Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Outdoor Retailer Summer - 2015

Every year in Utah at this time we have Outdoor Retailer, when the gear makers show us all their new gear. I thought I would point out a few pieces of new kit that look interesting. 

The First item worth mentioning is the New MSR Guardian water purifier. It is a pump purifier that looks like an updated MSR mini works. Except besides filtering it also purifies, you may recall from earlier posts here the difference is viral removal, but the guardian goes one better and also gets cholera and e coli. So if you are headed to a third world country this has some features for you. It also promises 2.5 liters per minute and a 10,000 liter capacity for the cartridge, which is years of use. One feature you might not like is the price, $350, available January. 

A second piece of gear that is getting a lot of attention is the new jetboil Genesis. Promising to be the best car camping stove ever made. 10,000 BTU's per burner, it can be chained to run another stove like a more traditional jetboil or another Genesis to make a four burner camp kitchen. It also offers amazing simmer control and is priced at $240, available 2016

I searched long and hard for paddling specific products released this, year and I found very little. Wilderness systems is releasing two fishing specific boats. I was hoping for something new from Astral but didn't see anything. Kokatat had its new and expanded SwitchZip technology which allows you to use a single product as either a drysuit or a stand alone dry top. I haven't had a chance to try this out yet, but I look forward to it. 

In general I am a little disappointed by the offerings at this years show. Hopefully more items will find their way to press. If you saw something that I missed, please let me know. 

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