In case you didn't hear, summer outdoor activities are in full swing... quite literally. This Thursday marks the return of the Stihl Timbersports U.S. Championships, where the country's top lumberjacks (and jills) bust out their finest axes and saws to chop and slash their way to woodcutting glory.
Taking place in Little Rock, Arkansas through the weekend, the competition boasts some new wrinkles for 2021, including the addition of the Standing Block Chop for women and a Rookie Division for athletes 25 and younger.
And of course the whole thing will be livestreamed on Stihl's Facebook and YouTube pages. Check it out to get a bit of inspiration for your own outdoor challenges — and gear up for all sorts of adventures with the awesome new product releases below. No axe required.
Lululemon Moon Drift Collection
Created with legendary surfer and yoga aficionado Mark Healey, this performance-focused, limited-edition capsule features quick-drying tops and water-repellent pants and shorts, plus a stylish hoodie and jacket that transition seamlessly from beach to bar.
Snow Peak HD Para Tarp
Exemplifying the Japanese brand's understated eleb, this waterproof tarp shields against sun and rain with a smart three-pole design — an elevated front enables easy entry, and there's plenty of space for lounging and dining.
Kelty Cosmic Ultra 0
The newest member of Kelty's Cosmic Down lineup is an 800-fill mummy bag with trapezoid baffle construction to minimize heat loss and an earth-friendly PFC-free water-repellent coating. The three-season sleeper weighs just over 4 pounds.
Canyon Grand Canyon 7
This affordable hardtail is Canyon's best-selling mountain bike in Europe. Now available stateside, it features nearly 5 inches of front travel, a seat dropper and a lightweight aluminum frame — the whole rig comes in just under 31 pounds.
Wolf Tooth B-Rad Everywhere
Wolf Tooth continues to smoothly solve bike problems with this "Bottle Relocation and Accessory Device" — grippy, silicone-backed hook-and-loop straps enables you to add a bottle cage anywhere on your frame, no holes required.
Tubolito X-Tubo City/Tour
Tubolito is so confident in its new-and-improved road tube, its offering a one-year warranty on all flats. The puncture-resistant product features a Schrader valve and fits 700c tires from 30mm to 50mm.
A streamlined design and Dyneema fabric keep DSPTCH's new shell-style pack clean and light. It weighs just 21 ounces yet boasts 18 liters of storage and a padded laptop sleeve, plus a couple of modular straps to accommodate accessory pouches.
Db Duplex 50L Split Duffel
We've been testing this pack the past few weeks doing deliveries by bike, and we're kind of obsessed. Crafty construction enables it to both fold up easily and hold its shape when empty or lightly filled, the large zippered compartments keep things nicely organized, and the carry system is incredibly balanced and comfortable, even with heavy loads. Note: 70L and 90L versions also available.
Deuter FLYT 14
This slick new mountain bike pack features everything you need and nothing you don't. A removable ultra-light back protector and ventilated carry system neatly complement straps to haul a helmet and space for a repair kit, extra layers, snacks and a 3-liter hydration reservoir. Note: 12L, 18L and 20L versions also available.
Helinox Tactical Field Office
A big highlight of Helinox's Tactical Collection is this handy portable (15-liter) cargo bag and miniature (16-inch) folding table combo. Made of 600D poly-fabric and aluminum and weighing less than five pounds, it's easy to tote around and set up at a moment's notice.
Altra Superior 5
The latest edition of this trail runner combines a multidirectional lug pattern with a burrito-style wraparound tongue and a lighter-than-ever removable StoneGuard rock protection insert. The lean, mean package adds up to just 8.8 ounces.
Hoka Anacapa Mid Gore-Tex
Remember that weird Hoka hiking boot with the huge protruding heel we reviewed last fall? The Anacapa is the logical successor — it features a less extreme heel, plus lightweight leather, Gore-Tex weatherproofing and a late-stage Meta-Rocker profile to keep you rolling over the trails.