The new year has come and gone, meaning that companies have rolled out their new apparel and equipment lines for hikers looking to start their year off on the right foot. When you’re out enjoying Mother Nature, you typically want the peace of mind of having the very best and absolute newest products providing you with maximum comfort, protection, and usability.
Going into 2017, the gear and equipment featured in the following list are what you’ll want to keep an eye out for as you’re planning your future treks out into the wild.
Gerber US-Assist Knife
Have a knife that’s easy to access can come in handy in high-tension situations. The last thing you want to do is have to deal with a blade that won’t unsheathe when you need it most, and Gerber’s US Assist ensures you’ll never have that problem again.
Utilizing a ball-bearing technology known as B.O.S.S. Tech, the knife experiences reduced friction and a more stable performance. The blade is also equipped a crossbolt safety to minimize accidental openings.
Vibram Arctic Grip Soles
Ever find yourself walking through a wintery paradise only to fall flat on your back thanks to an unseen patch of ice? The Wolverine Crossbuck FX, which saw an initial release last fall, proved to put an end to that unfortunate situation. For 2017, Vibram will expand the ice-gripping sole to additional brands, making it more obtainable for the average hiker.
Ascent Superlight Rucksack
Few things are worse than having to stuff gear into an already heavy rucksack and so Lowe Alpine entered the rucksack game with what’s considered the lightest on the market without sacrificing the typical features.
The Ascent Superlight weighs only .8 lbs and is made from a 100D ripstop fabric that offers 13 times the normal high abrasion resistance. Strap design allows for optimum movement and remains out of the harnesses way to ensure maximum safety.
REVO Bi-Directional Belay
Any outdoorsmen that enjoys rock climbing will want to take a gander at this state-of-the-art bi-directional belay device. Even the most skilled climbers will enjoy the assisted locking that greatly reduces accidents by user error.
Unlike current belay devices, the bi-directional system ignores the loading direction of the rope, so any sort of uncontrolled fall will activate the inertia reel and stop the accidental fall. The intuitive system is the perfect system for any level climber, from novice to expert.
Though the thought of mounting a durable tent to the top of your vehicle may sound more difficult than its worth, rooftop camping is bound to enter 2017 as the new preferred method of shelter. More-so than floor-level tents, rooftop tents like the Tepui Kukenam are generally sturdier, not just in the fabric they’re made out of, but the foundation they’re attached to. A thicker material allows for more versatile camping, including heavier bedding and better resistance against the elements.
Though the installation difficulty may vary depending on the owner’s vehicle, the ease of unfolding and packing the tent at each campsite negates any work put in during the initial mounting process.
Thinking of safety, rooftop tents also keep campers out of range of certain elements, such as rushing water and puddles or curious creatures of Mother Nature.