New Outdoor Gear Coming in 2017

Outdoor gear is always expanding and improving. Therefore this upcoming year of 2017 is no different with some great gear innovations flooding the market. As a result, the new outdoor gear on this list has made a name for itself at the 2016 Outdoor Retailer. This bi-annual showcase features the newest products from the top gear companies. Look forward to some incredible technology, impressive designs and lightweight creations especially relevant for hiking, climbing and other outdoor adventures.

Trail Shoes with Built-In Gaiter

Salomon's XA Enduro Shoes

Salomon’s XA Enduro Shoes

Salomon, one of the top brands for trail running shoes, will come out with the XA Enduro in 2017. So these trail shoes seem like they are designed perfectly for the mountain runner. Most noteworthy is the fact that they have a built-in gaiter perfect for both cool and hot days. The release date for Salomon’s XA Enduro is February 1, 2017.

Name: XA Enduro
Brand: Salomon
MSRP: $160 USD

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First Bi-Directional Belay

Wild Country's Revo Bi-directional belay

Wild Country’s Revo Bi-directional belay

Wild Country has come out with the first bi-directional belay for climbing known as REVO. Claiming to be the safest belay on the market, this belay therefore has an assisted locking system. Since this belay is made to reduce confusion and concern, it makes climbing approachable to all. Furthermore both right and left-handed users can use this easy device to prevent mis-loading the rope.

Name: REVO
Brand: Wild Country
MSRP: $129.95

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Eco-Friendly Rain Jacket

Columbia's OutDry EX Eco Rain Jacket

Columbia’s OutDry EX Eco Rain Jacket

Columbia has done it again in the rain jacket department with their OutDry Extreme Eco rain jacket. Most of all, this jacket is environmentally friendly. In conclusion the garment is PFC-free, made of 100% recycled polyester, and does not use any dyes. Furthermore Columbia’s rain jacket “OutDry Extreme” technology is used, since it does not have a DWR coating but a waterproof breathable barrier. This jacket should be available in Spring of 2017.

Name: OutDry Extreme Eco
Brand: Columbia
MSRP: $199 USD

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Ultralight Hammock

Ultralight hammock by Sea to Summit

Ultralight hammock by Sea to Summit

Hammock lovers will probably rejoice with this 4.9 ounce hammock from Sea to Summit. Made of breathable and wicking nylon fabric, the entire system weighs in at only 10.8 ounces. However this hammock system may cause some skepticism, yet it is rated to hold up to 300 pounds. This hammock will be available in March 2017.

Name: Ultralight Hammock 
Brand: Sea to Summit

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Pack with Freedom of Motion

Arc'teryx Bora 50 Backpack

Arc’teryx Bora AR 50 Backpack

Arc’teryx has come out with the revamped Bora AR 50 pack. Most of all, this backpack has a unique hip belt and back support system. Due to this, the pack offers the wearer with freedom of movement. The hip belt has a 3-dimensional ball joint, known as RotoGlide. RotoGlide fluidly follows the length and straightening of the wearer’s back while hiking tough terrain. This especially relevant feature reduces lumbar and hip discomfort. This pack will be available in spring of 2017.

Name: Bora AR 50
Brand: Arc’teryx
MSRP: $499 USD

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Gas-Powered Mosquito Repellent

Backpacker Mosquito Repeller by Thermacell

Backpacker Mosquito Repeller by Thermacell

This 4-ounce Backpacker Mosquito Repeller by Thermacell mounts onto a gas fuel canister to prevent mosquitoes from ruining your fun while at camp. Rather than carrying a bug-repelling lantern or candle, this mechanism is a lightweight alternative for preventing bugs in a 15×15-foot space. Furthermore the Repeller creates a cloud of the same chemical that naturally occurs in chrysanthemum flowers.

Name: Backpacker Mosquito Repeller
Brand: Thermacell
MSRP: $39.99 USD

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Portable Hammock Stand

ENO's Portable Hammock Stand

ENO’s Portable Hammock Stand

Don’t have a tree to hang up your hammock? ENO has got you covered by finally offering a portable hammock stand. As a result, the stand will be 15 pounds and break down like a tent pole. Designed for ENO’s 10-foot hammocks with a support of 400 pounds, the stand condenses to fit in a small duffel bag.

Name: Nomad Hammock Stand
Brand: ENO (Eagles Nest Outfitters Inc)
MSRP: $250 USD

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Safe Belay for Newbies

Petzl GRiGRi+ Belay

Petzl GRiGRi+ Belay

Petzl is introducing its revamped GRiGRi+ safe belay system. Rather than using the older model, this model has some added features. As a result the new system, perfect for climbers just learning belay systems, features an anti-panic function and two modes of operation for lead climbing or top-rope belaying. The GRiGRi+ will be available in April 2017.  

Name: GRiGRi+
Brand: Petzl
MSRP: $149.95 USD

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Latest Rooftop Tent

Tepee's White Lightening Car Top Tent

Tepee’s White Lightning Car Top Tent

Known as White Lightning, Tepui has finally come out with the latest rooftop tent that will probably turn heads. The tent makes installation on top of a car rack a complete breeze. Also when condensed, it is only 8 inches high, making it aerodynamic while driving. Furthermore the tent has a hard exterior and has a rack system on top so you can carry your bikes, skis or kayaks too. This tent is available in 2017, but pre-ordering has already started.

Name: White Lightning 
Brand: Tepui
MSRP: $3800 USD

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Super Lightweight Insulating Jacket

Patagonia's Nano-Air Light Hybrid Jacket

Patagonia’s Nano-Air Light Hybrid Jacket

Patagonia has revamped its Nano-Air jacket by offering a lightweight version called the Nano-Air Light Hybrid. Since this is the skinnier version of the original, it is sure to offer protection from the cold while not being too bulky while skiing, climbing or doing other activities during the chilly months. Furthermore the front of the jacket is not only insulating but breathable.

Name: Nano-Air Light Hybrid Jacket
Brand: Patagonia 
MSRP: $199 USD

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What new gear items are you most looking forward to in 2017?

Madison Dragna

Madison Dragna

Madison is a long distance hiker and devoted yogi. She completed the Appalachian Trail in 2013 and Corsica's treacherous GR 20 in 2014. When she's not traveling, she enjoys life as a freelance writer in Fort Collins, Colorado.
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