Emerging Gear: Best YETI Cooler, EDC Sling, and More | 2022-02-24




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Giro Merit Spherical MTB Helmet
Giro Merit Spherical MTB Helmet

When you’re descending the trail at high speed, reliable head protection is paramount. The new from Giro Merit Spherical Helmet ($220) combines many different brand technologies into one piece of mountain bike protection. Spherical technology, powered by MIPS, uses ball-and-socket mechanics in an effort to redirect rotational motion and soften impact. Fifteen vents with internal channeling are strategically distributed across the Merit to maximize airflow.

Massif Elements Softshell Jacket
Massif Elements Softshell Jacket

Massif’s new first responder collection includes the Elements Softshell Jacket ($631), a GORE-TEX outer layer with integrated EMS and SAR (search and rescue) attachments. The Elements Jacket aims to provide the ideal warmth-to-weight ratio when SAR responders are out for hours in variable conditions, without sacrificing durability. Massif was co-founded by a member of the Grand Teton National Park SAR team – first-hand experience that directly informed the design of the Elements jacket.

Front Runner Outfitters Sport Slim Roof Rack
Front Runner Outfitters Sport Slim Roof Rack

South Africa-based equipment company, Front Runner Outfitters, announces the Slimsport roof rack ($625-919) – a low-profile roof rack designed for activity-oriented drivers. The new iteration has a “sleek and unassuming” aesthetic, with plenty of space for cargo. Currently, the Slimsport Rack is available for select model years of Toyota Tacomas and 4Runners as well as Ford Rangers, F-150s and Raptors. Front Runner Outfitters makes various accessories for the rack, including a side mount accessory rack.

YETI Hopper M30 2.0
YETI Hopper M30 2.0

YETI’s popular Hopper M30 softshell cooler gets a new update. In addition, the brand is also launching a new trendy color: Bimini! A giant tote bag for your food and drinks, the M30 is known for its ability to hold an entire case of beer and was the first YETI cooler to use a magnetic closure. the version 2.0 ($350) comes with MagShield Access, which aims to make loading and unloading easier by helping the M30 stay open while you put things in or take them out. YETI claims that the M30’s ColdCell insulation can keep ice frozen for several days.

Clarks Originals Jamaica Pack
Clarks Originals Jamaica Pack

Clarks shoes have been the footwear of choice for many in Jamaica since the 1950s. Today, the brand pays homage to the island nation with a special collection of three heritage styles. The Clarks Originals Jamaica pack includes the Jamaica desert ($170), the Jamaica Bee ($180) and the Hiking in Jamaica ($170). As reggae producer Bunny Lee said, “Clarks stands the test of time in Jamaica.”

Under Armor ‘Flow Velociti Wind’ Running Shoes
Under Armor 'Flow Velociti Wind' Running Shoes

Under Armor UA Flow Velociti Vent debuted in 2021, and it’s already getting an upgrade. the UA Flow Velociti Vent hit the market last year with an all-in-one cushioning system that eliminates the need for rubber on the outsole. the Velociti Wind 2 ($160) has the same UA Flow technology and midsole compound – but a new upper with stitched support strips, new Tatami Stitch heel, molded EVA sock liner, reduced weight, and more . The shoe weighs 8 to 8.3 ounces. The Velociti Wind 2 is available for Men and women for $160.

Topo Designs x James Brand Utility Capsule
Topo Designs x James Brand Utility Capsule

This kit represents an ongoing brand collaboration between James Brand and Topo Designs. For those looking for an everyday outdoor knife and a convenient place to carry it, step into the Utility pod ($159). The shoulder bag comes with an adjustable strap and multiple zippered pockets. Once the shoulder strap is removed, hook-and-loop straps allow the bag to be attached to a backpack. The included Redstone Knife is a 2.5 inch partially serrated stainless steel blade.

PANTS Ten Thousand CØ1
PANTS Ten Thousand CØ1

Men’s activewear brand Ten Thousand presents CØNCEPT, a series of experimental seasonal products. The first CØNCEPT offer is the CØ1 PANTS ($118), stretchy, feature-rich pants designed for the gym, travel, and roaming around town. Made from four-way stretch fabric, the CØ1 PANT aims to build on Ten Thousand’s best-selling, gym-specific Interval pant.






  • Emerging Gear: Best YETI Cooler, EDC Sling, etc.

    Giro Merit Spherical MTB Helmet

    When you’re descending the trail at high speed, reliable head protection is paramount. The new from Giro Merit Spherical Helmet ($220) combines many different brand technologies into one piece of mountain bike protection. Spherical technology, powered by MIPS, uses ball-and-socket mechanics in an effort to redirect rotational motion and soften impact. Fifteen vents with internal channeling are strategically distributed across the Merit to maximize airflow.


  • Emerging Gear: Best YETI Cooler, EDC Sling, etc.

    Massif Elements Softshell Jacket

    Massif’s new first responder collection includes the Elements Softshell Jacket ($631), a GORE-TEX outer layer with integrated EMS and SAR (search and rescue) attachments. The Elements Jacket aims to provide the ideal warmth-to-weight ratio when SAR responders are out for hours in variable conditions, without sacrificing durability. Massif was co-founded by a member of the Grand Teton National Park SAR team – first-hand experience that directly informed the design of the Elements jacket.


  • Emerging Gear: Best YETI Cooler, EDC Sling, etc.

    Front Runner Outfitters Sport Slim Roof Rack

    South Africa-based equipment company, Front Runner Outfitters, announces the Slimsport roof rack ($625-919) – a low-profile roof rack designed for activity-oriented drivers. The new iteration has a “sleek and unassuming” aesthetic, with plenty of space for cargo. Currently, the Slimsport Rack is available for select model years of Toyota Tacomas and 4Runners as well as Ford Rangers, F-150s and Raptors. Front Runner Outfitters makes various accessories for the rack, including a side mount accessory rack.


  • Emerging Gear: Best YETI Cooler, EDC Sling, etc.

    YETI Hopper M30 2.0

    YETI’s popular Hopper M30 softshell cooler gets a new update. In addition, the brand is also launching a new trendy color: Bimini! A giant tote bag for your food and drinks, the M30 is known for its ability to hold an entire case of beer and was the first YETI cooler to use a magnetic closure. the version 2.0 ($350) comes with MagShield Access, which aims to make loading and unloading easier by helping the M30 stay open while you put things in or take them out. YETI claims that the M30’s ColdCell insulation can keep ice frozen for several days.


  • Emerging Gear: Best YETI Cooler, EDC Sling, etc.

    Clarks Originals Jamaica Pack

    Clarks shoes have been the footwear of choice for many in Jamaica since the 1950s. Today, the brand pays homage to the island nation with a special collection of three heritage styles. The Clarks Originals Jamaica pack includes the Jamaica desert ($170), the Jamaica Bee ($180) and the Hiking in Jamaica ($170). As reggae producer Bunny Lee said, “Clarks stands the test of time in Jamaica.”


  • Emerging Gear: Best YETI Cooler, EDC Sling, etc.

    Under Armor ‘Flow Velociti Wind’ Running Shoes

    Under Armor UA Flow Velociti Vent debuted in 2021, and it’s already getting an upgrade. the UA Flow Velociti Vent hit the market last year with an all-in-one cushioning system that eliminates the need for rubber on the outsole. the Velociti Wind 2 ($160) has the same UA Flow technology and midsole compound – but a new upper with stitched support strips, new Tatami Stitch heel, molded EVA sock liner, reduced weight, and more . The shoe weighs 8 to 8.3 ounces. The Velociti Wind 2 is available for Men and women for $160.


  • Emerging Gear: Best YETI Cooler, EDC Sling, etc.

    Topo Designs x James Brand Utility Capsule

    This kit represents an ongoing brand collaboration between James Brand and Topo Designs. For those looking for an everyday outdoor knife and a convenient place to carry it, step into the Utility pod ($159). The shoulder bag comes with an adjustable strap and multiple zippered pockets. Once the shoulder strap is removed, hook-and-loop straps allow the bag to be attached to a backpack. The included Redstone Knife is a 2.5 inch partially serrated stainless steel blade.


  • Emerging Gear: Best YETI Cooler, EDC Sling, etc.

    PANTS Ten Thousand CØ1

    Men’s activewear brand Ten Thousand presents CØNCEPT, a series of experimental seasonal products. The first CØNCEPT offer is the CØ1 PANTS ($118), stretchy, feature-rich pants designed for the gym, travel, and roaming around town. Made from four-way stretch fabric, the CØ1 PANT aims to build on Ten Thousand’s best-selling, gym-specific Interval pant.

Austin Beck Doss
By Austin Beck Doss

Austin Beck-Doss moves regularly depending on the climbing area in season. In addition to covering equipment and the outdoor industry for GearJunkie, he enjoys writing about music, culture, and personal observations of time spent in the natural world.

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