2016 Winter Outdoor Retailer Preview (Part 3)

2016 Winter Outdoor Retailer Preview (Part 3)



The 2016 Winter Outdoor Retailer show is set to begin later this week in Salt Lake City. Here is a sampling of some of the most interesting products that we expect to see while at the show.

Garneau Phenom Snowshoe
Built with backcountry skiers, snowboarders, and hikers in mind, the new Phenom snowshoe from Garneau is designed to be incredibly lightweight, without sacrificing performance. Weighing just 3.1 pounds, these snowshoes promise excellent traction on snow and ice thanks to a unique crampon design that is built to bite on a wide variety of terrains while climbing and descending. If you like to go fast and light on your winter expeditions, this could be the snowshoe for you.  ($299.99)


GRAYL Ultralight Purification Bottle
GRAYL is looking to make water purification quick and simple with the introduction of their new Ultralight Purification Bottle. Built to withstand the rigors of international travel or hiking in the backcountry, this water bottle promises to remove viruses, protozoa, bacteria, chemicals, heavy metals, and particulates from your drinking water, all without the use of batteries, UV bulbs, chemicals, or pumping. The system is said to be very fast too, taking just 15 seconds to fill before you can start drinking. (Price TBA)


NuDown Tahoe Mid-Layer Jacket
This new mid-layer top from NuDown takea a revolutionary approach to improving performance. Not only are the fabrics 30% lighter than materials previously used by the company, but the jacket also includes a proprietary air chamber system, which the wearer can use to regulate their warmth by using a stow-away pump. These unique air chambers are found on the front of the garment and can be inflated or deflated as necessary. The Tahoe also includes Polartec Hardface fleece on the back for fast wicking and high breathability. (Price TBA)


Canaima Outdoors TreePod
Want to enjoy the fun of a treehouse without the hassle of actually having to build one? That’s the premise behind the TreePod from Canaima Outdoors. Lightweight and portable, the TreePod can be set-up very quickly, whether you have trees in your backyard or not. (Pirce TBA)


Arc’teryx Norvan Hoody
The new Norvan Hoody from Arc’teryx uses the latest GORE-TEX Active fabric, which dramatically reduces weight by doing away with outer fabric layers in favor of a permanent beading surface that allows water to simply roll off completely unhindered. As a result, this trail running jacket is incredibly lightweight, tipping the scales at a mere 4 ounces, while still managing to remain completely waterproof. ($299)


eVent DVdryLT
eVent is always on the cutting edge when it comes to creating new fabrics for use in our active apparel, and at this year’s Winter Outdoor Retailer show they’ll take the wraps off a new material called DVdryLT, which is specifically designed for use in footwear. This fabric is said to be incredibly lightweight, and yet still very breathable, while managing to maintain a high degree of moisture resistance too. eVent claims that DVdryLT requires 50% fewer parts, and 30% fewer steps, to create a 100% waterproof upper. We’ll find out more when Topo releases the Hydroventure trail shoe this spring, the first product to incorporate this fabric.


Life Gear Utility and Survival Flashlight
Life Gear seems to have thought of everything when designing their new Utility and Survival Flashlight. Not only can it put out 300 lumens of light, it comes equipped with a removable multitool complete with a knife, bottle, and can opener. The flashlight also features a built-in compass, and includes a safety whistle as well as an emergency fire starter. (Price TBA)


Sierra Designs DriDown Pullover
Combining the look of a comfy sweater and the warmth of a down hoody, the new DriDown Pullover from Sierra Designs is a dramatic departure from the usual puffy jackets that we are accustomed to seeing. Built to provide protection from the wind and rain, the pullover is available for both men and women. It weights just 9 ounces, is highly packable, and looks good too. ($199)


Braven BRV-XXL Bluetooth Speaker
There are a lot of rugged Bluetooth speakers designed for use in the outdoors on the market today, so when the engineers at Braven built the BRV-XXL, they knew they had to include some unique features to help set it apart from the crowd. For starters, they gave it a 15,600 mAh battery which allows it to play music for up to 14 hours, while also recharging mobile devices via two built-in USB ports. The speaker also plays from both sides of the unit for better all around sound. The BRV-XXL is made from aircraft grade aluminum, and features an IPX5 water resistance rating too, which means its great for use in the outdoors. ($349.99)


Timbuk2 Heist Roll-Top Pack
Bike commuters and other cyclists will find a lot to love in the new Heist Roll-Top Pack from Timbuk2. Not only is it spacious and durable, as the name implies it comes equipped with a roll-top enclosure to help keep moisture from reaching the precious cargo inside. A side zipper provides weather-safe access to the interior when conditions take a turn for the worse, while reflective elements help keep riders visible in lowlight settings. The bag even retains some of Timbuk2’s most popular features, including sideslip pockets and a fleece lined pocket that’s perfect for glasses or a smartphone. (Price TBA)