Summer Outdoor Retailer Show, Winter Goodies

Post by blogger | August 6, 2015      

The Summer Outdoor Retailer Show is filled with gear for play during the summer months. WildSnow’s rabid gearheads prowled the aisles like detector dogs at the airport, sniffing out clever products for the backcountry. Here’s the contraband from day one.

Dynafit's latest game changer, the levitating Khion Carbon.

Dynafit’s latest game changer, the levitating Khion Carbon.

Dynafit Khion Carbon: The production model just arrived in the U.S. this week and will be on shelves November 2015. Significantly refined from the pre-production models of last winter. The Khion features:

  • Sleeker Boa closure system repositioned with closure in the front
  • Magnets in buckles designed to eliminate buckle flop when walking
  • Precision lock system for ski mode so when you clip in the whole boot completely locks in with zero slop
  • Innovative buckle design that fully releases when pressed open, giving you maximum range of motion during walk mode
  • Improved liner makes fit more comfortable with uniform wrap from shin to ankle all the way down the foot
  • Shell is pre-punched before it leaves the factory, giving more width around metatarsal and instep
  • Internal and external bumper stops for transformative stiffness for the descent
  • Alps Foldable Foam Mat weighs a mere 6 oz at full size.

    Alps Foldable Foam Mat weighs a mere 6 oz at full size.

    Alps Mountaineering Foldable Foam Mat: Compete in the legendary Colorado backcountry ski race, the Grand Traverse, and you’ll be required to carry a sleeping pad as part of your gear. Alps Foldable Foam Mat will give you the edge. Full size pad weighs in at 6 oz full size and we’re guessing it might even be as light as 4 oz once it’s shaved down to the minimal size required by the Grand Traverse. For wilderness snow camping we often pair a mat with an inflatable pad. The Foldable Foam Mat gives you the insulation barrier with negligible weight gain. $34.99, available now.

    Rescue sled by Brooks Range.  It's a nifty item that's been around a while but worth mentioning.

    Rescue sled by Brooks Range. It’s a nifty item that’s been around a while and worth mentioning.

    Brooks Range Rescue Sleds: In backcountry touring, every ounce counts and a rescue sled often gets left behind. Matt Brooks addressed this decades ago and designed the Rescue Sled, a product that launched Brooks Range. Over the years, models have been tweaked to be more versatile. Some models have a tarp that can double as a ground cloth or waterproof cover for camping. Available now.

    Bübi water bottle, for cold or hot, multi-functional, safe, versatile.

    Bübi water bottle, for cold or hot, multi-functional, safe, versatile.

    Bübi water bottle: Seems like there are a million water bottles out there. This one caught our attention because of it’s delightfully squeezable feel and it’s a water bottle with a safety function. It’s so flexible that it can be used as a comfortable hot or cold compress for injuries. Throw it in the fire to heat it up — they say it won’t melt. Available now, 22 oz, $25.

    Designed by a surfer, will work for cleaning your mountain gear too.

    Designed by a surfer, will work for cleaning your mountain gear too.

    RinseKit: Showers at most beaches in drought-ridden California have been shut down to conserve water. A surfer developed RinseKit to clean off his board before loading it into the car. It is a portable, pressurized shower/spray system which requires no pumping or batteries. Fill it from a household spigot and it holds pressure for up to a month. The unit holds two gallons of water and you can dial the nozzle to deliver a variety of sprays. We see it as a handy tool to rinse off your mountain bike, drive the snirt from your spring skis or take a quick shower at the trailhead.


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    16 Responses to “Summer Outdoor Retailer Show, Winter Goodies”

    1. Scott August 6th, 2015 2:29 pm

      What is the forefoot width of the new Khion? Can it match my Scarpa Mobe at 104mm?

    2. Scott August 6th, 2015 5:54 pm

      You folks at WS seem to have (mostly) forgotten there is this winter sport on skis called Telemark skiing. But there are a few of the faithful still out there enjoying skis the way they were meant to be skied. Anyway, the reason I’m writing is I’m wondering if any new Tele product ever going to hit the market? Should I buy spares now before it is gone?

    3. Mike August 6th, 2015 6:44 pm

      Sorry Scott, tele is dead. Companies are killing their development budgets for tele gear, both bindings and boots.

    4. JRR August 6th, 2015 7:21 pm

      Tele is alive and well in Norway.

    5. trollanski August 6th, 2015 7:59 pm

      Skifreak Radical says yeah, telemark shrinking is. Rumor last year was that the Terminator X NTN boot was getting the axe, so if you like to AT on these, pick up a pair NOW. They are in a whole nother league as far as touring comfort goes because of the flexible bellows/natural walk ergo. Sure they weigh more than the some AT boots, but life is short. They are pretty wide, which works for my D-width foot. Oh, and they ship with the adapter plate in the box for AT. Cheers.

    6. Wookie August 7th, 2015 12:47 am

      The Bübi is nice! I like the idea of throwing it into a fire to heat, but I assume there is no pressure valve on it or something like that – or? Could make a very nice bomb.

      Still – at that price I still think disposable water bottles wrapped in duct tape are the cheapest and most collapsible option.

    7. Lisa August 7th, 2015 7:28 am

      Scott, 102.5mm for Khion last at forefoot.

    8. Mark Worley August 7th, 2015 9:56 pm

      Alps mat appears to be a direct copy of the Thermarest Z Rest mat. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?

    9. Mark Worley August 7th, 2015 9:57 pm

      22 Designs has a new NTN binding in the works, but it hasn’t been put on their website so far. Waiting to see it.

    10. Lou Dawson 2 August 9th, 2015 7:45 am

      Wookie, the bottle actually can be suspended _over_ a fire, but throwing it in against the burning wood would exceed specs. Appears it’s made of that same high-temp silicone as you see in the turbo and exhaust tubing on some automobiles. Lou

    11. Jeremy C August 9th, 2015 10:35 am

      The Khion features: “Shell is pre-punched before it leaves the factory, giving more width around metatarsal and instep”.

      Does this mean the shell is injected, cooled and finished, and then manually ‘punched’, or does it mean the shell is injected into a mold which has been designed with extra room in areas that are typically ‘punched’?

      A little pedantic I know, but the former means the shell material has already been stretched, the latter does not.

    12. Lou Dawson 2 August 9th, 2015 12:06 pm

      The term “pre punch” has no defined technical meaning. I’ll try to find out if the shell has been stretched after molding. I kind of doubt it. Not a pedantic question at all, as if the material has been heated twice instead of once then it has undergone some chemical changes that could preclud much more punching.

      Overall, I’m 100% not convinced about “pre punching.” I remember Garmont was where I first heard the term. The first thing that came to my mind was “for who’s foot!?”


    13. Lou Dawson 2 August 9th, 2015 12:27 pm

      Everyone, please note the new challenge question. Please no comments about it, as the spammers read those for clues.

    14. Jeremy C August 9th, 2015 1:33 pm

      Thanks Lou. I agree that manually punching, or even mechanically punching, every pair of boots would be impractical, which makes it a strange statement.

      I’m hoping that the Khion will be the first pair of Dyanfit boots I can get into, as they are reasonably wide and the overlap design allows to a higher instep then any of the tongue boots.

    15. Lou Dawson 2 August 9th, 2015 2:26 pm

      It’s what you’d call a “term of art” and probably means that the mold is more anatomical than would be traditional. But I’ll check up on it. Lou

    16. Walt August 29th, 2015 10:07 pm

      Tell should “die”. It should just go back to its roots…or at least to its heyday in the 1980s and 1990s. I had a great time with my old G3 and Black Diamond cable bindings and plastic cuffed leather boots. I wouldn’t ride the experience for anything. All the new gear tries too hard to be like AT equipment. Why?

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