Gear Watch: Outdoor Retailer 2010, Part 2

Some of the most interesting, innovative, and cutting-edge new gear was unveiled at the recent Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City. Here are today's items to watch for.

Marmot Variant Jacket
A unique hybrid jacket that fuses an insulated core with warm, form-fitting Polartec Power Stretch in the arms and back. It combines freedom-of-movement with core warmth, ideal for cold-weather activities like cross-country skiing and ice climbing. 19 ounces (men's medium), $140.

Yaktrax XTR
For serious around-town (and backcountry) traction on ice and hard-packed snow this winter, Yaktrax has introduced a copycat design to the Kahtoola MicroSpikes (profiled here), offering a much beefier upgrade to Yaktrax' standard (and not very durable) design. They do offer an anti-snow plate under the heel and forefoot, a potential improvement over the Kahtoola design. $60.

Guava Family GoCrib
This small new company has introduced a lightweight, ultra-portable crib. It uses an inflatable structure that sets up quickly with the included dual-action pump. Weighs only 11 pounds and packs down to easily carried backpack size. $250.

Check out Part 1 of my Outdoor Retailer posts here.

Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.