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Jan

27

2017

Cool Picks From Outdoor Retailer, 2017 Edition

Outdoor Retailer, always a life-affirming experience, can make the most spoiled outdoorsperson whine for the newest, coolest things. We went, we saw, and we came back with a list of goods worth losing your dignity over. 

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Montane Icarus Jacket (men’s) and Phoenix Jacket (women’s)

The Icarus gets its warmth from PrimaLoft® ThermoPlume, a synthetic fill with warmth equivalent to 550-fill down. It’s built with body-mapping technology, in which micro baffles under the arms and down the side of the body create less bulk and heat, and bigger baffles in the main body keep your everywhere-else toasty.

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Swix Evo Pro Edger

Use this three-pound miracle, with a fine diamond disk, to do a quick tune on the night before a race, or when you’re faced with glare ice in New Hampshire.

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Julbo Aerospace Goggles

The lens on the lightweight, super comfy Aerospace pops out and away from the goggle frame to vent while climbing uphill, and clicks back in to keep out the elements when you’re ready to rip the downhill.

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Merrell Agility Glacier Flex Ice winter running shoe

Merrell says the stout but lightweight, gator-topped Flex Ice uses Vibram’s “Arctic Grip” technology to prevent falls in inclement weather. Vibram claims Arctic Grip is its “most advanced cold weather gripping system ever created” and is specifically engineered and designed to perform on wet ice.

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La Sportiva Women’s Shadow Touring Boot

Sportiva debuted five new ski boots at OR, ranging from the super burly, four-buckle, 125 flex Synchro (men’s) and Shadow (women’s) to the Raceborg, a touring dedicated boot with a “CavoBike” lever for quick transitioning from ski to walk mode, to the Styron and Styron Women’s (pure ski mo, with a carbon reinforced or fiberglass polymer and a 75-degree range of motion). The four-buckle Shadow shown above—what I can’t wait to try—pairs supreme downhill skiing power in 1,550 grams with 50-degree range of motion walk mode.

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Adventure Medical Kits QuickClot Advance Clotting Gauze

We just did a story that included a picture of a splintered femur with quarts of blood spraying from the open wound. Quick Clot, with inorganic mineral kaolin, is proven by the U.S. Military to stop bleeding five times faster than non-treated gauze.

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Patagonia Hyper Puff

Patagonia says the Hyper Puff (it comes in men’s and women’s) uses 100-gram HyperDAS synthetic insulation, which “heat-traps” Dead Air Space in its high-loft construction. Double-thick insulation on the body of the parka ensures maximum core warmth. Less on the sides and elbows facilitates easy movement. And it packs down tiny, only to “jump back to shape.”

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