Pack Mentality

Packs, luggage, and gadgets

Aug 19, 2004
Outside Magazine
sport watch

Hammer Time: Flog yourself on the slopes and trails, then let Suunto's T6 tell you that you sucked

Organization-impaired outdoors people should benefit from Mountainsmith's new Portable Storage Collection, an assortment of modular storage containers that fit into several sizes of covered and uncovered tote bags. Prices for the different components range from $15 to $75 ( Also on the organizational front, Eagle Creek ( has revamped its travel-luggage line, using new light fabrics and colors. Great stuff.

In backpacks, Osprey has a new hipbelt that can be heated, then molded to the wearer. They're standard on the redesigned Crescent and Luna men's and women's packs ($350; And Granite Gear showed its new Nimbus Latitude Ki ($240; a pack designed not only to fit women's bodies, but also to offer the organizational options that women like when they pack.

On the gadget horizon, look out for High Gear's TrailAudio 512 ($250;, an MP3 player designed for the outdoors with a splash-proof design and detachable carabiner-style clip. It has up to 17 hours of play capacity, so obviously you'll hardly need to talk to your trail buddy the whole weekend. Responding to sport watches from Nike that download data wirelessly, Suunto rolled out its new T6. This watch is able to analyze a range of exercise parameters, including post-workout fatigue, to create a more accurate guide to the difficulty of your workout. It then can beam all data to a PC, on the way reaching into your wallet for the $499 needed to buy one (

MSR's new stove got lots of attention, but rival Brunton isn't about to quit, introducing a new super-lightweight cartridge-fuel stove called the Raptor ($40; Princeton Tec keeps moving LED lights forward with a new design employing a beam-focusing lens that brightens and whitens the light. It's called the Eos and will sell for $38 ( Finally, Motorola's newest handheld walkie-talkie offering, the Talkabout T7400, has a range of up to seven miles ($109;

Was there more? Um, did I mention the 1,000 vendors?

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