Outdoor Retailer

Black Diamond Icon-Polar lights up cold-weather climbing

Black Diamond took its professional-level Icon — a waterproof headlamp with impressive 200-lumen output — and for winter use moved the battery pack from behind the head and into a separate compartment for the Icon-Polar.

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Brooks-Range offers water-resistant DownTek

Down is getting some techy attention for fall 2012. To deal with its major drawback — susceptibility to moisture — Brooks-Range is offering water-resistant DownTek insulation. Plus, an expanding Cirro synthetics series.

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Sierra Designs launches water-resistant DriDown

Backcountry enthusiasts know down and water don't go well together. Wet down loses its lofty insulating power and takes too long to dry, right? Not anymore, say Sierra Designs and Brooks-Range. Both outdoor companies are launching water-resistant down insulation.

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Hi-Tec Pará Boot combines rain boot with hiker

Alien stormtrooper boot? Galosh? The Hi-Tec Pará Boot has both of these disparate species in its gene pool.

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Marquette Backcountry Ski offers easy winter access

Part ski, part snowshoe, the Marquette Backcountry Ski is intentionally more basic—and less expensive—than other backcountry skis on the market.

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Outdoor Retailer's Softer Side: New Apparel Lines, Triple Crown Buffs, Footwear

We take a first look at some softgoods that caught our eye at Outdoor Retailer, including new apparel from La Sportiva, The North Face, and Outdoor Research, Trailblazer long trail Buffs, and footwear from Vasque, Timberland, and Columbia.

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Petzl Nao headlamp automatically dims or brightens

Once in a while, a headlamp comes around that changes the game for others. Enter Petzl's Nao auto-adjusting headlamp, which dims or brightens according to the level of ambient light.

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Gregory overhauls Alpinisto climbing pack

Gregory takes the Alpinisto, one of its classic mountaineering packs first launched in the early 1980s, and completely redesigns it for fall/winter 2012.

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MSR SureLock poles offer light weight in aluminum

When retailers saw MSR's new SureLock UL two-section poles, they immediately asked, "can't you do that in a three-section?" MSR did. It's the SureLock UL-3 for fall 2012.

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Teva sport sandal inventor debuts split-toe Sazzi

Back in the early '80s, Grand Canyon river guide Mark Thatcher invented the modern sport sandals by Teva. He's back with a new take on ancient sandals, Sazzi Footwear, split-toe versions based on the woven sandals of the Anasazi.

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"To the Arctic" with Photographer Florian Schulz

Award-winning conservation photographer Florian Schulz spent many months in the Arctic — spring, summer, fall, and winter — to photograph the remote landscape and diverse wildlife for "To the Arctic."

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Day One: Alpine Gear, Water Purification, an Adult Carrier, and Artisanal Jerky

Highlights from Day One of Outdoor Retailer, including alpine climbing and ski touring gear from Mammut, new water purification from MSR, a PiggyBackPack carrier for kids and adults (!), and seriously artisanal Krave Jerky.

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Standout Shelters from Brooks-Range and Snow Peak

Lighter, stronger, and in brighter colors — the winter tents at Outdoor Retailer make one take notice. Here are two standout shelters from Brooks-Range and Snow Peak.

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Demo Day: Snow and Ice Packs, Tools, Traction, and More

The latest snow and ice gear we saw at All Mountain Demo day included snowsport and mountaineering packs, classic snow tools revisited, traction for winter runs, decadent energy bars, U.S.-made ski socks, and a backcountry pooch.

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Demo Day: Wild Animals, Fire, Gear!

Demo Day at OR didn't disappoint, with leaping pillars of fire, life-sized polar bears, talking salmon, and new outdoor gear from Kahuna Creations and Nargear.

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