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

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

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Backpacking gets handsome: Granite Gear Vapor Current pack

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

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

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Hearty winter socks for the ladies: Goodhew Lumber Jane

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

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

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

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

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

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Fashion and function for the outdoors: Horny Toad Cloudcover Collection

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

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

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

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Watertight! Innate Heliograph Camera Case

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

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

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Glow in the dark: Headsweats’ Ultra Reflective collection

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Avy bag: Dakine partners with ABS Airbag Systems

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

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Liquid Solution Soft Flex foldable bottle with “exterior sleeve”

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

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

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Handsome leather boot from Palladium

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

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

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Stanley Nineteen13 bottle — thumb-activated push button spout

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Ultra-light suitcase: Osprey Ozone Series roller bags

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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.