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A Brief History of Outdoor Insulation: Essential #3

To celebrate extra clothing (#3 of the 10 Essentials), we looked at the origins of some classic outdoor insulation: wool and polypro baselayers, down and synthetic jackets, and ever-popular fleece.

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Sun Protection is an Outdoor Essential Year Round

Sun protection isn't just for sunny hikes or summer swims. And effective sun protection means more than slapping on some sunscreen. So, as part of our Year of Essential Outdoor Gear, we're taking a look at Essential #2, sun protection.

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How Trailspace Members Rate Their Navigation Gear

A detailed topo map and compass have topped the 10 Essentials list for decades. But we wondered: What navigation gear is tops among our community members?

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Titanium-Infused Garments, Retro Rain Gear, LED Tents

Sierra Designs celebrates 50 years with its decidedly retro Elite Cagoule and Rain Chaps. Big Agnes shows off mtnGLO tents with integrated LEDs. And Vargo Outdoors embeds titanium into its performance apparel.

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MSR Solo Stove, Tough Tufto Pants, UTMB Ultra Pack

A solo stove from Mountain Safety Research, bomb-proof scrambling pants from Bergans of Norway, and a super-niche ultra running pack from CamelBak: new gear was practically popping out of the booths on the second day of Outdoor Retailer.

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Black Diamond and P-Tec: Lights and Lightweight Poles

Black Diamond and Princeton Tec showed off new charging and waterproof lights. Plus, a pair of super-light trekking poles from Black Diamond highlighted Day 1 at Outdoor Retailer.

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Outdoor Retailer Demo Day: Novel Bars, Paddling Solo

A few standouts from Outdoor Retailer's Demo Day included energy bars with interesting ingredients, plus an Old Town canoe built for one.

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It's Time for Outdoor Retailer Summer Market!

Trailspace is at Outdoor Retailer. Stay tuned for recaps on the backcountry gear, apparel, and footwear coming your way in 2015. And follow our coverage here, on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and YouTube.

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Full Gear Coverage from Outdoor Retailer Winter 2014

In January, Trailspace was on the scene at Outdoor Retailer, where the latest gear, apparel, and footwear for winter 2014-15 was announced. Here's our coverage recap.

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Black Diamond Introduces First Jet-Fan Avy Airbags

Black Diamond has entered the avalanche airbag market with a new technology that uses one of the oldest methods of moving air—a fan. Plus, backcountry leaders on safety gear and responsibility.

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BioLite Turns Stoves into Generators and Powers Group Gadgets

BioLite, which makes camp stoves that charge electronics, has two new power products: a BaseCamp stove for groups and a Packable Generator that works with any stove.

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Arc'teryx Hybrid Shells, Vapur After Hours: OR Day 4

Arc'teryx designs hybrid shell jackets and pants for backcountry skiers and climbers. Vapur brings the After Hours beverages. Join us for Day 4 of Outdoor Retailer.

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BD Apparel, Easton Snowshoes, Bergans Ski Touring: OR Day 3

Black Diamond's women's apparel, ski touring from Bergans, composite molded snowshoes from Easton, alpine packs from Lowe Alpine, down hoodies from Rab, fast jackets from Salomon, and a waterproof, ice-gripping Vibram FiveFingers running shoe.

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One-Piece Jacket, Dial-a-Headlamp, Electrifying Gloves: OR Day 3

A jacket made from one sheet of North Face waterproof-breathable fabric, a Princeton Tec headlamp that switches modes with a dial, and new Outdoor Research gloves that include electric heat. Join us for Day 3 of Outdoor Retailer.

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Touchy Headlamp, Performance Down, Spiky Shoes: OR Day 2

A swipe-to-shine Nite Ize headlamp, down-synthetic PrimaLoft blends, spiky IceBug running shoes, and CamelBak packs. Join us for more from Day 2 of Outdoor Retailer.

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Winter Packs, Trail Runners, American Made: OR Day 2

Packs for backcountry skiing, rando, summit pushes, and expeditions. Nano skis and winter trail runners and hikers. American-made bars for dogs, fine mountain wear, and merino wool socks: Day 2 of Outdoor Retailer.

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Origami Stove, Rocket Snowshoes, Toasty Rain Coats: OR Day 1

An origami-inspired stove, a snow saw with built-in avalanche hazard analysis tools, a carbon fiber snowshoe that weighs less than a paperback, and insulated down-filled rain jackets: more action from Day 1 of Outdoor Retailer.

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Cooking without Fire, Lightest Ski Helmet: OR Day 1

Cooking without fire, the lightest snow sport helmet, an AT boot that automatically switches from walk to ski mode, a new packraft, plus insulation and footwear. Check out some highlights from Day 1 of Outdoor Retailer.

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Outdoor Retailer Demo Day: A Winter Wonderland of Gear

Outdoor Retailer's Demo Day was packed with winter gear, including a hybrid touring snowshoe/ski, a ski for your fat bike, and new shovels from MSR.

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Follow us at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market

Trailspace is at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market this week. Follow our coverage here, on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and on Trailspace's YouTube channel.

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A $2K Tent, Self-Motivated Headlamp, More Gear News

A $2,000 Cuben tent from Easton, a headlamp with "optic motility" from Snow Peak, plus final gear highlights from brands exhibiting at summer Outdoor Retailer.

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Fuel Cells, Titanium Frames, and Waterproof Sleeping Bags

PowerTrekk turns water into electricity. Vargo revives the external frame pack with titanium. Montane makes a totally waterproof sleeping bag. Day three of Outdoor Retailer was a parade of technological innovation.

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Outdoor Innovators Speak

Outdoor Retailer always promises unique innovations — and plenty enthusiastic product designers, brand managers, and PR reps eager to show them off. Here are just a few of them, in their own words.

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Keeping it Light with NEMO, Patagonia, and Sea to Summit

Gear gets lighter every year, but NEMO, Patagonia, and Sea to Summit strike the balance between lightweight performance and comfort with these new products.

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OR Day One: Around the Foot, Side, and Kitchen

Day One on the Outdoor Retailer show floor turned up a number of innovations, from breathable footwear to stable hydration and a slick cook system.

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2650-Mile Socks, Shapeshifting Shoes, and Packs that Adjust on the Fly

A pack whose torso length can be adjusted without taking it off, a shoe with a unique body, and socks built to endure 2,650 miles of pounding. Day one of Outdoor Retailer brought a parade of wonders.

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Outdoor Retailer: You Recognize Trailspace's Top Gear

We're scouting Outdoor Retailer in search of the most interesting outdoor gear for testing, reviews, and giveaways. But you'll already find real-world proven, top gear right here on Trailspace, thanks to you!

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OR Demo Day: Scorching Stoves, Thermoelectric Power, and Rapid Inflation Pads

Jetboil introduces a scorching 10,000 BTU stove. FlameStower offers another thermoelectric power-generating stove. And Windcatcher promises "rapid inflation technology" with its air pad.

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Outdoor Retailer: The Start of a Gear Relationship

Outdoor Retailer Summer Market opens this week with 1,300 brands exhibiting outdoor gear, apparel, footwear, and accessories. It's a heady gear experience. Follow along with our show coverage.

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Black Diamond Brings Apparel Line for 2013

Iconic equipment manufacturer Black Diamond is launching a new line of technical mountain apparel with high-end fabrics, built-in RECCO reflectors, and classic style.

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Inov-8 Adds Apparel to Off-Road Running Lines

Off-road running brand inov-8 launches its first line of trail running apparel for fall-winter 2013. Pair with its minimalist, lightweight shoes and packs for inov-8 from foot to hood.

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SteriPen's Ultra UV Water Purifier is All Smiles

SteriPen has expanded its 2013 lineup with the Ultra, which it calls "the most advanced UV water purifer in the world."

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Industrial Revolution Lights Camps for 40 Years

Industrial Revolution had its first gear hit with the ever-popular Original Candle Lantern. Forty years later, it's still offering camping lanterns, both candle and LED, under its UCO brand.

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Swap Your Vibram Soles with Korkers OmniTrax

Not sure which boots to wear on your next winter hike, or rather, which soles? Swap out your Vibram soles mid-hike for just the right traction with the OmniTrax adaptable system from Korkers.

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Terra Nova Offers Cuben Fiber Ultra Glove

Terra Nova takes its Guinness World Record lightweight Laser Ultra 1 tent and makes a Cuben Fiber glove version: the Extremities Ultra Glo winter running glove.

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Black Diamond Expands 2013 Ski Offerings

Black Diamond has been busy revamping and expanding its ski offerings for 2013-14 with 11 new skis, two new boots and packs, plus a new beacon from Pieps.

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Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2013 Coverage

Trailspace is at Outdoor Retailer to check out the latest outdoor gear and news. Follow along with us for daily show coverage from the outdoor industry show.

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SoloShot Tripod Films You Automatically

Wish you could film yourself skiing or kayaking without your pal to play camera operator? The SoloShot tripod automatically rotates to keep your camera pointed at you, from a distance up to 2,000 feet away.

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Tubbs Demos Flex Trek Snowshoe

Sarah Rose demonstrated the updated Tubbs Flex Trek recreational snowshoe with QuickFLEX one-step-close binding and Active Lift heel lift at Outdoor Retailer.

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Vasque Arrowhead Keeps Winter Feet Dry, Warm

When cold weather or a few snowflakes won't stop you from heeding the call of the trail, there's Vasque new Arrowhead UltraDry insulated boot for winter hiking and snowshoeing.

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Ortovox Introduces Modular ABS Avalanche Packs

Ortovox introduced a new line of modular ABS packs, including two women’s specific models. The ABS avalanche pack line features a removable airbag system for optimum floatation and protection in an avalanche.

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Lightweight Racing Snowshoes: Easton, Louis Garneau, Crescent Moon

Lightweight racing snowshoes from Easton and Louis Garneau, were among the standouts at Outdoor Retailer's All Mountain Demo Day. But, what's the lightest weight snowshoes known to man?

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Bad Holiday Gifts? Get the Gear You Really Wanted

Didn't get that tent, pack, or climbing rope you really wanted for Christmas or Hanukkah? Review your outdoor gear now through Sunday, January 20, and you could win a $500 gift card from Backcountry.com!

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Trailspace Top Ten: Your Best Outdoor Gear

For Trailspace's Best Outdoor Gear List, we turned to you, our community members. We've compiled one ultimate gear list from your 24,000 reviews, featuring your best shelter, sleeping bag, stove, water treatment, multi-tool, light, navigation, trekking poles, backpack, and food and drink.

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Gluten-Free Energy Bars for Outdoor Athletes

Outdoor athletes with gluten sensitivities needn't look far to find gluten-free energy and protein bars. Whether you go GF by choice or lifelong necessity, here are some options to fuel your outdoor activities.

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New Trailspace Hats Arrive!

Our updated Trailspace Trail Runner Caps arrived this week. Find out how you can get your own Trailspace lid to wear on the trail.

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Outdoor Retailer Gear Show Highlights

Here are a few packs, sleeping bags, and other gear highlights we spotted from Lowe Alpine, Mountain Equipment, Gregory, Backpacker's Pantry, Jetboil, The North Face, and more.

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Outdoor Apparel Highlights from Outdoor Retailer

Here are a few footwear and apparel highlights we spotted from Keen, Mountain Hardwear, Icebreaker, La Sportiva, Icebreaker, Sierra Designs, The North Face, and DownTek.

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Easton and Brooks-Range Offer Light Shelters

While many super light shelters skimp on headroom and livable space, two from Easton Mountain Products and Brooks-Range Mountaineering combine spacious interiors with high tech materials for insane space-to-weight ratios.

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Grower's Cup Brews Fresh Coffee Anywhere

Grower's Cup Coffeebrewer, a hybrid between a filter dripmaker and a French press, is filled with a solid dose of pre-ground beans and brews three cups of gourmet coffee anywhere.

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