2016 Summer Outdoor Retailer Gear Preview (Part 1)
This week the attention of the outdoor industry will turn to Salt Lake City, Utah where the semi-annual Outdoor Retailer convention will get underway. Over the course of the next few days, hundreds – if not thousands – of new products will be introduced, many of which could have a direct impact on the activities that we enjoy so much. Here's a sampling of some of the more interesting new products that will make their way to store shelves in the months to come.
Mystery Ranch Stein 62 Backpack
Lightweight and highly functional, this new backpack from Mystery Ranch features a carbon fiber suspension system paired with innovative fabrics designed to help shed ounces without sacrificing durability. The multi-day pack is spacious enough to carry all of your gear for extended trips in the backcountry and the lid even converts into a summit pack that uses the main pack's yoke and harnessing. How's that for versatile? ($299)
Jetboil is looking to change the game once again, this time with a new single burner stove. The MightMo weighs just 3.3 ounces, and yet it is capable of putting out 10,000 BTU of power. Designed for consistent performance in temperatures as low as 20ºF, this tiny stove promises to deliver unprecedented control while in the backcountry.
KEEN Terradora Mid WP Boots
Believe it or not, the Terradora is the first women's specific hiking boot that KEEN has ever produced. Designed for use both on the trail and around town, these shoes promise to blend style, comfort, and fit in a seamless fashion. Lightweight and very stable, KEEN says that this boot will feel like a trail runner but have the support of a hiker. The Terradora will be available in both a mid ($140) and low version ($130) when they ship to retail.
Bolle The One Bike Helmet
Possibly the most versatile cycling helmet we've ever seen, The One from Bolle comes equipped with removable aero covers, LED lighting, and separate liners for riding in summer and winter. Comfortable and lightweight without compromising safety, this may be the last helmet you'll ever need to buy.
Eureka! Suite Dream Tent
Need a little extra space for your next camping trip? The Suite Dream tent from Eureka! will definitely have you covered. The 2-person tent features 40 square. feet of interior space, which is enough to inflate a queen-size air mattress. The Suite Dream also features a 17 square foot vestibule for added storage as well. Still not enough room? The 4-person model doubles the size.
Helly Hansen Odin 9 Worlds Jacket
Want a jacket that can keep you protected from the elements no matter where you go? That is exactly what Helly Hansen had in mind when designing the Odin 9 World shell. Both water and windproof, this jacket is built with three layers of protection to keep you dry and warm no matter the conditions. Other features include a helmet-compatible hood, mesh pockets that serve as extra ventilation, and articulated sleeves for added mobility.
Brooks Running Caldera Trail Shoe
Brooks Running is bringing a new trail shoe to the market, and it looks like it could be a real winner. The Caldera has been built from the ground up for technical trails and comes equipped with a sticky rubber outsole built for traction on those surfaces. It has an integrated gaiter tab, a midsole designed for added stability, and an innovative lug configuration that Brooks says will provide better footing in all conditions.
Klymit Double V Two-Person Sleeping Pad
For those who like to snuggle up close to their loved ones even while camping, Klymit has the Double V sleeping pad to provide a bit of extra comfort. Designed to minimize movement from the person you're sharing it with, the pad packs down small and includes a dry sack pump for quick and easy inflation. ($129.95)
NEMO Equipment Symphony Luxury Duo Sleeping Bag
If you're going to have a two-person sleeping pad, you're doing to need a two-person bag too, right? NEMO Equipment is introducing the new Symphony Luxury Duo, which includes an interested sheet, an insulated blanket, quilted matress top, built-in pad sleeve, pillow pockets, and an oversized hood. In short, everything you need to get a great night's sleep in the backcountry.
LEKI Sub 1 Folding Chair
Clocking in at a little under one kilo, the Sub 1 Folding Chair from LEKI is amongst the lightest camp chairs on the market. Made from extra-reinforced ripstop nylon, durable mesh, and the same aluminum tubing used in LEKI's fantastic trekking and ski racing poles, this chair comes equipped with a mesh bottle holder, and a nylon storage bag. That same bag can be attached to the front of the chair to serve as a storage pocket for a jacket or phone. Better yet, fill it with ice to create an impromptu cooler.