- Buyer's Guide
Best New Gear | July 2021
Travel bags ready to adapt on the fly. A micro flashlight that delivers instant illumination on the go. Sustainable sneakers made from fruits and plants. And much more. Discover July’s best new gear…
With the flashlight and many EDC product lines moving exclusively to lithium-ion batteries, being able to carry spares on a trip could mean the difference between a cold overnighter or getting back safely. That’s where Thyrm’s latest release comes in. The CellVault-5M is a modular battery base capable of holding 18650, 18350, and CR123 batteries. There are also extra wells to support CR2032 – those small coin cell batteries powering many of your small electronics. The case is waterproof and has integrated straps for attaching to MOLLE. Lastly, if the included configurations don’t quite match your setup, there’s an optional insert pack to help you out.
Shwood has always stood for high-quality yet affordable eyewear. Seeing a need for frames that feature polarized lenses, spring hinges, and adjustable temple tips, CAMP was created to fill the void between budget-conscious buyers and luxury (or premium) eyewear. The concept launched four silhouettes, each using plant-based bioplastic frames and genuine wood inlays on the arms.
The four frames in the collection are designed for a wide variety of users and faces including different-sized lenses and widths. They offer color options such as Fog, Black, Matte Tortoise, and Whiskey Soda. And they all come with multiple lens options including Polarized G15, HD Polarized Blue Flash, HD Polarized Brown, and more.
Available in Black and Navy, Incase continues their tradition of thin and light laptop sleeves with the Facet Sleeve. Constructed from Recycled Twill, the wallet-inspired protective covers combine a minimal silhouette with maximum functionality. The Facet Sleeve features an interior pocket system, water repellent coating, and weatherproof zippers, making it the perfect companion for MacBook carry.
Flashlights are incredibly useful additions to EDC setups. And with the YSMART Bullet, there’s no excuse not to carry this micro flashlight wherever you go. Small but mighty, it features a magnetic base and a quick-release design for instant, easy illumination on the go. The YSMART Bullet provides 100 lumens in a compact, conveniently portable design that comes in copper and titanium options to suit your personal tastes.
The folks at Article One Eyewear and Mission Workshop both appreciate quality, handcrafted pieces that help you explore outside. So they teamed up on sunglasses that bring style to your everyday settings, with performance features for adventure and outdoor use. The Article One X Mission Workshop sunglasses feature TR90 polymer frames made in Italy, silicone nose pads with a wire core skeleton for adjustable grip, and Italian Divel lenses with CR-39 polarization to block 100% of UVA/UVB rays and prevent road glare.
Osprey has over forty-six years of design under their belt. And they’ve just released a new collection to combine the nostalgia for the early years, modernized for today’s users. In total, five unisex styles designed for a range of activities from hiking to travel to everyday are available. They are constructed with bluesign® approved 500D recycled nylon and PFC-free DWR.
Turning fruits and plants into sneakers? MoEa strides confidently forth with a sustainable alternative to sneaker construction using bio-materials made from fruits and plant waste. These low-carbon, vegan sneakers come in five options each representing a different fruit or plant, including grape, apple, corn, cactus, and pineapple sneakers. They feature breathable recycled bamboo interiors, recycled wood fiber insoles, organic cotton laces, and recycled rubber soles. Designed in France and handcrafted in Portugal, the sneakers are also recyclable. So once they eventually reach the end of their life, they can be upcycled into new sneaker soles.
Graphene-X claims the Polo-X is the most advanced multi-purpose polo shirt ever made. How does it back this bold claim up? By creating a shirt that moves from workouts to work environments and downtime relaxation, while offering a variety of performance features and understated styling. The Polo-X uses graphene-integrated fiber in a laser-cut and seamless design that’s breathable, quick-drying, tough, and wrinkle-resistant. It also helps regulate temperature and includes anti-odor, anti-UV, and moisture-wicking features, resulting in a hard-working wardrobe staple.
Time to enjoy your favorite tipple? WP Standard serves up the Wine Tote to take on hauling duties in style. Made with full-grain leather straps, it holds two wine bottles (but could fit other options too). It also comes with a pouch to stash a corkscrew at the ready. So whether you’re heading for a leisurely picnic outdoors or to friends for dinner, the Wine Tote brings a touch of class to your wine carry.
Merino wool is one of the most impressive performance materials on the market. And it’s great not just for winter use, but summer wear too thanks to its temperature-regulating, odor-resistant, and moisture-wicking properties. Chrome Industries takes all the benefits of merino wool but tweaked into a merino poly blend, creating super-comfy, machine-washable, and durable clothing for their summer wool collection. A choice of socks, hoodies, t-shirts, a neck gaiter, and beanie in options for men and women helps keep you cool and fresh while you’re embracing summer.
Inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s adventurous roamings, the Tanner Goods Holton Leather Pack offers an elegant balance of tough functionality and luxe style. The design is Tanner Goods’ first all-leather pack and includes an interior laptop pocket and drawcord cinch top under the flap to help keep the elements at bay. While the 12.5L capacity won’t haul a large amount of gear, it’s a luxurious pack for day trips and day-to-day use that’s bound to turn heads.
Tom Bihn delivers a fresh take on their Aeronaut with customer requests and additional features to deliver the travel-friendly Techonaut. Available in 30L and 45L options, this versatile travel bag alternates between backpack, shoulder bag, and duffel mode as required, so you can adapt to changing environments and loads on the go. The bag includes a dedicated suspended laptop compartment, comfy and breathable back panel, wide-opening main compartment, and multiple quick-access pockets for getting to essentials throughout your travels. The Techonaut can be pre-ordered now, with shipping in October.
Getting some sleep when you’re traveling can be tough at the best of times. But the Ostrichpillow Go Neck Pillow aims to provide a comfy place to lay your head, wherever your journeys lead. The design wraps around your entire neck for 360° support, with a high contour on one side to rest your head on. It includes a memory foam core and washable cover, while compressing down into a stuff sack for packing convenience too.
Some trips require bringing your own bedding, and Mismo provides a tidy way to do so courtesy of the M/S Storage. Designed as attractive and practical storage for bedding, it features a fully lined compartment with a YKK Excella zipper. It fits two single duvets, pillows, and linen. Extra details such as vegetable-tanned full-grain bridle leather detailing and a leather ID card holder round out this elegant travel companion that lets you swap the garbage bags for a more refined bedding carry experience.
Looking for extra warmth when you’re enjoying cooler outdoor settings? Patagonia has you covered (literally) with their Macro Puff™ Quilt. It offers the warmth of down paired with the wet-weather performance capability of synthetic insulation. And it comes with its own stuff sack for easy portability. Almost queen-sized, the blanket is Fair Trade Certified™ sewn using the same materials as their Micro Puff® Hoody. Designed to stay warm even when wet, it’s a cozy companion for cooler evenings at the beach, up the hills, or simply relaxing on colder days outdoors.
Shimoda raised the bar for adventure photography carry with their original Explore series. Now they’re raising it even further with the Explore series V2, featuring 25L, 30L, and 35L packs. Incorporating the all-day comfort of the V1 series, beefed up with the durability of Shimoda’s Action X series, and refined with highly-requested landscape and travel photography features. Each bag in the V2 series suits carry-on requirements, with a revised side handle that doubles as a luggage pass-through. The packs also feature a redesigned harness for improved comfort and breathability. Plus a new base handle for easier portability, lockable exterior YKK zippers, and thoughtful pocketing to handle a range of travel and quick-access photography organization needs. With functional updates partnering a host of useful features from the original series, the new Shimoda Explore V2 series is set to make outdoor adventure photography more convenient and ultimately more epic.
Harsh outdoor environments can be lethal for fragile camera and video gear. But Pelican’s V200 Vault Equipment Case is portable armor for your precious photography gear (or other items that need added protection). Made with a high-impact polymer exterior, the case is crushproof, dustproof, and water-resistant. The interior features five layers of foam cushioning that conform to the contents, keeping your gear safe and sound when the going gets rough.