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Multifunctional Gear + Clothing

With just over a week until Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, the new gear announcements have begun. Here are two interesting multifunctional pieces.

The Gerber Steady

Steady Multitool Tripod

According to the Gear Junkie, Gerber's Steady multitool sports a camera tripod attachment for those outdoor group and night shots. The Steady uses a standard screw size camera mount and two foldable legs to convert into a tripod for your camera or smartphone.

Instead of looking for the right rock to balance your camera on for that requisite summit shot, take out the multifunctional Steady.

You'll need to wait till 2012 for the Steady, though. It has a total of 12 implements and will retail for $65.

via Gear Junkie


Climbing Harness + Shorts

According to the GearCaster, Mammut has simplified getting dressed and into your climbing harness by combining the two into the Realization climbing shorts for men.

Mammut's Realizations are based on the Zephir's construction and feature a fully integrated, load-bearing climbing harness structure inside and have two specially designed loops at the front to tie in. There are also gear loops on each side.

Mammut also will offer a Refine climbing skort for the ladies, but alas, without the integrated harness, which would make it truly noteworthy.

If you think you've seen this concept before, you have. Rossignol introduced the Harness Pant for ski mountaineering in 2008 and now offers the Phantom Harness Pant. Know of any others harness-gear-clothing combos? Share them below.

via GearCaster


I have always been leery of multifunction gear of all sort.  When I was a teenager there were those stereo systems with radio, record player and tape player all in one box.  So what to do when one component fails and cannot be serviced at a reasonable cost?  Throw out the whole unit?  Do without that element of the set?  Get a replacement component, if indeed it can be patched into the existing system? Then there are the combos that allow use of all features, yet the combination flies in the face of common sense, if not safety, for example the combo microwave oven/television (gives you one more way to go blind while alone at home).  But one of my all time favorites has always been that Victorinox knife model with eating utensils, among its other accessories. I always wondered how one uses the fork to hold the steak so they can trim it with one of the blades… 

The two items featured in this thread likewise are sort of goofy, especially the harness shorts.  Two items I would particularly like to keep separate are my shorts and climbing harnesses.  I don’t like washing my climbing gear, but recoil at the notion of gamy shorts that go thirty days wearing between washings. 


I am with you, Eddie, my son ....

I am ever a "Dubious Brother", when it comes to multi-functional anything.

Being one who cannot "multi-task" very well  (actually, I CAN do a few things simultaneously ... very few) ... I am troubled by these "tools" and gadgets.

I suppose I am a "dinosaur" in this regard.   "TRANSFORMERS" will probably take over our world.


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