10 coolest outdoor gadgets and kit from 2021

The myriad challenges the world faced in 2021 don’t seem to have stopped outdoor designers from getting stuck into some very exciting new adventure and sports kit. This year, there’s a been a big focus on getting creative with environmentally-friendly materials – new launches range from hiking shoes that break down once in landfill to wetsuits that say no to neoprene and ski jackets that are made from sugar cane waste. Sweeter for the planet all around. 

Elsewhere, staycations and weekend adventures close to home, two of 2021’s biggest travel trends, can now get a little more epic thanks to rafts designed for long-distance wild swimming and a paddleboard you can fold up and pop in your car boot. Your head is in for a treat this year, too – an innovative trio of new helmet, headtorch and hat will keep you warm, comfy and safe when you venture into the great outdoors.

1. Picture’s sugar cane ski gear