In part one of our feature on the new products at the Outdoor Retailer Show, we talked about Water Resistant Down, Synthetics with loft, Black Diamond's new equipment and Kelty's Ascender Series Travel Bags. Below are a few more products worth talking about.
Winter Trail Runner Shoes
Salomon has been a long-time leader in ski technology, apparel and footwear. They aren't about to slow down now and their trail running shoes are turning heads. They've won some best of show awards for their redesigned trail running shoes. The one worth talking about is a new winter trail runner (pictured above). The shoe has superior traction with tiny metal studs to keep you moving on the ice. The shoe also wraps around your ankle like a gaiter to keep snow from getting in your shoe. It is a fully featured trail runner and still really light weight.
Big Agnes Jacket
Big Agnes, a long time producer of tents and sleeping systems has introduced its first piece of apparel. The first clothing item introduced is a light puffy down sweater. The jacket features 700 fill down and comes in a hooded and non-hooded option. The only color in this first round is black but the male version features a blue zipper while the women's has a green zipper. I found this jacket to have a comfortable fit with a sleek baffle design. For Big Agnes' first step into apparel, this jacket seems to be on par with the other major brands and their down sweater options.
Petzl Ice Screws
The Petzl Laser Speed Light is an aluminum ice screw with a hardened steel tip. The aluminum makes these screws weigh 30% less than a completely steel screw. The screws feature a retractable crank for easy starts and quick placement. In addition, Petzl is introducing a sharpening tool that quickly and easily sharpens your tips to keep them in top performing shape.
In addition to the cool products featured above, it is worth noting the re-branding of the Brunton Line, improved Hanwag Boots that look pretty awesome and Icebreaker's new soft shell jackets as part of their active lifestyle line.
It will be a while before these items start shipping from the manufactures and a while before we see any of these at Sierra Trading Post but our buying team met with every major brand at the Outdoor Retailer Show. Our buyers sought out every opportunity to purchase top gear from the world's most respected brands and I'm sure you'll be happy to see many awesome products arriving at Sierra Trading Post over the next few weeks and months. Keep an eye on the New Products Tab or sign up for My Updates to find out when new products arrive.
Hot New Products at Outdoor Retailer Part II
By Andy Hawbaker
February 11, 2013
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