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Trek Powerfly 8 FS Plus eMTB

It’s as serious a mountain bike as any, but Trek’s Powerfly 8 FS Plus eMTB can also keep you biking longer, whether or not you’re in tip top shape. This electric mountain bike boasts a torquey, pedal-assisting motor that’s shielded against scrapes and stones and that’s powered by a removable Bosch PowerPack 500 that gets the rather hefty (50 lbs) bike to speeds of 20 mph effortlessly. A sleek Bosch Intuvia display is linked to handlebar-mounted controls and shows speed, stats, and the like. It’s also equipped with Knock Block in the headset to protect the frame from inadvertent handlebar spinning, Active Braking Pivots that lets the suspension do its thing even when you’re weighing heavily on the brakes, and both Shimano shifters/derailleurs and hydraulic disc brakes.

Learn more at Trek – $5,000

GET IT: $5,000

Sports & Outdoors

Lechal Smart Navigation Insoles

They may look like heated insoles, but they’re not. Lechal Smart Navigation Insoles instead pull off a much more challenging feat than simply emitting warmth: helping you navigate while on foot or on a bicycle without having to look at maps on your phone or listen to audio cues. The system ties into your smartphone via Bluetooth and uses software that interprets directions, transforming cues into intuitive haptic vibrations that guide you along, even offline, so you can enjoy your surroundings rather than keep your eyes glued to a screen. And if you’d rather not use insoles for whatever reason the pods within are removable and affix to your shoelaces as well. Fifteen days of battery life means they’re rarely shackled to a charger (the same can’t be said about your smartphone or smartwatch), and they also keep tabs on calories burnt, distance travelled, and steps taken.

Grab a pair at Amazon – $100

GET IT: $100

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Petzl GRIGRI Plus

Petzl’s original GRIGRI and GRIGRI 2 are amongst the best-known assisted braking belay devices, and close to perfect in most climber’s minds. Still, the GRIGRI Plus manages to one-up its predecessors in several ways, namely thanks to an anti-panic feature that locks the descent automatically should the belayer pull back too much on the lowering handle. It’s also just as durable thanks to a (mostly) metal construction and stainless steel wear plate, sets up as easily as the original by swinging open, and has a top-rope belay mode that’s easier to work with when not lead climbing, all in a package that’s only 30 grams heavier than the GRIGRI 2.

Learn more at Petzl – $150 [via]

GET IT: $150

Sports & Outdoors

MyCanoe Origami Folding Canoe

Everything’s better when it folds, particularly if you live in a cramped city apartment. The MyCanoe Origami Folding Canoe can literally slide under your bed for storage in the colder months and then can be brought to the lake in even the most compact of cars, assembling to an 14 foot adventure-ready canoe in about ten minutes. Uniquely, the carrying case becomes the floor of the canoe so you’ve got nothing to leave behind or worry about, and there’s room to sit two adults comfortably (with a max load of 440 pounds). While the building material may appear flimsy it’s rated to 20,000 fold cycles, and the fact that it’s double-layered — plus the four stabilizing ribs on the inside — make for a very steady, hard-to-capsize canoe despite its portability. It’s also compatible with a range of accessories such as inflatable side stabilizers to boost the weight limit and an oar lock kit to help make paddling on both sides simultaneously easier. Hell, it’ll even work with small trolling motors. And when you’re done exploring and ready to head home, it folds back up in five minutes flat.

Find it at Kickstarter – $840+

GET IT: $840


Tex-Lock Textile Bike Lock

The benefits of using textiles in a bike lock are obvious, namely flexibility and low weight. And so is its drawback in being easy to cut, or so you’d think. Yet besides getting frayed the Tex-Lock Textile Bike Lock doesn’t give in to bolt cutters nearly as fast as chains or traditional metal wire bike locks. Four of the lock’s five layers (all but the decorative outside) protect it from attacks, with a water shield, a fireproof shield under that, then a cut resistant layer over the saw resistant core. Three sizes include small and medium versions and an XL variant that’s got a big eyelet through which to slip the rope and make creative use of its full 70-inch length. It also won’t ever scratch your bike’s frame, includes a magnetic saddle mount for small and medium sizes, and comes in four colors — grey/black, black/gold, neon salmon, plus a more traditional all-black — that are a welcome departure from the stark looks of every other bike lock you’ve owned.

Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $97

GET IT: ~$97

Food & Drink

Uuni Pro Outdoor Oven

Like the original the portable Uuni Pro Outdoor Oven lets one make pizzas and other oven-baked foods quickly just about anywhere. But the Pro isn’t just restricted to burning wood, running on that or pellets, charcoal, or gas (with an optional gas burner add-on), all while offering twice the cooking surface of the 2S. The added space makes this Uuni big enough for a 16-inch pizza or large loafs of bread as well as giant slabs of meat, fish, or trays of vegetables, and since it can reach temperatures as high as 900˚F in about 15 minutes it can cook very quickly (a pizza takes just 90 seconds so chain them to feed larger gatherings). Each also includes a Pizza Door that’s got an opening big enough to slide pizza in and out and that’s completely removable for cooking up the other, thicker aforementioned foods.

Find it at Kickstarter – $500

GET IT: $500

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Yeti Hopper Two Soft Cooler

They doesn’t come cheap, but if you need a cooler to keep your drinks very cold, very long —and one that’s way smaller and lighter than the competition — look no further than the Yeti Hopper Two Soft Cooler. These rugged soft-sided coolers bring improvements to the original Hopper, with a sleeker body for more comfortable hauling, a wider opening that improves access to the drinks or grub within, and ameliorated ColdCell insulation that outperforms the already impressive original. It’s still completely leakproof thanks to a beefy HydroLok zipper and just as durable. Available in three sizes.

Learn more at Yeti – $300

GET IT: $400

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Snow Peak Field Oven

If your camping meal plan is exclusively Chef Boyardee and instant noodles — or worse, yet if that describes a significant percentage of your meals at home — skip this one. But if your palate is resiliently refined, the Snow Peak Field Oven lets you bake things in the field that were not previously feasible without lugging a gargantuan amount of gear. The kit installs over Snow Peak’s collapsible Pack & Carry Fireplace and also requires the accompanying Grill Bridge. Once set up though it contains and amplifies the fire’s heat to attain temperatures as high as about 930 degrees Fahrenheit, or way more than enough to bake a pie, a pizza, or a loaf of bread. Includes a ceramic baking sheet on which to cook and an indentation on top that allows you to pop on hot coals for nice, even heating.

Grab one at Snow Peak – $300

GET IT: $300

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Justin Case Kayak

Oru’s folding kayaks look more or less like traditional kayaks. And while the Justin Case Kayak doesn’t, there’s a good reason for this: it’s actually far more portable than any kayak before it. Instead of rigid parts the Justin Case features a solid but lightweight tubular carbon fiber frame held together by 3D-printed connectors. This frame is then wrapped in a durable and waterproof ripstop nylon skin, the whole building process taking about 10 minutes and resulting in a kayak good for holding up to 300 pounds. Carrying one around is a pleasure considering it weighs just 5.7 pounds — frame and skin combined — and since it collapses down to about the size of a baguette it’ll barely occupy any trunk space.

Hit up Kickstarter for details – roughly $530

GET IT: ~$530


Victorinox I.N.O.X. Carbon Watch

Timepieces in Victorinox’ I.N.O.X. collection are already put through the paces with well over one hundred stress tests. The only way we’d figure they can make them stronger is to use the material that protects the space shuttle from burning up during re-entry, and that’s precisely what they’ve done with the Victorinox I.N.O.X. Carbon series. The carbon resin composite used is strikingly unique, with a rugged matte-black appearance that’s subtly marbled and that makes the watch look as durable as it is. A triple-coated sapphire crystal lens caps the front and, along with the case, shields the watch from drops, shocks, scratches, water (to 200 meters), and probably everything else you’ll encounter. Available with or without a Naimakka paracord bracelet that can be unravelled if you’re ever in a bind and in need of some very strong rope.

Find it at Victorinox – $950

GET IT: $950

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CreekKooler Floating Cooler

Not enough room on your kayak or canoe for the veritable bar you’re bringing along? A CreekKooler Floating Cooler in tow should handle the job. It’s shaped like a miniature kayak and built similarly, but with a watertight locking lid and foam insulation that keeps your drinks cold all weekend. A generous thirty quart capacity holds 30 twelve-ounce cans alongside 20 pounds of ice. Nice finishing touches include four cup holders on deck and a mini flag holder to hoist a tiny flag of your choosing.

Find it at Amazon – $180

GET IT: $180

Sports & Outdoors

Odyssey O-Works Microhinge Putter

You’ve eliminated your hook, corrected your slice, and can spank a ball 250 yards. But if you want to really lower that handicap, remember what Bobby Locke said: “Drive for show, putt for dough.” And since getting the ball to the hole isn’t the same as getting it in the hole, that’s where Odyssey O-Works Microhinge Putter putters come in. They stand out from other clubs thanks to Microhinge Inserts on the putter face that are basically tiny, flexible metal protrusions that bend in when the ball is struck and react by pushing back out, adding topspin and roll to each stroke. They’re offered in a range of blade and mallet configurations to suit players of all types and are said to increase path consistency in the majority of golfers who try them thanks to both high-contrast alignment lines and heavier, counterbalanced heads, so if you’re in the market give these a go.

Learn more at Odyssey Golf – $230

GET IT: $230


Ikea Sladda Bicycle

It’s affordable, clean-looking, and comes in a flat-packed box. If you’re thinking Ikea you’re on the right path, but it’s not furniture. Instead the Ikea Sladda Bicycle is the Swedish furniture giant’s first foray outside the home, though you’ll still need to build it before riding as you probably expected. The Sladda is powered by you through a belt drive that’s rustproof, maintenance free, and comes with a 10-year limited warranty specifically covering the powertrain. An even better 25 year warranty backs up the aluminum frame, which sports a double coating of lacquer that should stave off everyday scratches. Both the front handlebar’s angle and height are adjustable, and you’ll notice just a single brake and cable leaving the handle that leads to the front wheel’s disc brake; the rear wheel stops with a coaster brake and there are no gearshifts to click through since an automatic two-gear system in the rear hub takes care of shifting. They’ll also sell you a slew of accessories including front and rear racks, a trailer (big enough to transport some flat-packed furniture), helmets, bike bags, and more to deck out the cruiser to your requirements.

Find it at Ikea – $500

GET IT: $500