Outdoor Retailer 2015 — Goods For The Backcountry

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | August 12, 2015      

The Outdoor Retailer Show is like a gigantic superstore of outdoor gear. If we were rolling around a cart, here’s what we might toss in:


Camp X3 600

Camp USA: we’ve used Camp USA backpacks for years and we’re big fans, especially for day tours and skimo racing. They are minimal, light, well made and durable. A new color scheme will show up next season, along with improvements to one of our favorite models. The X3 Backdoor is similar in size to the X3 600, with back panel zippered access added as its new feature, nice for getting to your stuff without taking off the pack. It has a quick clip for ski carry and big side stuff pockets. One central main compartment with a small brain pocket on top. 760 grams, MSRP $159.95. CAMP USA X3 Backdoor Backpack

Ribz Front Pack.

Ribz Front Pack.

Ribz Front Pack: big enough to stash climbing skins, camera, snacks and sunglasses, Ribz Front Pack adds capacity and instant access. Available now. $59 Ribz Front Pack

Scrubba dry bag wash machine.

Scrubba dry bag wash machine.

Scrubba: a human powered washing machine that will make backcountry neatniks rejoice. It folds up to a small bag of chips, weighs less than 5 oz, uses a minimal amount of water, and doubles as a dry bag with an abrasion resistant back panel for added durability. The inside is lined with hundreds of nobules that scrub out the dirt like an old fashioned washboard. Fill the bag with .5-1.5 gallons of water, add clothes, deflate, rub for 3 minutes, drain and refill with rinse water. Hang dry and you’re done. 180 grams, MSRP $45. Also available in larger version with backpack/messenger bag straps, weighs 300 grams. Scrubba Wash Bag

Exofficio undies.

Exofficio undies.

ExOfficio: The non-neatnik backcountry traveler can still be presentable with ExOfficio undies. Not new, these have been around a while. Designed for long periods of travel with minimal changes, the antimicrobial treated fabric is breathable and comfortable. I don’t know how they live up to the company’s motto of 17 countries, 6 weeks, one pair of underwear, but the light weight fabric dries quickly after washing. $26 ExOfficio boxers.

Knee brace

Donjoy knee brace.

Donjoy: known for medical grade braces, Donjoy also makes over-the-counter braces that you don’t need a prescription for. Webtech knee strap $25, to $100 for full featured Webtech knee brace, featuring a patented silicone web technology that surrounds and suspends the musculoskeletal system, wrapping the joint to gently lift and separate the underlying structures. In this age of self diagnosis, people need access to more than neoprene knee sleeves. Puts you in a better position which could reduce your chances of an ACL injury. DonJoy Reaction WEB Knee Brace

Leatherman raptor

Leatherman Raptor

Leatherman: the Raptor is a large set of medical sheers that fold down, neatly fitting into its carrying case. Ideal for first responders, these powerful shears easily slice thru straps and leather. Also features an oxygen tank wrench which hopefully you won’t need on your next high alpine tour. Leatherman Raptor

Blow up bivy

Nemo Escape Pod

Nemo: Escape Pod Bivy, features bug mesh net, inflatable arch, and it’s light, 204 gm. $119, available February.


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6 Responses to “Outdoor Retailer 2015 — Goods For The Backcountry”

  1. swissiphic August 12th, 2015 1:37 pm

    re: Ribz front pack: backpack with addition of front pack loading potential is the way of the future for sure. I’ve been ghettoworking strap on pouches, etc… for years; you just can’t beat the convenience of not having to take that damn pack off for the frequently required items.

  2. Lisa Dawson August 12th, 2015 1:46 pm

    Swissiphic, I agree, the convenience of a front pack can’t be beat. I like the low profile too.

  3. scott August 12th, 2015 11:26 pm

    the front pack has been essential to most of us modern day fly-fishers. I may need to tweak my old simms front pouch for a skin session this winter.

  4. bRIAN August 13th, 2015 10:41 am

    Does anyone have experience with the front pack? Looks great and reasonable price too

  5. JCoates August 14th, 2015 4:06 am

    I wore front loading carriers in the military. Great if you are in a REAL hurry to get stuff out of your pack (like ammo) but overall they were way too hot and limited movement significantly. I always wished I could just pack the whole mess in my pack on my back. But I imagine they are nice if you are fly fishing or standing around while shooting photos, etc.

  6. Mike Marolt August 20th, 2015 12:26 pm

    The front pack looks awesome. It’s about time for that idea, especially for cameramen.

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