Additional reporting by Jon Gugala.
New year, new gear. After all, what New Year's resolution couldn't be helped along with some sweet new gear?
With Outdoor Retailer's January 2023 show in full swing starting Tuesday, we'll be seeing plenty of enticing and exciting new drops from the outdoor world this week. Keep checking back here for updates throughout the week, and get those resolutions ready.
The Top Products from Outdoor Retailer January 2023
Camp by Shwood National Park Collection
Shwood was the original wooden eyewear, setting the bar for plenty of... "inspiration" (re: copy catting) since its launch. But its new Camp collection, out February 1, 2023, is doing something most companies will never do: turning profits toward the national parks.
The 2023 Camp by Shwood collection features four frames, each themed around a national park, including Joshua Tree, Arches, Glacier, and Crater Lake. All have walnut inlays at the temples, and each frame has two options: a polycarbonate polarized lens ($80) and a premium CR39 lens ($100). But beyond its clear focus on serving national parks fans, there's altruism, of sorts: the company will donate five percent of the cost of each frame to the local national park foundation, allowing greater care of public lands the frames represent. It’s a win-win: cool shades and greater care of national parks.
Kinco 1927KWLT Glove
The 1927KW glove isn’t sold at high-end ski shops — instead, it’s found at farm supply and hardware stores. And it doesn’t carry a premium price — it's less than forty bucks. It’s not even new — released in 1987, nothing has changed. But, look around the slopes and you'll see them on many a ski patroler or liftie. Kinco is leaning into its cult status, releasing a ski- and snowboard specific glove that adds sport-specific features while retaining the guts of the original. The lobster-mitt design warms fingers through body heat while all the insulation remains intact. It also adds a knit cuff to tuck under a jacket and leather-tipped leashes to retain gloves when not worn.
Oh, and the price? $41. It was released winter 22/23.
Danner FW23 Recraftable Styles
For Fall/Winter 2023, Danner is re-launching three of its styles as part of its "Recraftable" initiative, which prioritizes using materials and components that can be re-crafted after years of wear and tear. The Cascade Crest will feature a custom Vibram outsole with Megagrip and stitchdown construction, as well as a Gore-Tex Leaf waterproof breathable lining, which uses 30 percent post-consumer recycled material.
Along with the Cascade Crest, Danner is launching two Recraftable 917 Series styles: the Logger 917 Moc Toe and Tramline Chelsea 917. Both styles will include recraftable elements, premium nubuck uppers and Vibram outsoles.
Price: $230 - $350
Big Agnes Big House
Redesigned for 2023, the Big House is Big Agnes's ideal offering for families and car campers: it's not minimalist, and that's sort of the point. If you've got extra room to spare, the Big House is worth the extra weight: an (optional) accessory vestibule shelters campers from sun or storms, and Shelter Mode allows campers to pitch without the tent body, providing just enough shelter. The backpack-style carry bag makes it easy to tote from car to campsite.
Price: $500 (four-person), $600 (six-person)
ECCO ULT-TRN Mid Boot
New for 2023, ECCO is releasing two versions of its ULT-TRN Mid Boot — one in the spring of this year, and one in the fall/winter. We couldn't help but notice the AW/23 version, thanks not only to its muted yet eye-catching colorway, but also to its technical attributes. The boot is built with a mix of oiled nubuck leathers made in ECCO's gold-rated tanneries and premium textiles; it's protected by ECCO's proprietary PFC-free waterproofing membrane; and the distinctive outsole is made with Michelin rubber, multi-directional grooves, and two distinct zones for grip, durability, and support.
Jack WolfSkin Tapeless Jacket
A contender for this winter's Innovation Award, Jack Wolfskin's Tapeless Jacket is catching attention thanks to its thoughtful design, which eliminates 60 feet of seam-sealing tape per jacket. At just 13.5 ounces, this featherweight shell still manages to pack a punch, including waterproof zippers, an adjustable hood, hem and cuff adjustment and a chest pocket into a sleek and slim package. Thanks to its streamlined aesthetic, innovative tapeless tech, and functionality, it's a standout in a world of cookie-cutter jacket designs.
TREW Trewth Bibs and Cosmic Jacket
New for January 2023, Trew's Primo collection (which has some availability now, but will be primarily dropping end of January), includes both updates to sizing and materials. The brand is introducing extended sizing in the TREWth bib, in 2x-5x and short/tall length options for both men and women, in an effort to provide fits for every body. The new collection also features Primo, a new sustainable performance fabric made in Japan. Primo is a waterproof, workwear-inspired three-layer material made from 100 percent recycled nylon that has a 20,000mm Waterproof rating while managing to maintain breathability.
Price: Cosmic Jacket: $479; Trewth Bib Primo: $499
MoonBikes "Connected MoonBike" App
Moonbikes is introducing a brand-new app and communication system, the Connected MoonBikes System. Available for download for the Winter 2023 – 2024, season the Connected MoonBikes system will function as a sort of Strava for snowbiking.
The new app will have the ability to track trail maps, altitude, distance, speed, duration, battery level, and more, while also enabling users to track and keep up with friends and other riders in their area. The app will also allow users to track their capability and athleticism: riders will be awarded a gold, silver or bronze medal based on performance, and will be able to unlock different badges based on performance.