Outdoor Retailer: Day Four Round-Up

Today we bring you a smorgasbord of gear from Outdoor Retailer, including sporks for one and all, mini 'biners that are the real deal, climbing dogs, and uniquely-shaped ice axes.

Apparently it was a climbing-focused day.


Light My Fire Sporks

Light My Fire’s bright plastic Sporks will soon be available for little kids and (drum roll…) lefties! The Left-Handed Spork will be sold in two-packs for $6. The Baby Spork will be sold in three-packs (or triplets) for $6.

The new spoon-fork-knife combos are expected to be available in October 2009.



Metolius Full Strength Mini Carabiner

Designed for all climbing applications, the FS Mini Biner is a hot-forged, keychain-sized carabiner with full UIAA-rated strength. Weighing just under 23 grams, the fully functioning FS Mini lets climbers shed pounds off their rack without sacrificing performance. These hot forged rigs are ideal for quickdraws, cam and nut placements, or for attaching equipment, and the wire gate enables ease of use for clipping.

Available spring 2010, along with the FS Mini Wire-Gate Quickdraw.

Weight: 0.82 oz (23 g)
Strength: 22 kN / 7 kN / 8 kN (5175 lbf)
Individually tested to 50% of rated strength
CE/UIAA certified
MSRP: $7.50 (single), $43.50 (6-pack)


Ruff Wear DoubleBack Harness

Because sometimes dogs need to rappel too, now there’s the DoubleBack Harness designed for climbing, mountaineering, canyoneering, and lifting and lowering your dog in exposed areas.

According to Ruff Wear, makers of dog gear, a number of climbers and mountaineers wanted to use other Ruff Wear safety harnesses, such as the Web Master, as actual climbing harnesses for their dogs. But the Web Master was originally designed to to lift search-and-rescue dogs up and over obstacles, not as a genuine climbing harness.

As Ruff Wear got more and more inquiries they became concerned about the dogs’ safety, and ultimately developed the DoubleBack Harness, a true, strength-rated climbing harness for dogs.

The adjustable harness is named for its double-back, two-tone webbing system that helps verify proper use. The back leggings fold up and stuff out of the way into a pocket for the approach. A blinking red safety light is located by the tail.

The Doubleback is available in sizes XXS to XL, sized by girth.

See a picture of the harness being tested on Ruff Wear’s dogblog.

Available October 1, 2009

MSRP: $124.95


CAMP Mountaineering Axes

The Italian climbing company CAMP is 120 years old and still family-owned. The great grandfathers of CAMP’s current management created the first axes and crampons for the Italian military. For 2010, CAMP is offering three new mountaineering axes. The X-Class, X-Tour, and the lightweight X-Lite (11.6 oz), all have a unique head shape to optimally position the hand over the shaft.

X-Class for alpinism and general mountaineering
Weight: 18.9 oz (535 g)
Lengths (cm): 50, 57, 65, 73
Adjustable leash

X-Lite for ski mountaineering, high altitude climbing, and adventure racing
Weight: 11.6 oz (328 g)
Lengths (cm): 50, 55, 60
Touring leash

X-Tour for general mountaineering
Weight: 18.3 oz (520 g)
Lengths (cm): 50, 57, 65, 73
Slider leash


Filed under: Outdoor Retailer, Gear News


1,663 reviewer rep
3,956 forum posts
July 26, 2009 at 12:16 a.m. (EDT)

My-my, a left handed spork. Say it aint so!

I wish more companies would hear the cries of the left handed.

I have one of these in my gear, somewhere.

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1,142 forum posts
July 28, 2009 at 10:29 a.m. (EDT)

I must be missing something, but isn't a left handed spork the same idea as a left handed wrench?

I'm not a climber, but the mini biners seem like a great idea.

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3,897 forum posts
July 28, 2009 at 2:59 p.m. (EDT)

Well, I'm not a leftie, but I am married to one. I'd say having the knife edge correctly on the bottom when you're using the fork can be easier. Though, as my leftie spouse pointed out, you need a separate fork to properly use a knife edge anyway, so it's not like you're doing major cutting.

The regular spork retails for $3 (though often less) and the leftie versions is supposed to be 2 for $6. So, since they're the same price, it probably makes sense to buy the one for your handedness.

Thoughts from other lefties...?

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