week in review 01-21-17

GearJunkie Week In Review: ‘Best In Show,’ 2017 Multitools, Whitewater Craft

A recap of top stories for the weeks of Jan. 7 – 21, 2017.

week in review 01-21-17

1) ‘Best In Show’ Winter Gear For 2017-18

The most exciting new products for the outdoors in 2017? Look no further than our ‘best in show’ award picks from the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market trade show, held in Utah last week.

2) Ice Ahoy! Tow-Behind Cooler Follows Your Boat

It looks like a mini kayak. But unscrew the lid of the CreekKooler and you’re greeted by ice, drinks, or food in a 30-quart chamber made to keep things cold.

3) Take A Coffee Toke From The Brew Pipe

Place grounds into the pipe, add water, and bring to 185-degrees for a portable, quirky shot of espresso.

best in show award

4) 100-Year Gear: Classic, Stalwart Outdoors Brands

Cutting-edge gear comes and goes. A group of centurion equipment-makers have shown staying power for 100 years or more in the outdoors world.

5) First Look: Stylish & Tech Women’s Down Jacket

‘One jacket to get you through the winter, on the ski hill and off.’ – That’s the promise behind the down-insulated Durrance from Stio.

6) Speed Record Attempt Of Grand Canyon In Custom Boat

A giant, custom-made raft was piloted down the Grand Canyon last week. Its crew pushed for more than 39 hours straight set on breaking a record.

7) Massive YETI: Rambler Jugs, One-Gallon Size

Massive hydration comes from YETI Rambler Jugs, debuted today in Utah.

Yeti Jug Rambler

8) Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

From a micro drones to ‘everlasting’ notebooks, our weekly peek at emerging products examines the sometimes cutting-edge, sometimes quirky world of gear design.

9) Meet The Maker: Organic Climbing, Made In The USA

Organic Climbing’s American-made crash pads, chalk bags, and backpacks will last a very long time.

Josh Helke, organic climbing edited - small

10) Hanging Tent Is Adult-Size Tree Fort

Hang this tent above the forest floor and enjoy a ‘fort’ fit for your inner child.

11) Build This Tiny Home With DIY PDFs

Strap on your tool belt and get to work. Build an expert-designed home by Portland Alternative Dwellings.

12) 50-Inch ‘Snowmageddon’ Hits Powder Mountain

What happens when it snows 50 inches in 72 hours outside Salt Lake City? Heaven happens.

13) OIA: ‘Together We Can Defend Our Public Lands’

‘This is not a red or blue issue. It is an issue that affects our shared freedoms. Public lands should remain in public hands.’

14) Meet The Magazine Sharing Women’s Outdoors Adventure

Three women realized they rarely saw stories about females in outdoors media. They decided to act, and ‘Misadventures’ Magazine was born.

15) Trend: Hatchet-Throwing Leagues On The Rise

Move over dart league, hatchet throwing is a next big thing.

bad axe throwing league

16) 15 Ways To Find Adventure, For The Local Or Traveler

Whether you’re traveling for work, moving to a new city, or just want to change up your local routine, these 15 methods are sure to spice up your ideas for adventure.

17) NPS May Send Pack Of Wolves To Isle Royale

A new plan wants to introduce up to 30 wolves to Isle Royale, a national park in Lake Superior. This topic is open for public comment until March 15.

18) Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

From hammocks to new-school helmets, our weekly peek at emerging products examines the sometimes cutting-edge, sometimes quirky world of gear design.

19) The Surfy Glory Of The Powder Turn

‘Snowboarding in Japan is very much about living in the now.’

Gentemstick rider Aki night shred at annipuri

20) SOG Belt Buckle Hides Blade, Fold-Open Multitool

SOG’s latest multi-tools come in some wild new forms, from ‘baton’ to belt buckle.

21) American-Made Gear: Sandal-Maker Takes 2017 Prize

A resurgence in the domestic manufacturing of outdoors gear has prompted an industry award.

22) Drone Will Find, Record, And Bait Fish For You

Track it, record it, and bait that lunker with the drone that fishes for you.