Gear Watch: Summer Outdoor Retailer 2011, Part 1 of 2

The outdoor gear universe gathers twice a year in Salt Lake City for Outdoor Retailer, where manufacturers showcase all the latest and greatest in the world of gear. Over the next two posts, I'll highlight some of the most interesting items, culled from a variety of online blogs and other sources. Watch for these new products in late 2011 and 2012.

Mammut Realization Climbing Shorts
A climbing harness is integrated directly into these climbing shorts, creating an all-in-one system for hitting the crags. For women, Mammut has created the Refine climbing skort. (Picture and info from The Gearcaster.)

Mountain Hardwear Hoopla
This floorless, four-person shelter weighs a mere 26 ounces. Trekking poles provide the central support. It received a Best in Show award from Gear Junkie.

Ruff Wear Omnijore
If you've ever wanted your dog to pull you on skis, rollerblades, or any other conveyance, there's finally a harness available from a major gear maker. One of Outside Magazine's 10 picks for Gear of the Show. (Picture and an in-depth review from

DeLorme inReach
A compact satellite text messenger that uses the Iridium satellite network. Can be used by itself or paired with any Android-operating smartphone. Here's the DeLorme press release.

L.L. Bean 100th Anniversary Gear
To celebrate its centennial, L.L. Bean is making 10, individually numbered anniversary canoes that feature canvas stretched over a cedar strip frame, plus a variety of other iconic items. (Picture and more info from

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