The latest stuff: Summer gear

Interesting new gear for your outdoor fun this season

Pearl Izumi X-Alp Seek IV ($100)

Finally, shoes that actually feel as comfortable when you’re hiking as they do when you’re biking. Even with a clipless pedal cleat installed—it recedes beneath the lugged outsole—you can walk comfortably on pavement and trails without sounding like a tap dancer. In fact, with a dual-density EVA midsole at the ball of the foot and a cushy heel, you could even jog in these shoes. On the bike, there’s still enough stiffness that we never felt inefficient. It’s the perfect shoe for adventure races and off-trail triathlons. More info: Pearl Izumi

Thule SUP Taxi ($260)

Standup paddleboarding may be the fastest-growing water sport, but it certainly isn’t easy to lug those 11-foot boards around. Until they come with a porter, you can at least make lashing them to your car a cinch with the Taxi. Adjust the size of the rack to fit the width of your boards—up to 34 inches (86 cm) each—then slip them into the rack and lay the attached webbing across and through a cam-style lock. Pull tight and lock in place. Dead simple. There’s even a storage area for the webbing tail. Bonus: It’s easy to mount on just about any car rack. More info: Thule

Brownfish Handplane ($150)

You don’t need a surfboard to get a decent ride in the waves. The Brownfish Handplane lets you turn short, sand-skimming body surfs into exhilaratingly long runs along the wave face and, yes, even in the tube. The lightweight wood boards—about the size of a forearm—create a larger planing area, raising your upper body out of the water for more controlled and longer surfs. Just slip your hand through the neoprene handle, throw on a pair of surf flippers for added control and easier wave catching, and go hang 10 (fingers in this case) on just about any wave. More info: Mountain Equipment Co-op

Hillsound Super Armadillo Nano ($100)

These high-tech gaiters fix a few of the issues that have driven us nuts over the years. Made of softshell-like Schoeller C-change—an intelligent fabric that’s waterproof and self-adjusts to temperature changes—these gaiters don’t make your feet hot and sweaty, as other models do. A coating of NanoSphere on the upper keeps it cleaner and deflects water, and the stretchy fabric fits better, never needing to be pulled up or overtightened to stay in place. Meanwhile, the tough polyurethane-coated lower gaiter resists crampon slashes and abrasion. More info: Hillsound