Gear Watch; Summer Outdoor Retailer 2011, Part 2 of 2

Here's part 2 of the latest and greatest gear from the recent Outdoor Retailer convention in Salt Lake City, culled from a variety of online blogs and other sources. Watch for these new products in late 2011 and 2012.

Gerber Steady Multi-Tool
Shutterbugs no longer need to carry a separate tripod on backcountry excursions. The Steady multi-tool features two flip-out legs and a standard camera screw-mount, along with 11 other handy gadgets, including the standard blade and pliers. (From GearJunkie.)

Mountain House Low-Sodium Freeze-Dried Meals
I'm very pleased to see Mountain House rolling out their first low-sodium options. Three options will be available starting in 2012: New Orleans-Style Rice with Shrimp and Ham; Chicken Alfredo; and Chicken and White Bean Chili. Each features less than 300 mg per serving. (From the REI blog.)

ACR ResQLink
Weighing a scant 4.6 ounces, this latest iteration of the personal locator beacon is being touted as the lightest weight, most compact version on the market. The ultimate in survival insurance for the weight of only a couple energy bars. (From ACR Electronics.)

Ultralight Tents and Shelters
An increasing number of tents and shelters are pushing below the 2-pound barrier. Here's a great round-up of the latest offerings, including the Echo 2 shelter from Hyperlite Mountain Gear (here's my profile of the company), courtesy of Trailspace.com. One new tent not included in the round-up is the Fly Creek Platinum from Big Agnes, which uses sub-20 denier thread to create a two-man, double-wall tent weighing a mere 29 ounces. (More info, including a video, is on the REI blog.)

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