Outdoor Retailer is all about discovering new products for next season and we saw plenty at Summer Market, along with receiving more than 1,200 new product submissions to feature in the O.R. Daily. You’ll see those new products throughout our recaps of the show this month, but here are 31 favorite pieces (in no particular order) that stood out as our SNEWS/O.R. Daily Editors’ Picks:
BLACK DIAMOND EQUIPMENT B.D.V. HOODY
Black Diamond’s apparel looks as clean and functional as its famous climbing packs. The hoody is tough enough to resist weather, while remaining stretchy enough for greater movement.
#7013 (MSRP $199) www.blackdiamondequipment.com
BRUNTON HYDROGEN REACTOR
The future is now with this hydrogen device that stores enough power to recharge a phone five to six times. Extra fuel cells only weigh an ounce and can be refilled, recharged or recycled with no damage to the environment. The hydrogen power lives in a solid state with no natural discharge, so it’s always ready to go.
#13009 (MSRP $150) www.brunton.com
SIERRA DESIGNS BACKCOUNTRY BED 800
No more snagging zippers. This zipperless sleeping bag feels more like your bed at home with a blanket-like cover that can be tucked in for surrounding warmth or laid on top for flexibility.
#28017 (MSRP $349)
Another record broken in cooking speed. The Joule promises to boil 1 liter of water in 2 minutes, 40 seconds, yet still offer excellent simmer control.
#26027 (MSRP $160) www.jetboil.com
SALOMON MINIM PANT
These pants feature strategically placed stretch panels for maximum breathability and ultra-comfort while you are climbing or hiking in the mountains. These pants offer clean lines and are built to last for years of adventure.
#36137 MSRP $120 www.salomon.com
SUMMIT DISTRIBUTION DRYCASE WATERPROOF BACKPACK
No need for a rain cover. We’re seeing more waterproof backpacks out there, and we like it. Even if it doesn’t rain, the durable exteriors protect from rock abrasion and everyday use. This pack has a two-way valve to inflate/deflate as needed after rolling down the top.
#37098 (MSRP $90) www.usasummitorder.com
ICEBUG ENLIGHT RBX9
Icebug can play in the summer, too. Here’s a beautiful blend of style and performance with ripstop nylon and mesh lining that promises to both protect and breathe. Rubber studs below help keep grip.
#PV461 (MSRP $160) www.icebug.se
No chest strap needed for this continuous heart-rate monitor sport watch. It uses optical sensors to record your pulse from your wrist and then algorithms to translate that data to output the heart’s true rhythm.
#PV962 (MSRP $199) www.mioglobal.com
SALEWA ESCAPE GTX
Salewa gets into the lifestyle footwear market with these stylish Italian leather shoes that include Gore-Tex for waterproofing.
#10037 (MSRP $169) www.salewa.com
ADIDAS OUTDOOR TERREX CLIMACOOL CHILL ZIP TEE
Aluminum silver dots in key zones promote conductive heat loss to boost cooling in this slick-looking top with a low collar and contoured fit.
#1009 (MSRP $50) www.adidas.com/outdoor
LA SPORTIVA TRANGO CUBE GTX
This colorful boot caught our attention, and it has performance guts, too. Its lighter weight makes it a good crossover boot between the worlds of mountaineering and backpacking.
#18027 (MSRP $375) www.sportiva.com
EASTON MOUNTAIN PRODUCTS CUBEN SI2
Light on your back, but not so light on your wallet. This two-person, four-season, Cuben-fiber tent blends the light and strong material with waterproof/breathable Event fabric in roof panels to help with climate control. Trail weight is 2 pounds.
#9040 (MSRP $2,000) www.eastonmountainproducts.com
KELTY TRAILOGIC PK 50
We counted nine different compartments via 10 entries, but not a single zipper on this pack. A mix of Velcro and roll-down closures keeps things secure instead. A detachable front compartment allows for easy stripping down from 50 liters to 35.
#24026 (MSRP $199) www.kelty.com
LOWE ALPINE ECLIPSE 35
The pack strives to eclipse it all — hiking, biking and climbing — with features to attract all groups. We like the spacious central stuff pocket and ability to open it wide.
#26037 (MSRP $130) www.lowealpine.com
HELLY HANSEN ODIN MOON LIGHT JACKET
This lightweight, waterproof, windproof and breathable jacket is practical and effective for a variety of conditions. Fully adjustable cuffs, hood and waist let you adjust the fit and comfort for year-round use.
#32077 (MSRP $200) www.hellyhansen.com
THE NORTH FACE BETTER THAN NAKED LONG HAUL SHORT
Keep your snacks close and bounce-free in these running shorts with a built-in liner and stow pockets on each leg.
#35051 (MSRP $65) www.thenorthface.com
FIVE TEN VXI
A climbing shoe that weighs only 5 ounces? We’ll try it! The shoe employs what Five Ten calls the climbing market’s softest rubber, MI6, which conforms to the foot and rock and provides more friction than standard sticky shoes.
#12017 (MSRP $170) www.fiveten.com
VAUDE SHUTTLE COMFORT
This versatile child carrier grows with youngsters with an easy-to-adjust seat height. Parents also can alter the torso length.
#10007 (MSRP $300) www.vaude.com
EUREKA DOWN RANGE 2
Many returning servicemen and women want the same reliable gear they had in the field. The Down Range 2 is a heavy-duty, three-season dome tent based on Eureka’s Marine combat version.
#26027 (MSRP $300) www.eurekatent.com
EAGLE CREEK 2-IN-1 ULTRA LIGHT TOTE/ BACKPACK
Adventure travel is on the rise, and so is gear targeted toward this category at Outdoor Retailer. This multi-function piece is a perfect example — it quickly switches from tote to backpack and has the ability to expand by 30 percent.
#24014 (MSRP $60) www.eaglecreek.com
Wear a different flip-flop everyday … with one pair. These Chacos provide fun and value by allowing wearers to swap out different straps from the same supportive sole. Multiple strap colors and designs are sold separately, and each is reversible for even more options.
#32136 (MSRP $60; $20 for two pairs of additional straps) www.chacos.com
These road runners deliver a smooth ride on runs long and short. Rise above rocks, roots and other debris on the trail with these super-supportive soles.
#36197 (MSRP $160) www.brooksrunning.com
A tiny tag that can be placed on any item senses ambient temperature and wirelessly notifies you of current conditions outside or the chilled status of your beer. The Bluetooth connection can gather info from six tags simultaneously and display results in a temperature graph.
#PV907 (MSRP $49) www.weatherhawk.com
VARGO TI-ARC PACK
In an effort to bring external frame packs back in style, Vargo presents a new featherweight champ. At only 2 pounds, 2 ounces, this ultralight contains a supportive lumbar plate to ensure proper load-carrying and adjustable straps to allow movement vertically up and down the frame.
#BR302 (MSRP $299) www.vargooutdoors.com
Double duty: This trekking pole has a built-in ice pick for when you hit the glaciers. Turn a screw to hide the pick when not needed.
#10007 (MSRP $130) www.libertymountain.com
FILSON DUFFLE BACKPACK
Add some style to your pack lineup without sacrificing toughness. This duffle/backpack hybrid is made from durable 1,000-denier Cordura nylon reinforced with a wax-coated cotton trim. A center zip allows for easy loading and unloading.
#9041 (MSRP $485) www.filson.com
OTZ SHOES MADLIB SANTA CRUZ
Inspired by “the oldest shoes ever found,” these suede and cork kicks are a modern-day interpretation of 5,300-year-old shoes found cast in ice in Italy.
#30155W (MSRP $130) www.otzshoes.com
WESTERN CHIEF KIDS MONSTER BUD RAIN JACKET
Turn your toddler into a monster with the latest offering from this fanciful kids’ raingear company. The polyurethane shell features ears, claws and a see-through mask on the hood. Also new: a dragon shell with a cape for wings.
#32172 (MSRP $45) www.westernchiefkids.com
RUFFWEAR BIVA BOTA
This collapsible bowl dispenses just the right amount of water a thirsty pup needs in the outdoors. Push down the one-way valve to fill the top reservoir; the remaining water stays in the leakproof bottom, and the welded fabric top ensures a watertight seal.
#34071 (MSRP $30) www.ruffwear.com
HALA GEAR BUTTERKNIFE
This dual-bladed paddle offers welcome versatility to the SUPer, allowing faster, more efficient paddling while kneeling or sitting to get through a break or recover a line in whitewater. A carbon-fiber T-grip is cleverly integrated with the second blade.
#PV221 (MSRPs $299, fiberglass blades/$349, carbon-fiber blades) www.halagear.com