Gear Geek: Seven New Trending Products

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Gear Geek: Seven New Trending Products

Spring is a special time in the world of gear geeks. Not only does the weather make it easy to go out and explore—and play with all the gear that’s been packed away all damn winter. It’s also the time that manufacturers unveil a whole bunch of stuff you…could probably convince yourself you need, including (and thank you Patagonia for letting us write this sentence) new apparel dyed with silkworm excrement. Here’s seven to watch.

1. Cotopaxi Allpa 35, $165; 2. Patagonia Clean Color Collection, From $40; 3. Otterbox Venture Coolers, From $225; 4. Zenbivy, From $259; 5. Alite Calpine Chair, $100; 6. Rapha Cycling Mitts, $75; 7. Duluth Trading Co. Breezeshooter Apparel, From $35.

Top photo by Adam Bautz /Flickr CC BY 2.0

Nathan Borchelt is a gear-obsessed travel writer and adventurer whose collection of shoes, backpacks, jackets, bags, and other “essential” detritus has long-outgrown his one-bedroom apartment (and his wife’s patience).