We’re already gearing up (literally) for the winter season. From August 3-5, we attended the completely outdoor Big Gear Show in Park City, Utah, America’s first open-air tradeshow. Set against the beautiful trails near Deer Valley Resort, we got a sneak peek at new outdoor gear for 2021 (and classics that can’t be missed) to add to our packs.
Without further ado, here were a few products that particularly caught our eye to keep on your radar for the coming fall and winter.
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The mission of Cotopaxi (in addition to their extensive efforts to give back to the community and create products sustainably) is to get people in the outdoors using everyday wear. You don’t always need incredibly technical gear to have a practical and safe outing. Instead, like two of their newest offerings, their versatile apparel and gear provide a low-cost option to explore the outdoors.
*New* Fuego Parka Jacket
Just released, one addition to Cotopaxi’s sustainable and do-good apparel is the new Fuego Parka Jacket. A longer model to their popular classic Fuego Jacket, this mid-thigh length parka is insulated with 800-fill responsibly sourced, water-resistant down. Also, the shell outer layer is water-resistant, comprised of 20D giant-ripstop nylon with a DWR finish.
In addition to the insulation the down provides, the elastic binding on the scuba hood and the cuffs keeps out the cold. The internal dump and secure stash pocket also allow storage of gear near your body while on the snow.
One of the unique features of this jacket, though, is the two-way zipper. So if you need an additional range of motion or would like extra ventilation, you have the option to unzip from the bottom of the parka instead of the top.
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*New* Coso 2L Hip Pack
In addition to the Fuego Parka, Cotopaxi is releasing its new Coso 2L Hip Pack this fall. Part of the Cada Dia or everyday collection, this hip pack could easily become one of our gear staples. Already, one staff member used it as her go-to bag while walking the 5+ miles a day at trade shows this August. But, in addition to on-the-go use, you could easily use this hip pack to quickly access items on a hiking or camping outing.
*New* Backcountry Use Quick Reference Navigation Cards
These handy reference cards by Brunton, released spring 2021, will be an excellent addition to our new outdoor gear for backcountry winter adventures. Small, lightweight, and waterproof, you can bring these navigation cards along with your map and compass to provide additional navigation features and tips.
Some of the features include a map slope indicator to help determine avalanche risk, how to orient a map to true north, how to take map bearings, calculating hiking times, and suggestions to keep in mind if you get lost.
Especially in an emergency, it can be easy to forget the navigational skills that we’ve acquired. These reference cards can provide reminders to help get us back on track during those moments, which could literally be a lifesaver.
Though these can be used with any map and compass, the cards are the exact size to store neatly in Brunton’s TruArc20 compass as well.
Check out this short video for an overview of all the features of the Quick Reference Navigation Cards.
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*New* EXO GearLocker
Released spring 2021, the EXO GearLocker is a new offering to Yakima’s EXO system, which has reimagined the trailer hitch’s role in outdoor adventure. As one of the interchangeable accessories in this system, the EXO GearLocker provides 10 cubic feet of storage space as an easy solution to haul your favorite outdoor gear.
With no tools or assembly needed, the GearLocker connects to the EXO Topshelf or EXO SwingBase hitch attachment and supports 80 to 100 lbs of gear, respectively. For snowshoers and winter campers, the EXO GearLocker provides a convenient option for taking your gear to your favorite backcountry hut or campsite. Snowboarders and skiers can also easily swap out the GearLocker for the EXO SnowBank.
Skyrise HD Tent
Yakima’s motto of “take it easy” is completely embodied in the Skyrise HD Tent, released in 2018. This heavy-duty 4 season tent is the ultimate hangout for the avid camper or hiker.
The small or medium Skyrise HD will keep you dry in any weather with 600 D Ripstop Polyester and waterproof coating. Even when in your tent, nature will feel like it’s right there with you (including the stars) with the larger than usual doors, windows, and skylight. When we crawled into this tent, we were surprised at how roomy it felt with the keep-in 2.5″ inch thick foam mattress and foam sleeping pad.
Since this tent sits on top of your car, you’ll want to get the fit beforehand with Yakima’s car fit tool. But, don’t worry about a difficult install. At about 100 lbs, the Skyrise HD has tool-free and lockable vehicle mounts, a ladder with adjustment points for an easy setup, and a pre-set aluminum tent frame for quick pitching.
Lite+ Backcountry Stove
Primus, a company embodied with Swedish engineering, has been a player in the outdoor cooking world for over 125 years. With a focus on durability and quality, the Lite+ Backcountry Stove is as reliable as it comes, with the stove still going strong since the first model was released more than 6 years ago.
One of the unique features this stove is known for is its incredibly high fuel-efficiency rating. In addition, this stove offers a Piezo ignition, so no lighter is required for the 100g gas canister.
There are a few accessories on this stove that also make it handy in diverse conditions. For example, the stove burner is stable- both from the lock between the pot and stove and the optional canister stand. Also, you can use the stove’s handle and included cord as a hanging system, so you can still cook when flat land is not available. Finally, the pot lid can also be used as a cup if needed.
Thus, for groups of 1-2 in the backcountry, the Lite+ offers a versatile, compact, and efficient stove system that can be used all year round, even on our favorite winter camping trips.
GSI’s expertise in insulated water bottles and containers is not to be underestimated. With a release of early 2022, here are two of their newest offerings to add to your outdoor gear.
*New* Glacier 12 oz Vacuum Food Container
Part of their Glacier series, this food container offers long-lasting double-wall insulation to keep hot foods hot while on the trail. Soup is, after all, one of our favorite snowshoe snacks.
It is made of durable stainless steel and a screw-on insulated lid. So there is no need to worry about leaks while stored in your pack. The Glacier Vacuum Food Container is also BPA, PFOA, and Phthalate-free.
*New* Cooler Stack
We all know those occasions where we wish we had a beverage to cool us off or warm us up. Well, now there’s an easy solution via the 2 Can Cooler Stack or 6 Can Cooler Stack.
The Cooler Stack, made of stainless steel and polypropylene, is double-insulated. The insulation keeps two 12 oz cans of cold beverages cold for 24+ hours or hot beverages hot for 10+ hours. On a 90 degree day, the feel of an ice-cold beverage (we felt one 4 hours after in the Cooler Stack) is the perfect way to cool off. Or, you can use a hot beverage to warm up on an ice-cold day.
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Which of these new outdoor gear features are you most looking forward to for 2021? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
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