Aspen Times Weekly: Outdoor Gear for 2016
This week I am in Salt Lake City to roam the aisles and trek pavilions at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. The twice-annual trade show is an ultimate inside scoop on new gear coming to market. Look for these items on store shelves in 2016.
Field Candy, a British tent brand, makes a push into the American market with a line of colorful, graphic-intense shelters. From natural scenes to wild, cartoon-splashed walls, these tents give the option for flare heretofore unseen at a campsite.
Briefcase Camp Stove:
The Primus Onja stove has two burners and a sleek design. The case folds open and closed, and an oak lid doubles as a cutting board, giving you a place to prepare food.
Gregory and Goal Zero teamed up to launch the Baltoro 75 GZ, which adds a solar panel to the top of a backpack. It lets you hike and soak in the sun to recharge gadgets on the trail.
Ultimate Climber’s Knife:
Designed with one of the world’s top climbers, the NIAD knife by Columbia River Knife and Tool weighs 0.6 ounces and is built for the rigors of life on a big wall in Yosemite and beyond. It has a 1.5-inch blade and folds small to clip on a carabiner.
A milled hunk of solid titanium serves as the base for the Ti-KLAX Multi-Tool Ax. It mounts to a handle or almost any solid piece of wood via an embedded clamp. Bonus: The “multi-tool” part comes from the product’s built-in blade, hook, wrenches, driver, hammer, and carabiner clip.
Bikes From Snowmobile Brand:
Polaris has made e-bikes in the past. But this summer the brand makes a new push with its pedal-assisted bicycles, including a camo motif. The battery-power bikes can go for miles and up to 20mph between charge-ups.
Touted as the “thinnest, lightest, most efficient” solar charger, this sleek, 4-ounce panel is capable of charging an iPhone 6+ in 2.5 hours, the company claims. It measures about 3.5 x 7.5 inches for portability in a pocket.
A huge top valve opens wide for fast inflation on the NeoAir Camper SV from Therm-a-Rest. The air mattress “inflates in seconds and deflates in a flash,” the company touts. You get a three-inch-thick sleeping mattress with raised side-rails so you can’t easily roll off at night.
This tech t-shirt from Adidas, the Terrex Climachill Agravic 1/2 Zip, is made of a material the company touts has “moisture and cooling management” via tiny aluminum spheres embedded in the microfiber fabric and titanium yarns. No word if its metallurgy sets off airport security alarms.
Stephen Regenold writes about outdoors gear at http://www.gearjunkie.com.