The Gear Shed Outdoor Retailer Wrap Up, Part II
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It's a wrap. The Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City is officially over, including it's pre and post demos and expos and events. We're still sifting through our notes and thumb drives, but here are a few more products from the world's largest gear orgy that caught our attention.
SurvivalStraps: You might not believe that a macrame p-cord bracelet could save you from drowning, terrorist attack, or having your newly purchased grill fly off your car. SurvivalStraps says it can do all that and more. And while these examples might be a bit extreme, any seasoned outdoorsmen will tell you how useful even a few feet of p-cord can be for everything from hanging food from bears and drying clothes to fixing a busted a shoe lace and lashing together a lean-to (Tony Nester, our in-house survial expert, recommends you carry the stuff, too.) The SurvivalStraps' bracelet, which contains between 14- and 16-feet of p-cord, depending on your wrist size, is secured shut with a breakaway adjustable steel shackle closure. With somewhere between 45,000 and 50,000 color combinations to choose from, you'll either find the one that suits you perfectly, or become overwhelmed by the selection and just go with black. Use your bracelet in an epic emergency or domestic triumph, send your tale of SurvivalStraps survival to the company, and they'll replace your it free of charge. Available now, $23-$45, survivalstraps.com
Outdoor Research Ultra Trail Gaiters: When an elite team of journalists and editors competed in the Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge last year, they needed desert gaiters–a product that didn't exist. Outdoor Research volunteered to make some, and in the process learned how to seal a gaiter to a running shoe so tightly that sand couldn't work its way in. The company took that education, and developed a new all terrain gaiter for trail runners and light and fast packers to keep the crud out, sand or otherwise. Outdoor Research's new Ultra Trail Gaiter is stretchy, breathable and light. Two front hooks keep trail debris from creeping in tongue-side, instep grommets let you wrap an arch cord underfoot so the gaiter stays down, while silicone on the heel sticks the gaiter fabric to your light shoe or boot. The neck of the gaiter seals with a cinching shock cord around your leg. Available February 2012, $45, outdoorresearch.com
Osprey Poco: There are a lot of toddlers running around the Outside Magazine office these days. Which, naturally, means we've field-tested quite a few kid-carrying packs. But since Osprey makes some of our favorite regular packs, and it appears as is the Pock has all the features (and then some) we've come to expect on a top-of-the-line pack, we can't wait to test it out in the field. The Poco's shoulder straps adjust instantly and lock securely with a cam buckle, the hipbelt strap and pads are adjustable, the sling seat your little one sits on moves up and down and the carrier rides slightly off your back so that there's some air flow. The whole thing is designed with an easy-to-use torso adjustment so that a mom who is 6'0″ and a dad who is 5'7″ (or vice-versa) can both carry the same pack. Available in March 2011, $199-$299, ospreypacks.com. —Berne Broudy