Sneak Peek at ’16 Gear, Clothing & Footwear

Chillin' at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market

Chillin’ at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market

Hipster clothing, log rolling, AT speed hikers, clothing encased in ice. We never know what we’ll encounter when we roam the aisles of the Outdoor Retailer trade show. In early August, we ventured to Salt Lake City and spent four days checking out the latest and greatest products for the outdoors and travel. Here’s a peek at a few of our favorite things hitting the shelves in 2016.


Chaco — Z Cloud

ChacoChaco sandals rock, but some folks complain that the footbed is hard and causes blisters. Enter the new Z Cloud, which has the durability and performance of a classic Chaco, but the footbed has a soft topsheet that molds to your foot and makes the sandal feel comfortable instantly. To help prevent odors, the footbed also has an antimicrobial treatment. But those aren’t the only updates. Now, all Z sandals have a new outsole design and rubber compound called ChacoGrip that provides better traction on wet or dry surfaces. Plus, The Z Cloud is available in five new webbing colors and designs for women, as well as five new colors and designs for men. $110

Leatherman — Signal

Leatherman SignalLeatherman’s latest twist on the multi-tool is a product designer for survival. To keep you in good shape during the Zombie Apocalypse, a real disaster or a wilderness outing, the Signal has 19 tools, including fire-starting rod, pliers and emergency whistle. Made of 100 percent stainless steel, it also sports a diamond coated blade sharpener and a carabiner clip, which makes it easy to attach the Signal to your bug-out pack. $120

ExOfficio — Men’s Sol Cool Cryogen Shirt

ExOfficio Cryogen_SSIn the Sol Cool Cryogen, ExOfficio has embedded jade dust into the fabric fibers so they’ll absorb the body’s radiant heat slowly and then release it quickly to create a cooling effect on skin of up to 4 degrees Fahrenheit. Because jade has a higher specific temperature than skin or textiles, it feels cooler to the touch, and is slower to heat up than ordinary cloth. The travel-friendly Cryogen is wrinkle resistant and keeps you cool with cape ventilation. Offering UPF 30 sun protections, it also protects your neck with 3-position button-down collar. $80 (short sleeve) $90 (long sleeve)

RinseKit — Pressurized Portable Shower

Rinse-Kit-2237-1While mapping trails for guidebooks, we’ve ended many sweaty days with parking lot showers. But the Rinsekit makes it easier to clean your bod (or rinse your gear) by providing a pressurized flow of water. To fill the 2-gallon tank, you just connect the RinseKit hose to a home spigot, and it automatically pressurizes the water inside the tank. Offering about 4 minutes of spray, you can clean a couple of people, and you can even have a warm shower by using an accessory heater that plugs into your car A/C adapter. $89.99

Columbia — OutDry Extreme Jacket

Columbia OutdryAt first glance, Columbia’s Outdry Extreme Jackets appear to be old-school rubber rain slickers. However, they’re not only waterproof, but also exceptionally breathable. What’s unique is that Columbia has put a durable waterproof membrane on the outside of the jacket. (The membranes used by most companies aren’t durable, so they’re sandwich between layers or material or placed on the interior.) Also, Columbia claims that the external OutDry membrane is less likely to “wet out” like others do when their DWR (durable water repellent) treatment wears off. While the OutDry membrane blocks wind and rain, it has microscopic perforations that allow moisture to escape and keep you from getting hot and clammy. Available in three tiers of features and pricing, the jackets will be priced from $150 to $400.

Eagle Creek — Cargo Hauler Duffel

EC-Cargo-hauler-stack-CMYK-S16-255x300Eagle Creek’s No Matter What duffels have been popular for years, but the company has improved the concept with new Cargo Hauler duffels. Employing a new type of fabric coating, Eagle Creek was able to build the bags with a lighter-denier fabric, so they’re actually stronger than anything else in the line. The Cargo Hauler duffels range from a 45-liter bag that weighs only 1 pound, 8 ounces to a 120-liter bag that weighs 2 pounds, 7 ounces. If you need to strap the bag to a car roof, there are lash points, and it also sports removable backpack straps. Also, self-repairing zippers come in handy if you have a blowout from overstuffing a bag. $89-$119

Patagonia — Dirt Craft Short

Patagonia Dirt Craft2Let’s say you’re heading out on an adventure trip that includes hiking as well as some biking. With the Dirt Craft, you can pack one pair of shorts to tackle both activities. The key is that they have a three-layer padded liner that’s removable, so you can use them as regular shorts. When you’re trekking or hanging out in town, you can stash stuff in the zippered pocket. Also you can feel good about what you’re wearing, as the shorts are made of fabric that’s Bluesign approved. $149

Nite Ize — Better Band

BetterBandNite Ize is great at coming up with products that are so handy you’ll wind up using them everywhere from the backcountry to the garage. And that’s the case with the Better Band, which is basically a high-tech version of the rubber band. Made of TPU, they’re extremely stretchy, but also more durable than a typical rubber band. Because they’re waterproof, they won’t rot and snap when subjected to the dampness of your garage or storage building. Plus, they’re grippy, so they stay put, and there’s a cord lock for quick adjustment. $7.29

Pacsafe — Coversafe S Women’s Accessories

Coversafe S CollectionPacsafe is rolling out travel accessories designed to fit the contours of a woman’s body. Designed to be worn securely under clothing, the pieces in the Coversafe S collection are available in five silhouettes to suit different styles of clothing and tops. Plus, they’re available in orchid pink to match skin tones, or black for darker clothing. With each color, your passport, cash and credit cards remain hidden from thieves. For extra security, there are subtle clasps to keep the accessories in place, and adjustable straps ensure a good fit. Also, each accessory is made from lingerie fabric that’s machine washable and offers breathability for hot and humid climates.

Mountain Hardwear — Rainshadow OutDry Backpack

Rainshadow_26We’ve seen waterproof packs before, but the Rainshadow is one of the most user-friendly models we’ve seen. Most waterproof packs have one opening with a roll-top closure. But this pack has a large zip-top opening for the main compartment, so you can get stuff and secure the pack again quickly and easily. Available in 26-liter and 36-liter models, the Rainshadow has a hydration sleeve that easily accessible, a fully padded hip belt with two large zippered pockets, and a large front stash pocket with drainage, so you can stash wet clothing or gear. $150-$170

Scarpa — Origin

ScanIf you’ve signed up for a trip that includes climbing, but you’re new to the sport, the Origin could be the perfect shoe for you. While it’s often possible to rent or borrow shoes on a trip, it’s so nice to have your own pair that you know will fit. And the Origin comes in at an affordable price. Made with an upper of soft suede leather and a padded mesh tongue, the shoe is pretty comfortable, and breathable, and you can stand in it for a long time without your feet aching. Plus, it fits a wide range of people and has a wide range of adjustment. Thanks to the Velcro-style closures, the Origin is easy to put on, adjust and remove. Bonus: the outsole is made of a rubber that’s plenty sticky, but also durable enough o last you many, many climbs. $89

Berghaus — Hydroshell Hyper Jacket

Berghaus W Hyper Jacket tile blue S16If you’re not familiar with Berghaus, it’s a top brand in Europe, and they make technical clothing that rivals anything on the market. Case in point: the Hydroshell Hyper, a waterproof/breathable jacket with fully taped seams that weighs just 3.5 ounces. It has a fitted hood that allows good visibility, while a dropped hem with elastic does a great job blocking wind and rain while you’re running or hiking. Bonus: it packs into its own stuff sack. $155





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