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Xplorer Review

Xplorer Review

I had the wonderful opportunity to see the Xplorer from La Sportiva before it came out while I was at  Outdoor Retailer. At that time I was very impressed by the shoe and excited for it’s release, and my first chance to try the shoe out came during a 3 day canyoning course with Zion Mountain School.

Baladeo 2013 OR
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Baladeo 2013 OR

Posted by: on Nov 5, 2014 | No Comments

I really like what is going on at Baladeo with their line of knives. All the different styles are so well crafted and designed. There was a lot of thought put into the products I saw on display. Their products range from specific activities to good old fashion pocket knives. Some of the Pocket Knife lines are Hunting, Modern, Ultra light and another big bucket of dedicated knives include Climbing, Canyoning, Diving, Mushroom Hunting, Watch Making, and more.

BTP04 Reporting in!

BTP04 Reporting in!

Posted by: on Feb 18, 2014 | No Comments

Spending time with the WAE (Wireless Audio Experience) Outdoor BTP04 has been fantastic – it delivers great sounding music and clear audio content while doing a number of activities in various places. While bluetooth speakers are old news, outdoor rugged speakers are making their way into the market place in a big way. These are allowing us to bring music deep into the backcountry, at the local wall, car camping, or even around the house and yard.

Light My Fire!

Light My Fire!

Posted by: on Jan 19, 2014 | No Comments

 

What a FANTASTIC knife! I had been seeing these brightly colored knives here and there but never really stopped and paid attention, that was my bad. Here I was walking past a truly great piece of engineering between Light my Fire and Mora of Sweden. The Swedish FireKnife is easy to clean, light and durable this is with me every trip. Eventually I see myself with a slew of these knives for different load outs, not to mention all the ad on’s you can get offered by Light my Fire.

MicroLight

MicroLight

Posted by: on Nov 19, 2013 | No Comments

I love my little snow peak lantern, simplicity in design and function make it one of my all time favorites in form and function. The Mini Hozuki Lantern is small but powerful with a slew of capabilities makes this a must for any camp or backpack set up. Even just as a back up in a day pack, it has the the ability to clip onto your gear via the magnet clasp system. This little LED lantern produces 60 lumens allowing for 40-70 hrs of run time and weighing in at 3.1 oz. It’s pretty waterproof in some light rain and the silicone rubber lantern shade can be removed for cleaning purposes.

Edelrid 2013 OR
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Edelrid 2013 OR

Posted by: on Oct 21, 2013 | No Comments

As usual, Edelrid is coming out with some great new stuff for 2014. From new colors to new additions. The simplicity allows for form and function to really join together in something that is usually sacrificed for one over the other.

So iLL 2013 OR
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So iLL 2013 OR

Posted by: on Sep 25, 2013 | No Comments

Whether you climb inside or out, the type of holds you encounter can play a pivotal part in your climbing experience. But as gym rats know, when you’re only climbing on artificial holds, things can get a bit redundant. Creating something new and unique is what causes certain designers, climbers, and companies to stand out in this market place.

Tendon 2013 OR
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Tendon 2013 OR

Posted by: on Sep 24, 2013 | No Comments

I like to find the companies at Outdoor Retailer that are solid overseas but seem to be just a like start-up in North America. Tendon is one of those companies, and a company I have been hearing more and more about. In wondering what this company was all about, I decided to stop by at Outdoor Retailer and chat with Jiri. Tendon is a Czech based company making a wide range of ropes, harnesses, carabiners, cords, slings, and more. Alpine, Canyoning, Sport, Military and Rescue just to name a few areas of operation for these ropes.

Krieg 2013 OR
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Krieg 2013 OR

Posted by: on Sep 21, 2013 | No Comments

I would have to say my favorite thing to do at Outdoor Retailer is to stop by the Krieg booth and say hi to Sam. It is always such a delight to stop by to see all the new patterns and talk with him, such a great attitude and energy. Running his sewing machine, his booth gets flooded with people who must feel the same as I do cause he is one busy guy.

Madrock 2013 OR
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Madrock 2013 OR

Posted by: on Sep 20, 2013 | No Comments

Stopping by the Madrock booth this year was as friendly and fun as it has been in the past years. The first thing that caught my eye was they new floating shoe, which turned out to be Madrock’s new high performance shoe, the M5.

Scarpa 2013 OR
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Scarpa 2013 OR

Posted by: on Sep 19, 2013 | No Comments

We’ve been talking with Scarpa the past few years and every opportunity we’ve had to discuss the shoes design with Heinz Mariacher has always been a pleasure. Being a designer, I love the micro and macros that go into concepts, design, function and more of a new shoe.