Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008 (update No. 2)

Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008 (update No. 2)

I meant to lay down this blog on Friday after two days of snooping the halls of this year’s Outdoor Retailer Winter Market trade show in Salt Lake City. But skiing, in the guise of big backcountry descents in the Wasatch Range, got in the way this weekend of me doing much of anything productive. So now, without further ado, here are a few more hot items from the show floor, backpacks, water booties, jackets, electrolyte-laced hot cocoa and all. . .

Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008 (update No. 1)

Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008 (update No. 1)

Today begins the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market trade show in Salt Lake City, where hundreds of companies announce thousands of new products for the $289 billion outdoor industry. The Gear Junkie crew is on the ground in Utah, walking the show floor in search of the best and most intriguing new equipment and apparel. Here’s update No. 1, direct from the halls of the Salt Palace convention center to you. . .

Bike for Life, the book

Bike for Life, the book

In his book, “Bike for Life: How to Ride to 100” (Avalon Press, $16.95), my SoCal buddy and fellow fitness/outdoors writer Roy Wallack lays out a premise that says cycling — with its combination of fun, ease of use, travel, social interaction, joint-gentleness, and physical challenge — is the ideal sport for longevity. Now I’m just a young chick at 30 years of age. But for me this book was still relevant and interesting, not to mention hilarious, informative and even juicy at times. . .

Aerobie's AeroPress

Aerobie’s AeroPress

Unbeknownst to me, Aerobie, Inc. — maker of those ring-shape discs that fly about a mile — also dabbles in coffee. Indeed, the AeroPress is a new coffee/espresso maker portable enough to take backpacking, and its design is, well, kind of cool. I’ve been testing it out for the past several mornings, employing fine fresh grounds, some hot water, and the easy-to-use AeroPress plunger to pressure brew some good-tasting joe with very little effort. Clean up is quick and easy, too . . .