Fuel Cells, Titanium Frames, and Waterproof Sleeping Bags
Seth Levy posted Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 1:18 am
Day three of Outdoor Retailer Summer Market was a parade of technological innovations. First, a fuel cell from PowerTrekk turned water into electricity. Next, Vargo Outdoors revived the external frame pack with a healthy dose of titanium! Last, Montane capped off the day with a totally waterproof sleeping bag packed with interesting features.
Vargo Outdoors is revitalizing the external frame backpack category with the Ti-Arc, boasting innovative design features, including a pack frame constructed from titanium.
Vargo claims its titanium frame provides great support and adds very little weight. After trying on the Ti-Arc(albeit unloaded), I'd have to agree. At two pounds, the prototype model is lighter than many of my daypacks.
For those who'd like to push even further into the realm of exotic materials, Vargo will offer a model with a cuben-fiber packbag!
Weight: Approximately 2 lb
Capacity: 36 L
Chad North demonstrated the Vargo Ti-Arc titanium external-frame backpack:
Montane's summer offering is the Minimus, a ridiculously tricked out sleeping bag packed with 800+ fill goose down, sheathed in waterproof-breathable PERTEX Shield fabric. Even the zipper boasts water-repellent features!
The bottom of the Minimus is studded with silicone "roundels" (American translation: sticky dots) that prevent the bag from sliding on slick shelter floors. The stuff sack is a waterproof, roll-top dry bag that puffs up with air to double as a comfy pillow.
Weight: 30.6 oz
Temp Rating: EN Comfort 37-28°F
Available: Spring 2014
Stay tuned for more innovations as Outdoor Retailer continues Saturday. And don't forget to follow Trailspace on Facebook and Twitter for additional pictures and live reports from the show floor.