With an emphasis on Utah companies, The Salt Lake Tribune took a look at some of the gear being shown at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2014 under way at the Salt Palace. Most of the gear at the show, which is closed to the public, will not be available in retail stores or on the web until spring 2015.
See more gear previews via the Trib’s Hiking Utah blog at www.sltrib.com/Blogs/hiking.
Stryker stove from Camp Chef
This Logan-based company is well known for providing equipment to help feed the masses or dress up the backyard patio cooking area. Camp Chef is launching into a new demographic with the Stryker stove. Meant for light car camping or backpacking, the single-burner runs on isobutene or propane, or both. Stryker comes with a 1.3-liter cup, a serving bowl, stand and mesh storage bag. The base model weighs 8.3 ounces, is capable of boiling water in two minutes and will be available in the spring for $60. www.campchef.com
Ghost Lite jacket from Mountain Hardwear
Created for runners and cross trainers or times when the temperature cools just enough that a T-shirt won’t do, the Ghost Lite weather resistant shell provides a lightweight option for staying comfortable. The jacket weighs in at 3 ounces and will be available in men’s and women’s models for $100 in the spring. www.mountainhardwear.com
UNEEK shoe from KEEN
Comprised of two braided polyester cords and a sole, KEEN says the UNEEK provides a "truly unique fit experience with a look and feel unlike any other." A lightweight midsole and rubber pods in the heel and toe area give users protection and traction. Not surprisingly, the shoe only tips the scales at 8.5 ounces. Available in the spring for $100. www.keenfootwear.com/uneek
Backcountry Bed Elite from Sierra Designs
The launch of the Backcountry Bed last year was a big success. Sierra Designs is following it up with a spring release of the Elite. Playing on the zipperless and top-opening bag, Elite is stuffed with 850-fill DriDown, making it a solid option for most campers with a 15-degree rating. The bag weighs 1-pound, 9-ounces and will go for $519. www.sierradesigns.com
High Tide shorts from Horny Toad
Stretchy, quick drying, lightweight and stylish, the High Tide shorts are good for woman on the go in the outdoors. The woven polyester offers 40-plus UPF protection from the sun and a durable water repellent finish. A rear hip pocket stores necessities for a good outing. Available in the spring for $66. www.hornytoad.com
Venture 30 from Goal Zero
Salt Lake-based Goal Zero has taken the recharging gear category by storm. The Venture 30 Weatherproof Recharger is ready to increase it to a tornado. Makers say it can handle whatever Mother Nature can muster, but it particularly is fond of sunshine, which it runs through Nomad solar panels to convert to power for your smartphone, headlamp, point-of-view cameras and MP3 players. The Venture 30 can also give a 50 percent boost to tablets, charge two devices at the same time and can also be charged from human-made power sources via a USB port. Available in the spring for $99. www.goalzero.com
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