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Aug

5

2011

Outdoor Retailer: Day 1

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Columbia trailrunners make a splash at Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City.
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Speed mountaineer Ueli Steck teamed up with Wenger Swiss Army to develop a knife for the alpine realm. Three hex keys mark the blade, the middle just big enough for a fingertip to ensure easy opening. The knife is fast and light, like its namesake, and is starts at $200.
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Ortovox teamed up with Mountainskyver to develop the Downhill Mountain Scooter, modeled below by Alli Noland of Terra Public Relations. She says it’s the closest thing to powder skiing you’ll find in winter. The scooter folds up and packs into a custom backpack with a specific pocket for the scooter and 20 L of space for the rest of your gear.
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The new carabiners from Black Diamond have the OR show abuzz. Two magnets lock around a steel insert in the carabiner nose—no more fiddling with screw locks.
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Nemo has expanded their line to 34 tents, added big and tall sleeping pads, and developed bug rooms with mesh walls for your campsite—including a 7×7 size that weighs 1 pound for backpacking trips. Also new: This little guy, an 11 L portable shower powered by a foot pump.
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Outdoor Research designed trailrunning gaiters for an adventure race team competing in Abu Dhabi recently. These are not them, but a lot of the lessons learned there were applied in their design. A double hook at the front covers the entire tongue gusset, there are rivets to add an instep lace, and they come with velcro tabs to attach to the back of your shoe to keep the gaiter snug.
What gear will today bring? Check back tomorrow for another dose. —Olivia Dwyer

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