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Outdoor Retailer, America’s largest trade show for the outdoor industry, just wrapped up its first run in Denver, and our staff was there to preview the newest packs, footwear, jackets, and more. Here are 11 products and technologies that caught our eyes on the floor.
Altra Lone Peak 4 RSM
Beloved by trail runners and thru-hikers alike, Altra’s Lone Peak series is a cushy, light shoe that allows the wearer’s feet to keep their natural shape. The Lone Peak 4 RSM, soon on store shelves, is a new, weather-resistant take on a proven classic.
Black Yak Hybrid Jacket
Many insulated pieces use one kind of technology. Black Yak uses all of them. With a mix of DWR-finished goose down, Polartec Alpha, and Primaloft Gold, Black Yak’s goal with the Hybrid Jacket is to use the right kind of insulation in the right place.
Merrell Thermo Rogue
Finding the balance between weather protection, support, and weight is always a tough challenge. The Thermo Rogue, a new boot by Merrell, aims to make it a little easier by shaving weight from a supportive winter boot.
Want to stay dry and save the Earth? Marmot says its new PFC-free jackets are its most waterproof ever. Will Rochfort gets the lowdown on how the company’s new EvoDry technology makes it possible.
Sunday Afternoons Ultra Adventure Storm Hat
We featured Sunday Afternoons’ Ultra Adventure Hat in our 2017 Gear Guide, where it won high marks for its lightweight, UPF-rated sun protection. Now, the company is attempting to make it better for bad-weather use with a new waterproof version.
Dynafit Hoji Pro Tour Ski Boot
The holy grail of ski boots: One that moves uphill as ably as it moves downhill. Dynafitsays its created one with the Hoji Pro Tour ski boot, which uses a burly switch system to unlock the cuff, top buckle, and power strap all at once for an “unlimited” range of forward motion.
The backpacker dream: get fit without ever going to a gym. WearBands hopes to help you achieve that goal by boosting your hike. The wearable resistance bands add a little extra push to your muscles while you walk, run, and even climb.
DPS Phantom Base Glide Treatment
Hate waxing your skis? DPS’s new Phantom ski treatment could set you free. Apply it once, DPS claims, and the base coating permeates your ski, making it perfectly slippery for the lifetime of your planks.
Sunski Treeline Sunglasses
Glacier goggles protect mountaineers eyes by shading out harsh snow glare not only from the front, but from the sides as well. The problem: glacier goggles are not only often heavy, but expensive. Enter Sunski, an affordable sunglass brand that’s trying its hand at making these above-treeline staples.
Mammut Spindrift 14 Pack
When you’re going for speed, it helps to not have to take your pack off. The Mammut Spindrift 14 was created with that principle in mind: large side pockets let users stow gloves or skins without taking it off, and an integrated wind vest is designed to provide additional protection on fast descents.
G3 Zed Ski Binding
For light-and-fast ski mountaineers, weight is always an issue. By utilizing some new materials and ditching unnecessary components, G3 made the Zed its lightest AT binding ever.