9 outdoor products we can’t wait to get our hands on in 2016

The buzz is officially on for this innovative and useful adventure gear.

Gear: We just can't live without it. Photo: Brandon Scherzberg

Gear: We just can’t live without it. Photo: Courtesy of Brandon Scherzberg

Just when we think we've seen it all, along comes another round of trade shows and another slew of standard-setting outdoor gear we can't wait to get our hands on.

From truly revolutionary (like ski poles that weigh less than a beer) to the incredibly cozy (another wearable blanket!), here's the shortlist of adventure gear we're saving our pennies for.

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We first heard of Biolite with the introduction of their wood-burning CampStove, but the brand is truly stepping onto the field with the introduction of a few new products for spring 2016, including the BioLite SolarPanel 5+, which boasts a powerful onboard battery that stores the sun's energy for later.

Special reconnect software re-engages charging after cloud skies, so you don't have to remember to do it yourself.


Buff National Parks Headwear Collectionnational-parks-buffs

Designed after vintage postcards and debuting just in time for the National Park Service centennial celebration, Buff is debuting a capsule collection of National Park-themed Buffs in February 2016.

The collection features six of the most popular parks — Yosemite, Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountain and Great Smoky Mountain — while wicking sweat and keeping heads cozy.

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Solving a problem we usually forget we have until it's too late, it's Primus Camping to the rescue with Winter Gas canisters.

Using a special mesh layer that creates more room for the the liquid to turn into vapor, this little guy can help your stove keep chugging even when temperatures dip down below zero.

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite MAX SV Sleeping PadNeoAir_XLite_SV_1

The three-season Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite MAX XV sleeping pad uses "physics" and special SpeedValve to help you inflate your air mattress nearly twice as fast as other valves.

How? We're still not quite sure (read up on the technology here), but anything that makes getting into bed easier gets an A in our book — especially when deflating the pad takes just seconds.

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Like Grandpa's beer stein and Pop-Pop's thermos all rolled into one, Stanley's Classic Vacuum Stein is as timeless as it is useful.

With a latching lid and insulated construction, this masculine container can keep 24 ounces of liquid hot, cold or carbonated all day.


Black Diamond Helio Fixed Length Ski PolesHelkio-Ski-Pole-2-e1450300326853

Promising the lightest ski poles in the industry, Black Diamond is rolling out the Helio Fixed Length Ski Poles this year to a lot of buzz.

Here's why: They weigh practically nothing. Coming in at just 4.5 ounces each (that's almost TSA approved, y'all), they still feel strong and supportive thanks to a carbon fiber construction that justifies that $299 price tag.


Skida Bambi BandanaDark_blue_ferns_Bandana_large

Ignoring the fact that Skida was created by a college-aged skier who's kept her company local and loyal to Vermont (which already earns it our seal of approval), the Skida Bandana is truly a great product.

With a super-soft Polartec lining, a unique print and an adjustable Velcro back, it's the ultimate scarf alternative for the mountain (or whatever it is you're doing).


Wacaco Minipresso GR002-HD

We like coffee. We like portable gear. And we definitely like how cute and useful the Wacacao Minipresso GR is.

Compact, super light and easy to use, this tiny espresso machine grinds up any beans you have on hand and brews perfect shots of caffeine whenever you want them.


Therm-a-Rest Honcho PonchoHoncho_Poncho

Remember when everyone was obsessed with Poler's Napsack? Oh wait, we still are.

But we have to hand it to Therm-a-Rest and the Honcho Poncho, which is a wearable blanket perfect for the campsite, your kid's football game or when you're trying to cut down on your oil bill.

It's got warming insulation and a breathable, water-resistant shell and can be worn as a hooded poncho or flattened as a blanket.

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