This Year’s Most Innovative Gear
The future is now. These 10 gear picks set new standards in their respective categories.
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Smith Lowdown Focus Sunglasses
These sunglasses read minds. Smith brings high tech to its popular Lowdown frames in the form of EEG sensors that pair with your smartphone to measure your brain’s electrical activity. The app helps you learn to concentrate and avoid distractions, allowing you to focus all your mental energy on the next big send. $350, smithoptics.com
Marmot Eclipse Jacket
The Eclipse shatters performance norms for PFC-free rainwear. Its DWR treatment is bonded to the fabric at the molecular level so it’ll never wash out or need reapplication. Each EVODry jacket saves 1.5 gallons of water thanks to a process that reduces the use of dyes by 85 percent. $250
Outdoor Research Bitterblaze Gloves
Outdoor Research takes the insulation from NASA space suits, aka the “warmest insulation on Earth,” and places it into the palms and fingers of its Fall 2018 Bitterblaze gloves. Gore-Tex membranes keep water out, while goat leather adds extra durability at common points of impact.
Mystery Ranch Ridge Ruck 17
Pack adjustments are a major time suck. Mystery Ranch’s new single-point adjustment design makes it easier to get the perfect fit. Now you can make micro adjustments to the shoulder straps—straight from your hip belt. $119
Arc’teryx Norvan LD
Gore-Tex boots used to mean that your foot was encased in a waterproof bootie hidden under the lining. Arc’teryx’s Norvan LD trail runners are the first to use Gore-Tex Invisible Fit Technology, which applies the membrane directly to the upper for lightweight waterproofing without uncomfortable wrinkles and folds. $200
At 1.9 lbs., the 60-liter Levity is half the weight of most overnight packs. It’s made with Osprey’s NanoFly fabric, which combines polyethylene ripstop with Cordura nylon for high-abrasion resistance that can handle squeezing through even the tightest slot canyons. $340
GoPro’s waterproof 360-de-gree camera lets you shoot first and figure out the composition later. It takes spherical footage of everything in sight, then allows you to pull out traditional flat videos and photography later on to create your dream shot. Bonus: the camera connects to your smartphone so you can set it up to spy on wildlife—and then hide downwind. $700
Danner Mountain 600 EnduroWeave
Danner‘s newest boots might look like they’re made for the city with their woven uppers, but they’re hiding Vibram Fuga outsoles with Megagrip technology. The multi-directional lugs flex to grab slick surfaces and scree so you stay upright no matter the conditions. $160
Jetboil revolutionizes its fan-favorite personal camp cook system with a larger, 9,000 BTU burner and wider air intake openings to create a more powerful flame. The result: 100 seconds between you and a hot cup of coffee. $100