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A Brief History of Outdoor Insulation: Essential #3

To celebrate extra clothing (#3 of the 10 Essentials), we looked at the origins of some classic outdoor insulation: wool and polypro baselayers, down and synthetic jackets, and ever-popular fleece.

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Sun Protection is an Outdoor Essential Year Round

Sun protection isn't just for sunny hikes or summer swims. And effective sun protection means more than slapping on some sunscreen. So, as part of our Year of Essential Outdoor Gear, we're taking a look at Essential #2, sun protection.

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How Trailspace Members Rate Their Navigation Gear

A detailed topo map and compass have topped the 10 Essentials list for decades. But we wondered: What navigation gear is tops among our community members?

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Titanium-Infused Garments, Retro Rain Gear, LED Tents

Sierra Designs celebrates 50 years with its decidedly retro Elite Cagoule and Rain Chaps. Big Agnes shows off mtnGLO tents with integrated LEDs. And Vargo Outdoors embeds titanium into its performance apparel.

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MSR Solo Stove, Tough Tufto Pants, UTMB Ultra Pack

A solo stove from Mountain Safety Research, bomb-proof scrambling pants from Bergans of Norway, and a super-niche ultra running pack from CamelBak: new gear was practically popping out of the booths on the second day of Outdoor Retailer.

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Black Diamond and P-Tec: Lights and Lightweight Poles

Black Diamond and Princeton Tec showed off new charging and waterproof lights. Plus, a pair of super-light trekking poles from Black Diamond highlighted Day 1 at Outdoor Retailer.

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Outdoor Retailer Demo Day: Novel Bars, Paddling Solo

A few standouts from Outdoor Retailer's Demo Day included energy bars with interesting ingredients, plus an Old Town canoe built for one.

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It's Time for Outdoor Retailer Summer Market!

Trailspace is at Outdoor Retailer. Stay tuned for recaps on the backcountry gear, apparel, and footwear coming your way in 2015. And follow our coverage here, on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and YouTube.

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Full Gear Coverage from Outdoor Retailer Winter 2014

In January, Trailspace was on the scene at Outdoor Retailer, where the latest gear, apparel, and footwear for winter 2014-15 was announced. Here's our coverage recap.

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Black Diamond Introduces First Jet-Fan Avy Airbags

Black Diamond has entered the avalanche airbag market with a new technology that uses one of the oldest methods of moving air—a fan. Plus, backcountry leaders on safety gear and responsibility.

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BioLite Turns Stoves into Generators and Powers Group Gadgets

BioLite, which makes camp stoves that charge electronics, has two new power products: a BaseCamp stove for groups and a Packable Generator that works with any stove.

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Arc'teryx Hybrid Shells, Vapur After Hours: OR Day 4

Arc'teryx designs hybrid shell jackets and pants for backcountry skiers and climbers. Vapur brings the After Hours beverages. Join us for Day 4 of Outdoor Retailer.

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BD Apparel, Easton Snowshoes, Bergans Ski Touring: OR Day 3

Black Diamond's women's apparel, ski touring from Bergans, composite molded snowshoes from Easton, alpine packs from Lowe Alpine, down hoodies from Rab, fast jackets from Salomon, and a waterproof, ice-gripping Vibram FiveFingers running shoe.

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One-Piece Jacket, Dial-a-Headlamp, Electrifying Gloves: OR Day 3

A jacket made from one sheet of North Face waterproof-breathable fabric, a Princeton Tec headlamp that switches modes with a dial, and new Outdoor Research gloves that include electric heat. Join us for Day 3 of Outdoor Retailer.

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Touchy Headlamp, Performance Down, Spiky Shoes: OR Day 2

A swipe-to-shine Nite Ize headlamp, down-synthetic PrimaLoft blends, spiky IceBug running shoes, and CamelBak packs. Join us for more from Day 2 of Outdoor Retailer.

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