Homegrown and handsewn in Seattle, the newly released Zeitgeist bicycle handlebar bag is packed with many new features from its predecessor. Outside, the water-resistant bag’s easy on/easy off cord-loop vegan handlebar straps include mounting points for saddle bag loops and bar spacing. Both side pockets lay flat for less bicycle interference and a unique p-cord attaches easily around the stem. Inside, a compression cord increases stability on the bike while keeping inside gear tight. A thermoplastic polymer liner helps hold the bag’s shape, while Dee-rings offer the option of adding a shoulder strap. Comes in three colors. $195.
GSI Pinnacle Dualist HS
Backpacking Stove Kit
The Pinnacle Dualist HS is super-packed with features and ideal for a two-person backpacking trip. Best of all, it can heat two cups of water to a boil in under a minute! Weighing in at just 1.4 lbs., the stove features a scratch-proof pot with measuring graduations molded onto its side and includes a crushproof strainer lid. The kit also includes two BPA-free mugs and bowls, a folding “foon” — a foldable fork/spoon combo — and a storage sack which doubles as a sink or for washing up. Fuel cannister not included with system. GSI Outdoors, headquartered in Spokane, Wash. has come up with a winner on this one. $89.95
GSI Microlite 720
Flip-top Vacuum Bottle
Another GSI Outdoors product we really like is its 24-oz, flip-top insulated bottle. Seriously insulated. I dropped several ice cubes into my 24-oz Microlite at 9 a.m. for a hike and that afternoon the water was as cold as the moment I filled it up. Heck, it was even cold the next day. This container, weighing just .69 lbs is the Cadillac of insulation! Its push-button, flip-top lid works every time and is easy to handle with one hand. Great for keeping hot drinks hot for hours as well. Comes in four colors. $29.95
Advanced Elements Kayaks
Looking for a lightweight kayak that rivals a hard shell? Check out the high performance, stability and durability of Advanced Elements Kayak’s AirVolution. With a platform so rigid you could stand up and paddle it, an open-deck design for easier entry and a V-hull that enhances tracking and hull speed, the AirVolution comes standard with a high back comfortable seat, bungee deck lacing for gear stowage and heavy-duty grab handles. Available in single and tandem. Simply unfold, inflate and you’re ready for your next adventure! Single-person, $1,099.00; tandem, $1,299.
EVO1 Smart Helmet
The EVO1 Smart Helmet is much more than protection for your noggin. The helmet clearly offers a smarter alternative to distracted driving with earbuds. Listening to music — either from a smartphone or FM radio — or receiving a phone call or text alert – still allows you to hear what is going on in your surroundings, including knowing when cars approach from behind. The helmet allows you to answer smartphone calls with a voice command or touch of a button. And you can chat with others wearing EVO1s who are within a half-mile of you. It also has a voice-activated taillight that you can turn on and off. $159 (Review by John Rezell)