Future Gear 2010

By STEPHEN REGENOLD

It won’t be in shops until the spring or next fall. But here’s a peek at a few innovations and out-there gear items coming soon to an outdoors store near you.

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Close up: Teva Illum sandals with LED

Glowing Sandals — Never trip in the dark again. A small LED light is built on the tow strap of the Teva Illum sandals, which come to market this spring. The flip-flops, available in men’s and women’s versions, shine a 10-lumen beam with each step taken. For beach hikes at night, the footlights are waterproof to three feet deep. $50 and up, depending on model. www.teva.com

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Victorinox Presentation Master, a jackknife with a laser

Swiss Army Knife with Laser — Just when you thought nothing more could be added to a Swiss Army Knife, Victorinox unveils the Presentation Master. Beyond its small scissors, file and blade, the red-handled package includes a laser pointer and a 32GB data drive. A tiny fingerprint scanner encrypts the drive so only the owner can access the files and data stored inside. www.swissarmy.com

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Packable mesh suit with Permethrin treatment

Bug Suit — Suit up for battle against buzzing objects. Sea to Summit’s new kit of no-see-um mesh clothing includes a mosquito-confounding jacket, mitts, pants, and socks — all coated with an Insect Shield Permethrin treatment to offer “superior bug protection.” The see-through polyester mesh packs up tiny when not in use. The head-to-toe suit is made up of a top and a bottom package, which are sold separately. The two products together will cost about $70 when they arrive in stores this month. www.seatosummit.com

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Electrically-powered heated vest from Mountain Hardwear

Heated Vests — Body heat not enough? Electrically-powered heated vests are coming from Mountain Hardwear, which will sell a women’s and a men’s version ready for next winter’s ski season. The vests are prewired garments operated by a battery and embedded with heating elements. Bonus: beyond just heat, a power plug in a vest pocket can be used to recharge handheld electronics such as GPS units, cell phones and MP3 players. www.mountainhardwear.com

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Posted by Robin - 03/08/2010 12:40 PM

Now we need that lazer on the swiss army knife to have a bug traking device that automatically tracks bugs and zaps them with lazer – then you don’t need the bug suit!

robin
BackpackBaseCamp.com

Posted by MadScottt - 03/09/2010 06:44 PM

We don’t need a frickin’ laser beam in our knives, but how about some cool flashing light up shoes like my kids have?

Posted by TU - 03/09/2010 10:16 PM

Is the USB card on the Vic’ detachable ? because if it isn’t, you cant really use it at the same time with the laser or the BT remote control.

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