The Best New Outdoor Gear, Apparel, and Tech from Outdoor Retailer 2019
Start Planning Your Next Adventure
Summer’s here and we’re basking in being outward bound. Perfect timing to scope out the latest and greatest gear you’re really going to be excited about in the coming months.
The Outdoor Retailer tradeshow in Denver is the Super Bowl of all things that will outfit your next awesome adventure—gear, tech, apparel, you name it. Shape made the rounds to find the best upcoming releases to help you crush it whether you’re going off the grid or from trail-to-tavern.
These editor picks won Shape’s “Best Of” seal of approval because they bring next-level design to the go-to gear you’ll want wherever your hike, bike, paddle, glamping, or everyday outings take you. Whet your appetite—most winning products here will be available early next year—as you plan. (Related: How to Plan Your Own Outdoor Adventure Road Trip)
Eddie Bauer Women’s Sandstone 3.0 Jacket
This softshell will be your best friend on the mountain: The latest version is lightweight as ever with an even softer brushed interior. It will keep out the wind and light rain sprinkles as it offers the comfort of 4-way stretch. (Related: The Best Outdoor Adventure Clothes and Gear for Anyone Traveling to a National Park)
Altra Grafton Trail Hiking Shoe
The trail-to-town shoe is a booming category and this hiker is a new twist built for grip on stone surfaces (and slick sidewalks) versus gritty or mucky terrain. With a durable suede upper, roomy toe box and level cushioning that allows your foot to stay in neutral (ahhh), it delivers on performance and wearability. It will be launching in July so you won’t have to wait that long!
Fjallraven High Coast Foldsack 24 Backpack
Versatility is this daypack’s middle name: Take it on the trail for a leisurely hike or use it as your commuter bag: The folding top allows it to expand or shrink with your gear shifts. The 100 percent recycled nylon-made carry-all will be available in Spring 2020. (Related: The Best Suitcases, Duffels, and Backpacks for Active Travelers)
The North Face Arque Futurelight Jacket
Since the brand launched its super breathable waterproof fabric tech last winter, we’ve been waiting for the trickle-down effect in Spring gear. Voila! This lightweight, cherry red shell is infused with the same weather-proofing so you can fearlessly run in wind and rain without steaming up on the inside.
Body Glove Explorer 10-6 Stand-Up Paddle Board
The brand may be better known for its neoprene swim gear, but this SUP board will have you sold with its smart design. Its soft EVA top layer has a yoga-mat effect and the recessed grip at its center means you’ve got a nice, unobstructed platform for poses. (Related: Does SUP Really Count As a Workout?)
Salomon Vaya Mid GTX Women's Hiking Boots
This women’s-specific hiking boot is pushing all the right buttons for comfort: A soft, plush collar for no-rub strides; flexible upper right where a woman’s higher instep needs it, and a more narrow heel to cradle your foot. Plus, that ombre effect scores big style points.
Yeti Daytrip Lunch Bag
We’ve just found our new go-to lunch bag: Consider this a mini mobile cooler for your eats. It has the same innovative insulation as the brand’s bigger coolers and can expand or scrunch down as needed to fit your appetite. (Related: Healthy Road Trip Snacks to Get You Through Even the Longest of Drives)
Merrell Banshee x Trail Sisters Trail Running Shoes
Where do we begin? This moderate trail running shoe is women-specific and women-empowering: It is a special collaboration with the Trail Sisters movement to get more of us out on the trails. The gorgeous, artist-designed upper also features words of inspiration written atop the toe box and around the heel—plus a portion of proceeds gives back to the cause! (Related: 10 Trail Running Shoes to Help You Break Away from the Pavement)
Keen SOLR Toe Post Flip Flops
The search for a comfy flip flop that won’t slip is over: This genius version has an adjustable “tarsal lock” strap that lets you cinch it to your foot when you’re on the move. Loosen it when you’re kicking back. Bonus: It’s water-resistant and the webbing is made from recycled plastic bottles.
Camelbak Pivot Sling Bag
The fanny pack is back in a big way and the brand that’s synonymous with eco-conscious hydration has built one out of recycled water bottles: Six of them go into making each super versatile sling bag. (Related: Sling Bags Are the Backpack-Meets-Fanny Pack You Need In Your Life)
Skechers Performance GOrun Max Road 4 Hyper Running Shoes
We’re suckers for running sneakers with that soft, sock-like knit upper and these are a beautiful pair on the brand’s bouncy and responsive cushioning technology. For a smooth, neutral run with a featherlight feel, slip in, lace them up and head out.