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