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Outdoor Retailer: The hottest (and coolest) gear for 2013

Review » From an out-of-this-world camp stove to lightweight bags, these products shined at recent trade show.



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Sun protection gear from Buff » Most fly fishers are quite familiar with the bandit look being displayed by their fellow anglers, thanks to the sun protection offered by Buff. The company is going "all in" for spring 2013 with new lines in standup paddle boarding, surfing, yoga, motorcycling, insect shields and a new Infinity Buff designed for wear around town — think silk scarves and such. Buff is also launching a plethora of distinctive prints, including three new state-themed designs — Utah, Oregon and Florida ($27). The Buff glove line also continues to grow with the Sport Series MXS ($27), which covers from the forearm to the tips of every finger and thumb. www.buffusa.com

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DAS parka and pants from Patagonia » The company broke with its norm by showing a winter item during the Summer Market. Recognizing that outdoor adventurers often travel to different hemispheres with the opposite season, Patagonia decided to highlight the DAS parka and pants. Designers worked for a better fit of the alpinists’ gear. Company representatives say the DAS line is the first to mix Primaloft Synergy and Primaloft One for warmth and compressibility. The parka ($299) is available in men’s and women’s models. The pants run $199. www.patagonia.com

Pro Angler 12 fishing kayak from Hobie » I’ve been eyeing fishing kayaks for years, and chances are if I were more of a flatwater angler I’d probably have picked up a Hobie. The kayaks are built by anglers for anglers, and the Hobie Pro Angler 12 is a good example. Weighing in at 120 pounds, 12 feet long and with a 36-inch-wide hull, the kayak can handle 500 pounds. That should be enough for any angler and his or her catch. The patented Hobie MirageDrive pedal system allows for hands-free fishing. There are spots for six rods and all kinds of gadgets. The Pro Angler 12 is available for $2,549. www.hobiecat.com

Turn your iPhone into a sport camera » There are several extreme sport camera companies out there, with GoPro obviously leading the way, but mophie entered the fray by releasing the OUTRIDE at the Summer Market. OUTRIDE allows iPhone owners to turn their devices into big-time video cameras. Mounts for the hardware allow iPhones to be used on a wide range of terrain. Users can then share their video or pictures with a free application that posts to the OUTRIDE community via the Web. OUTRIDE will be available in mid-September and runs $129.95 to $149.95, depending on the package. www.mophie.com

Fishhook zipper-free tent from Big Agnes » Zipperless tents are not new to the outdoor community. Remember the super-sized tents from Coleman with the hinged doors? The difference in the Fishhook SL 2 is that it’s a lightweight backpacking tent. Zippers are replaced with magnets. The system is quiet, easy to use and seemingly increases the life of a tent because it is zippers that often are their demise. The magnets, however, may not provide the sealing most folks are accustomed to with zippers. The tent, which weighs 3 pounds, 10 ounces, and has 37 square feet of floor, runs $399.95 and will show up on shelves in January. www.bigagnes.com


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Vapor helmet from Black Diamond » Protection for your head does not have to be heavy. The Vapor helmet will be released in spring 2013. Tipping the scales at 186 grams, or 6.5 ounces, it truly is lightweight. Company officials are calling it "the lightest, most comfortable and most breathable climbing helmet ever made." Kevlar and carbon rods rest between EPS foam and ventilation ports to keep climbers cool in hot situations. The Vapor will run $139.95. www.blackdiamondequipment.com

Sense Hydro S-Lab Set from Salomon » Sometimes simple items prevail over the plethora of technical gear found at the Outdoor Retailer show. The Sense Hydro S-Lab Set is a big name for a small thing that means a lot. A SensiFit wrap holds a soft PVC-free flask — ranging from 150ml to 1,000ml. The wraps come in small, medium and large sizes, cost $40 and will be available spring 2013. www.salomon.com



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