2016 Winter Outdoor Retailer Preview (Part 1)

2016 Winter Outdoor Retailer Preview (Part 1)


The 2016 Winter Outdoor Retailer show is set to begin later this week in Salt Lake City. This semi-annual gathering of the top brands in the outdoor industry always features a dizzying array of new products designed to make our lives outside much better. With that in mind, here is a sampling of some of the most interesting products that we expect to see while at the convention.

Polaris Nordic Fat Tire Electric Bike
Two of the more interesting trends in bikes over the past couple of years have been the introduction of fat tires and electric motors. Naturally it seemed like these two features would come together at some point, which is exactly what we get from the Nordic EV506 from Polaris. With its 26″x4″ tires, the bike is built to ride with ease over sand, mud, and snow, while its 750-watt electric engine is capable of reaching speeds of up to 20 mph with a range of 25 miles. ($4799)


Black Diamond Helio Fixed-Length Ski Poles
For those who like to go light and fast, Black Diamond is introducing the lightest ski pole on the market in the form of the new Helio. This fixed-length pole uses 100% inflation-molded carbon fiber to create a single-piece pole. This translates to incredible weight savings, with a pair of these poles tipping the scales at a mere 9 ounces. (Price TBA)



Tentstile Flite Hammock
Tentstile makes some of the most interesting hammocks in the outdoor industry at the moment, but their new Flite model may just be their best one yet. Designed to offer the security and protection of a two-person tent, while maintaining the comfort and versatility of a hammock, the Flite weighs just 5 pounds and packs down surprisingly small. If you don’t like sleeping on the hard ground, this is an intriguing new option. ($350)


BioLite BaseLantern+
BioLite continues to introduce innovative products for use around the campsite. At the Winter Outdoor Retailer show the company will take the wraps off their new BaseLantern+ lighting system. This high tech lantern features Bluetooth connectivity that allows you to control the 400-lumen light via your smartphone, while a built-in 6600 mAh battery lets you recharge mobile devices while in the backcountry. ($99)


Patagonia Stretch Nano Storm Jacket
Built specifically for the stop-and-start nature of alpine climbing, this new jacket from Patagonia brings the best elements of the company’s Nano Air hoody and adds a durable, stretchy waterproof shell to provide even more protection from the elements. The Nano Storm features a highly breathable liner mixed with high quality synthetic insulation, and Patagonia’s own H2No performance fabrics to create a parka and storm shell all in one. (Price TBA)


Smith ChromaPop Snow Lens Technology
Snow goggle manufacturer Smith has tuned its ChromaPop technology in such a way that it could vastly improve our ability to see clearly while on the mountain. Smith says that its latest custom lenses filter light at two different wavelengths, which results in enhanced visual clarity, greater definition, and improved color recognition across a variety of weather conditions. That’s a fancy way of saying that we’ll be able to see – and recognize – more features on the hill, and as a result react more quickly and confidently too. Look for the new lens to become available in winter 2016/2017. (Price TBA)


Sea to Summit Basecamp Sleeping Bags
Sea to Summit’s new line of Basecamp sleeping bags are designed to be large and comfortable, without sacrificing performance or pack space. Three of the models will feature 750+ loft Ultra-dry Down for increased warmth, while two others will use Thermolite insulation for a lighter weight and more affordable solution. All of the bags are built to work with Sea to Summit sleeping pads and Aeros pillows, creating a full sleep system for improved backcountry comfort. (Prices vary by model)


K2 Snowboarding Aspect Boot
The new Aspect Boot from K2 is one of the first designed for mountaineering. The Aspect is crampon compatible, and K2 claims that it provides more support when ascending than any other boot of its kind. It includes a custom Vibram outsole, a Power strap, and K2’s Endo Construction, which is already lauded for its outstanding comfort. ($489.95)


Primus Winter Gas
If you’ve ever tried to use your camp stove in the dead of winter, you probably already know how cold weather and high winds can impact performance. But Primus hopes to change that with the introduction of Winter Gas. This canister of fuel is designed to work in temperatures as cold as -7ºF thanks to an innovative paper lining called Vapour Mesh. This allows your stove to continue to operate at lower temperatures with a higher output. Vapour Mesh also increases the surface area of the canister, helping the gas to evaporate more efficiently as a result. (Price TBA)

Brooks-Range Ws Alpha Softshell

Brooks-Range Women’s Alpha Softshell
Mixing both Polartec Alpha and Polartec Power Shield, this lightweight jacket is built to be extremely breathable during highly aerobic outdoor activities. If features a helmet compatible hood, thumb loops, and 15d Nylon DWR shell, making it a great option for just about any alpine pursuit. (Price TBA)