It’s that time again, when you start dreaming about gearing up for the spring and summer ahead. We’ve got you covered with 35 products that are sure to amplify your outdoor adventures in 2020. 


Danner Trailcomber

Danner Trailcomber


The struggle against swampfoot is real, especially in the heat of summer. This new, breathable hiking shoe boasts an abrasion-resistant knit upper that is also fast-drying and drainable for creek crossings or quick dips in the swimming hole. At only 19 ounces per pair, the Trailcomber is the lightest Danner hiker in the line. And, true to form, its Vibram Litebase outsole with Megagrip provides great traction and wear resistance without the extra weight. $140.

Beyond Clothing Prima Lochi Jacket

Beyond Prima Lochi Jacket

When the temperature dips at night, you’ll appreciate the Polartec Alpha performance insulation in this jacket. The Prima Lochi packs down small and promises to hold up to wear thanks to its 70-denier nylon ripstop construction. Details include internal and external chest pockets, zippered hand pockets, and elastic cuffs, hem, and hood trim. Bonus: The reversible design offers two looks for the price of one. Standard and long sizes available. $185.

Benchmade Mini Bugout

Benchmade Bugout Knife

It fits inside an Altoids tin, making it ideal for your personal survival kit or as an everyday carry right in your pocket. The Mini Bugout maintains the same high material standards as its full-sized counterparts — premium CPM-S30V stainless steel blade, Grivory handle — but weighs just 1.5 ounces and measures 3.7 inches when closed (6.49 inches when open). Use the clip or lanyard hole to keep the knife safe and sound and close at hand. $160.

Kahtoola INSTAGaiter Mid

Kahtoola Instagaiter Mid

Even a tiny pebble in your boot can trigger annoyance, discomfort, and an inability to enjoy the beauty around you. The INSTAGaiter packs into a small tote sack (included) but offers big comfort. How? The stretch-woven nylon fabric is breathable, durable, and water resistant, with an offset zipper that allows your foot to flex naturally. An elasticized drawcord ensures nothing enters the top of your boot, while the instep strap adjusts to fit a variety of outsoles. $50.

Tested: Mazama Kapka

Mazama Kapka

My wife and I have three kids, so even a short hike means hauling a lot of stuff. The Kapka’s 15 liters of cargo space swallowed all of our jackets and snacks and safety gear and…you get the picture. There’s a padded sleeve for a laptop and a fleece-lined pocket for your sunglasses. The back shove-it pocket can hold a bike helmet. A 3-liter hydration bladder comes standard; I like the high-flow bite valve with cover. Adjustable shoulder, sternum, and compression straps let you dial in the fit. An emergency whistle and mini multitool are handy touches. $56.


 Petzl Borea

Petzl Borea

The Borea is a new version of the brand’s popular Boreo helmet sized for head circumferences between 20.5 and 22.8 inches. The low-profile design, sizing, and a headband that allows it to be worn with a ponytail make it especially suitable for women. A thick ABS shell, EPP foam liner, and EPS foam liner remain from the original, protecting against lateral, frontal, and rear impacts while still offering good ventilation. Available in White, Violet, and Turquoise (shown). $60.

Tragur Crux I Pants

Tragur Crux I Pants

The delight is in the details with the Crux I Pants. Dual-entry cargo pockets located below the harness line but above the knee are always accessible. Two layers of fabric from shin to thigh increase durability during knee-bars. The waistline has elastic backing for a sure fit. Plus, the pants are versatile and comfortable: stretchy polyester/spandex fabric, gusseted and ventilated crotch, articulated knee with cinch system. You’ll love them for tough sends and everyday wear. $85.

So iLL x TOPO Collaboration Climbing Shoe

So iLL x TOPO Climbing Shoe

Looking for a low-volume shoe that provides all day comfort? The So iLL x TOPO Collaboration Climbing Shoe is built on a flat last with a highly tensioned yet comfortable heel, hard/stiff midsole for support, and molded rand that provides a more precise fit. It’s an all-around great shoe for any climber, featuring a red non-marking Dark Matter Rubber sole, new closure system, and padded tongue. $149.

Decathlon Climbing and Mountaineering Harness

Decathlon Climbing + Mountaineering Harness

The appeal of Decathlon’s new indoor and big wall harness is that it adapts to fit multiple body shapes as well as clothes made for various activities (shorts, tights, pants, overpants, etc.). Two sizes — small/medium and large/extra extra large — and four adjustment buckles allow better user comfort, with excellent weight distribution thanks to wide, dense EVA foam pads. Certified and approved by the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA). $55.

Arc’teryx Haku Rope Bag

Arcteryx Haku Rope Bag

When it comes to explaining the design of the new Haku Rope Bag, “simple” does not mean ineffective. In fact, the clean, pocketless profile of the synthetic fiber exterior means it compresses easily and won’t snag on obstructions as you travel between climbs. An integrated tarp with a hole in the center makes it easy to pack rope into the main compartment. Arc’teryx reports the bag holds a standard 60-meter rope; users claim even more. $69.


Flylow Davis Jacket

Flylow Davis Jacket

Mountain bike one day, trail run the next. Or just relax at the campsite. The Davis jacket is an ultralight, breathable, air-permeable windbreaker that could become the daily workhorse of your gear, no matter the activity or season. The DWR-treated fabric is stretchy, has a drop trail for biking coverage, and stores into its own chest pocket when packed away. Aero features include a cinch hood system, elastic wrists, and neck snaps. $125.

LEM Helmets MotivAir

LEM Helmets MotivAir

By moving the interior structure to the exterior of the helmet, the MotivAir decreases weight, increases strength, and maximizes vents for cooling without compromising integrity. The new helmet uses LEM’s proprietary exoCarbon technology to create a thin, hard outer shell that is backed by internal low-density EPS foam. Built for road, XC, and gravel cycling, the helmet weighs in at half a pound. It’s strong, thin, and light — perfect for your warm-weather rides. $225.

Terrain OneMTB Edition Trail Jersey

Terrain OneMTB Jersey

This limited-edition jersey is constructed of 100-percent polyester fabric and breathable fine mesh for comfort, durability, and maximum air flow. The shirt’s flat-lock seams and tag-free label reduce chafing and irritation, while its Instawick moisture-wicking technology helps move perspiration away from the body. Proceeds from jersey sales support local YouTuber OneMTB and his efforts to get more kids and families on bikes. Available in men’s, women’s, and kids’ sizes. $30.

Specialized ANGi Crash Sensor

Specialized Angi

What if OnStar existed for cyclists? The ANGi Crash Sensor is as close as we’ve come so far, in that it calls for help when you can’t. Here’s how it works: Once paired with the Specialized Ride App (available for iOS and Andriod devices), ANGi detects and reports potentially dangerous helmet impacts to the app, which notifies your emergency contacts and sends them your most recent GPS coordinates. It could just save your life. $50.

GT Grade Carbon Elite

The original GT Grade launched back in 2014 and was at the forefront of the gravel/all-road bike movement. This new model adds some expected upgrades, like front and rear flat-mount disc brakes and thru-axles, as well as bigger tire clearances (up to 42 millimeters). The construction has changed, too: The seat stays are no longer bonded to the seat post, allowing for a huge amount of flex. All these features (and more) result in added comfort and versatility, no matter the terrain. $2,000.


Astral Loyak AC

Astral Loyak AC

The new Loyak AC (Air Condition) is an even more lightweight and breathable alternative to the original Loyak. Ideal for SUPing, sailing, and fishing, the shoe’s fine ripstop mesh upper is reinforced with TPU around the toe and heel base, offering air flow and drainage while also guarding against abrasion. Best of all, the shoe’s sock-like entry, level footbed, wide toe box and sticky outsoles promote ninja-like performance in slippery places, so you never second-guess a step. $110.

ProViz REFLECT360 Dry Bag Backpack

ProViz Dry Bag

While not strictly a “paddling” product, this dry bag backpack can fill the need. It’s 100-percent waterproof when the top closure is rolled three times and clipped, and the highly durable PVC exterior has reflective material for added visibility, day or night. The 28-liter cargo space has an inside zipper pocket for your wallet, keys, and mobile devices. Adjustable chest and waist straps with quick-releases allow for convenient transport on the water or anywhere. $120.

Helly Hansen W Solen Printed Watershorts

Helly Hansen Water Shorts

These 2.5-inch-inseam shorts are all about comfort, style, and sun protection, whether wet or dry. The Scafé sustainable fabric dries quick and offers two-way stretch for active pursuits, plus it boats a 50+ UPF and natural odor management properties — two big benefits in a marine environment. The shorts are available in sizes from extra small to extra large in three colors: Yellow Pear, Iced Coffee, and Navy Print (shown). $70.

Buff CoolNet UV+ Multifunctional Headwear

Buff CoolNet + UV Multifunctional Headwear

From cap to balaclava, neck gaiter to hair tie — you can wear a Buff 12 different ways. That’s not new. What is new is the CoolNet UV+ fabric from which this line of versatile headwear is made. The 20.5-inch-long by 9-inch-wide Buffs are engineered with Repreve performance microfiber, made from 95-pecent reclaimed plastic, featuring HeiQ cooling technology and UPF 50+ sun protection. Available in numerous styles, including Tarpon At Play (shown). $24.

Airboard Strider Ultralight 9’9”

Airboard Strider Ultralight


An all-around/touring model suitable for lakes and ocean water, the Strider Ultralight sets new standards in terms of weight and convenience. The 11-pound inflatable SUP folds down to the size of a day pack, easy to store and extremely portable, allowing you the freedom to paddle anywhere. Put your belongings in the waterproof bag after inflation (a pump, carry belt/leash, and repair kit are also included). The Strider lineup includes two additional sizes. $815 (9’9”).


Patagonia Endless Run Shorts

Patagonia Endless Run Shorts

Midwest weather can bless us with two (or more) seasons in the same day, which makes the Endless Run Shorts a wise choice. Part tight and part short, they were designed with drastic temperature and elevation changes in mind. Contrasting panels of quick-drying fabric help with moisture control and movement. A center-back pocket and two no-bounce side pockets hold your phone, nutrition, map, etc. Fair Trade Certified sewn. $80.

Hoka One One Speedgoat 4

Men's HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat 4 Final

The Speedgoat 4 joins an award-winning family known for making quick work of technical terrain. The fourth edition features a new breathable yet rugged mesh, 3D printed overlays for increased midfoot support and an overall more secure feel, and a wider fit in the toe box for a more comfortable ride. Grippy on the uphill and secure on the downhill, the Speedgoat 4 can tackle every trail. Also available in widths for the first time. $145.

Brooks Dare Crossback Run Bra

Brooks Crossback

The company calls its new running bra collection “the biggest innovation in the history of Brooks’ sports bras.” The Dare Crossback provides exceptional control and comfort with its crossback design, chafe-free bottom band, and pullover-style design with no zips or hooks. Supportive DriLayer HorsePower fabric joins forces with molded cups and free-cut construction for visible shape and a streamlined silhouette that contours to your body. $60.

Camelbak Zephyr Vest

Camelbak Women's Zephyr

Ultra-lightweight and breathable, the Zephyr Vest is engineered with body mapping for optimal ventilation and stability. Dual sternum straps and side straps offer a range of adjustments for a personalized fit. Take advantage of the trekking pole attachments, secure phone pocket, and plenty of fuel and gear storage. The vest comes with two Quick Stow 17-ounce soft flasks and is compatible with a 2-liter Crux Reservoir. Available in men’s and women’s cuts. $150.

Hyperice Hypervolt Plus

Hyperice Hypervolt Plus

“Percussion therapy” can help relieve muscle soreness, improve range of motion, promote circulation, and accelerate warmup and recovery. Consider the Hypervolt Plus your on-call specialist, able to activate, soothe, or loosen muscles in hard to reach places. The rechargeable, handheld device is powered by a high-torque motor encased in a lightweight, ergonomic body. Seamlessly change the included head attachments and adjust speeds for a customized massage in minimal time. $400.


ENO SkyLite Hammock

ENO Skylite Hammock

The new SkyLine Hammock is ideal for those who enjoy the trimmings of tent camping but still like to hang from the trees. The 7-foot-long body comes with spreader arms that create a flat and supportive sleeping bed. The integrated bug net offers protection and includes a tent-like zipper door. Packed dimensions are 15 inches by 4.5 inches by 4.5 inches. Weight is 2 pounds. The SkyLine uses the ENO Helios suspension system (sold separately). $170.

Sierra Designs Taquito 35

Sleeping bags constructed for warmer temperatures have the advantage of being lighter and more packable because they need less fill. The Taquito 35 weighs 1 pound, 10 ounces and measures 15 by 7 inches in its stuff sack. The sleeping compartment fits up to 6-foot-heights. A single-sided zipper with anti-snag tracks makes getting in and out a breeze, while a draft dodger collar keeps you toasty for a more comfortable night’s sleep. $220-$240.

Alps Mountaineering Chaos 1

Alps Mountaineering Chaos-1

When you’re camping solo, you need a tent that goes up quick and easy, so you can move on to other needs. The Chaos 1 is free standing and uses a one-pole design; this means you don’t need a partner to help with assembly. Mesh roof vents increase ventilation, or you can buckle on the polyester fly for extra weather protection and to create a vestibule for gear storage. Base size: 7.2 by 3 feet. Packed size: 20 by 6 inches. Weight: 4 pounds, 13 ounces. $190.

GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Explorer Set

GSI Explorer Set

Just starting out and need a dependable, affordable cooking kit? The Glacier Stainless Explorer Set weighs in at just 18.6 ounces and includes a 1.1-liter pot that nests both the stove and spork. The former heats fast and pumps out up to 11,000 BTU/h. Notable features include sturdy, stainless steel pot supports and a large diameter burner head. The pot has a folding handle and helpful gradations for measuring food ingredients. $50.

Tested: Hillsound Equipment BTR Stool


Camping stools can be scary. No, really. I’ve been using one that I picked up at a big box store, and every time I sit down, I wonder if I’m going to end up on my ass because the legs balk or the seat fabric rips (it’s bound to happen). The BTR Stool is simply better. First off, it’s uber-lightweight at 12.6 ounces and folds down to 11.6 by 3 inches — but holds up to 240 pounds! Made of 7001 aluminum, it’s durable and has a simple locking mechanism that secures the legs when extended. And if the seat tears, it can be detached and replaced without having to throw the stool away. Price: TBD.


Coalatree Kachula Adventure Blanket

Coalatree Kachula Adventure Blanket

Your go-to blanket for any camping trip, festival, picnic, family outing, vacation, and more, the Kachula Adventure Blanket is ready for it all. The blanket stuffs into itself for use as a pillow, has a snap-attached hood to convert it to an emergency poncho, and is packable, water-resistant, and durable. Snap multiple Kachulas together for a modular blanket system. Fourteen colors and styles are available, including Emerald Lake (shown). $79.

Arcade Capture Belt

Arcade Capture Belt

Arcade has almost singlehandedly popularized the adventure belt concept: activity and travel-friendly waistbands that are stretchy, strong, and stylish. The new Capture line is an elevated approach for the company, incorporating a custom buckle of lightweight balsa as well as a hidden adjustment point, unique stitched inlay, and quality trim. Still packed with Arcade attitude and functionality but with a premium look and feel. $35.

Ruffwear Front Range Harness

Ruffwear Front Range Harness

By all means, take your furry friend on your next outdoor adventure. They’ll love you for it! The Front Range Harness is padded, easy to put on, and comfortable for your dog to wear all day. It features two leash attachment options: a V-ring centered on the back and a reinforced loop on the chest to redirect dogs that pull on leash. Reflective trim boosts visibility in low-light conditions. Comes in sizes from extra extra small to large/extra large. $40.

Leatherman FREE P2

Leatherman FREE P2

The FREE P2 has 19 tools and hundreds of uses, all packed into a 4.25-inch, 7.6-ounce package. All tools are designed to be accessed with one hand, open smoothly, and click in place with a snap. Tools include: needlenose pliers, regular pliers, replaceable wire cutters, replaceable hard-wire cutters, electrical crimpers, wire snipper, combo knife, spring-action scissors, package opener, awl, can opener, bottle opener, wood/metal file, Phillips screwdriver, medium screwdriver, small screwdriver, extra-small screwdriver, pry tool, and ruler. $120.

Tenalach Night & Day Bean Bag Toss

Don’t let daylight dictate your family playtime. The Night & Day Bean Bag Toss includes two collapsible aluminum boards with LED lights around the holes. In addition, the eight beanbags have LED lights inside. It all comes in a portable case, which makes it ideal for car camping or cookouts. Now, you can extend your game of cornhole after the sun sets — and still be able to hit your target. $299.

Author: Brad Kovach is the editor/publisher of Terrain Magazine.