GearGear News

Gear of the Show: Summer Outdoor Retailer 2016

Gear companies from around the world released their brand-new summer 2016 products this week at Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City. We pored over all of it, and these five products—from a brilliant new water filter to a totally reinvented waterproof jacket—were our top picks for Gear of the Show.

Gear companies from around the world released their brand-new summer 2016 products this week at Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City. We pored over all of it, and these five products—from a brilliant new water filter to a totally reinvented waterproof jacket—were our top picks for Gear of the Show.
(Photo: The Editors)


Columbia OutDry Extreme Diamond Shell

Most shells are made the same way, with a waterproof membrane sandwiched between a tough, durable exterior fabric and a softer next-to-skin layer. This technique has two major downsides: the face fabric on the outside can wet out, making the jacket feel clammy; and gluing layers of fabric together reduces breathability. Enter the OutDry Extreme Diamond. Columbia ditched the exterior fabric entirely by layering a thin, diamond-patterned film over the waterproof membrane to protect it from abrasions and boost durability.

Read more about Columbia's OutDry Extreme Diamond Shell.

Most shells are made the same way, with a waterproof membrane sandwiched between a tough, durable exterior fabric and a softer next-to-skin layer. This technique has two major downsides: the face fabric on the outside can wet out, making the jacket feel clammy; and gluing layers of fabric together reduces breathability. Enter the OutDry Extreme Diamond. Columbia ditched the exterior fabric entirely by layering a thin, diamond-patterned film over the waterproof membrane to protect it from abrasions and boost durability. Read more about Columbia's OutDry Extreme Diamond Shell.
(Photo: Columbia)


Jetboil Genesis Basecamp 2 Burner System

The Genesis Basecamp 2 Burner System from Jetboil is a complete rethink of the traditional car camping stove many of us grew up with and still have in our garage.

Read more about Jetboil's Genesis Basecamp 2 Burner System.

The Genesis Basecamp 2 Burner System from Jetboil is a complete rethink of the traditional car camping stove many of us grew up with and still have in our garage.
Read more about Jetboil's Genesis Basecamp 2 Burner System.
(Photo: Jetboil)


Patagonia Merino Air Base Layer

Patagonia’s gossamer new base layer is insanely light and airy, but, thanks to a new manufacturing technique, just as warm as its heavier competitors.

Read more about Patagonia's Merino Air Base Layer.

Patagonia’s gossamer new base layer is insanely light and airy, but, thanks to a new manufacturing technique, just as warm as its heavier competitors.Read more about Patagonia's Merino Air Base Layer.
(Photo: Patagonia)


MSR Guardian Water Filter

The MSR Guardian represents a quantum leap forward in the world of water filtration. For this new device, MSR developed a hollow fiber structure that’s ten-times smaller than previous iterations so that it catches viruses, but still lets users clean a respectable 2.5 liters of water per minute.

Read more about the MSR Guardian Water Filter.

The MSR Guardian represents a quantum leap forward in the world of water filtration. For this new device, MSR developed a hollow fiber structure that’s ten-times smaller than previous iterations so that it catches viruses, but still lets users clean a respectable 2.5 liters of water per minute.Read more about the MSR Guardian Water Filter.
(Photo: Cascade Designs)


RinseKit

For those who find the standard hang-it-from-a-tree gravity showers lacking in pressure and pump-up showers a touch too involved, there’s a new supremely simple option: RinseKit. Call it a shower in a box.

Read more about RinseKit.

For those who find the standard hang-it-from-a-tree gravity showers lacking in pressure and pump-up showers a touch too involved, there’s a new supremely simple option: RinseKit. Call it a shower in a box.Read more about RinseKit.
(Photo: RinseKit)

Our mission to inspire readers to get outside has never been more critical. In recent years, Outside Online has reported on groundbreaking research linking time in nature to improved mental and physical health, and we’ve kept you informed about the unprecedented threats to America’s public lands. Our rigorous coverage helps spark important debates about wellness and travel and adventure, and it provides readers an accessible gateway to new outdoor passions. Time outside is essential—and we can help you make the most of it. Making a financial contribution to Outside Online only takes a few minutes and will ensure we can continue supplying the trailblazing, informative journalism that readers like you depend on. We hope you’ll support us. Thank you.
Contribute to Outside
Filed To: EventsWater TreatmentHealth and BeautyBase LayerHard ShellCamp Stoves
More Gear