Outdoor Retailer

Crescent Moon calls its Black Kilo snowshoe a "complete carbon fiber solution”

When Crescent Moon launches its carbon fiber Black Kilo snowshoe next winter, not only will it be the lightest on the market at 2.2 pounds per pair, it could herald a new direction in snowshoe design, says Jake Thamm, company president and co-founder.

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Black Diamond goes Pro with FlickLock redesign

For 17 years, Black Diamond's FlickLock mechanism set the standard for adjustable pole locks. The new stainless steel FlickLock Pro improves upon the classic with twice the holding force and a lower profile design.

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Bizarre OR (or don't take it all too seriously)

Walking granola gars? Prosthetic beards? Sign of the horns? Sometimes Winter OR gets a little bizarre or reminds us to stop taking it all too seriously.

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Hi-Tec dyes its down with Color-Tec

Yet another company aims to improve upon the natural state of down. This time it's Hi-Tec as the first company to offer dyed down in its insulated clothing, which it will show off inside a new transparent shell.

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Vibram's FiveFingers Lontra made for winter running

Cold-weather running can pose a challenge in minimalist footwear. The insulated, water-resistant FiveFingers Lontra is Vibram's answer to "running in wet, yucky conditions."

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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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