2012: The Coming Gearpocalypse

The Mayans might have thought the world would end in 2012. We’ll wait and see on all that, I guess. Mean time, a closer onslaught is coming in the form of the season’s biggest outdoor-industry event, the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market trade show, this month, January 19 – 22, in Salt Lake City, Utah, where a literal tsunami of gear will hit. As always, a few “junkies” from our site — reporters, editors, Team GearJunkie athletes — will be on the scene, and we promise comprehensive coverage of the coming swag-storm in SLC. But first, here below we provide a sneak peek at the coming gearpocalypse to preview some of the neatest new gear that will be whirlwinding in to land in stores sometime in mid-2012. Enjoy the ride! —Stephen Regenold

Diva in wool: Icebreaker debuts women’s Carve Zip top

Backpacking gets handsome: Granite Gear Vapor Current pack

Not goose down! Ibex’s new “Wool Loft” jacket uses a puffy wool-based insulation for warmth

Leather rain boot: Ahnu’s Laguna with “luxurious” colored patent leather

Hearty winter socks for the ladies: Goodhew Lumber Jane

Uber-light outerwear: La Sportiva Storm Fighter jacket/pants designed for fast and light alpine tasks like climbing rando racing

Extreme cold abated: Brooks-Range Mountaineering Equipment Cirro Extreme Jacket

A name we love! Vasque introduces the SnowJunkie boot/shoe for fast and light winter pursuits

BlenderBottle SportMixer uses “stainless-steel whisk ball” to mix drink powder when you shake

PFD for the dogs: Ruff Wear’s K-9 Float Coat

Fashion and function for the outdoors: Horny Toad Cloudcover Collection

Pretty in pink meets a big-mountain view: Women’s Julbo Vesta Goggles

Tiny pad: Klymit 3oz. Cush Pillow/Seat (29 × 9 inches)

Salomon goes minimal: The Sense model weighs 6.5oz. per shoe at men’s size 9!

Watertight! Innate Heliograph Camera Case

Wool and waxed cotton (!) comprise the Nau Wool Patrol Hoody

Killer Shark ABC (altimeter, barometer, and compass) watch

Glow in the dark: Headsweats’ Ultra Reflective collection

Avy bag: Dakine partners with ABS Airbag Systems

‘Barefoot’ style in all seasons: Merrell Pulse Glove has weather-resistant fabric, grip sole for winter running

Liquid Solution Soft Flex foldable bottle with “exterior sleeve”

Hot foot! Battery-power heat in Columbia’s new boot for women

Pearl Izumi Women’s Fly In-R-Cool Shrug non-traditional running piece

Handsome leather boot from Palladium

Garmont USA Cosmos — “lightest 4-buckle boot on the market”

Does what it says: Blundstone’s “Warm and Dry” boot

Stanley Nineteen13 bottle — thumb-activated push button spout

Ultra-light suitcase: Osprey Ozone Series roller bags

Montane Featherlite Down Jacket; weighs 14oz., stuffs down to size of a large orange

—Watch for coverage of more new gear with GearJunkie’s reporting on the Outdoor Retailer trade show throughout the month.

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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.