Here at explore, we love testing new outdoor adventure gear. And as the online editor, I receive quite a few samples to review—especially as we head into camping season.

Here are 7 of the latest gear items I’ve come across in 2019:

1. Floating Sunglasses

Summer water lovers, this one’s for you. Dispel your fears of losing your sunnies in the lake, river or ocean with Rheos Polarized Floatable Sunglasses. These affordable shades come in eight different colours and 35 designs, so you can find a style that suits you.

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2. Canada Goose GORE-TEX jacket

When I heard that these two epic names had paired to create a collection, I had to test it out. The Women’s Nomad HyBridge Lite Jacket is easily the nicest down coat I’ve ever tried on. Not only is the GORE-TEX fabric water-resistant, wind-proof and lightweight, the jacket is stamped with Canada Goose’s lifetime warranty.

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3. Ultralight Food Hanging System

I was initially intrigued by this idea when it was a Kickstarter creation. Selkirk Design’s Ultralight Food Hanging System comes with a two-rope pulley system you can create anywhere. All you need is a few rocks and a sturdy tree limb, and your food will be safe from hungry animals—keeping them safe in turn.

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4. Hotcore Mantis 1 Tent

Brand new for 2019, this one-person tent wasn’t sent to me—but it was one of the prizes in our Adventure Challenge Club. The freestanding, one-piece aluminum pole system is designed for easy set-up, so you can spend more time enjoying the wilderness and less time setting up camp.

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5. Avventura Outdoors Foldable Solar LED Lantern

This foldable solar lantern was one of the gear items in the Spring 2019 'Live the Adventure' Club Box. The three solar panels top up the charge of the 18 LEDs, which will illuminate your tent after nightfall. Hang it from the top of your tent for a chandelier effect, or copy this explorer to make a disco party!

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photoMarc Chamberland

6. Solo New York Backpack

This trendy backpack might be better suited for the office or after-work drinks than the Great Outdoors, but the slick leather surface and handy storage pockets will likely appeal to any adventurer that loves organization. And hey, it makes a good-looking carrying case for the latest issue of explore.

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photoAlison Karlene Hodgins

7. Freevision Vilta Gimbal

Take your travel and adventure videos to the next level with this handheld Gimbal. I describe it as my "robo-selfie stick." Balancing mechanics stabilize your Smartphone while Bluetooth connects to your camera for smooth videos that save in the app.

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This video was shot in part with the Freevision Vilta-M Gimbal for Mobile




Disclaimer: this article contains items that were received at no cost in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own; no part of this article has been edited or previewed by included brands/companies.

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