‘Best in Show’ Award Winners represent Greatest New Gear for 2014

Fire Power — Another unique power product at the OR Show, the FlameStower was created by two Stanford engineers. You put the device’s outstretched tab (the “blade”) over a flame and the heat is converted to electricity.

Explains the brand, “once the blade is in a fire, thermal energy is transferred to the thermoelectric generator. The hot side gets hot, the cold side stays relatively cool, and the temperature difference generates electricity.” You can then plug in a phone or other device to charge at about the same rate as seen on a laptop USB port, the brand cites.

—Editors and reporters Stephen Regenold, Sean McCoy, Jason Magness, Chelsey Magness, Sam Salwei, Patrick Murphy, and Amy Oberbroeckling contributed to this report.

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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.