Outdoor Retailer Gear Preview: On Snow

We'll be dispatching loads of gear news direct from Outdoor Retailer starting next week, but in the meantime here's our first OR product preview to whet your appetite. Since it's a winter show, we'll start with some backcountry snow gear. Stay tuned for full show coverage starting January 18.

Last summer The North Face announced its first mountaineering boot. Next winter they join the select group of brands offering avalanche airbags. They've added ABS (Avalanche Airbag System) technology to an updated Patrol 24 ABS pack ($999) and Powder Guide ABS Vest ($1,999). The twin airbag systems inflate via a nitrogen-filled canister.

The North Face also will launch the Meru Kit, an outerwear ensemble for high altitude mountaineering, presumably named for athletes Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk's 2011 summit of 20,700-foot Meru via the Shark’s Fin route.

 

Black Diamond is relaunching its line of Avalung packs following a 2010 recall and a redesign that improved comfort and flow rate of the breathing system. The seven packs, including the Covert (above), range from 11 to 43 liters. They provide almost an hour's worth of air after an avalanche, thanks to a breathing system that draws air from the surrounding snowpack.

 

In snow tools, MSR has updated its CoyoteSnow Picket for the first time since 1987 ($30-40; 2-foot or 3-foot) and also will debut a new Snow Fluke ($40-50, small and large).

 

AT and touring ski and boot lines continue to grow, with a strong focus on back- and sidecountry use. Brands launching new AT, ski mountaineering, and touring boots include Black Diamond, Dynafit, Garmont, La Sportiva, Rossignol, and Scarpa. Garmont claims its men's Cosmos (above) and women's Celeste ski boots will be the lightest four-buckle boots on the market.

Julbo's Trek sunglasses are designed for mountaineering, climbing, and trail running—moving fast in extreme environments. Detachable shields block lateral rays from intense glare while offering ventilation
when necessary. Also has a Flex Nose design and 360-degree adjustable temples ($120-200, depending on lenses).

 

That's just a taste of what backcountry winter brands will be showing at Outdoor Retailer next week.

Stay tuned for more backcountry gear product previews and more details and pictures from Outdoor Retailer next week.

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Rick-Pittsburgh
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January 12, 2012 at 11:44 p.m. (EST)

I need a new pair of shades. The Oakleys have a ton of mileage on them. Those Julbo's may be exactly right up my alley. 

Not too keen on the fluorescent green. I hope that they will be available in other color schemes. 

I am greatly looking forward to the coming coverage of the OR show. 

giftogab
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January 13, 2012 at 12:08 a.m. (EST)

I have some Julbo's and so far, they fog up a lot. Especially if I look down.

Rick-Pittsburgh
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January 13, 2012 at 12:38 a.m. (EST)

giftogab said:

I have some Julbo's and so far, they fog up a lot. Especially if I look down.

Thats because in colder temps your breath is rising causing the lenses to fog. Don't look down lol.

The cuts in the lenses on the Julbo's above will help with this problem being they will provide better air circulation to the lens inner which will cause the inside of the lenses to clear up at a quicker rate. 

At least this is what I suspect from experience with different pairs of sunglasses over the years.

I don't think there is anything that will completely eliminate the fogging from happening if subjected to the right conditions. 

I still remember my Vaurnets from back in the day... Oh the memories that pop into my head. 

giftogab
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January 13, 2012 at 12:41 a.m. (EST)

This is in summer so I worry about cold temps and my current julbos....hope these are available soon,,,,cannot find them anywhere yet.

Rick-Pittsburgh
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January 13, 2012 at 1:08 a.m. (EST)

I think alot of what is at the OR show is pre-release stuff. I may be wrong on this but its a hunch. 

If these are polarized(mostly for snow glare,) and come in black I will definitely be snagging up a pair.

I won't purchase sunglasses unless they are polarized. 

I really like the removable side shields on this model as well. 

Alicia, if at all possible could you please post an update on when the anticipated release date is on the Julbo Treks and maybe find out if there are other color options?

If so thanks in advance. 

If ya can't/forget no worries. I am sure you all out there are going to have your hands full. 

Alicia
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January 13, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. (EST)

Yes, most products being launched at OR are not out yet and will appear in the following season. OR is where retailers decide what they'll be selling in their stores next fall/winter or spring/summer.

Of course there is tons of existing and redesigned product at OR too, but generally brands are showing buyers and media the versions that will be available for the next buying cycle.

For Julbo, I believe the sunglasses will be available fall 2012, but am checking. Some of their goggles will be out in March 2012.

We'll always give you availability date if we can on anything we cover at the show.

Rick-Pittsburgh
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January 13, 2012 at 10:23 a.m. (EST)

Thanks Alicia, I really appreciate it. I want those glasses lol. 

giftogab
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January 13, 2012 at 11:23 a.m. (EST)

Rick. I called Julbo a while back about my own glacier glasses...which are not polorized. I told him that I had worm them and my eyes felt like boiled onions after that. He said that they are not polorized because you cannot diffentiate between ice and snow when your glasses are polorized so unless you get the special lenzez, people crossing glaciers perfer non. I am getting a pair of polorized as well, though.

giftogab
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January 13, 2012 at 11:24 a.m. (EST)

Thanks, Aleical...I am hoping they are out before I leave to Nepal....I leave March 24, so I amguessing no go for me. :(

Rick-Pittsburgh
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January 13, 2012 at 11:35 a.m. (EST)

giftogab said:

Rick. I called Julbo a while back about my own glacier glasses...which are not polorized. I told him that I had worm them and my eyes felt like boiled onions after that. He said that they are not polorized because you cannot diffentiate between ice and snow when your glasses are polorized so unless you get the special lenzez, people crossing glaciers perfer non. I am getting a pair of polorized as well, though.

Differentiating between ice and snow on trail for me is a non-issue. I am usually wearing some type of traction device to negate these conditions. If I was an avid climber, etc it may be more of an issue for me.

I personally like polarized lenses because for me they do reduce glare in the conditions I subject them too. 

Also great on the water. 

Callahan
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January 16, 2012 at 1:09 p.m. (EST)

Just went camping in the snow, brrrrrr, probably should have used a 4 season ro winter tent.  Lucky for the Marmot Sawtooth Memberane bag.  My MSR Simmerlite did not work in the 11,000ft 0-deg location.

Rick-Pittsburgh
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January 17, 2012 at 9:59 a.m. (EST)

Callahan, your "Simmernot" didn't work at 11k? Hmmmm. That seems odd to me. 

gonzan
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January 17, 2012 at 10:14 a.m. (EST)

To what do you attribute the failure?

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