OR Winter Market 2009 — GJ Report #3

Products as seen by the Gear Junkie at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, January 22 – 24, 2009. . .

Mountain Hardwear Refugium Trifecta jacket — Stay dry. Heat your core. Charge your electronics. Those are the features Mountain Hardwear promises with its new “jacket system,” a waterproof shell jacket with a battery-powered, heated liner. Plug in the Ardica battery pack and the liner pumps heat via receptors embedded in the fabric. Or, use a cable connector to charge your cell phone or music player as it sits cozy in warmth in the Trifecta’s inside pocket. All these tricks don’t come cheap, however. The jacket, available later this year, will cost $550.

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.