The Best New Outdoor Gear, Hard Goods and Apparel of 2023 (So Far)
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The outdoors — and by association, the outdoor industry — is vast. Whether it’s snowboarding apparel, hiking shoes, surf booties or sunhats, every season and every outdoor discipline are chock-full of new and exciting apparel, hard goods and accessories releases.
If you’re a multi-hyphenate outdoor enthusiast with too many interests and not enough time, this collection of the newest and most exciting releases of the year is for you. In it, we’ll keep tabs on the most innovative, newest outdoor items that can take your next adventure from dream to reality. Watch this space…
Alchemy Bikes Lycos
Gravel continues to dominate the bike zeitgeist, and fittingly, Alchemy just launched an updated, more affordable gravel-ready ride. The new Lycos features gravel-specific geometry and a full-carbon frame that’s snappy and lightweight. The base price is already thousands less than the original — and right now it’s on sale.
$4,299 – $9,999 $3,299 – 7,999
Halfdays Watson Nylon Cargo Pant
Popular ski apparel brand Halfdays just released its first-ever spring capsule collection, and we can’t keep our eyes off the Watson Cargo Pant, which features an adjustable waist, zippered leg openings, cinched ankles and a water-repellent DWR coating.
Garmin Instinct 2X Solar
Instinct 2X Solar series is the newest addition to the popular Instinct family, and the integration of the flashlight, larger bezel and Power Glass lens really take it over the top in terms of performance and functionality.
Aether Sequoia Sunglass
Aether just launched its first-ever sunglasses collection, and the Sequoia is the most stylish, outdoor-ready pick of the litter. The sunnies are handcrafted in Japan and feature polarized, anti-reflective lenses that are water-resistant.
Smartwool Hike Classic Edition Full Cushion Second Cut Crew Socks
Smartwool is making new socks out of old ones gathered from its sock takeback program. The Second Cut edition of its popular hiking crew sock is made with a 50-50 blend of sock waste and responsibly sourced merino wool.
Adidas Terrex Soulstride Flow Trail Running Shoes
No, this isn’t the newest Hoka release — Adidas Terrex is also leaning into hyper-cushioned trail runners. Its newest release features lightweight EVA foam, a Continental rubber outsole and an engineered mesh upper to provide the comfort, grip and breathability the trail demands.
Sea to Summit Big River Dry Backpack
Upgrade your hiking backpack with this durable, minimal dry bag backpack, which features 420D nylon fabric, a hypalon non-wicking roll-top closure and an oval base, which maximizes packing efficiency and keeps it from rolling away.
Parks Project x New Balance Zip Pocket Tee
Featuring a handy mesh chest pocket and cooling, moisture-wicking fabric made from a blend of BCI cotton and Coolmax recycled polyester, this T-shirt is part of the upcycled, functional capsule collaboration between Parks Project and New Balance.
The James Brand The Ellis Slim
The newest knife from the minds at The James Brand is slimmer than a pack of gum — perfect for EDC minimalists. Built with the same design language as its full-sized predecessor, the Ellis Slim is a multi-functional, miniature workhorse.
Price: $99 – $109
Gerber Armbar Scout
Gerber has finally taken one of its most pocket-friendly multi-tools and turned it into an outdoor- and adventure-ready offering with the Armbar Scout, adding a saw blade, hammer tail cap, can opener and more.
The James Brand The Barnes
TJB’s Barnes has been around for a while (and we’re still not over how gorgeous and well-built it is), but now the titanium billet integral lock knife with its Bohler M390 stainless steel blade comes in a stainless steel and green Micarta option. Just be ready for some sticker shock.
WESN Real Fun Henry
WESN’s first-ever artist collab (made in conjunction with the visionaries at Real Fun, Wow!), this take on the Henry slipjoint knife is, in a word, stunning. Along with those special-edition G-10 handle scales, you still get a Sandvik 14c28n steel blade, titanium accents and that rock-solid USA-made construction.
The first CRKT custom design from survivalist and three-time Naked and Afraid contestant Kaila Cumings, the Bugsy is a small fixed-blade knife with big capabilities thanks to its ergonomic Micarta handle and curved, full-tang 1095 carbon steel blade. There’s a blacked-out, partially serrated G-10 version, too.
WESN The Bornas
Another small but mighty fixed blade, WESN’s latest beauty boasts a 2.75-inch full-tang blade made of S35VN steel, two handle options (wood or G10) and a leather sheath handcrafted in Sweden, just like the knife itself. Available for pre-order now, The Bornas ships in July.
This mini multi-tool isn’t new, but it’s now available in four fresh colors: Slate, Navy, Arctic and Cherry. And with 10 handy functions — including a 420HC knife, reliable spring-action scissors and multiple screwdrivers — the Micra earns its 549 five-star reviews and a place in your EDC.
Orbitkey Key Organizer Pebbled Leather
Orbitkey’s organizers are already some of the best around. But now they get a bit of refinement thanks to a new pebbled leather option. You still get the features you know and love — a clever locking mechanism, 2-7 key capacity, key fob loop and more — just with a nicer textured exterior.
Dad Grass Mountain Grassette Safety Kit Dad Stash
This quirky little collab with Mountain Gazette sneaks a 5- or 10-pack of Dad Grass Hemp CBD Pre Rolls or Mom Grass CBG Pre Rolls into what looks like a safety kit. It’s perfect for relaxing on the lift or in the trees. Pro tip: pack some actual first aid too.
Price: $37 (for 5 pre rolls); $72 (for 10)
VSSL X FCS Surf Supply Kit
VSSL just keeps finding new things to pack into its clever cylinders. This beach-ready edition boasts Tenacious Tapes for wetsuit repair, a bevy of surfboard-fixing items, wound-closure strips and bandages, a fire-starting kit, zip ties and a water-resistant 4-mode LED 200-lumen flashlight.
The Ridge Flamingo Pink Wallet
In collaboration with artists Jack Ludlam and Shaylen Broughton, The Ridge has applied a brand-new vibrant Flamingo Pink colorway to two of its best minimalist EDC products: the wallet (seen here) and the Keycase keychain organizer.
Price: $95, $75
CRKT has taken one of master knifemaker Ken Onion’s best compact EDC knife designs and elevated it into the stratosphere with premium materials, like Böhler M390 blade steel and titanium. And there are two versions — the one you see here and this one.
Huckberry x Chaco Z/1 “Mushroom”
The latest collaboration between Huckberry and Chaco is inspired by the forest floor — specifically, mushrooms. Featuring prints inspired by fungi, these sandals still feature all the same tech and comfort that make them a crowd favorite.
Filson x Xtratuf 15″ Insulated Elite Legacy Boots
Seattle-based Filson has released a brand-new collab boot in partnership with two Alaskan brands, Xtratuf and Nomar. The waterproof Insulated Elite Legacy Boots are built to provide warmth and comfort in the harshest of conditions.
Alpacka Raft Expedition – RTS
In order to meet the needs of its customers in a quicker and more efficient way, Alpacka Rafts has launched “Ready to Ship” packrafts for the very first time in 20+ years, cutting down on weeks-long delivery times.
VSSL X FCS Surf Supply Kit
VSSL’s new collab surf kit features supplies hand-picked by experts, a four-mode LED lantern endcap which offers 20 hours of continuous light and plenty of utility.
Merrell Hut Moc 2 Pack 1TRL
Functional and fashionable: Merrell’s new Mocs can be zipped together and clipped to a bag, making for easy transport and storage. You kinda have to see it to believe it.
Topo Designs Dirt Shirt – Short Sleeve
Topo’s latest iteration of its Dirt Collection is made with organic cotton, small-batch dyed with GreenScreen certified dyes and infused with functional features like BDU button-closure fronts and stretch materials.
Garmin eTrex SE
This brand-new entry level handheld GPS unit offers up to 168 hours of use in standard mode and up to 1,800 hours in expedition mode with 2 AA batteries, and it’s both durable and waterproof.
10 Barrel x Poler 2 Person Tent
Camp Vibes is a limited-edition gear and beer pairing by 10 Barrel and Poler that promises to keep the vibes good and your campsite looking fresh. The full collection includes this 2-person tent, a chair, poncho and camera cooler.
Price: $60 – $280
Specialized Turbo Tero X 4.0
Specialized introduced its newest ride this month: the Turbo Tero X, a high-octane electric utility bike meant to haul more stuff over longer distances. The Turbo Tero X comes in three models: the 4.0, 5.0 and 6.0.
Price: $4,500.00 (4.0 version)
CRKT Pilar III 5317K
The Pilar III, designed by Jesper Voxnaes, already tops our list of the best pocket knives. But now there’s a new edition with some big upgrades, like a black-coated Sandvik 12C27 steel blade and hammer-textured G10 handle (which adds better all-weather grip). As if this knife needed to get even better.
CRKT Pilar IV
Hot on the heels of the updated Pilar III comes the next generation, which boasts a slightly bigger clip-point blade (3.09 inches versus 2.97 inches) made of edge-retaining D2 steel. Like the knife right next to it, this Voxnaes-design variety features a thumb slot for easy opening and grippy G10 scales.
WESN x Momotaro Samla Friction Folder
A gorgeous and unique take on one of WESN’s best classic-style knives, this version of the Samla is made with handle scales crafted entirely by hand in Stockholm from a combination of Micarta and actual selvedge denim sourced from beloved brand Momotaro. That also means each and every one is unique.
Gerber Fastball – Dublin Green
Just in time for St. Patty’s Day comes this limited-edition Fastball, complete with a green aluminum handle, gold hardware and a laser-etched Celtic sailor’s knot. It also features a three-position clip and an easy-flipping, 3-inch S30V wharncliffe blade that’s sure to put an Irish spring in your step.
VSSL Mini Stash Speaker
Part of an array of spring releases from VSSL, this uniquely cool hand-sized cylinder is actually a storage tin for your EDC and/or survival gear. But that’s not all — it also has a carabiner lid and a waterproof Bluetooth speaker integrated into the tail cap. That makes it a mighty sidekick for lovers of both everyday carry and music.
Orbitkey x KonMari Nest
Marie Kondo is well known for her impact on the world of organization, and now she’s bringing it to the world of EDC alongside Orbitkey. Part valet tray, part storage case, part wireless charger, this gorgeous go-anywhere organizer is perfect for people that want to keep their EDC and tech in order.
The James Brand Cambro Tray Set
We are one tray shy of a trend here. Made in Southern California by Cambro, TJB’s offering is simpler and cheaper than Kondo’s. It’s really just a two-piece place for your keys and lighter and pocket knife and change to hang out when not in use — and look damn good doing it.
Stanley Adventure To-Go Bottle
This streamlined yet still rugged new Stanley design is ideal for stepping out into the world with your go-to beverage. It comes in three sizes (25 ounces to 1.4 quarts) and keeps drinks hot for 20 hours or cold for 25. An insulated lid doubles as a sipping cup, making it easy to share.
Rapha Brain Dead x Rapha Men’s Trail Pant
These ergonomically-designed trail pants are the brain child of the collaboration between Rapha and boutique, LA-based brand Brain Dead: as such, they’re a mash-up of technical features and a graphic-forward, post-punk aesthetic.
Huckberry X Mystery Ranch Urban Assault – 21L Backpack
The brand-new Desert Tracks Collection brings Huckberry’s aesthetic to Mystery Ranch’s highly functional packs. The 21L Backpack, for instance, features an exclusive camo pattern and co-branded patches alongside MR’s set of rugged, outdoor-ready features.
Lectric Bikes XP Folding Trike
Available for pre-order now, the XP Trike is the industry’s first folding, electric tricycle. Built for hauling cargo and commuting, the XP Trike takes Lectric’s XP platform and adds a bigger battery, hydraulic brakes and a third wheel. The XP Trike starts shipping in May 2023.
Eagle Creek Ranger XE Cross-Body 7L
The cross-body bag is one of the most functional ways to transport essential items, and Eagle Creek’s new take on the design brings a new level of performance. Featuring 100-percent recycled materials, a breathable shoulder strap and plenty of secured pockets, this seven-liter bag can fit your daily kit with ease.
Vollebak Planet Earth Jacket
The lightweight version of Vollebak’s popular Planet Earth Jacket, this rendition sees updates in fabric and function: it’s made with an abrasion-resistant Italian fabric that’s both windproof and waterproof, and has 16 vents built in for maximum air flow and ventilation. Pack it down and take it anywhere you travel.
Fox Racing Union BOA Clipless Shoes
This month, Fox Racing debuted its brand-new line of mountain bike shoes, including this Union BOA Clipless model. Constructed with reinforced toe caps, a super grippy outsole and the BOA Li2 system, this shoe is ready to race.
Icemule 32oz Sports Bottle
Known primarily for its soft cooler backpacks, this month Icemule debuted its new line of insulated waterbottles. The 32 Ounce Sports Bottle is vacuum insulated, and features pro-grade stainless steel, a non-slip silicone bottom and can fit with standard cup holders.
Pacsafe Eco 25L Anti-Theft Backpack
Pacsafe’s new line of eco-minded packs combines the anti-theft technologies the brand built itself on and new, sustainable fabrics and components. The Eco 25L Backpack is almost 100-percent fully recycled, and is made with 14 recycled plastic bottles, which were used in the lining, mesh, webbing and labels.
The James Brand Abbey
TJB’s vinyl record-opening utility knife only recently came out — but it’s already got a special edition. Same corrosion-resistant stainless steel blade, now featuring mystery inlays made with genuine tie-dye vinyl from recycled LPs. And no two are the same.
CRKT CEO Microflipper
At just 3.25 inches closed, this mini version of CRKT’s award-winning gentleman’s folder is the perfect desk accessory. It features a 2.21-inch Sandvik 12C27 steel blade, aluminum scales and an IKBS ball bearing pivot for deployment as slick as a three-piece suit.
Tactile Turn Deep Space Side Click Pens
These out-of-this-world EDC pens come with a novel Cerakote coating developed by Tactile Turn that makes each one unique, just like the stars in the night sky. Of course, their titanium construction and rock-solid deployments certainly help matters.
Utilizing a sturdy, reliable Crossbar Lock, this ambidextrous EDC knife is made in the USA. Pair that with its lightweight G-10 handle scales and upscale yet hardwearing 154CM steel blade and you’ve got another potential big hit for CRKT.
Gerber Fastball Heritage
A limited-edition take on one of Gerber’s best flippers made to celebrate the brand’s 84th anniversary, the Heritage boasts the same B.O.S.S. Tech deployment, tough-but-light aluminum handle and S30V steel wharncliffe blade. Stay tuned for an update as soon as it becomes available.
CRKT Provoke EDC
This funky folder features the same one-handed kinematic opening system as its talon-like predecessor — albeit with a D2 blade better suited to everyday tasks like opening boxes and slicing apples. It’s also the most haptically satisfying knife we’ve tried in years.
The James Brand The Bright Collection
TJB threw a shiny coat of paint on nine popular offerings, including The Carter, The Redstone and The Palmer. The new hues — Canary (yellow), Cerulean (blue) and Coral (red) — provide a pop not often seen on folding knives and EDC tools.
Ibex Woolies 1 Crew
The Woolies 1 baselayer just got a limited-edition revamp in both adult and kids sizes (4-14). Made with lightweight, breathable and insulating 100-percent merino rib knit the new Woolies 1 is available in Ibex’s iconic stripe pattern.
Proof Moonweight Hooded Puffer Jacket
Huckberry’s in-house apparel line just introduced the Moonweight Collection: made from lightweight, durable nylon, recycled poly and infused with graphene, the collection is light, strong and lean.
Altra Lone Peak 7
The new and improved Lone Peak trail runner features an upgraded, more durable MaxTrac compound that does better in wet conditions than previous versions, as well as an updated outsole design.
Oru Kayak Inlet | Orange Edition
$819.00 (18% off)
Oru Kayak dropped its first colored kayaks last year, and after the success of the Black, Green and Blue Editions, the brand is releasing its newest eye-catching color: Orange.
Pearl Izumi Horizons Pro Mesh Jersey
Designed to celebrate the new year in color, Pearl Izumi’s Horizons Collection is full of bright hues meant to elicit inspiration. The limited-edition capsule collection features men’s and women’s jerseys, bibs and a cycling cap.
Forloh Expedition Parka
Forloh prides itself on crafting 100% Made in the U.S. technical outdoor gear, and its latest release continues its commitment. The Expedition Parka is 3-layer, fully seam-sealed and waterproof garment featuring the first-ever 800+ fill USA down.
Huckberry x Blundstone #1320 Chelsea Boot
Huckberry and Blundstone’s collaboration boots feature an exclusive colorway, a nature-inspired brown, that you won’t find anywhere else. There are limited sizes still available, but expect this boot to sell out, fast.
Jack Wolf Knives Venom Jack
Thanks to a 3-inch Wharncliffe Bohler M390 steel blade encased in a classic trapper pattern, the Venom Jack boldly treads the line between modern marvel and instant heirloom. Featuring a titanium frame and hardware, the knife employs a traditional nail nick opener and a slip-joint half-stop. It’s available with a range of Micarta and carbon scales, all of which seem to be going fast.
We know, $99 seems like a lot to pay for a pry bar/bottle opener. But what if it’s the perfect pry bar/bottle opener? That’s what Maciej Modrzejewski, the man behind Matsey, seems to have achieved here. With the hexagon as its basic building block, the titanium HexBar packs simplicity and symmetry into a sturdy, grippable package that fits nicely on a keychain and ships from Poland later this spring.
CRKT Minimalist Drop Point
A staple of CRKT’s catalog and one of the best neck knives available, the Minimalist just got a pretty serious upgrade with this Drop Point edition. The blade material has been swapped for 154CM performance steel and mated to an infused fiber handle, making it stronger and more durable. Ideal for discreet wear and occasions where a folder just won’t cut it (like on a hike or camping trip), this knife is a real treat.
The James Brand The Kline
The Kline was announced way back in May 2022, but it unfortunately hit some speed bumps along the way and only recently launched. As a refresher, the features of this exceptional knife include a CPM-MagnaCut steel drop point blade, Micarta scales, ambidextrous Slide-Lock, titanium pocket clip and more. If you want your very own USA-made workhorse knife, this is certainly a contender for the best currently available.
Montana Knife Co. Speedgoat Carbon
Founded in 2021 by knifemaking wunderkind Josh Smith, Montana Knife Company is a boutique brand on the rise. While it typically drops limited quantities of fixed blades that sell out fast, MKC recently wide-released the popular Speedgoat. Named for a slang term for the pronghorn antelope, this 1.7-ounce, 3.75-inch carbon-steel blade (full length of 7.75 inches) is similarly light and agile, thanks in part to a skeletonized handle wrapped in seven feet of handy 550 paracord. While it’s designed for hunting, it’s ready for anything.
VSSL x Smith Backcountry Supplies Kit
You’d probably have to be a Bear Grylls- or Les Stroud-level survivalist to add this water bottle-sized kit to your everyday carry loadout, but it’s still a noteworthy release for serious outdoors lovers. Made in collaboration with renowned eyewear/helmet brand Smith, the water-resistant, 14.6-ounce tube packs a variety of essential tools ranging from zip ties to first-aid supplies that will help you thrive throughout any adventure — be that a quick trip to the slopes or a longer winter camping session.