We've scoured the floor of Winter OR 2014 in search of the coolest gear for our coveted Gear of the Show awards. And these five products—from a lifesaving new avalanche pack to the best alpine touring boot ever made—are our top picks.
The North Face Fuse Uno
We’ve seen a lot of innovative fabrics this year at Outdoor Retailer, but only The North Face is revolutionizing the way outerwear is actually stitched together. The company recently unveiled its Fuse Uno Jacket, which is made from a single piece of HyVent Alpha waterproof-breathable fabric.
BioLite BaseCamp Stove
BioLite made a splash at here at the gear show a few years ago with their portable CampStove, a funky little camp stove that burns wood and also allows you to charge your phone, headlamp, or just about any small gadget with a USB port. Now they’ve got a super-size version, the BaseCamp, which is ideal for car camping and tailgating.
The Scarpa F1 Evo
Every winter, alpine touring boots get lighter, stiffer, more comfortable, and easier to use. But it’s not that often that we hear about one being a "game changer.” As a result, we were skeptical when Scarpa claimed that its F1 Evo boot transitions automatically from a hyper flexy walk mode to a respectably stiff ski mode when clicked into tech bindings. But then we stepped into the boots, clicked into bindings, and became believers.
Read the full review of the Scarpa F1 Evo
Black Diamond Halo JetForce
After years of research and development and much pre-show buzz, Black Diamond finally officially debuted the Halo JetForce avalanche airbag pack here in Salt Lake City. One of the most talked about products on the floor, the Halo is the first pack to use an electronically controlled jet fan for inflation—the battery-powered fan sucks air from the surrounding atmosphere.
Read the full review of the Black Diamond Halo JetForce
Most fitness trackers look back, focusing on metrics (miles walked, steps taken, calories burned) that have already happened. Jaybird’s new Reign is the first one we’ve seen that looks forward, and helps you figure out what to do in the future, rather than showing you what you just did.
Read the full review of the JayBird Reign