It looks like there are some pretty cool looking gear at the Winter Outdoor Retailer this year. Here are some of the most interesting so far:
The Bearier is an innovative portable bear-proof canister with a capacity of 700 cubic inches. It is lighter (less than 2 lbs) and more packable than other bear canisters and has a unique locking mechanism which makes it hard for bears to open because you need to push up the lock on one end and push down the other end. You can increase the capacity by 300 cubic inches using the optional Grub Hub.
The Bearier 700 is still in the prototype stage though. It could become available by May.
Nemo Ultralight Zor Camp Pad
The Zor Camp Pad is not only ultralight but also ultra-small. I don’t have much details on it but the ones that were at the Summer Outdoor Retailer 2010 weigh 10 ounces (3/4 length – 48″ x 20″ x 0.75″) and 15 ounces (72″ x 20″ x 0.75″). Choosing a camping mattress just keeps on getting harder.
Most stakes have their anchor points at the top. As a result, the force required to pull it out of loose terrain like sand and snow is very little. In a Toughstake, the anchor point is at the bottom part and they claim that it takes about 10 times as much force to take it out of sand or snow.
Patagonia’s Ultralight Down Shirt
At less than 6 ounces, the 800-fill Down Shirt by Patagonia might just be the “world’s lightest piece of insulation on the market”. They plan to release the jacket version next winter.
via The Outside Blog