Innovation for All
Outdoor participation is up, and brands are meeting the moment, remaining focused on performance and tech in new products, while keeping the needs of newbies and casual outdoor participants in mind.
Ecco: MX Onshore
The Spring ’22 Onshore sandal has a motocross-inspired outsole and Ecco’s Fluidform technology underfoot for a sports sandal that’s ready for rugged adventure. MSRP $100.
Oboz: Wakatā Trail
Designed for camp or trail, this quick dry sandal features an adjustable strap that locks in the heel for full foot control. On-trend and outdoors-focused, it is also versatile — the sandal flips forward to converting to an easy on and off slide.
Constructed with over 50% I’m Green carbon negative Biobased EVA, Dansko’s Kandi is a lightweight, casual sandal featuring comfort and support in materials you can feel good about. Additional features include Dansko Natural Arch technology for added support as well as a channeled outsole for durability. Available in solids and prints. MSRP $80.
Slated to hit retail in Spring ’22, the ultra-tough new RENAgaiter is designed to protect feet in any element. The gaiter features durable four-way stretch woven nylon with DWR coating that protects against dirt, debris and light precipitation, and provides breathability for high output activities. The lightweight fabric is tear and abrasion resistant and designed for use in demanding terrain. It is ideal for use on lightweight low-cut hiking shoes or boots. MSRP $49.95 (low); $59.95 (mid).
The Visp is the first trail running style from Propét. It features a Scotchgard treated precision knit and leather upper and OrthoLite X40 for high rebound performance with an elasticity rating over 40%, plus a double depth footbed for custom orthotics. A lightweight EVA midsole pairs with a Vibram Arctic Grip three season traction outsole with Wet-Ice Technology. MSRP $119.95.
MSR: LowDown Stove Adapter
More than just an accessory, the LowDown Remote Stove Adapter amplifies the performance and versatility of all current MSR canister stoves and stove systems. Placing the stove on a low, stable base, away from the canister, allows these ultralight stoves to be used on group trips, in basecamp settings and deep in the backcountry. It makes cooking with larger pots and on uneven surfaces easier and safer.
Created as a solution to rampant wildfires, this portable, propane-powered, forest-safe fire pit can replace a wood fires. It is compact and versatile, with an ammo can design. The container is made of heavy duty steel with a high temperature power coating finish for durability. Mesh sides allow for more visible flame and more heat output, and foldable legs pop out for a safe, raised fire surface. It includes a stowable hose and adapter to connect to a propane source. Launching September 2021. MSRP $199.99.
GO SIL: Reusable Ocean Cups
These 20 ounce cups are reusable and made of silicone, offering a sustainable solution to replace single-use plastics. One-percent of each purchase is donated to ocean cleanup and conservation. Go Sil’s new Oceans line also includes reusable, silicone straws. An embedded stainless-steel ring prevents the cup from collapsing when gripped and the cups are dishwasher safe. MSRP $11 ($38/4-pack)
Industrial Revolution: Eco Mess Kit
The all-new ECO 5-Piece is made from Recover Recycled Polypropylene and features a sealed locking lid. The matching spoon and bowl radius, 4-in-1 ECO Switch Spork Utensil Set, and versatile tether makes it a good mealtime companion in town or on the trail. MSRP $29.99.
Gregory: Baltoro 65
Designed to deliver comfort on the trail, the Baltoro 65 offers adjustability for a custom fit and is made with sustainable materials. A FreeFloat A3 suspension system allows the hipbelt, shoulder harnesses and lower backpanel to adapt and conform to the body’s unique shape. The AirCushion backpanel is made from proprietary mesh with a 3D structure consisting of 90% open-air for true breathability, while eliminating pressure points. MSRP $299.95.
Osprey: Transporter Waterproof 25
This technical, lightweight pack has a non-submersible IPX6 rating — it is built to keep gear dry whether adventuring on foot, bike, board or boat. Features include: AirScape backpanel delivering comfort dry or wet; roll-top buckle closure; front panel water resistant zip pocket; internal zip mesh pocket; and main body recycled, blue sign approved fabric and PFC/PFAS-Free DWR treatment. MSRP $150 (25L size).
Therm-A-Rest: Parsec 32
For Spring 2022, Therm-a-Rest is growing its fast and light collection with the addition of two new Parsec sleeping bags in 0-degree and 32-degree temperature ratings. The 100% recycled shell and liner are softer to the touch and lighter than previous versions. Sustainable 800 fill Nikwax Hydrophobic Down absorbs 90% less water and dries three times faster. MSRP $350 (32-degree bag).
The Antille is part of the next generation of the brand’s Untangled Collection of sunglasses built from recycled fishing nets and other sustainable materials. The Antille features a hybrid frame with temple grips and a vented rubber nose pad to keep frames locked in place and help to reduce fogging.
This new ultra-light frameless model weighs in at 24 grams and is available in options featuring Bollé’s Phantom lens, the most advanced photochromic lens on the market and Volt+, a revolutionary high contrast polarized lens. Thermogrip rubber on both the S curved temples and the nose pad ensures stability.
OS1st: FS4 PLANTAR FASCIITIS SOCKS
These Merino Wool compression socks are designed to help strengthen the foot structure and prevent Plantar Fasciitis symptom onset as well as overuse injuries. With precise targeted compression levels and cushioning, the FS4 Plantar Fasciitis sock features Compression Zone Technology that is designed for proper foot support. MSRP $24.99 (No-Show).
LP Support: Ankle Compression Sock
With a Double-loop stabilizer as a heel strap to support ligaments of the heel and ankle during jumps and shifting movements, LP Support’s ankle compression socks also feature Power band wraps around the ankle to prevent roll during lateral movement. Moisture-wicking material helps to keep the socks breathable and provides optimal comfort.
CEP: Ultralight Sock
Built for performance, these tall compression socks offer advanced compression technology that increases circulation and helps prevent injury, according to the brand. The ultralight design enhances breathability. And the socks incorporate carbon-infused yarn that provides strength and elasticity while also keeping them super cool and lightweight. MSRP $59.95.
Scarpa: Golden Gate ATR
Built for a wide variety of terrain, the Golden Gate ATR (All-Terrain Crusher) features Scarpa’s Adaptive Cushioning System, absorbing and returning energy efficiently. The shoe’s EXO construction pairs a super-strong but minimal matrix that wraps the foot for support with a seamless, sock-like upper, and on the outside, a breathable mesh outer with additional PU supports. MSRP $139.
Dynafit: Sky DNA
Engineered for demanding inclines and extreme technical terrain, this trail runner delivers speed and agility and weighs in at 230 grams. The Sky DNA has a flexible and durable Pebax foam midsole for energy return, alongside a Vibram Megagrip Outsole with Litebase Technology for lightweight traction. MSRP $179.95.
Sunday Afternoons: Backdrop Boonie
For long-distance hikers and others who need extra protection without extra weight, the new Backdrop Boonie is the hat of choice. Taking cues from the brand’s Adventure Collection, its low-profile, pack-away neck cape offers extra UPF 50+ protection. And its fabric is treated with a PFAS-free water repellent finish. MSRP $48.
Sterling Rope: Xeros Technology Ropes
This new dry rope is described by climbing brand Sterling Rope as “revolutionary.” Each filament that makes up the yarn in the rope is individually coated ensuring a more even coverage of a dry rope compared to dipping a finished rope in a bath and letting it dry. In other words: Xeros is a new way to manufacture a UIAA Certified dry rope that is more effective, wear resistant, better for the environment, and at a lower cost, according to the brand.
Bertucci: A-2S Pantera Six
A vintage field watch featuring a top-grain leather band with a military-spec web lining, the A-2S Pantera Six has a clean, classic style and premium features such as: 40 mm stainless steel case with a sand-blasted matte finish; Swiss, all-metal quartz movement for reliable time keeping; R-Type hardened mineral crystal for enhanced durability; Swiss super luminous hands and markers for continuous illumination and more. MSRP $165.
Erem: Xerocole Boot
Built for the desert, the brand name Erem is an acronym adapted from the ancient Greek word for desert. Erem stands for Exceptional, Responsible, Enduring, and Motivated. Erem’s founders are Noah Swartz and Jeff Swartz (the Swartz family founded and ran Timberland for decades, selling the brand to VF Corp in 2011). Erem’s new Xerocole Boot combines eco, performance, durability and style. It has a moisture-wicking TENCEL Lyocell lining, a resoleable one-piece rubber outsole, stitched to sole construction, and a full-grain leather and breathable TENCEL Lyocell cotton canvas upper. MSRP $189.99.
Leki: Makalu FX Carbon
The Makalu FX Carbon folding pole is equipped with the new Aergon trekking grip for comfort and control. The hollow core offers lightweight construction with a wide, supportive surface area that is ergonomically aligned with the hand. With Speed Lock 2 plus, the poles can be adjusted in seconds from 110-130 cm and pack down to under 16 inches, so it’s simple to stow them away. It also features the new patented FX foldable and exchangeable technology making a repair on the trail a snap. MSRP $219.95.
Ledlenser: KIDLED4R Headlamp
Ledlenser’s first kids’ designed headlamp is available in two playful colorways. Whether used for reading, on night walks, as a colorful signal light or light toy: this versatile, rechargeable headlamp has numerous child-specific functions, including a headband that releases automatically under load; a lockable battery compartment; an automatic switch-off after 20 minutes; and it is rechargeable via Micro-USB. MSRP $29.95.