Venturelite apparel line takes inspiration from the brand’s previously launched trail running clothing collection. “We’ve seen the continued growth in popularity of faster paced hiking and want to give these outdoor lovers the same speedy-feel that trail runners enjoy from their clothing but with the necessary hiking twists,” said Helen Stuart, inov-8’s head of clothing and equipment. “We’ve kept all the garments super-lightweight by removing unnecessary features and instead sharply focused on the things which hikers really need to safely go faster on trails and chase down mountain summits.” Items in the line include mid-layers, hoodies, tees, pants and shorts. A three-layer waterproof breathable jacket is set to launch for winter.
Osprey / Atmos
The Atmos AG LT 50 ($270) delivers Osprey’s body-hugging AntiGravity suspension in a streamlined silhouette for technical backpackers while shaving 10% off the weight of the Atmos AG 50. The seamless suspended mesh backpanel disperses and balances the load while the Fit-on-the-Fly hipbelt delivers a precise fit. Additional features include: zip access to the main compartment, integrated raincover, bluesign ap-proved/GRS-certified recycled fabric and PFC/PFAS-free DWR.
Eagle Creek / Expanse
The new Expanse Collection is built for the customer who is looking for specific travel details in their luggage, offering experience-based organization at an affordable price. Featuring bluesign approved 100% post-consumer recycled fabrics throughout, the clean exterior cleverly hides the embedded technology, including a Central Lock Point and Secure-Zip Toggles for pick-pocket protection, a scuff resistant armor, water repellent fabric, reflectivity, and lockable, self-repairing zippers on the main compartment. Available in February 2023, the Expanse Collection ($229-$319) includes rolling suitcases in 4 Wheels, 2 Wheels and Convertibles that come with built-in backpack straps.
Mountainsmith / Epic
The Epic is a new light and fast lumbar pack coming to market for Spring 2023 from Golden, CO-based Mountainsmith. The Epic includes two side bottle pockets for mountain bike water bottles and features bright yellow lining to promote visibility. “We have dug into our heritage and expertise to add some fantastic updates and new styles to our lumbar pack collection,” Mountainsmith GM Jonathan McFarland said. “I think you will find the quality and durability you expect to see from Mountainsmith lay-ered in with some real functional and thoughtful designs.”
Helinox x RVCA
Art is the common thread of a new outdoor lifestyle furniture collaboration from Helinox and skate brand RVCA. Pictured here are items ($150-$530) featuring designs from artist Kelsey Brookes. Helinox’s design-first approach to lightweight, packable furniture lends itself to enjoying longer hours outside with friends and creating new experiences. The new collab melds Helinox’s craftsmanship with RVCA’s skate, surf and sport roots, tapping into RVCA’s growing Artist Network Program.
MSR / Habiscape
Seattle-based Mountain Safety Research (MSR) is launching the new Habiscape Tent Series ($499.95-$599.95) for Spring 2023. A frontcountry tent, the Habiscape is designed to offer convenience, livability, and luxury, available in 4-person or 6-person options with a blend of performance, space, and features. It has a symmetrical design for intuitive setup and includes features such as the Pass-Thru Pocket, accessible from inside and outside the tent but impervious to bugs, and a storage bag that becomes a hanging pocket. “MSR has a long history of solving problems for the most serious of outdoor adventurers. With the Habiscape series, we applied our problem-solving skills to the family camping environment and are very pleased with the outcome,” said Kalon Pilmanis, Vice President of Product. “The Habiscape’s intuitive setup, livable space, and creative pocketing solutions eliminate a lot of the frustrations that keep families from maximizing their time doing what is most important: enjoying the outdoors together.”
Ignik / Gas Growler-X
The newest offering in Ignik’s Gas Growler product lineup is the Gas Growler-X ($199.95), an evolution of the Growler family, offering twice the “adventure potential” of the original without the waste associated with smaller single-use propane bottles. The long-lasting 10-pound refillable propane tank is ideal for heating and cooking on extended outdoor adventures. Each refill replaces 10 one-pound green propane bottles, offering a reusable option that decreases the waste associated with single-use alternatives. It comes with a four-foot adapter hose and connector that attaches to two-burner camp stoves, as well as larger home BBQ grills. The dual zip-top case, detachable carrying handle, and Molle stitching on the case offer easy transport, storage, and versatility. The Gas Growler-X complies with DOT specifications for transport by car, SUV, RV, or boat, providing a safe and reliable option for vehicle-based adventures.
Therm-a-Rest / Honcho Poncho Down
The original Therm-a-Rest Honcho Poncho has been a longtime fan favorite, and for Spring 2023, the brand is growing the collection to a family of two with the cozier and more functional Honcho Poncho Down, which features updated tailoring for a more refined fit; and an anorak style front zipper, arm holes and three-panel hood for additional warmth, comfort and wearability. Much like a wearable sleeping bag or insulated jacket for camp, the Honcho Poncho Down offers versatile protection from the elements. The 650-fill Nikwax Hydrophobic Down is water
resistant and fast-drying, and the 100% recycled nylon shell features a water-resistant DWR coating. In addition, the poncho packs down into its front pocket, which doubles as a camp pillow at night.
Rab / Ionosphere
The first-ever line of sleeping pads from Rab is set to launch for the Spring/Summer ‘23 season. (The company first made its reputation designing sleeping bags four decades ago, before also becoming known for its apparel and mountain equipment). The sleeping pad line will include the Ionosphere (pictured), designed for maximum comfort and packability. It is ultralight and made with heat reflective TILT technology and 100% recycled Stratus insulation. The Ionosphere is designed to maintain sleeping temperature, and its lightweight construction uses air and insulation for superb warmth-to-weight ratio and minimal pack-size. “Forty years of crafting industry-leading sleeping bags has put Rab in a unique position to understand the needs of backcountry sleepers. At that means keeping them warm and comfortable,” said Jon Frederick, US Country Manager at Rab. “We are excited to release these new models of sleeping pads to provide a new option focused on warmth-to-weight ratio at an obtainable price.”