Future Gear: 2017/18 Winners At Euro ‘OutDoor’ Show

The annual Outdoor Friedrichshafen in Germany is among the largest outdoor-gear trade shows in the world, tantamount to America’s Outdoor Retailer. While Europe has gear not found in the U.S., there is much crossover. The Gold Awards are best-in-show titles given out by the organizers to products released within two years, some for sale now, and some coming soon or in 2018.

Exped DownMat TT9

Manufacturer Exped calls this the “most durable and comfortable 4-season mat of a revolutionary new mat generation.” Thanks to its design, in the case of a puncture, only an individual tube is affected and can be repaired or replaced. Air-tubes are available individually with down or synthetic filling. Judges called it comfortable, durable, and insulating.

patagonia micro puff hoody jacket

Patagonia MicroPuff Hoody

Patagonia claims the MicroPuff provides more warmth for its weight than any jacket it’s made before. It uses a proprietary “PlumaFill” insulation Patagonia calls the “best down-like synthetic yet created.” According to the brand, PlumaFill has comparable warmth-to-weight, compressibility, and feel to down, but “in an ultralight, durable, warm-when-wet synthetic garment that will never clump or cold-spot.” Judges agreed: “It’s extremely lightweight and has body-mapped, quilted baffles in a unique and distinctive tiled design.”