Velomobile e-trike, Cosmic COROS watches, fishnet sandals and more emerging gear

As we pick out new gear each week, we try to showcase products for all the different ways to enjoy the outdoors. Looking for something sleek and futuristic? ENVO’s electric tricycle meets those requirements, just like the latest watches from COROS. On the other hand, those who prefer less technical offerings will find a book on thru-hiking and a vegan camping food brand.

The more sophisticated gear junkies among us will want to take a look at the YETI French presses and the fashionable UPF shirts from emerging brand OLEU Originals. Find your next favorite thing here.

ENVO Veemo Velomobiles

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No, that’s not a Volkswagen golf cart you’re looking at – it’s the new electric vehicle from ENVO Drive Systems.

The e-mobility brand has launched two models of this EV concept, the semi-closed Veemo SE ($6,200) and the topless Veemo LT ($4,650). With a top speed of 32 km/h and a battery range of 70 kilometers, these electric three-wheelers are intended for a small travel radius.

It’s perfect for people looking to electrify their daily commute, the company said, as the trike wheel format offers greater stability and safety. The LT version mirrors the SE model, but lacks a windshield and cover. Both versions are currently available for purchase on ENVO’s website, with shipping scheduled for mid-May.

COROS Vertix 2S

The Vertix 2; (photo/COROS)

The Vertix 2S, COROS’ latest watch, comes with numerous updates to the durability, battery life and GPS accuracy of the original Vertix 2. But it’s the visuals that make a big impact with this launch. This technical timepiece is available in three styles: Earth, Moon and Space, each with a different dial that celebrates the spirit of discovery.

The watch also allows for 118 hours of continuous GPS use and up to 48 days in daily use mode. It also features COROS’s most advanced heart rate sensor yet, the brand said. The VERTIX 2S functions under significant pressure or in a vacuum, COROS claimed, and comes in silicone or nylon straps. They sell for $700.

ISLE Switch Pro

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T-Switch Pro e-SUP; (photo/ISLE)

With the Switch Pro Series board, ISLE has released an improved version of its original hybrid model. ISLE touts the 11’6” Switch Pro as the world’s stiffest inflatable 3-in-1 SUP kayak. (We’ll have to test it and see.)

It has the new Airtech Pro InfinityFiber, which is said to increase the board’s stiffness three to four times while keeping it a lightweight 23 pounds. The board costs $1,095 and includes the ISLE-Link connect system for switching between kayak and SUP modes. It also includes welded rails to prevent air leakage and extend the life of the board.

The Switch Pro is compatible with motor assistance up to 3 HP and is “e-assist ready” for those who want to convert it into an e-SUP or e-kayak. The complete package includes a carbon SUP/kayak paddle, Cloud Kayak seat and foot bar, ultra-light leash, hand pump, repair kit and a flexible touring fin – all packed into a portable, wheeled backpack.

ROKA Retro Aviators

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The Havana, above, and the Bandera; (photos/ROKA)

I can only judge by the photos, but those bourbon colored Havanas are undeniably sexy.

After more than two years without releasing new shades, ROKA has introduced two aviator sunglasses just in time for summer: the teardrop Havana and the square Bandera. These retro-inspired pilots combine classic aesthetics with performance-oriented features, according to the brand.

Whether it’s a casual day out or a sharp mountain bike descent, these sunglasses are designed to suit different environments and demands, according to ROKA.

‘Thru Hikers: A Guide to Life on the Road’

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Renee Miller and Tim Beissinger, known on social media as @thruhikers, have now literally written the book on thru-hiking.

They certainly have the trail’s reputation: Miller and Beissinger have completed the 3,000-mile Continental Divide Trail from Mexico to Canada, as well as the Pacific Crest Trail and 1,000 miles through Germany. And that’s just the brief introduction.

Now the adventurous duo have launched a guide for both novice and seasoned hikers, from planning and preparation to hiking life and post-trip recovery. It includes practical advice on trip planning, packing, animal encounters and adhering to the principles of ‘leave no trace’. In fact, readers will find more than 20 dehydrated plant-based recipes that are suitable for outdoor use.

Pre-order your copy from Thru Hikers: A Guide to Life on the Road.

Poe & Co. Folk food

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(Photo/Poe & Co. Folk Foods)

Jamie and Jayson Poe, a husband-and-wife team of Michelin-trained chefs, have founded Poe & Co. Folk Foods launched.

The couple has created gourmet camping meals that only require adding water for campers and hikers looking for delicious vegan options for their next getaway.

The range includes Black Garlic Ramen Bowl with carrots, edamame and nori; Coconut chickpea stew with basmati rice, cauliflower and turmeric; and a Quinoa sweet potato skillet with black beans, tomato and chipotle. Each meal is made from nutritious, plant-based ingredients, the brand says.

Appalachian Gear Company AlpaLite Collection

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The AlpaLite hoodie; (photo/Appalachian Gear Company)

Appalachian Gear Company just released its latest collection: AlpaLite, a fabric that combines 80% alpaca fiber with 20% recycled nylon. Although the brand is known for making garments from 100% alpaca, it has now started experimenting with blends to ‘enhance’ the fiber’s natural benefits with some stretch and durability.

Alpaca fiber, for those new to the game, comes from the South American camelid of the same name and is more widely used in modern clothing for its strength and warmth, even compared to merino wool. The AlpaLite collection includes the AlpaLite Hoodie, priced at $150, and the AlpaLite Quarter Zip for $154.

Appalachian Gear Company has plans to expand the lineup in the future.

OLEU Originals

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OLEU Originals shirts; (photo/Ikaika Pidot)

If you’re looking for top-shelf UPF/sun protection shirts, word on the street is that up-and-coming brand OLEU Originals is among the best around.

OLEU shirts combine classic Hawaiian style with eco-friendly materials such as ocean plastic. Yet they still feel ultra-soft, with stylish designs that will look great in the surf or at the bar, according to the brand.

Key features include UPF50+ protection, quick-drying and wind-resistant fabric and a zippered security pocket at the back. They also have a recycled snap front closure and flatlock seams. The men’s shirts, designed in California and made in the USA, cost $120, while the women’s styles cost $90.

Sanuk x Surfrider capsule

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SANUK x Surfrider Sandals; (photo/SANUK)

Sanuk has teamed up with the Surfrider Foundation to release the Sanuk x Surfrider capsule collection – just in time for Earth Day.

This eco-conscious shoe line includes four beach-ready styles, designed with sustainability in mind by using recycled fishing nets for the nylon mesh upper. Highlights include the Ziggy Switchfit x Surfrider sandals, for both men and women, and the Donna x Surfrider shoes, also for both men and women.

Sanuk contributed $50,000 to the Surfrider Foundation to support the organization’s efforts to protect coastlines.

Helinox White Chair Zero

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While the white color option for Helinox Chair Zero ($150) is undeniably stylish, especially for an ultralight kit, the brand has dropped many new colors among its many camping chair models this spring.

My personal favorite is the Mint Multi Block color for the Chair One ($110), another great example of the industry finally embracing a broader aesthetic. Hunters may appreciate the Multicam color now available on the Tactical Sunset Chair ($200).