Future Gear! First Look at Outdoor Equipment for 2014

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New School Mountain Boot — With a rainbow motif and a one-piece synthetic upper, the Trango Cube GTX from La Sportiva is something different on the mountain. Its TPU lacing harness is injected in liquid form into the material so the entire upper of the boot is one piece. No seams and no eyelet holes means “no place that water can leak in,” La Sportiva cites. $375.

Fast Flame, Quick Boil — A stove that boils water faster than any other on the planet… that’s the claim with the Jetboil Joule, which is tested to take a liter of cold water and turn it into a boiling pot in 2 minutes 40 seconds. Its rated to 10,000 BTUs of burning power. Bonus: The company built the canister-based Joule for use year-round, including cold weather down to 10 degrees F. Starts at $159.95.

Packable Backpack — At $60 and made of Cordura 30D sil-nylon, the Go And Stow Travel Pack from Granite Gear is a unique option for travelers. It weighs 8.4 ounces and packs into its own hip-belt pocket case. Unfold it when you need to stow some gear and hike. The pack has padded shoulder straps and can stash away a hydration bladder, tablet computer, and a day’s worth of gear.

GPS Watch for $99 — The Timex Ironman Easy Trainer GPS watch will cost only $99.95. But for that you will get a GPS-enabled watch that can track pace, distance, speed, and other stats. Large, easy-to-read display. Water resistant to 50 meters.

Salted Caramel Energy Gel — An artisanal candy flavor with the optimal blend of carbohydrates and electrolytes… that’s the theme of Salted Caramel GU. No “energy gel aftertaste” guaranteed.

Climbing Apparel Line — La Sportiva will launch a full line of clothing made for climbers. The collection bridges fashion and function, including good looking silhouettes as well as technical touches like stretchy fabrics and tiny pockets to hold a tooth brush (to scrub off crimp holds).

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Stephen Regenold is Founder 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 two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.
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