• 35 new outdoor gear products for 2021
  • Gear for running, biking, climbing, hiking, camping, and paddling
  • Outdoor lifestyle clothing and gear

With spring and summer just around the corner, now is the time to get the gear you need to live your best outdoor life in 2021 and beyond.


Constantia Gear Limitless Shirt

Constantia Limitless Shirt

Say hello to your new favorite top for long runs. The Limitless Shirt has six pockets, each with a purpose: an arm sleeve pocket for your phone, back middle pocket for your jacket, and four additional pockets for your food, keys, and other essentials. There’s also a headphone loop on the neckline and a race number holder. The poly/spandex fabric reduces odors, wicks sweat, and offers UV protection. The sleeves incorporate compression material, so your phone doesn’t bounce and your arms get better circulation. $98. constantiagear.com

Ultracor Hypersonic Luna Bra & Ultra High Legging

Ultracore Hypersonic

More than just another sports bra and legging, Ultracor has created a functional activewear line with an eye on environmental responsibility. Each made-to-order piece is created in under three minutes using a waterless, chemical-free approach, reducing the company’s carbon footprint by 95 percent. The Compression 360 fabric is designed to simultaneously increase oxidation/release muscles for improved performance and recovery. Available in six styles, including Midnight Blue Metal. $150 (bra) and $225 (legging). ultracor.com

Salomon Sense Ride 4

Salomon Sense Ride 4

This do-it-all trail shoe has been updated for 2021 with a redesigned heel collar that includes more padding and improves the overall hold. The new Sense Ride 4 also incorporates Optivibe foam, a technology borrowed from Salomon’s road running range, to absorb vibrations and decrease muscle fatigue without weighing the user down. A new anti-debris mesh offers more durability and breathability, and the decoupled rock plate protects feet from sharp objects without compromising flexibility. $120. salomon.com

ExtremeMist Personal Cooling Misting & Drinking Pack

ExtremeMist Backpack

Imagine pressing a button on your wireless remote and being immersed in a cloud of cooling mist on a hot summer run. That’s the idea behind ExtremeMist’s 2-in-1 personal cooling system, which carries a two-liter reservoir from which you can also drink. The eight-setting remote controls mist density and comes with a rechargeable battery as well as a designated pocket for storage. The pack also features quick-access chest pockets and adjusting sternum and side straps for customizing the fit. Available in blue or gray. $239. extrememist.com

Tested: Skratch Sport Superfuel Drink Mix

Skratch Sport Superfuel Drink Mix

When there’s no time to stand around and chew, Sport Superfuel Drink Mix piles in 400 calories per serving — in addition to replacing hydration and electrolytes lost from sweating. The key is Skratch’s use of a more complex carbohydrate called Cluster Dextrin, which digests slowly, like real food does. That means no energy spikes or digestive distress. We liked the consistency; Sport Superfuel dilutes easily in water, so it can be easily sipped or gulped. Flavors include Lemon & Lime or Raspberry (we tried the former and loved it). Sport Superfuel is non-GMO, gluten free, dairy free, kosher, and vegan. $40 (8-ounce bag). skratchlabs.com


Tested: Feetures Elite Cycling Socks

Feetures Elite Light Cushion Mini Crew Sunset Waves

When launching its new Elite cycling line, Feetures considered what two-wheeled athletes needed in a sock: the thinness to fit in a tight-fitting shoe, a moisture-wicking and quick-drying fabric, and protection in critical areas. The result is an anatomical design with targeted compression. We loved the custom-like fit — no slip and no toe seams, which can sometimes cause hot spots. The iWick fibers kept our feet cool and dry. We chose ultralight cushion, great for summer, but there’s also light cushion, as well as three ankle heights and seven colorways, including Sunset Waves. $16-$18. feetures.com

CamelBak Chase Bike Vest

CamelBak Chase Bike Vest

The Chase has been redesigned with lightweight, breathable materials for comfortable, all-day use — including a women’s specific range utilizing body mapping technology for a tailored fit. The latter incorporates a S-curved shoulder harness and vest shape designed with the woman’s body in mind. The Chase features easy access harness pockets, dual adjustable sternum straps, integrated tool organization, and holds a 1.5-liter bladder. Available in five colors, including Plum/Black Palms. Price: TBD. camelbak.com

Flylow Preston Short

Flylow PrestonShort_Charcoal

Purpose-built for the mountain bike saddle, the Preston Short will roll through town fine, too. A long inseam provides coverage and protection while bombing downhill, but the moisture-wicking Intuitive IQ (nylon/spandex) fabric won’t overheat on a climb. A zippered side pocket ensures your phone won’t bounce out when you hit the rock garden, and mesh hand pockets hold essentials while also keeping you cool. The clean silhouette comes in four colors, including Arame. $80. flylowgear.com

Tifosi Sledge Lite

Tofisi Sledge Lite

New for 2021, the Sledge Lite is a slimmed down version of Tifosi’s full-coverage Sledge sunglasses. By eliminating the lower part of the frame, the company was able to shave about 2.5 grams off the weight — taking it from 38 to 35.5 — without losing any style points. Highlights include adjustable rubber ear and nose pieces for a sure grip and interchangeable lenses for bright and low light settings. Available in three sizes and four frame colors, including Crystal Pink. $70. tifosioptics.com

Specialized Tarmac SL7 Expert


Speed is everything with the new Tarmac SL7 Expert, from the lightweight carbon frame and optimized aerodynamic tube shapes, to the clean cockpit and amazing handling characteristics. The outcome, according to Specialized, is that a Tarmac SL7 Expert is 33 seconds faster over 40 kilometers than the Tarmac SL6. The bike comes rigged with a Shimano Ultegra R8000, 11-speed crankset and Di2 derailleurs and hydraulic disc brakes. Available in three colors, including Ultra Turquoise/Reg Gold Pearl/Black. $5,500. specialized.com


Tested: Küat Class 2 Kayak Rack

kuat class-2

The thing we noted about this rack was the thought that went into creating a bombproof product that won’t blow up your boat. What we mean by that is the fixed J shape is ultra-stable; it’s not going to flex or fail at the pivot like some folding racks. At the same time, there’s so much rubber covering this thing that Küat could have called it the Trojan. Your boat will stay, ahem, virgin and mounting is easier when you know there’s protection. The Class 2 attached to our Rhino Rack in no time but does not lock on. However, it’s one of cleanest systems we’ve encountered for routing and securing lines. $159. kuatracks.com

Alchemi Labs Expedition Hat

Alchemi Labs Khaki Expedition

Everyone needs a good hat for sun protection when paddling. Alchemi Labs utilizes “radiant barrier technology” (a mirror-like material on the exterior) that reflects up to 80 percent of the sun’s heat waves and blocks 99.8 percent of skin-damaging UV rays. There’s a moisture-wicking headband and ventilation ports for cooling. You can adjust the size to fit, and the hat folds flat for transport. We like the high-crown Expedition Hat, but other styles include a Bucket Hat, Sport Cap, Desert Hat, and River Hat. $39. alchemilabs.com

NRS Varial Hoodie

NRS Varial Hoodie

Sun hoodies have become the go-to river shirt. The full sleeves and head protection shield you from UV rays, while the lightweight poly/spandex blend breathes freely and wicks moisture. Small holes around the mouth and nose of the neck gaiter release excess heat and perspiration. Thumb loops in the sleeves extend the sun protection to the fingers. NRS has moved to using 100-percent recycled fabric, which makes the Varial Hoodie environmentally sustainable as well. $75. nrs.com

Jackson Kayak Staxx


Meant to be easy to own for the paddling family, the new Staxx performs well, is affordable, and doesn’t skimp on comfort. The hull was made to be fast and maneuverable by Jackson’s longtime designer Tony Lee. Gear tracks allow you to customize the boat with a fishing kit or other accessories to facilitate outdoor fun. And when it’s time to call it a day, the folding seatback lets the kayak be conveniently stowed or stacked. The Staxx measures 10 feet, 8 inches long by 2 feet, 9 inches wide and weighs 64 pounds. $700. jacksonadventures.com

Big Muddy Adventures Gift Card

Big Muddy Adventures Gift Card

There’s only one St. Louis-based canoe and kayak guide service dedicated to introducing paddlers to the incredible sights and sounds of our big rivers through safe, unique excursions. Big Muddy Adventures (BMA) has been doing it for years and has created a trip portfolio that offers something for everyone, from its full moon floats and rivertime supper club, to downtown microadventures and multi-day expeditions. Not sure which program your paddling buddy would prefer? Buy a BMA gift card and decided together. 2muddy.com


Patagonia Quandary Pants


These pants are designed to keep you comfortable during your longest trail days. Made with a nylon/spandex blend using 68 percent recycled materials, the Quandary are lightweight, quick-drying, and offer 50+ UPF sun protection. The fit is regular-straight leg, with a contoured waistband and gusset crotch for a good range of motion. Pockets include two front and two rear, plus one right-thigh zippered pocket. Available in men’s and women’s fits in multiple colors, including Forge Grey. $79. patagonia.com

Jetboil Stash

Jetboil Stash

Meet Jetboil’s lightest stove system ever. The super-compact Stash weighs a mere 7.1 ounces and fits in the palm of your hand. This product was created for the light and fast backpackers, bikepackers, and anyone else who moves through terrain and wants a hot meal or beverage. It has a 0.8-liter, flux-ring pot and a titanium burner. All the components, including a 100-gram fuel canister and a mini lighter, nest compactly into the pot with the lid on during storage. $130. jetboil.com

Gregory Katmai 55

Gregory Katamai 55

The Katamai uses Gregory’s FreeFloat 360 suspension, a mesh back panel featuring a cradled lower back system and rotating harness for a dynamic fit and air flow. The 55-liter pack is made with recycled nylon materials and has easy-to-navigate pocketing and access to your belongings. Engineered using a perimeter alloy frame for stable, responsive support, the Katamai delivers high-end comfort and durability. The women’s Kalmia is available in a 50-liter capacity for the same price. $260. gregorypacks.com

Danner Trail 2650 Campo

Danner Trail 2650 Campo

Inspired by the hot, dusty stretches of the Pacific Crest Trail, this Danner is made for warm-weather miles. It’s built with a lightweight and breathable upper, so it’s as comfortable and quick-drying as your favorite pair of running shoes. Vibram Megagrip technology helps to keep your footing secure as you scramble over rocky terrain. The hiker is dust-gaiter compatible, allowing you to stride confidently through sand, grit, and brush. Available in both men’s and women’s sizes. $140. danner.com

Outdoor Research Motive AscentShell Jacket

Outdoor Research Motive AscentShell

The 10.9-ounce Motive is ideal for fast-and-light missions where low bulk and breathability are essential. Outdoor Research’s AscentShell fabric has helped pioneer a more air permeable waterproof membrane technology over the past four years, and its stretch and soft exterior make the Motive an ultra-comfortable layer to wear. A hood with bonded brim and single-point adjustment also work great on the trail. Available in men’s and women’s fits and three colors, including burgundy. $199. outdoorresearch.com


Mountain Hardwear Basin Pant

Mountain Hardware Basin Pant

From bouldering sessions in the backcountry to cool nights around the campfire, the Basin Pant offers up rugged yet stretchy (nylon/elastane) performance and comfort for your climbing pursuits. Features include a streamlined waist with snap button closure and internal drawcord; two harness-compatible hand pockets; two reverse entry pockets; a zip pocket at the right thigh; and seat gusset construction for ample mobility. Available in sizes from small to extra extra large. $90. mountainhardwear.com

Trango Agility Ropes

Trango Agility Ropes

Trango’s new range of do-everything ropes, called Agility, are available in 7.6-, 9.1-, 9.5-, and 9.8-millimeter diameters. The 9.5 (pictured) is the cornerstone of the line, boasting a best-in-class fall rating of 12 falls and vowing to last you longer than any other 9.5 rope on the market. The Agility’s 1×1 weave pattern also delivers enhanced handling and performance. The rope comes in 60-, 70-, or 80-meter lengths and also is available with standard or dry treatments. $165 (60 meter). trango.com

Petzl Boreo Caving


What is caving if not rock climbing underground? This helmet takes all the features of the original Boreo — head-covering design for reinforced protection against lateral, front, and rear impacts; thick ABS shell and foam liner that makes it compact on the head; soft headband that offers a custom fit and folds into the shell for storage and transportation — and then adds front and rear plates for mounting a DUO S or DUO Z2 headlamp (headlamp not included). Great safety and functionality in one. $100. petzl.com

So iLL Eco Camo Chalk Bag

So iLL Chalk Bag

Constructed with a lightweight, canvas-like material made from recycled plastic, the Eco Camo Chalk Bag includes a cinch top closure to secure your chalk when not in use, plus an elastic loop for chalk brush storage. A zippered pocket holds small essentials, while an adjustable waist belt lets you dial in the fit. The fleece inner lining distributes chalk perfectly and, like the rest of the bag, is 100-percent vegan. $35. soillholds.com

La Sportiva Theory


Climbers looking to take their comp style to the next level need look no further. Extreme sensitivity combined with high dynamism allows the Theory to have unprecedented dexterity and reactivity on holds. An aggressive yet ultra-sensitive slipper with a single hook-and-loop closure locks the heel in. The Theory offers top to bottom sticky rubber and an all-new hybrid sole that combines no-edge features to adapt to the futuristic footwork required for modern competition climbing. $190. sportiva.com


Outdoor Edge LeHawk

Outdoor Edge LeHawk

Measuring 6.25 inches long and weighing 3 ounces, the LeHawk is perfect for everyday carry and use around the campsite. The powerful stainless-steel blade with Blackstone coating offers corrosion resistance and has been heat-treated and hand-finished for superior edge retention. The rubberized thermoplastic handle and unique “duck head” shape ensure a good grip, even with wet hands. The polypropylene sheath has a rotating clip that attaches to any belt, pack, or vest. $40. outdooredge.com

Eureka! Kohana

Eureka Kohana

For the family that likes to put down stakes and stay a while rather than haul their gear from site to site, the Kohana has you covered. A durable aluminum frame, heavy-duty floor, and full-coverage rainfly can weather the weather as well as the hard use of kids and other excited campers. Two doors and vestibules create ample space for the whole group and their stuff. The Kohana comes in four- and six-person capacities weighing 10 and 13 pounds, respectively. $250 and $350. eurekacamping.com

Ignik Gas Growler Deluxe


Stop polluting the planet with single-use propane bottles. The Gas Growler Deluxe is a long-lasting, refillable solution to providing heat and cooking power in the outdoors. Featuring an insulated, 5-pound propane tank contained in a rugged and convenient carrying case, it easily connects to existing propane-fueled devices. Refills can be done at any propane service station. Each Gas Growler Deluxe is built to last 12 years and can replace hundreds of disposable bottles. $130. ignik.com

Zenbivy Motobed


The new Motobed is an all-in-one sleep solution that could change how you camp forever — or at least your camping comfort level. It includes a tapered quilt that you can zip up like a sleeping bag (or not); a dual-layer, self-inflating mattress; a sheet with integrated hood; a pillowcase (for your pillow from home); and a carrying bag. Once you get to your campsite, just roll out the Motobed, situate your pillow, sheet, and quilt, and look forward to amazing night of sleep. Price: TBD. zenbivy.com

ust Fillmatic Sleeping Mat


Comfort and camping don’t have to be mutually exclusive. The self-inflating Fillmatic Sleeping Mat takes seconds to inflate on its own with a unique, two-way flip valve that allows for easy inflation and deflation. Clip two mats together to make a double bed, and brighten up your next adventure with loud, funky designs unlike any other. The Fillmatic Sleeping Mat has all the cushion and size to make you feel like you’re sleeping at home, with 72- and 80-inch styles to fit every body. $180 and $200. ustgear.com


Nomatic Navigator Sling 6L


This sleek bag will take you from trail to town with four pockets in the main compartment, including a radio frequency identification (RFID) safe pocket. Thoughtful storage and cord management allows you to charge devices while on the move, and in the back pocket, you can fit an 11-inch tablet. The Navigator Sling has water-resistant, tamper-proof zips for protection and security, as well as reflective bars for visibility in the dark. The water bottle pocket hides away when not in use. $130. nomatic.com



Designed to wear like a watch and easily adjustable for kids and adults alike, the one-size-fits-all HandiGuru provides convenient, on-the-go protection. To use, load any gel or lotion into the silicone wristband’s self-sealing compartment with the help of the included applicator bottle. When it’s time to reapply, simply squeeze the band to release the desired amount of product — no mess, no hassle, no worries. Try it with hand sanitizer, bug repellent, sunscreen, and more. $12. handiguru.com

Sawyer Tap Filter

sawyer tap_filter

Worried about drinking from the campsite spigot or other outside faucet? The Sawyer Tap Filter connects to any standard tap and reportedly removes 99.99999 percent of bacteria, protozoa, cysts, and 100 percent of microplastic found in fresh water. It can filter up to 500 gallons of water a day without the need for replacement cartridges; simply backwash the filter with the included attachments to reset the system. Perfect for your emergency preparedness kit. $40. sawyer.com

Polar Blend Blender

Polar Blend Blender

Take your frozen concoctions outside with this new battery-powered blender and mixer. The plastic pitcher holds 24 ounces, and the motor and charging base offer juice for 50+ blends on a single charge. Designed to crush ice, Polar Blend has two powerful settings as well as an overload sensor and 20-second safety cycle that prevent overheating. Accessories include a leak-proof, sippable cover; attachable strainer; removable food-grade, stainless-steel blade; and USB charging cable. $70. polarblend.com

Pang Wangle Essential Wrap

Pang Wangle Essential Wrap

Put down the bug spray and turn to a more elegant option for protection. Pang Wangle’s Essential Wrap is made with lightweight fabrics treated with non-toxic, odorless Insect Shield to repel mosquitoes, ticks, flies, fleas, chiggers, ants, and midges. The 6-foot-long design drapes across the shoulders, around the waist as a sarong, or covering your head and neck. Sustainably made of recycled cotton and TENCEL fibers, derived from renewable eucalyptus trees. Available in five colors, including rust. $58. pangwangle.com

Author: Brad Kovach is the editor/publisher of Terrain Magazine.
Top Image: Gregory Katamai and Kalmia packs. Courtesy of Gregory Mountain Products.