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What are you most excited to see at OR?

What new gear are you most excited to see revealed at Outdoor Retailer this weekend?

Aventura 2 in1 dress (Photo: Aventura)
Aventura 2 in1 dress

Everything! The best part of my job (other than testing gear) is observing how the women’s side of the outdoor industry is evolving. Just when I think gear can't get any more stylish or technically advanced, another Outdoor Retailer show arrives. Companies are making more feminine, functional, and environmentally friendly gear than ever before. Here’s a quick preview of a few items I can't wait to get my hands on.

Patagonia Kamala Cross-Back

Patagonia Kamala Cross-Back

Icebreaker’s new women’s underwear (, made from their lightest-weight merino-Lyrca fabric, comes in two lines: The Siren, in classic underwear styles, and the Sprite, which offers sportier options like the Racerback Tank ($55) and the Sprite Hot Pant ($35).

And no summer is really complete without adding at least one fantastic dress to your wardrobe. Patagonia’s full-length Kamala Cross-Back ($79; might as well be it. It's made from an organic cotton-Tencel blend and has a flattering cross back.

For travelers, Aventura’s organic cotton 2 in 1 Dress ($67; offers a simple solution to over-packing: it’s a skirt and a dress. As a skirt, it gathers into a wide, hip-hugging waistband, perfect after a day in the water. As a dress it's fancy enough to wear out, with horizontal bust pleats, an empire waist, and an A-line drape.     

I'm not the only one who's excited to see Princeton Tec’s new Spectrum ( headlamp, which allows you to mix and match colors and designs to create your own Fuel ($35) or Remix ($45) lamp. If you happen to be at the show, Princeton Tec is unveiling the lamp on Saturday from 4-6. Magic words: Free beer.

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Lead Photo: Aventura