Fuel Cells, Titanium Frames, and Waterproof Sleeping Bags
Day three of Outdoor Retailer Summer Market was a parade of technological innovations. First, a fuel cell from PowerTrekk turned water into electricity. Next, Vargo Outdoors revived the external frame pack with a healthy dose of titanium! Last, Montane capped off the day with a totally waterproof sleeping bag packed with interesting features.
The myFC PowerTrekk is a fuel cell designed for backcountry use. Fill the tank with water, pressurize it and snap in one of the "pucks."
These disposable pucks are packed with a chemical that liberates the hydrogen from your water. The hydrogen seeps into a fuel cell that converts it into a clean 5 watts of 5 Volt DC power. Zap!
The system also has an internal battery that can be recharged externally, or from the fuel cell.
Weight: 8.5 oz
Output: 5 Watts @5 Volts DC
Graeme Esarey demonstrated the myFC PowerTrekk fuel cell for us at Outdoor Retailer:
Vargo Outdoors is revitalizing the external frame backpack category with the Ti-Arc, boasting innovative design features, including a pack frame constructed from titanium.
Vargo claims its titanium frame provides great support and adds very little weight. After trying on the Ti-Arc (albeit unloaded), I'd have to agree. At two pounds, the prototype model is lighter than many of my daypacks.
For those who'd like to push even further into the realm of exotic materials, Vargo will offer a model with a cuben-fiber packbag!
Weight: Approximately 2 lb
Capacity: 36 L
Chad North demonstrated the Vargo Ti-Arc titanium external-frame backpack:
Montane's summer offering is the Minimus, a ridiculously tricked out sleeping bag packed with 800+ fill goose down, sheathed in waterproof-breathable PERTEX Shield fabric. Even the zipper boasts water-repellent features!
The bottom of the Minimus is studded with silicone "roundels" (American translation: sticky dots) that prevent the bag from sliding on slick shelter floors. The stuff sack is a waterproof, roll-top dry bag that puffs up with air to double as a comfy pillow.
Weight: 30.6 oz
Temp Rating: EN Comfort 37-28°F
Available: Spring 2014