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The Best Outdoor Gear 2019

The Best Outdoor Gear 2019

Backpackers.com — Outdoor Retailer is the most important gathering of outdoor-specific manufacturers within the US, and it meets twice a yr in Denver (as of 2018). We attended the Summer time Market in 2018 and noticed extra gear than you possibly can shake a stick at. We met with manufacturers, touched new supplies, and took observe of tendencies within the business — environmental sustainability, numerous inclusion, and smooth colours have been the highlights.

Under is the gear that impressed us on the present – arguably the most effective outside gear popping out in 2019. Some are updates to longstanding strains, some are completely new and distinctive merchandise. Search for most of this gear in Spring 2019.

Best Outdoor Gear of 2019

Granite Gear Blaze 60

Granite Gear is a pacesetter in light-weight, versatile backpacks dialed in for the robust and knowledgable backpacking crowd. The Blaze has been a number one pack on this class, and it’s getting an entire redesign. The new Blaze 60 is each light-weight — simply three kilos — and able to carrying heavier masses — as much as 50 kilos. It additionally makes use of UHMWPE material in high-abrasion areas. That stands for Extremely-Excessive-Molecular-Weight-Polyethylene, and is Dyneema with out the model identify.

Options embrace a prime lid that’s detachable and might be worn on the entrance, an Air Present body that’s adjustable, a detachable and absolutely adjustable Re-Match hip belt, a zippered aspect entry pocket, and enormous hip belt pockets. We expect that is considered one of Granite Gear’s greatest wanting and most versatile packs but, and there’s a males’s and ladies’s model!

Best For: Ultralight Backpacker, Wilderness Backpacker

Specs: three lbs, 100D Robic Nylon and Customized 210D Robic UHMWPE triple ripstop

The Granite Gear Blaze 60 comes out in Spring 2019 and can value $269.95


Huge Agnes Fly Creek HV Carbon with Dyneema

big agnes Fly Creek HV 1 Carbon 04Huge Agnes is on a mission to create the lightest fully-featured tents round, they usually have nearly executed it with the Fly Creek HV Carbon with Dyneema. This can be a 1- or 2-person tent that takes their well-loved Fly Creek mannequin and provides it carbon poles and a Dyneema fly and flooring. For these word accustomed to Dyneema, it’s loopy robust, loopy mild, doesn’t stretch or sag, and is waterproof by nature.

The Fly Creek HV Carbon with Dyneema is available in at one pound (!) for a 1-person, or one pound two ounces for a 2-person (!). Yeah, you learn these proper. All for a double wall, single door tent that’s fairly livable.

Best For: Ultralight Backpacker

Specs: 1 pound 2 oz., 1 vestibule, 39/40″ peak peak, 19/28 sqft (relying on model).

The Huge Agnes Fly Creek HV Carbon with Dyneema tents come out in Spring 2019 and can value a whopping $720+.


Osprey Rook/Ren Backpack

Osprey Rook 65 Mallard GreenOsprey is a pacesetter in backpacks for all actions, they usually have been pushing the higher reaches of design within the final couple years, releasing ultralight and professional fashions. The Rook (for males) and Ren (for ladies) packs are the other — primary, strong backpacking packs at an reasonably priced worth. Like, $155-$165, which is decrease than most of our “budget” backpacks proper now.

The collection consists of the standard repair’ins Osprey is understood for, like a prime lid, twin mesh aspect pockets, built-in raincover, hydration sleeve, an adjustable torso and LightWire body, and an Airspeed again panel for air flow. It appears like an honest pack from a extremely reputed model for a low-cost entry level, which is incredible.

Best For: Wilderness Backpacker

Specs: three.5 lbs, 30-40 lbs. load vary, 600D polyester

The Osprey Rook and Renn backpacks might be obtainable January 2019, and can value $155-$165.


Patagonia Calcite Jacket

Patagonia Calcite JacketPatagonia has plenty of rain jackets, they usually’re introducing extra. What struck is concerning the Calcite Jacket — a higher-end shell that appears snug, well-built, and can deal with rain with out a problem — is that it’s made with a brand new recycled Gore-Tex materials referred to as PACLITE Plus. Patagonia all the time has a hand in pushing giant business gamers to get extra environmentally acutely aware, and that is the primary recycled waterproof membrane we’ve seen from Gore-Tex, the most important participant in rainwear. And whereas Patagonia is likely one of the solely manufacturers utilizing the material now, it must be normal in a number of years.

Best For: Wilderness Backpacker, Ultralight Backpacker, Automotive Camper

Specs: Gore-Tex PACLITE Plus membrane, 100% recycled face material, 14.5oz

The Patagonia Calcite jacket can be out there in Spring 2019, and can value $279.


MPowerd Luci Photo voltaic String Lights

MPOWERD Luci Solar String LightsMPowerd is greatest recognized for the Luci Mild, an inflatable photo voltaic lantern. Creating economies use the lights as a type of assist, campers use them to mild up a campsite. They’re universally useful and superior, and MPowerd has launched numerous variations.

The Luci Photo voltaic String Lights, although, are new. They’re an 18-foot string of lights with 10 LED twin directional nodes (20 lights in complete) that may be simply hung round a campsite or house. The base is photo voltaic charged (in fact), and may cost your telephone, too.

We expect this can be a cool, moveable addition to any campsite or yard, and at $35 makes a fantastic present.

Best For: Automotive Camper, City Hiker

Specs: 11.three oz, 18 ft. twine, 10 LED nodes, IP67-rated base, IPX4 twine

The MPowerd Luci Photo voltaic String Mild is accessible now at REI, and in different retailers in Winter 2019. It’s $35.


La Sportiva Pyramid GTX Boot

la sportiva Pyramid GTXLa Sportiva is a top quality boot and shoe maker, they usually proceed to have an enormous backline of merchandise we love. It’s exhausting to inform how footwear will do exactly from taking a look at them in a conference middle, however out of every little thing we noticed we favored the look of the Pyramid GTX boot.

The Pyramid makes use of full leather-based uppers with slits for breathability, La Sportiva’s Influence Brake system, and the comparatively new Gore-Tex Encompass waterproofing. Encompass is fascinating, and waterproofs beneath the foot along with the remainder of the shoe — the Pyramid takes benefit of this with small holes within the midsole to let your foot breathe, and the design has numerous promise for rugged breathability. All this in a comparatively light-weight boot with a really comfortable heel.

Best For: Wilderness Backpacker, Ultralight Backpacker

Specs: 16.5 oz, Perforated Nubuck Leather-based, Nano-Cell Air Mesh, Gore-Tex Encompass, Vibram Nano XS Trek with Impression Brake System

The La Sportiva Pyramid GTX boot (and Hyrax GTX low) will come out in Spring 2019. The boot will value $189, the low $179.


Nite Ize SlapLit LED Drink Wrap

nite ize slaplit led drinkNite Ize is a model that harkens to a simple, enjoyable, gadgety lifestyle. They’ve tons of merchandise, new and basic, however the one which struck us was the SlapLit LED Drink Wrap. Sure, it’s a comfortable. Sure, it’s a neon strip of LED to maintain monitor of your chilly brewskie. And sure, it snaps round your drink like these previous slap bracelets all of us used to play with.

The neoprene cozy retains your drink chilly and makes it straightforward to seek out. The battery runs for 100 hours and is a replaceable CR2032. Onerous to not like it, particularly as a present!

Best For: Automotive Camper, City Hiker

Specs: Insulated neoprene, Glow or Flash, 100 hr battery

See the SlapLit LED Drink Wrap on NiteIze.com, or see it in retailers in 2019.


Kelty Zyp

kelty zyp trail packKelty is within the midst of product updates and model updates, each of that are wanting decidedly younger and colourful from our vantage level.

The Zyp line of packs was a standout for us on the present, partly due to completely new suspension know-how by Kelty. Dubbed NadaTech, it focuses on minimalism and luxury to scale back sweat. As well as this pack line makes use of Kelty’s PerfectFIT tech, which lets you customise the torso vary considerably (and simply). That is nice for day packs that haul heavy masses, and also you’ll discover the identical options within the Zyro line of packs, that are bigger and meant for backpacking.

We notably just like the Zyp 28 liter, however all these packs look good.

Best For: Day Hiker

Specs: Zyp in 28, 38, and 48 variations with women and men’s particular; Zyro in 54 and 68 variations with women and men’s particular

The Zyp and Zyro line of packs shall be out there in Spring 2019. The Zyps packs will vary from $129.95-$169.95, and the Zyro line from $199.95 to $229.95.


MSR Hubba Tent Collection Replace

MSR Hubba Hubba NX UpdateThe MSR Hubba collection of tents is among the most iconic light-weight tents on the market. It helped to outline the cozy but tremendous light-weight class, which is now what all critical tent producers are angling towards within the US.

MSR is updating all the line in Spring 2019 with Easton Syclose Poles, in-house poles which might be extremely versatile, to the purpose the place they virtually can’t break. They’re additionally very light-weight. The replace additionally consists of the brand new Xtreme Defend System, which does away with tape sealing and as an alternative makes use of watertight seams and a water-proof coating that lasts longer.

These two updates mark additional development within the area of tent manufacturing, which is thrilling.

Best For: Wilderness Backpacker, Ultralight Backpacker

Specs: All specs for Hubba NX 2: three lbs eight oz, 29 sqft flooring, 17.5 sqft vestibule, 39 in. peak peak, 1 Easton Syclone pole

The newly up to date MSR Hubba line shall be out there in Spring 2019. Costs vary from $379.95-$699.95, relying on measurement.


Princeton Tec SNAP Mild

princeton tec Snap lightPrinceton Tec is understood for headlamps, and headlamps are recognized for being a bit boring. Everyone seems to be growing lumen rely, including USB-charging, and offering a lot of shade choices. Princeton Tec determined to make a extra common mild by including a magnet: the result’s the SNAP mild!

A small, tremendous mild white LED that snaps right into a headlamp (in fact), but in addition onto a handful of different included attachments, like a motorcycle clip, carabiner loop, and naturally something that’s magnetic.

We love this versatility, and assume it’s a extremely helpful “do it all” headlamp for the essential consumer.

Best For: Day Hiker, City Hiker, Automotive Camper, Wilderness Backpacker

Specs: 200 lumens, 130 hour burn time (on low), three AAA batteries, three.5 oz, IPX4, Spot Excessive, Spot Dim, Strobe

The Princeton Tec SNAP is on the market now at REI, and hits different retailers in 2019. It prices $39.99.


Outdoor Analysis Apollo Assortment

outdoor research apollo jacketOutdoor Analysis is a grasp of the outer and mid layer. From rain jackets to insulated jackets, the corporate has pushed heat and rain tech ahead. What they’ve finished for the Apollo assortment is take these years of expertise and put them into an excellent reasonably priced rain jacket and pant. At simply $99, that is meant to compete with the uber-popular Marmot PreCip.

The Apollo rain jacket options 2.5-layer tech, a 70D ripstop Ventia material, absolutely adjustable hood, pit zips, and it stuffs into itself. It’s additionally obtained cool colorways for women and men.

Best For: Day Hiker, City Hiker, Automotive Camper

Specs: 2.5-layer 70D ripstop nylon Ventia material

The Apollo Assortment shall be out in Spring 2019, and the pant and jacket will every value $99.


Therm-a-Relaxation NeoAir UberLite

thermarest neoair-uberlite_orion_regular_top_PRTherm-a-Relaxation continues to be the dominant sleeping pad model available on the market, and at Outdoor Retailer they introduced their lightest pad but: the NeoAir UberLite. This takes many design queues from the massively widespread NeoAir XLite, arguably the product that made ultralight sleeping pads a factor.

Therm-a-Relaxation makes use of Triangular Core Matrix know-how for this pad, and it doesn’t have that crinkly really feel and sound the XLite and XTherm are recognized for. This pad is the lightest one available on the market now (on the heels of a ton of competitors), and with Therm-a-Relaxation’s fame for high quality construct we aren’t simply excited, however know the ultralight junkies will probably be drooling. (Drool is all the time a superb factor.)

Best For: Ultralight Backpacker, Wilderness Backpacker

Specs: eight.eight ouncesfor Common, 2.5 in thick, provided in Small, Common Giant

The Therm-a-Relaxation NeoAir UberLite will probably be obtainable in Spring 2019, and can value $179.95 for a Common measurement.


Therm-a-Relaxation Vesper Quilt

thermarest vesper_20_vapor_regular_closedWe attempt to spotlight many manufacturers from the present, however typically two merchandise stand out from the gang. On this case, the Vesper Quilt from Therm-a-Relaxation notes a serious change within the backcountry sleep market. Quilts have been on the rise, however principally via small cottage corporations. The greater manufacturers are beginning to take notice, and Therm-a-Relaxation is about to launch the Vesper quilt, a 32F or 20F quilt that rivals any cottage model.

In true quilt style there isn’t a hood, a sewn-in footbox, horizontal baffles, and some straps to hug it tight to your physique. The quilts really feel plush in hand, and we’re excited to see how they maintain as much as their cottage gear counterparts.

Best For: Ultralight Backpacker, Wilderness Backpacker

Specs: 20F, 1 lb three oz, 900-fill, Nikwax Hydrophobic Down, ThermaCapture Lining, SynergyLink connectors

The Therm-a-Relaxation Vesper might be out there in Spring 2019, and can value $349.99-$399.95 relying on temperature and measurement.


BioLite HeadLamp

biolite HeadLamp tealSure, one other headlamp, and sure, this one is from BioLite, that power, range, and charging firm recognized for creating wood-burning stoves that cost your telephone. The pitch at Outdoor Retailer for the HeadLamp was easy: everybody wears their headlamp round their neck, which suggests it’s uncomfortable to maintain across the head. Let’s design one thing that’s truly snug to put on.

The HeadLamp is a battery-in-the-back headlamp, which is nothing new, however this can be very mild (2.three ounces) and all of the design went into consolation whereas sporting. We wore it, and it’s fairly snug. The beam unit nonetheless tilts, it has all the most important mild modes, and is USB rechargeable. It’s additionally dimmable, and has 330 lumens at max, which is brilliant sufficient to nighttime hike with. General it appears like a standout headlamp for backpacking because of its brightness, weight, and ease of wear and tear.

Best For: Ultralight Backpacker, Wilderness Backpacker, Automotive Camper

Specs: 2.three oz, 330 lumens, three hr run time on excessive, 40 hr run time on low, rechargeable Lithium Ion

The BioLite HeadLamp can be obtainable in Spring 2019 in 4 colours and can value $49.95.


UCO 4 Piece Mess Package

ucco four piece mess kitWe don’t typically spotlight meals carriers as a result of they’re drab and sometimes locked right into a range system. Not the 4 Piece Mess Package from UCO. This can be a bowl and plate mixture that seals, features a spoon and fork (in a single), has shock twine tieoffs, is dishwasher- and microwave-safe, and comes with a lifetime guarantee. The entire factor weighs simply eight.5 ounces, and prices solely $14.99. Lastly, they appear nice — a mixture of enjoyable and woodsy.

The mild seal to make these leak-proof makes this an ideal package for commuting or tenting, and the dimensions and form of the bowls will accommodate something from soups to salads to a simple chopping floor. General, if we needed to advocate a multitude package that’s not tied to a selected range system, this may be it.

Best For: Automotive Camper, Day Hiker, City Hiker

Specs: Polypropylene and TPE development, dishwasher/microwave/freezer-safe, comes with Change Spork, shock twine, and weighs eight.5 oz.

The UCO 4 Piece Mess Package (and the Bamboo model) might be obtainable Spring 2019. It prices $14.99 for one package.


NEMO Switchback Pad

NEMO SWITCHBACKNEMO is understood for engineering all of the little particulars that go into backpacking gear and popping out the opposite aspect with wonderful, distinctive merchandise. On this case, they took the endlessly basic (and comparatively low cost) closed-cell foam mat and gave it a facelift. Sure, this immediately competes with Therm-a-Relaxation’s longstanding basic mat (and our Price range Decide), so we’re to see the way it fares.

The design of the froth nodules permits for extra help in a pad that packs smaller and weighs a tiny bit greater than the primary competitors. It insulates towards chilly, and admittedly, we haven’t seen an replace to this class in a very long time. Will probably be fascinating to see the way it compares.

Best For: Ultralight Backpacker, Wilderness Backpacker

Specs: 14.5 oz, .9 in., 5 x 5.5 x 20 in.

The NEMO Switchback will probably be obtainable in Spring 2019, and prices $49.95.


Eager Enterprise Boot

Keen Venture Mid WPEager could also be one of many dorkier wanting shoe manufacturers within the outside business, they usually take satisfaction in that. However in a push to attach with a youthful viewers, the corporate is designing slimmer, lighter, and extra daring wanting footwear, seen greatest within the new Enterprise boot.

The Enterprise is mild, handsome, and has a singular tightening system referred to as KonnectFit. That’s coupled with a strong Eager outsole and EVA midsole. We like this boot due to its daring design and the premium supplies. It’s additionally provided in a Low.

Best For: Day Hiker, Automotive Camper, City Hiker

Specs: 17 oz., four mm lugs, stability shank, Eager.Dry waterproofing, Eager outsole

The Eager Ventura Boot and Low shall be out there Spring 2019, and can value $180 and $170. 


Exped MegaSleep

exped MegaSleep_4-in-1_graphicExped is understood for bringing innovation and luxury to every thing they do, and the MegaSleep sleeping bag system hits these two factors properly. The couples tenting gear class continues to develop — a standout product being the Exped Mega Mat — and MegaSleep was constructed to be the “go-to” duo sleeping bag.

The MegaSleep duo bag has a cool-weather aspect that works right down to 25F, and a heat climate aspect that works right down to 40F. Simply flip it inside out to realize the heat you’re on the lookout for. It additionally zips off into two separate, particular person sleeping luggage, one which works at 25F and one at 40F. The useful graphic to the fitting explains this, however you’re primarily getting a single and double sleeping bag in a single, every with two totally different temperature scores. It packs down surprisingly small, and we expect it makes the “which sleeping bag should I get?” equation fairly easy for automotive tenting. All this in a 4 pound package deal that prices simply over $200 (the price of some single sleeping luggage)!

Best For: Automotive Camper

Specs: 25F and 40F duo bag, 25F and 40F particular person luggage, 40D ripstop nylon, artificial insulation, four lbs

You’ll find the Exped MegaSleep in REI beginning September 1, 2018, and in different retailers March 1, 2019. It can value $219.


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Daniel Zweier

Daniel Zweier is Editor-in-Chief of Backpackers.com. Past orchestrating the every day stream of Backpackers.com, Daniel writes surrealistic brief fiction and novels, adventures into the backcountry and overseas, surfs, reads, drinks tea, and obsesses over gear. Lots of gear.

Go to his web site if you wish to study extra about his authorial pursuits.

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