Winter Outdoor Retailer wrapped up today, bringing to a close the latest installment of the great gear smorgasbord. Twice each year, outdoor gear manufacturers gather in Salt Lake City to hype their latest, greatest products. Here are some of the standout products and technology that caught my attention this year. Post 1 of 2.
Timberland Radler Series Check out the ultra-packable design of the Radler Trail Camp shoe ($65)—it folds in half and zips together like a wallet. In 2012 Timberland is adding a Radler insulated camp boot, which zips flat together with its mate for easy packing. Both styles feature a rubberized sole with a solid tread and can easily handle serious use, both inside and outside your tent or cabin.
Brooks Range Invasion Tent It's a single-wall four-season tent for two that weighs a scant 3 pounds, 7 ounces ($599). The tunnel-style tent features an external pole system that sets up first; the body is then hung inside the structure—a major plus for windy conditions. Made from ultralight waterproof silnylon. (Watch those crampons!)
Water-Resistant Down and Wool Sierra Designs debuted its water-resistant "DriDown" technology at this year's show. (I highlighted it in my previous post: Waterproof Goose Down?). Brooks Range, a mountaineering-specialty company, also introduced a similar "DownTec" technology with its 800-fill Mojave Jacket ($299, pictured right).
New Zealand-based Icebreaker unveiled a line of water-resistant merino wool insulation that "uses nanotechnology and triple-layer construction to increase performance." Translation: Drier, warmer, lighter wool in damp and wet conditions. Here's the press release.