The Gear Junkie is in Utah this week for the annual Outdoor Retailer Winter Market trade show. The event has thousands of exhibitors and is a major venue for unveiling new products to the world.
Here are a few of my favorites so far, most not available until late 2014 or into next year.
Jetforce backpack: Most avalanche packs require a compressed-gas cylinder. But a new technology from Black Diamond Equipment uses a high-power fan. The proprietary “JetForce Technology” spins at 60,000 RPMs to fill 200-liter lift balloons in an instant and keep a skier safer if caught in an avalanche.
Kid snow bike: A kit from Strider transforms a scoot bike into a snow-ready vehicle. Made for kids 18 months to 5 years, the Snow Ski kit attaches to a wheeled scoot bike with straps, no tools required.
Winterized shoes: Made for running on snow and icy surfaces, the toe-segmented Bikila EVO WP from Vibram are sure to turn heads on your next winter trail run. A special rubber compound on the sole gives “snow tire”-like grip, Vibram touts.
Wood-burning generator: This group-size camp stove from BioLite burns sticks and logs. Its flames are channeled to warm a grill on top as well as to a module on the side that makes electricity from the heat. Plug in a phone or a gadget in need of a recharge at your camp site.
Solar speakers: Sunlight charges these Bluetooth speakers as they pump tunes outdoors. Made by Goal Zero, the Rock Out 2 Solar speakers have a bass chamber and will be marketed to “adventurous audiophiles.”
Down rain jacket: Mixing genres, Sierra Designs will sell a rain jacket stuffed with 600-fill goose down. Warmth and waterproofness are promised. The company employs a special hydrophobic down as insulation for a final line of defense against moisture from body sweat inside.
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