While many in the U.S are weathering one of the coldest month’s of winter and coveting the occasional break in the clouds to bask in a few moments of sunlight and Vitamin D, there are plenty who don’t care what the weather is like. These are the ones who know gear, and understand quality performance when it comes to waterproof protection, insulation, temperature needs, and multi purpose options that make life, and the outdoors, a lot more pleasant. That’s when you stop thinking about the weather, and start enjoying the experience.
Consumers, which means all of us, want products that perform well, give us value for our money, and…….let’s face it, that have style and a story that connects with us, without all of the unnecessary embellishments. Do we really need glow in the dark laces, or a jacket with ten extra pockets? There is a niche for those, but most brands understand that consumers are looking for brands that provide comfort, quality, performance and slight break from the traditional. Sifting through the thousands of outdoor brands, products, and magazines to research products is time consuming, and time we may not have. But we can all be gear pros with a little more education and introduction, so for a fast read, here are a few products who have launched a new product or version of their brand for 2016.
Add a little comfort to your adventures, and support the stories behind them that give back. Cheers!
Phunkshun Wear Face Masks & Infinity Scarves Slope Trending
Phunkshun is a young line with dynamic patterns for all ages, and 2016 will see them kicking off their super soft and trendy infinity scarves for women. According to Phunk CEO Jason Badgley, they have been received with enthusiasm and quick orders, but won’t be widely available until fall of this year. Having experienced the well made scarves and matching ballerclava myself, in easily blendable camo patterns, I have to agree they feel as good as they look. No more drippy nose exposed to the cold, and the double wrapped scarf locks it the warmth with a big hug.
Their customer base is an equal 50-50 male and female, with a targeted retail price of $20-30 it’s more than worth the quality, and all U.S. made. Most sales are made B2B to shops in on the ski fashion trends, and looking to increase their female reach. Interested in customizing your ballerclava or scarf? They do that too, so next time your company hits the slopes or heads out for some team building you can show off ski style with your own logo. Get ready for people to ask where you snatched them up?
Until then, scope out some of your fav outerwear shops to see if they are carrying Phunkshun Wear. If not, ask them to.
Go Snug Quality Outdoor Blankets with Merino Wool
Go Snug founder Rob Nowak has a passion for quality and when he couldn’t find an outdoor blanket worthy of warming him up, he created his own. Sourcing durable technical fabrics and breathable merino wool, the Snug provides outdoor durability with attractive comfort. It may very well hold the title of the snuggliest durable blanket around, and ready to wrap you up in epic outdoor adventures.
Whether you’re cycling through stellar mountain panoramas, or sipping on an ice cold pint at camp, you’ll find the right balance of form and function (and plenty of uses) with this soft blanket while maintaining its aesthetic appeal. The outdoor industry sings praises on the benefits of merino wool, and by implementing the anti microbial, and breathable wool into the blanket, the Go Snug helps protect you across a range of weather conditions, and regulate body temperature.
This blanket is a classic and comes in a variety of sizes and colors, most popular are the back ordered pastels, with an average price of $199. Compare with others on the market to help you understand the differences in quality and find the best fit for you. Pre orders are open now and more are on the way. Ask about having your Go Snug customized with your own label.
Acorn Slipper Socks & Sneaker Mocks
Maine is known for its lively people and desire for quality comfort, so its no surprise the Acorn rag wool sock found it’s home here. One of our favs is the Acorn original, a leather soled slipper sock, that like their marketing rep said, has “Been on every space shuttle in existence.” That’s right, comforting the tootsie’s of astronauts since 1982. This is the ultimate Apres’ indoor/outdoor sock steeped in Maine’s colors and heritage. Made wholly in the USA it’s philosophy is the live a real outdoor lifestyle without sacrificing comfort.
The slouch sock is new on the market and popping up in candid instagram photos of Gen Y’ers everywhere with it’s all American story. Heritage is hot, and not just for marketing. It provides a history, and human connection to it’s product that resonates to all generations. Acorn began simply, with one man making hand sewn socks for his friends.
We agree taking a spin around the trade show floor in these cloud cushion soles, was like giving our feet a hug. Comfort is key, and the memory foam midsole out paced its competitors, along with its durability, and hypoallergenic cotton. Perfect on the trails, at campsites, lounging at home or showing off at the ski resorts.
Forty years of history has made them a leader, and allowed them to stick to their philosophy. The slippers are still hand sewn today, and they have chosen to follow a mission geared towards caused based, eco friendly packaging with the motto: locals first, family first.
Grab some for your next outdoor trip. With a cool price of $49, they are more than worth it. You can outfit the whole family with the mommy and me matching sheepskin booties, pop’s sneaker mocks, and original patterns with rebounding foam soles.
DrinkTank Campfire Kegs: Cold, Fresh and Carbonated
No doubt DrinkTank’s personal keg will make you the most popular site at camp, and add some buzz to any outdoor adventure. Chatting with outdoor show reps there was excitement around the 2016 launch of the Juggernaut – the largest personal keg with 128 ounces of vacuum insulated stainless steel, keeping your bevies cold for over 24 hours.
Whether you’re on a road trip to hit up craft beer breweries, or hitting up remote otherworldly spots, you can enjoy pitching a tent now and again, and enjoy your own brews under the stars. Welcome in new friends seeking liquid refreshment, fascinated by your portable kegonator, and a plus – they won’t have too far to totter back to their own camp.
Check out DrinkTanks CO2 injectors or keg cap accessories, or go for the full party pack for $195. This is one of the most fun items we’ve come across for glamping getaways, so we’ll be trying it out across the West Coast. With loyal fans, you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone in the outdoor world talking smack about DrinkTank personal kegs or creating your own cozy outdoor tasting room
Instant Touchscreen Gloves with NanoTips
Is Nanotip black for leathers and rubbers enough to get your attention? We thought so. This liquid touchscreen solution makes all your gloves touchscreen friendly, from leather to fleece. We get it, there are plenty of touchscreen gloves out there, but it doesn’t hurt to give your favorite well loved pair, a little upgrade.
Technologically simple, but thoughtfully innovative, this is the worlds first liquid (go anywhere) solution that uses conductive polyamide on glove fingertips to mimic human touch. Even better it’s 90% transparent on any material, and they even provide a black colored tip solution, so apply away. Not only can you choose the perfect glove for you without having to shop for touchscreen functionality, but no more frozen fingertips on outings just to get things done.
Try it out with over 20 applications per bottle, easy application and free shipping on two or more bottles. Plus the promise it won’t damage any of your screens.
Native American Designs & Legends with Pendelton USA
Pendelton is the all American company of wiser wool, and stylish apparel, that launched its first National Parks Collection in 1916. This year not only celebrates 100 years of their growing collection, but supports U.S. National Parks and the outdoors. For those who seek Native American influenced designs in modern apparel, you won’t be disappointed by the 2016 catalog with a penchant for quality.
They have been an outdoor pioneer since the beginning, and a portion of proceeds from the sale of each National Parks Collection item will support two Centennial Challenge Projects led by the National Park Service. Your dollars keep the sacred routes and parks alive and each park is given it’s own blanket design, with distinctive style and color patterns. Shop from Crater Lake to the Grand Canyon, and make your dollars count.
Pendelton’s woolen mills produces 100% pure virgin wool products, that signify their mission of quality and authenticity. Whatever you purchase, you’re guaranteed to enjoy amazing outings in comfort, so hit the roads and visit some of the most serene National Parks in America.
Xero Shoe Barefoot Sandals Replacing Flip Flops?
Spring and summer are just around the corner, and soon you’ll be looking for lightweight performance recreation sandals. Consider Xero Shoes, for those hankering for a custom fit, 5000 mile warranty, and recommendations from ultra marathoners. Xero shoes can perform with the best, and take you from a casual day out, to the trails or mimicking barefoot running across Madagascar.
Seen on Shark Tank walking away from a $400,000 investment offer, Xero Shoes, believed in it’s growth and has carved it’s own niche in the outdoor industry. One of our favs is the Amuri Cloud sandal, perfect for wet or dry outdoor adventures, keeping your feet happy on BareFoam.
If leading strength training expert, Al Kavadlo puts his mark on Xero Shoe, maybe you should turn up your own outdoor warrior, and check out the new 2016 Spring Catalog. “Feel The World.” with Xero Shoes.