Outdoor Retailer: Winter 2012 Show Preview

In a week, all of the outdoor gear companies will convene in Salt Lake City to introduce their new skis and boots, jackets and baselayers, beacons and solar powered iPhone devices, sleeping bags and packs, trekking poles and tents, and all sorts of other outdoor gear and gadgets. We'll be there to look for the coolest new stuff and to hand out our annual Gear of the Show awards. Here's a first look at some of the stuff we're salivating over.


Outdoor Research Lodestar Jacket and Pant – Outdoor Research makes some of the most legit apparel for climbers. It's always smartly designed with features and fabrics that have the end use at the top of the design brief. The Lodestar jacket and pant promises to be two more winners for alpinist and climbers. Capturing the warmth of a puffy with the moisture-wicking properties of fleece and combining it with the protection of a softshell, the Lodestar Jacket and Pant are designed for ice and alpine climbing in the coldest climates.

Both pieces use a new softshell fabric—Polartec Power Shield High Loft, an exceptionally weatherproof and breathable nylon softshell with a fully insulating high-loft fleece inside for breathable warmth without bulk. In high sweat areas, Outdoor Research has combined the High Loft Softshell with Powershield Pro, Polartec's best loved hard face fleece for maximum moisture movement during highly aerobic activities like Alpine Climbing. The result: a jacket that wicks moisture effectively through a wider range of cold temperatures. It lets climbers eliminate layers and gives them freedom of movement. Available fall 2012, $450 jacket; $399 pant, outdoorresearch.com.

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