Top 10 Latest Gear Releases For April 2016
With technology evolving at such a rapid pace, we are getting better products by the minute and we understand how important it is for you to have the best gear that the market has to offer. So, starting this month and with following posts each coming month, we are featuring the greatest and latest gear items that are fresh on the shelves. These items have been specifically picked for all of you adventurers and we are certain that some of these items will be just what you have been looking for.
1 – Arc’teryx Arcrux AR Mountaineering Boot
With the idea in mind to create the lightest, best fitting, extremely durable and completely waterproof boot, Arc’teryx set out to create the Arcrux AR Mountaineering boot. This boot, as the name suggests, was designed for mountaineering, ice climbing and mixed climbing and they did this with the comfort and volume of a single boot in a double boot. By utilizing their Adaptive Foot Technology, the Arcrux AR uses a removable bootie that is made out of stretch textiles that creates an instant custom fit without any pressure. To aid in breathability, the bootie has a GORE-TEX membrane that assists the climber in both climate control and waterproofing while the perforated PE foam allows quick drying in the case that it does get wet. The bootie also has a rubber sole so that it can be used as a camp shoe. The gaiter (protective outer covering) needed to be tough, abrasion resistant and needed the ability to eliminate potential damage from rocks and other dangers; by utilizing a Laminated Watertight™ construction and using the superbly breathable GORE-TEX, they managed to do all of that and offer you the most impressive protection. The outsole was especially developed by Vibram® to create the best support and sure footedness by featuring anti-slip grooves, a semi-blocked toe, a medial climbing support zone and the heel has been designed to provide braking on steep descents. All of this together is pretty awesome but the Arcrux AR just looks awesome as well.
BUY | $750+
2 – Berghaus Hyper Shell Jacket
Understanding that a jacket that is both lightweight and warm is what many people require on their camping trips, hiking and early morning jogs, Berghaus went out and created, what they claim to be, the world’s lightest full zip waterproof jacket. Weighing in at an astonishing 3.5oz (100 grams) for a men’s XL, we certainly believe that they could have achieved that. They did this by making the Hyper Shell Jacket a minimalist jacket, meaning that it has no pockets, the hood isn’t adjustable and it doesn’t have a wire brim. However, the Hyper Shell is an extremely breathable waterproof jacket and they managed to do this by using a 100% polyamide construction and a durable polyurethane coating. Its waterproof rating stands at 15,000mm and its breathability is at 10,000g/m2/24 hours. That’s pretty impressive if you ask us. Apart from that and realizing that a heat exchange needs to take place effectively for joggers, they added reflective heat transfer that allows for additional cooling while you are on the move. The Hyper Shell also comes with its own storage bag so that you can take it with you wherever you go.
BUY | $107.95+
3 – Jetboil Genesis Camp Burner System
On any camping trip it is a necessity to have a good cooking system but these can both be heavy and extremely cumbersome. To overcome these issues, Jetboil created their Genesis Camp Burner System that is lightweight, easy to carry and efficient. The system also comes with its own 5 liter FluxPot and 10” frying pan. The 5 liter FluxPot has been specially designed to increase efficiency by utilizing the Jetboil base that gives you excellent simmer control with the least amount of gas while the 10” frying pan has been coated with ceramic which is both eco-friendly and gives you an excellent non-stick coating. Transport is extremely easy since all the parts fit into one another; you fold the stove in half which then fits into the FluxPot, the FluxPot lid fits over the burner and the frying pan fits over all of them as the main lid. Simply insert the compacted Jetboil Genesis into its carrying bag and you are set to go.
BUY | $349.95
4 – Stanley Adventure Water Jug
Water is probably the single most important necessity that you need no matter what activity you might be doing. At home it’s easy since you can simply walk to the tap but when you’re out camping and hiking, it becomes crucial that you have a container that will not only keep your water cool but something that is as rugged as the lifestyle demands. This is where the famous tool and camping gear creator Stanley comes in. They understood these needs and they brought out the Adventure Water Jug that you can purchase in 1 or 2 gallon sizes. The Adventure Water Jug is completely leak proof and is insulated so well that it can keep drinks ice cold for up to 40 hours. The lid is foam insulated and features a leak-proof gasket and it also has a leak-proof vent plug that allows for good flow from the spigot without having to remove the lid. The spigot features an ice catch which makes sure that it never clogs up and transporting has never been easier with the rugged latches that holds everything together and the sturdy handle. So, be it camping, a party or a barbecue, the Stanley Adventure Water Jug is as versatile as it is usable.
BUY | $50.00
5 – MSR Guardian Purifier Pump
As we pointed out in the previous item, water is the most essential necessity that you need when you go camping and all too often, you might run out of water with no clean water nearby. Luckily, this will never be an issue again if you have your MSR Guardian Purifier Pump. The pump is easy to use, simply place the extractor into any water source that you can find and you’ll instantly have clean, fresh and pure water. By using a leading-edge hollow fiber filter cartridge, the MSR Guardian completely removes viruses, bacteria, protozoa and even sediment in a worst case scenario. The filter is also extremely long lasting with a lifespan of 10,000+ liters and there is no need to back flush or scrub the filter since it cleans itself on every stroke that it makes and pumps out all the unwanted grime. It’s also completely mechanical; meaning, you never need batteries or chemicals and it’s very rapid since it can filter 2.5 liters (0.66 gallons) of water per minute. Since it has been designed for camping and survival, the MSR Guardian can withstand freezing temperatures and has been drop-tested on concrete at 6 feet. Pretty nifty if you ask us.
BUY | $349.95
6 – Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 85 Backpack
When you are out on a week-long camping trip or a mountaineering expedition, you are going to need a large backpack to haul all of your gear and this is where the Nimbus Trace Access 85 backpack by Granite Gear comes in. It’s the largest in the Nimbus family and has a carrying capacity of 60 lbs and as heavy as that is, the Trace Access can support it. By using a rigid maple core framesheet and an exoskeleton belt, you’ll be able to carry this massive weight with both ease and comfort. Granite Gear enhanced the comfort by adding their 3D TopoFlex frame that is engineered to fit the shape of your back and it mimics the way that your back flexes. They also incorporated a single pivot point attachment system on the shoulder straps and belt that allows a precise fit and freedom of movement while it equally distributes the weight along your hips, shoulders and back. They also used their own Advection Back Panel that not only compliments the TopoFlex ergonomic functions but also increases heat transfer and dissipation. The Trace Access features tool loops, side compression, hydration port and internal sleeve, stretch side pockets, a massive front stretch pocket, 10mm compression straps and its all made from high quality Cordura® High Tenacity 100D and 210D Nylon.
BUY | $359.95+
7 – Moonwalk Sleeping Bag
The general misconception is that all sleeping bags can be used directly on the ground. Actually, quite a few of them don’t come with a waterproof bottom meaning that they are highly likely to soak in the moisture from the ground and make your sleeping experience, well, a soggy one. This couldn’t be further from the truth with the Moonwalk Sleeping Bag, designed by NEMO. Apart from its lightweight design, the Moonwalk also has a waterproof foundation ensuring that you can put it safely on the ground. Additionally, the pad sleeve loads from above which increases the bag’s waterproof quality. The bag also has a practical tub design and is perfect for cyclists and hikers alike. It weighs only 2 pounds and 2 ounces and is filled with the 700-fill-power down to keep you warm and cozy even when the temperatures plummet to 30 degrees Fahrenheit. The bag’s down absorbs 30% less moisture and dries 60% faster than untreated downs. Furthermore, the Moonwalk Sleeping Bag comes with a drawstring collar which closes in body heat. It is currently available in one color combination – granite / lightning yellow, and one size – regular. The Moonwalk is made from strong 20-denier ripstop nylon and measures 72 inches in length with the shoulder girth of 62 inches and hip girth of 58 inches. When packed, it measures only 8.5 x 16 inches.
BUY | $239.98
8 – Grands Espaces Laguiole Knife
You don’t need to be a seasoned hiker or a camper to know that having a proper knife in the wilderness is an absolute must. The Grands Espaces Laguiole Knife, produced by Baladé, lives up to its grandiose name (translated in English it means Laguiole Wild Open Spaces). Its semi-serrated blade with a thumb stud is suitable for the hardest of cuts and, to make the handling as easier as possible, the handle is made with slot cutouts to reduce the knife’s weight. This folding knife is made from the tough 420 stainless steel with anthracite gray titanium coating for durability while the handle is produced from zebra wood. You can open and close it effortlessly with one hand and it comes with a cord so you can hang it wherever you want it. The knife weighs 4.37 ounces (or 124 grams) and measures 4.9 x 1.1 x 0.71 inches (or 12.5 x 2.8 x 1.8cm). The blade’s length is 3.94 inches (10cm) and the saw length is 3.54 inches (9cm).
BUY | $27.98
9 – G-SHOCK MRG-G1000DC-1A Watch by Casio
When a company has been producing wristwatches for exactly 70 years, like Japan-based Casio, quality is guaranteed. Their newest launch – MRG-G1000DC-1A – is probably one of the toughest watches produced as yet. With 200-metre / 20-bar water resistance, titanium alloy case & band and high shock resistance, this is a watch made for outdoor aficionados and adventurers. The titanium alloy (6-4) that the MR-G is made from is actually harder than pure titanium and its shock resistance is further improved thanks to titanium-carbide processing. The features of this stylish watch are too many to cite here but we’ll mention just a few that impressed us the most. The MR-G is solar powered and also has a LED light with a super illuminator. It comes with the GPS and time calibration signal reception. It shows time in 40 different time zones. Additionally, it has a countdown timer, daily alarm, power saving mode, low battery alert, full auto-calendar (to year 2099), and a ±15 seconds per month accuracy. Its battery operated time is 7 months when in normal use and 18 months when stored in total darkness with a power save function on. The battery is rechargeable.
BUY | $2,600
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10 – Panasonic LUMIX GX85 Camera Kit
If you are looking for a lighter, more intelligent option to bulky cameras, Panasonic has you covered with its LUMIX GX85 mirror-less interchangeable lens camera. This is the most compact camera ever designed by Panasonic measuring 2.78 x 4.8 x 1.73 inches in size. It is brimming with innovative features like THE new five-axis in-body, integrated 2764k-dot electronic viewfinder and quick-access thumbwheel. Because Panasonic decided not to include the low pass filter this time around, the camera’s fine detail power is increased by over 10% compared to the usual 16-megapixel sensors. What’s more, LUMIX GX85 has Wi-fi mobile control with the 4K video, 4K photo and 4K Post Focus options. LUMIX GX85 also comes with a touch-control tilting LCD to give you the best control possible when photographing. This camera gives you a much lighter and faster photographic experience and a bigger flexibility when shooting in difficult angles. Apart from the camera itself, the kit includes a battery pack, USB cable, hot shoe cover, AC adaptor, shoulder strap and body cap. Further features of the LUMIX GX85 include the SDXC flash memory, 16.9 image aspect ratio and image stabilization option.
BUY | $797.99
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