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Future Gear: First Look At 2016 Outdoor Equipment

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[leadin]From titanium-thread shirts to “solar paper,” we got a look at heaps of new gear coming to market in 2016. It will debut at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show next week.[/leadin]

A handful of products caught our eye from initial press announcements and scoops around the Outdoor Retailer show, which takes place in Utah next week. We’ll be on the trade show floor all week to find the most revolutionary products coming in 2016. For now, check out this peek behind the curtain.


Shelter Fast & Light — The MSR Carbon Reflex 2 will cost about $500. But for that price tag you get a two-person freestanding tent that weighs just 1 lbs. 13 oz. It has carbon poles and a zipper-less rainfly to cut every last ounce.


‘Titanium Yarn’ — This tech t-shirt from Adidas, the Terrex Climachill Agravic 1/2 Zip, is made of a material the company touts has “moisture and cooling management” via tiny aluminum spheres embedded in the microfiber fabric and titanium yarns. No word if it sets off the airport metal detectors.


Lighthouse MINI Lantern — We love the original (and much larger) version of this camp lantern. For 2016, Goal Zero will ship the Lighthouse Mini Lantern, which gives 210 lumens of brightness and weighs 8 ounces. It does double duty as a battery pack — plug in your phone or gadgets to its USB port for a recharge anywhere outdoors. A bonus: The company touts the little lantern will run for over 500 hours on its low setting before needing a recharge.


3.5 Ounces — That’s the scant weight of the Berghaus Hyper Jacket, which is waterproof and breathable. It has a full zipper and packs into its own tiny stuff sack when not on your back.  fjallraven-tent

Tunnel Tent — The Keb Endurance 4 from Fjallraven costs $1,000 but gives a four-season tunnel tent built to withstand alpine and arctic winds.


Briefcase Camp Stove — The Primus Onja stove has two burners and a sleek design. The case folds open and closed, and an oak lid doubles as a cutting board, giving you a place to prepare food.


Waterproof/Breathable Rebirth — With a new kind of exterior membrane, Columbia Sportswear’s OutDry Extreme flips traditional waterproof/breathable fabric around, moving the jacket membrane to the exterior of the shell. The result is a super durable, watertight jacket that we tested last month to amazement in a storm. See the full GearJunkie review.


Solar Backpack — Gregory and Goal Zero teamed up to launch the Baltoro 75 GZ, which adds a solar panel to the top of the pack. It lets you hike and soak in the sun to recharge gadgets on the trail.



Dana Designs Redux — Dana Gleason, founder of the defunct cult brand Dana Designs, is back in full in the outdoors space and marketing a new line via his Bozeman, Mont., company Mystery Ranch. The Sphinx model (pictured) is a 65-liter pack made to comfortably carry loads upward of 60 pounds. See our full coverage on Mystery Ranch.


Camp Chair From Pole Maker — LEKI is known for its bomber trekking and ski poles. So a transition to camp chairs looks fairly natural, with aluminum pole tubing unfolding to reveal a solid four-leg chair with a canvas seat. keen-trail-shoe

Do-All Trail Shoe — KEEN touts that a foam-based cushioning layer in this shoe gives “a comfy, broken-in feel from the first step.” The Versatrail, as the name implies, is built for a diverse range of activities on woods or mountain paths, from day hikes to overnight treks with a heavy backpack on.


Low-Profile Mountain Boots — Arc’teryx touts it combines the “low volume and light weight of a single mountaineering boot with the quick dry insulated properties of a double boot.” They have integrated Gore-Tex gaiters and removable Gore-Tex liners. It’ll cost you $750, but the Acrux AR GTX do look like badass mountain boots.


Bikes From Snowmobile Brand — Polaris has made e-bikes in the past. But this summer the brand makes a new push with its pedal-assisted bicycles, including a camo motif. See our full coverage of the Polaris bike launch.


Solar Paper — Touted as the “thinnest, lightest, most efficient” solar charger, this sleek, 4-ounce panel is capable of charging an iPhone 6+ in 2.5 hours, the company claims. It measures about 3.5 x 7.5 inches for portability in a pocket.


Big Air — A huge top valve opens wide for fast inflation on the NeoAir Camper SV from Therm-a-Rest. The two-season air mattress “inflates in seconds and deflates in a flash,” the company touts. You get a 3-inch-thick sleeping mattress with raised side-rails so you can’t easily roll off at night.


Ultimate Camping Cup — YETI touts that its Rambler Lowball is “over-engineered with kitchen-grade 18/8 stainless steel.” The double-wall vacuum insulation cup can keep coffee hot or icy beverages cold. 10-ounce liquid capacity.


Ultimate Climber’s Knife — Designed with one of the world’s top climbers, the NIAD (Nose In A Day) knife by Columbia River Knife and Tool weighs 0.6 ounces and is built for the rigors of life on a big wall in Yosemite and beyond. It has a 1.5-inch blade and folds small to clip on a carabiner. See the full GearJunkie review.


Wearable Multi-Tool — It comes to market next month, but this summer’s OR Show is the first for the Tread, a stainless steel bracelet that has dozens of tools built into its links. See our full review of the Leatherman Tread.

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‘World’s Most Advanced Base Layer’ — That lofty claim comes from Patagonia, and it refers to the brand’s Merino Air Baselayer line. During manufacturing the apparel’s yarn is exposed to a type of high-pressure air gun, resulting in an “exploded” yarn that is higher-loft as well as soft and stretchy in the hand. See the full GearJunkie review.

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‘Reinvention’ Of The Camp Stove — Jetboil’s to-be-released Genesis Base Camp Stove ditches the heavy case that is found on most traditional two-burner camp stoves and uses a design that is compact and relatively light. The burners put out up to 10,000 BTUs each but simmer like no other stove we’ve tested. See the full GearJunkie review.


‘Adventure Jugs’ — Bring vast quantities of cold beverage into the wilds, and keep it cool for a long time. That’s the goal with the Adventure Jugs, made by Stanley. They come in 1- or 2-gallon sizes and have a leak-proof pour spout and insulated walls.

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