Our 10 Favorite New Product Releases In October

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Month by month, the GearMoose team likes to keep its finger on the pulse of everyday carry and outdoor gear and clothing. And as each month passes by, with the seasons changing, we’re the first to see the newest gear out there.

That’s exactly what you’ll find here, in our roundup of the best new releases from October. They run the gamut from a cozy all-American shirt jacket, to a patent-pending knife design, to everything you’ll need for your next night around a campfire.

Alex Crane Park Shirt Jacket

Alex Crane Park Shirt Jacket

American made? Check. Thick and warm 14 ounce wool construction? Check. Classic pattern in three fall-centric colors? Check, check. Check. Alex Crane’s newest addition to their outerwear selection is a perfect companion for fall—where you can wear it as a solo top layer—and will be comfortable as a mid layer well into the winter. And since it’s sized to make room for layers, it wears extra cozy as a jacket for lounging around the house, too.

Manitobah Draft Waterproof Mesa Moc Toe Boot

Manitobah Draft Waterproof Mesa Moc Toe Boot

Every series of footwear from Manitobah is designed by indigenous artists—and that’s probably why they do such a fine job of blending old world styling with modern amenities. Their latest release, the Mesa waterproof moc toe boot, is winter-ready thanks to its waterproof and well-insulated design. But in spite of its warming qualities, the Mesa isn’t a heavy boot; its lightweight but springy midsole makes it wear with the comfort of a sneaker, even while the outsole has the grip of a winter boot.

Quiksilver Powder Chaser Half-Zip Fleece

Quiksilver Powder Chaser Half-Zip Fleece

As part of Quiksilver’s newest “Surf the Mountain” series, the longtime favorite surfer brand is applying that same laid-back aesthetic to snow-ready winter gear. Their Powder Chaser Half-Zip Fleece is our favorite introduction to the collection, with a slick color palette that nods to early-90s cool. It’s made entirely from recycled polyester for that eco-friendly good feeling too, as well as super light weight and moisture wicking properties.

Mack Weldon Tech Merino Beanie

Mack Weldon Tech Merino Beanie

Merino wool base layers are a must throughout the colder half of the year; they’ll keep you at a comfortable temperature and stink-free even on your longest hikes. So why shouldn’t your noggin get the same sort of high-tech pampering as the rest of your body? Mack Weldon’s newest line of “Tech Merino” uses a blend of merino wool and viscose—plant fiber—to create an ultra-soft but still warm and cozy fabric. That’s put to great use in their Tech Merino Beanie, where a waffle stitch design keeps it snugly on your head at the same time as it holds in every scrap of warmth you can muster on a blustery day.

Troubadour Sling Bag

Troubadour Sling Bag

Clever guys are ditching the “man purse” slur and finally embracing sling bags. Why? Because they’re one of the most convenient ways to dump out all the everyday carry gear from your pockets, and have your essentials with you at a moment’s notice. Troubadour’s latest sling bag is a fine addition to this category, with a lightweight but waterproof design that will make it a favorite of urban commuters. Plenty of internal pockets give lots of organization options, and padded pockets will keep your most fragile tech gear safe and sound.

The James Brand Palmer Knife

The James Brand Palmer Knife

The box cutter, or utility knife, far and away exceeds the promises made by its name. They’re lightweight, convenient, safer than having a full blade open, and when the blade gets dull? Just change it out. What utility knives have not been is sleek or good looking. But with the release of The James Brand’s Palmer Knife—their first patent pending knife design—you can have all the utility of the eponymous knife in a handsome package, available in six colors.

Snow Peak Mesh Folding Chair Set

Snow Peak Mesh Folding Chair Set

The Shizen—that’s “nature”, translated into English—series from Snow Peak takes its inspiration from classic Japanese aesthetics, creating simple but beautiful outdoor gear that’s designed to bring you closer to nature. Their mesh folding chair set looks like a perfect addition to any backyard or campsite, with a lightweight (but sturdy) collapsible design and easy-carry handles.

Solo Stove Fire Pits (Now In Color)

Solo Stove Fire Pits (Now In Color)

We’ve been big fans of Solo Stove since their debut. But with each new redesign and addition to the Solo Stove family, there’s even more reasons to love their smokeless outdoor fire pits. This time around, the brand is offering their super popular Bonfire 2.0 and Yukon 2.0 in four new nature-inspired colors: Water, ash, mulberry, and deep olive. That makes them an even better centerpiece for your backyard hangout area, and a perfect gathering place for s’mores and whiskey this fall and winter.

Motörhead Ace of Spades Bourbon

Motörhead Ace of Spades Bourbon

If you like to gamble, I’ll tell ya—this is your bourbon. Because whether you win some or lose some, it’ll all be the same to you after pouring a couple healthy glasses of this high-rye whiskey. Bottled at 90 proof, it’s a spicy and assertive bourbon worthy of Lemmy’s status as a rock legend.

Aged for four years on heavily charred oak, the bourbon has an initial aroma of baking spices, leading quickly into crushed black pepper and mint on the palate. But after a few sips, the complex toasted notes come out, leaving you awash in flavors of caramel, fine tobacco, and cocoa. Try it neat before adding a single big rock to it to really bring out every flavor.

VSSL First Aid Stash

VSSL First Aid Stash

A well-stocked first aid kit is a must for any outdoorsy guy or gal. But aside from a few specially-designed products, most first aid kits are meant for home use—and may not hold up so well out in the wild. VSSL’s newest First Aid Stash is the perfect solution to this problem, geared towards outdoor use with a waterproof and super durable outdoor-ready construction. Add in a compass and light for real emergency situations, then customize the included canisters to hold whatever medical kit you need.

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