10 Outdoor Gear Trends To Watch In 2017

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From intelligent drones to “levitating” tents, the future of the outdoors industry is nothing if not unique. These trends and observations were culled from trade shows, industry events, and from R&D labs as a peek at what’s upcoming in outdoors gear.

Tents will get off the ground

From vehicle-mounted rooftop tents to enclosed, hammock-like shelters, sleeping outdoors is more elevated than ever. Rack behemoth Yakima announced entry into the rooftop-tent realm for 2017, bringing the longtime-niche category into the mainstream.

Drones will follow and film

Your own personal film crew? A new genre of camera-equipped drones that track their owner while skiing, biking, or running become a reality soon from a few brands. One example, appropriately named the Staaker, is touted as “artificially intelligent” enough to auto-follow (and film) anyone at up to 50mph.

Boots will stick to ice

A new rubber compound, Vibram’s Arctic Grip Sole gives “up to three times better grip” on wet ice surfaces. We tested a prototype last winter, and the technology works. Wolverine debuts the new kind of sole this fall in its Crossbuck FX Ice+ boots. Look for Arctic Grip on multiple brands in 2017.

Your T-shirt will cool you

So-called “cooling shirts” have been around. But next year materials giant Polartec has a new take with Delta, a fabric that has hydrophobic and hydrophilic fibers to disperse moisture and increase airflow. The shirt gets cooler once wet (from sweat) and was impressive in my pre-release test. (See full review.)

Outerwear to get more ‘eco’

From a PFC-free (and dye-free) jacket line by Columbia Sportswear (review here), to the first mass-market wetsuit (by Patagonia) not made of neoprene, brands big and small continue to invent and push for ecologically-friendly materials and manufacturing processes.

Climbing gear gets safer

The key safety piece in climbing, the belay device, gets an upgrade for 2017 from a few brands. Most notably, the Wild Country Revo has a new “bi-directional” auto-locking design to make belaying almost foolproof.

‘Inflatable’ hammocks will be everywhere

Dutch brand Lamzac popularized a new kind of outdoors seating, dubbed “inflatable hammocks.” The air-filled couches were omnipresent at recent industry events, with more than a dozen companies involved in manufacturing and perpetuating the odd, cushiony trend. (See our full review.)

B-corps gain steam

Patagonia is the industry poster child for the benefit corporation (b-corp) designation, which entails a company legally committing to supporting environmental and humanitarian causes. Brands as diverse as Wylder, a women-focused startup, and energy-food maker Yumbutter are jumping aboard the b-corp ship.

Synthetic insulation (still) aims at down

The brand Primaloft and other insulation brands have long produced fluffy white stuff that traps warm air and mimics down in jackets and sleeping bags. For next year, another major player, ALLIED Feather & Down, after years of R&D, will leave its goose feathers out of the picture and introduce LOFTECH, which it claims to be the first synthetic to “truly mimic the structure of natural down.”

You will run with a Power Meter

Wattage, output, and power meters were formerly bike-culture nomenclature. But new technology is bringing power meters to runners. Though it’s existed for a couple years, 2017 will see devices from brands like Stryd and RPM2 enter the mainstream.

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‘The Girls,’ our new MashReads pick, is your next must-read book

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‘The Girls,’ our new MashReads pick, is your next must-read book

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“I looked up because of the laughter, and kept looking because of the girls.”

So begins our next MashReads selection, author Emma Cline’s debut novel The Girls

Inspired by the Charles Manson murders in the ’60s, The Girls tells the story of 14-year-old Evie Boyd, a teenager growing up in Northern California in 1969. One day as Evie is preparing to leave for boarding school, she notices a gang of girls, led by the enigmatic Suzanne, walking through a park in her neighborhood and is immediately drawn to them.

“The sun spiked through the trees like always — the drowsy willows, the hot wind gusting over the picnic blankets — but the familiarity of the day was disturbed by the path the girls cut across the regular world. Sleek and thoughtless as sharks breaching the water.”

But the gang isn’t exactly what Evie expected. Under the tutelage of Suzanne, Evie is pulled into a ranch commune led by a cult-leader. Eager for acceptance, Evie soon finds herself on a path of crime and violence, all under the guise of freedom and friendship.

Haunting, mesmerizing and, perhaps most disturbingly, painfully relatable, The Girls is a look at the simultaneous angst, aimlessness and ennui of being a teenager, and how that combination can so easily lead us to places we previously thought unimaginable.

This month, Mashable‘s social book club MashReads will be reading and discussing The Girls. You can join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #MashReads to let us know what you think of the book.

Also, Emma Cline will be chatting with MashReads IRL on Sept. 29, at 6:30pm EST, at MashableHQ in New York City. We hope that you can join us. You can RSVP here.

Happy reading, everyone!

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Dyson’s New $600 Smart-Fan Heats, Cools, and Purifies Air

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Dyson's New $600 Smart-Fan Heats, Cools, and Purifies Air

The smartphone is a perfect example of a streamlining multiple gadgets into a single device that improved functionality, and took up less space. You no longer need to carry a separate digital camera, MP3 player, and cell phone, and with Dyson’s new Pure Hot+Cool Link is a fan, a heater, and an air purifier all at once.

Dyson's New $600 Smart-Fan Heats, Cools, and Purifies Air

Dyson has taken three of its existing products—the Dyson Cool bladeless fan, the Dyson Hot heater, and the Dyson Pure Cool Link air purifier—and merged them into a single climate-controlling Voltron-like appliance that you can leave running all year round to heat and cool your home.

The Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link also features the same glass HEPA filter as the Pure Cool Link, which promises to remove 99.97 percent of particles in the air in your home. That includes invisible impurities like pollen, air pollution, mold, and bacteria, but also unpleasant smells. So the next time you burn something in the oven, it can help hide your mistakes.

Dyson's New $600 Smart-Fan Heats, Cools, and Purifies Air

And because we’re slowly inching towards figuring out how to make a smart home actually work, the Pure Hot+Cool Link is the latest Dyson appliance to connect over wi-fi to the company’s Dyson Link Android and iOS apps.

Through the free app you can control the fan’s settings like speed and temperature; schedule a sleep timer so it automatically turns off in the middle of the night; and get a heads up when it’s time to clean its filter. The app can also be used to monitor the air quality in your home and specify how clean you want it to be. So if you’re renting an apartment and don’t have to pay for power, you can leave it running all the time. If you have to be more responsible about your energy usage, however, you can activate an auto mode where the purifier only activates when it detects a decrease in air quality.

The Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link will be available via the Dyson website starting on September 6 for $600 (wow). It will hit brick and mortar stores and other online shops starting on September 18. It arrives too late to help you beat the heat this summer, but it will certainly be appreciated when temperatures drop as winter gets closer—if they ever do drop.

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‘Absolute Maldives’ Is Three Glorious Minutes Of Slow-Mo HD Surfing Chicks In Bikinis Tanned To Perfection

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A while back I brought you bros footage of ‘This Is Tahiti‘, a video produced by Brazilian bikini company KALOE which featured some of the sexiest surfing footage I’ve ever seen. Well, Kaloe is back with another video, one which they were kind enough to send me, and GOODNESS GRACIOUS the chicks in this video are nearly perfect. I guess I just never realized that both the women and the surfing in The Maldives are perfect, I always assumed it was one or the other.

I’ve always wanted to visit The Maldives at some point in my life but have been very put off by the 18.5-hour flight time from the East Coast. That’s losing an entire day of your life just to travel. Now, after I’ve seen these perfectly bronzed surfers tearing up the waters of The Maldives I’m making it my life’s goal to get there within the next 5 years. I’ve dived all over the world and never have I seen a school of parrot fish that large before, I cannot even begin to fathom the biodiversity on the coral reefs there.

Once again, I want to send a big shout out to KALOE for making some of the best surfing videos on the planet. Now, before we sign off, let’s check out that action once more in GIF:

And if you want more footage like this be sure to check out ‘This Is Tahiti’

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