The North Face has been outfitting alpinists since the 1960s. But up until now, those athletes did so wearing mountaineering boots made by other companies. To fix what The North Face saw as an oversight, the company has built its very first mountaineering boot, the Verto S-4K.
Just as you switch your AT ski boots from walk to ski mode, Salewa's PRO Gaiter allows you to switch your mountaineering boots from walk to climb mode.
Two companies at this week's Outdoor Retailer show, NEMO and Exped, are designing, from a personal level, outdoor products for living outdoors.
SteriPen introduced its smallest, lightest, and first rechargeable water purifier: the Freedom.
Have a dog to walk or run? Like to cross-country ski? Combine the two and you've got skijoring, though that's just the start. Ruff Wear designed an OmniJore system that allows dogs and their people to "jor" together year-round.
There are many, many new packs at Outdoor Retailer. Here are just a few from Granite Gear, Hyperlite Mountain Gear, and Terra Nova that caught our eye.
ACR has released ResQLink, which it claims is the world's smallest 406 MHz personal locator beacon. The ResQLink's small and light waterproof package can be held in one hand and clocks in at less than four inches tall and 4.6 ounces in weight.
For its 100th anniversary in 2012, iconic outdoor brand L.L. Bean will release commemorative versions of some classic Maine gear, like a limited-edition canoe, handcrafted pack baskets, and the original Maine Hunting Shoe.
Shelter systems are pushing boundaries not just for weight, but for innovative and interesting designs. Here are a few highlights from Eagles Nest Outfitters, Easton, Sea to Summit, and Hyperlite Mountain Gear, fresh off the OR show floor.
Two years ago at OR, CamelBak announced its noteworthy All Clear, an in-bottle microbiological UV water purifier. After a lengthy wait and redesign, the All Clear finally will be launched in a new and improved form for 2012.
Among the plethora of kayaks and SUP boards at OR Demo Day was a diminutive little canoe that everyone seemed anxious to try: the Mad River Serenade 13.
Dana Henry, son of Mad River Canoe founder Jim Henry, has designed his first boat for Wenonah: the Recon, a 13-foot solo whitewater canoe.