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Outdoor Retailer Q&A: Rocker Grace Potter

BACKPACKER jumps the tour bus to talk music and the outdoors with the lead singer of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.

If you’re Grace Potter, apparently the only way to follow up a Wednesday night appearance on the Tonight Show is to head to Outdoor Retailer for a show to benefit OIWC (Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition) and the Love Hope Strength Foundation. Before she tore the roof off The Depot theater with a classic-rock-sequined-dress-swagger that floored the crowd, BACKPACKER Deputy Editor Anthony Cerretani sat down with Potter on her tour bus to talk about the marriage of music and the outdoors, her efforts with 1% for the Planet, and the crossroads moment of picking a sequined dress over a slalom suit.... Read Full Story...
Monday, January 24, 2011 in: Outdoor Retailer, Gear, News and Events
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OR: Cool New Gear Patagonia Ultralight Down Shirt, Jacket, and Hoodie

Patagonia's latest line of down products may make you rethink how you layer from here on out.

Back in the day, down was reserved for big super-warm jackets that made you look like the Michelin Man. We all know that's changed in the past few years and Patagonia's most recent foray into down products has us salivating.
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Sunday, January 23, 2011 in: Outdoor Retailer, Gear, News
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OR: Cool Stuff--Geigerrig Hydration Engine

A new hydration system asks why suck when you can squirt?

It’s always after you’ve climbed something tough, sweat pouring off you, that the thirst seems the most powerful. That’s when the old kung fu between air and water ensues: You stop breathing while you suck from the hydration hose, then you inhale mightily through your nose attempting to build up enough oxygen surplus to swallow the mouthful. Repeat, ad hydratium.
 
But what if you could turn your hydration reservoir into a low power water gun? The Geigerrig Hydration Engine (available in two and three liters, for $48 and $50, respectively) does just that. Using the same pump the doc uses to measure your blood pressure, the reservoir inflates with enough pressure to force out a liters per minute.
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Sunday, January 23, 2011 in: Outdoor retailer, Gear, News
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OR: Cool Gear--Genesis Magik 1R Headlamp

Hands-free technology comes to the forehead

Part of the reason we so like headlamps is that they make life better: You don’t have to slobber up a flashlight while trying to open the Top Ramen package, or you can wield dual poles while keeping a beam of light on the trail.
 
But when it’s cold, you often have to take off a glove to work the buttons, or sometimes your hands arey too slop-covered to click on the lamp. With the Magik 1R by Genesis, consider those days over. 
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Sunday, January 23, 2011 in: Outdoor retailer, Gear, News
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OR: Photos from the Floor

Half the fun of the Outdoor Retailer shows is the effort retailers take to get noticed.


The Mammut mammoth.
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Sunday, January 23, 2011 in: Outdoor Retailer, Gear, OR
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OR Gear Trends: Electronics

From OR Daily: High-tech gadgets emphasize simplicity

SPOT Connect
Spot Connect

Keep it simple--or rather make it simpler. At Winter Market, many of the new electronic products react that trend, with watches, as well as fitness and weather gadgets, plus other electronics getting upgrades and features that require thinner owner's manuals. Read Full Story...
Friday, January 21, 2011 in: Outdoor Retailer, Gear, OR
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OR: Cool New Gear--Smith Helmet and Goggles Integration Kit

Smith has figured out the perfect way to get those goggles on your kids--and keep them there.


Every once in a while, you see something at Outdoor Retailer that so intuitively brilliant in the back of your head, you can't believe someone didn't already invent it. With Smith's new kids Integration Kit, ironically, both are true. The Integration kit throws together a Cosmos helmet and Galaxy goggle with the goggle attached directly to the helmet via a magnetic quickstep system Smith is calling a Tractor Beam.. Read Full Story...
Friday, January 21, 2011 in: Outdoor Retailer, Daily News
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OR Gear Trends: Pack Designs

In this report from OR Daily, we learn how distinct trends lead season's pack designs

1. Clean Designs

Comfortable and clean. Those two words sum up backcountry ski packs being introduced this winter. You’ll not only see high-tech suspensions that carry lots of weight comfortably and protect a person in a crash, but also very clean packs free of extraneous straps and pockets. Mountain Hardwear (#26011) beefed up the suspension on its new Wayback 30 ski pack (MSRP $120) to ease the burden of large loads. “It incorporates technology that we have developed over the last few seasons, most notably our Hardwave Framesheet,” said Paige Boucher, public relations director for Mountain Hardwear. “It’s super light and has a rigid horizontal support, so the pack won’t bow out with a big load.”

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Friday, January 21, 2011 in: Outdoor Retailer, Gear, OR
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New To OR: Hillsound Equipment and Rock On Apparel

OR daily sits down with two exciting new gear companies: Hillsound Equipment and Rock On Apparel.

Field testing the Hillsound trail crampon.

Kris Choi, sales manager, Hillsound Equipment


Describe your company’s product in 10 words or less.
➜ Superb traction on ice and snow. Easy. Functional. Flexible. Packable. Who is your target customer? ➜ The Hillsound Trail crampon is intended for the average hiker. It’s not too heavy or technical, just well-built, simple and well-priced for everyone. We are constantly innovating with feedback and suggestions from customers and creating new designs to better suit every need.

If you only had 1 minute with a retail customer, what is the one thing you would tell them about yourself and your company?
➜ We felt there was a need for versatile traction, something more stable than the spring coil design and less aggressive than a technical crampon. A device that will service the local mountains in North America and across the world.
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Friday, January 21, 2011 in: Outdoor Retailer, Gear, OR
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OR: Remote Controlled Boot Liners; "True Seamless" Sock Tehcnology

Keep your tootsies warm and blister free with these two updates to everday gear.

Remote Controlled ThermoSoles Boot Liners
You all know the feeling. You've just stepped out the door on a winter morning, for a hike or a snowshoe, and your toes are freezing! The thought of tromping through the forest evokes fears of frostbite. Enter the Remote Controlled ThermoSoles Boot Liners.

"True Seamless" Socks from Darn Tough
If the thought of "seamless socks" has you scratching your head, check out this video from the people at sock maker Darn Tough.
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Friday, January 21, 2011 in: Outdoor Retailer
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