Four days of scouring the Outdoor Retailer trade show turned up some exciting and unique outdoor products. Here are the highlights in Hiking & Camping Gear.
The Klymit Inertia O Zone sleeping pad merges comfort and lightweight compatibility on multi-day backpacking trips. The O Zone features include an integrated four-inch tall pillow, a wide profile so there is room for active sleepers to move, a minimal weight of just 13.2 ounces. The O Zone measures an expansive 72” x 21.5” x 1.75” so it fits even the biggest backpacker and the pad purposely doesn’t lay flat on the ground—it will conform to your body for maximum comfort and insulation. Packed size is a mere 3” x 6”.
With the understanding that not everyone’s outdoor experiences requires an ultralight sleeping bag costing hundreds of dollars, Slumberjack offers the new Ronin series. The Ronin bag is part of a new direction by Slumberjack to serve the hunting community under a new branding mechanism (SJK). The bags use Slumberloft synthetic insulation and come in comfort ratings of -20ºF (5-pounds, 11-ounces; $99), 0ºF (4-pounds, 13-ounces; $89), and 20ºF (3-pounds, 9.5-ounces; $79). All three versions accommodate people up to 6-foot, 4-inches tall.
Whether your kids like to be called elves or not they will like the Elfin sleeping bag and Tsubo pad for youngsters. The Elfin collection includes kid-sized versions of Ticla’s Rambler sleeping bag and Tsubo mat. Kids are people too and—perhaps even more than adults—they need a good night’s sleep to stay sharp and happy in the outdoors. The sleeping bag fits kids up to 4’6” tall. The included stuff sack holds the bag, pad, a pillow, headlamp and teddy bear (depending on the size of the stuffed animal.
The Mountain Hardwear’s Scrambler 30 OutDry pack is the closest thing you’ll find to a waterproof backpack without buying a true dry bag. Mountain Hardwear’s existing Scrambler pack is already a favorite with hikers, climbers and skiers with its versatility, but the new Scrambler OutDry adds that waterproof feature. The watertight OutDry main compartment and seam taped top pocket was rain tested for 12+ hours. The pack conforms comfortably to the curve of your back with the HardWave suspension that distributes weight comfortably over your hips and shoulders. Side compression straps keep any size load stable and padded shoulder straps will help provide excellent fit and comfort. Deep side pockets hold water bottles or other gear in an accessible position while wearing the.
The Salomon S-Lab X Alp 20 pack is a lightweight summit pack designed for climbers who want to move quickly in high mountains, while still having full easy access to their packs. By slipping out of the shoulder straps, the X-Alp can be pivoted to the front where the top-to-bottom zipper system lets the pack be securely opened and accessed without the inconvenience of taking the pack off—or even of having to stop moving. A separate zippered bottom pocket is lined with durable nylon to keep crampons close at hand without damaging the pack, while a removable ski-carrying system makes this pack ideal for fast and light ski mountaineering adventures. The X Alp was designed with prolific mountain athlete Kilian Jornet in mind but every day adventurers will find it well suited for their outings as well.