Howdy campers. I have spent the last few days at the Outdoor Retailers convention in Salt Lake. Although this expo is intended to show new products to retailers so they can choose what to carry next year, it makes for a really good way to see the new toys coming our way as well. Many of the products are still covered by a veil of secrecy until they officially hit shelves, which usually starts happening in April or so, so I can’t get into a lot of detail.
But, what I can say is this; 2011 will be a year of many “re”s. Re-priced, to help consumers in a still sluggish economy, recycled, re-designed and reduced. I for one love it all! Green technology is very in. Practically any item you can think of will become available using recycled materials. Sizing and weight of most items is coming down to both eliminate excess manufacturing waste, but also help us hikers press out a few more miles by making things lighter.
Another thing that will take a quantum keap this year is clothing. I know it doesn’t make for the most exciting writing, but the new materials we’ll see are very impressive. Waterproof yet ultra-breathable is the ticket it seems. Some really excellent powered (yes, I said powered) garments will also make an appearance this year. Large leaps in battery technology are being implemented in making preactically any garmnent heat producing. Chest pieces that warm the heart area keeping the blood, and by extension the rest of the body, cozy etc. Gloves, hats, socks, hats, if you can wear it, you’ll find it electric and pumping out heat this year.
Water containers of course are going the other way. Bottles to insulate cold water and make it cool up to ten times longer than normal are very popular. In-line water filtration is also becoming very widely adopted. Instead of pumping for your water, you can simply fill your vessel, and midway up the drinking tube a filter takes all the little nasties out the water with such a minimal difference in flow it’s barely noticeable.
It’s going to be a fun year to watch all the new outdoor goodies. Visit back here frequently a I take a close look at some of the better pieces to pick up. I can’t wait to write about some of these killer pieces.
Thanks for stopping by, I’ll see you on the trails!
Quick Tip: Headache is often the first sign of dehdration. At the first little twinge, get some agua down you and take it easy for a few minutes. Chances are things will clear right up leaving you happy to enjoy the scenery.