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What was once minimalist is growing into downright luxurious. Ogden-based Klymit hit the scene at the Outdoor Retailer with a unique gas-charged jacket and then made even larger waves with a super lightweight sleeping bag with puff in all the right places. The pad has grown up and its newest version is the Static V Luxe. It is still easily packable and lightweight at 25 ounces, but comes in a 3-inch-thick, 30-inch-wide and 76-inch-long model. The pad, they say, can be inflated with approximately 16 breaths. Available now for $89.95. www.klymit.com
See more gear previews via the Trib’s Hiking Utah blog at www.sltrib.com/Blogs/hiking.
New choices from Mountain House
Sure it is nice to spend the time and energy to produce fresh fixings on the trail, but sometimes it is just easier to boil water and have dessert. Backpackers and campers have been using Mountain House to fuel up during their trips for nearly 50 years. The company recently introduced the following new selections: Biscuits and Gravy ($5.99); Apple Crisp ($7.49) and Fire Roasted Vegetables ($3.99). www.mountainhouse.com
Ember Power Light from Black Diamond
Adventurers sometimes plan to be out in the dark and sometimes not. Either way, Salt Lake City-based Black Diamond has you covered with the Ember Power Light. And when the 150 lumens isn’t needed, owners can plug in hand-held devices for a boost. The Ember has a rechargeable, sealed lithium polymer battery. The battery can be disengaged to stop energy drain and a power meter make sure you can utilize battery life accordingly. Available in the spring for $49.95.
Shoreline Vapor jacket and pants from Carhartt
The "working man's" clothing company continues to expand its reach into other categories with the Spring 2015 release of the Shoreline Vapor jacket ($120) and pants ($110). The jacket is a nylon shell protected with Storm Defender and Rain Defender technologies. The pants are also a nyon shell with Storm Defender waterproof breathable membrance and Rain Defender water-repellent finish. An elastic waistband helps for the active folks working or playing in the rain. www.carhartt.com
Cragsmith pack from Patagonia
Three new packs for the spring from Patagonia’s Alpine collection were "built by climbers for climbers." The Cragsmith Pack 35L is the middle choice of the three. The design makes are easy access in tricky situations through the top or back. The pack also opens wide without the need to remove or dump everything out to find what you need. The Cragsmith will run $129. www.patagonia.com/us/home
AirCore down pillow from Cocoon
Instantly turn your camping trip into a glamping excursion with the AirCore pillow. Cocoon created the down pillow for campers or travelers who find creature comforts make sleeping easier than a crumpled up jacket or dirty T-shirt. The pillow features water-resistant down surrounding an air bladder. Weighs 4.8 ounces. Available in the spring for $49.95. www.cocoonusa.com
FourPlay bike rack from Yakima
Bike racks have come a long way and Yakima has been a major player in the improvements. The FourPlay is a tray-style trailer hitch rack that holds four bikes. Yakima says it will hold bikes of all sizes -including fat bikes. The FourPlay can be easily converted into a two-bike rack. The tray is low, making it easier to load and can be folded up when not in use. Available in the spring for $499. www.yakima.com
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