Best of OR: Outdoor Tech

Our spies return with a look at some of the hottest gear at Outdoor Retailer


Outdoor Retailer Winter Market wouldn’t be the same without mind-boggling advances in technology—some totally worth the expense, some not.

Here are some of the most interesting backcountry tech items we saw at the show:

Salomon’s Quest Pro Pebax. These boots were made for walking…and hiking…and Alpine skiing. Salomon’s Quest Pro Pebax ($810) is the company’s first AT boot with true Alpine performance and the ability to shift to a comfortable hiking/walking mode.

Columbia Bugatech Boot. Columbia’s Bugatech boot is hot stuff…literally. The Omni-Heat reflective lining material not only reflects body heat to keep feet toasty, but also wicks moisture, adds basically no weight to the boot and feels super smooth against the skin.

Zeal’s Transcend Goggles. Partnering with Recon Instruments to integrate environmental sensors and GPS technology with optics, Zeal’s Transcend goggles are right out of the movie “Avatar.” Put on the goggles and “glance” to the right to see a mini-computer screen that displays temperature, time, speed, altitude and other stats, like how many runs you’ve taken. ($350/polarized; $450/polarized and photochromatic)

Dew Quiver. With the body-hugging Quiver from Dew you can groove to your favorite tunes while skiing, biking, hiking and running without your iPod flopping about. Made with a thin stretch fabric that’s water repellent and breathable, the sleek, comfortable Quiver places the sound control panel at the chest where it’s easy to reach, while the headphone chamber position cords at the back of the neck and out of the way. Bluetooth compatible.

Petzl Core Power Source. Want to save 900 alkaline batteries from entering the landfill? Tap into the power of Petzl’s new Core rechargeable power source for the second generation Tikka and Zipka headlamps. It charges from any USB compatible charging device and its Cortex software allows users to customize burn time and brightness thanks to that USB adaptability. ($40/battery and cable).