27. August 2014

Lightweight Gear Finds from the OutDoor and Outdoor Retailer

The OutDoor and Outdoor Retailer are over and the latest gear news have been shown and discussed online and on trails, so it's time to look at some of the gear presented through the ultralight glasses and see what would be interesting for us lightpackers in 2015.


The Gear Junkie reported from the OR in Salt Lake City and found two dozens of interesting items. Interesting for ultralight backpackers who travel a lot via plane and hate to check-in their gear because of a knife will like the Kilimanjaro Ascend, a multitool without a blade. He also fund the  Black Diamond Hot Forge Hybrid Hoody of note as it uses the PrimaLoft® Gold Down Blend, a mix of synthetic and down, in the torso area and PrimaLoft® Gold Synthetic Insulation in the arms and back. At 410 g it's also reasonably light, but we'll need to wait and see how it works on the trail and in the mountains. Also the Ibex “weightless wool” W2 longsleeve looks interesting, made from 145 g/m2 Merino wool this top is gonna be light and has a deep zipper for venting.


Will from Southwest Ultralight Backpacking also visited the OR and has a very long post about new Sleeping Pads, Shelters, Backpacks and some trekking poles that are well worth checking out.

Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ
Exped Synmat Hyperlite

This video report from the OutDoor fair was also very entertaining:

And finally also I was at the OutDoor in Friedrichshafen, and have visited many companies to hear about their new, light gear. Some of these you will see on sale in the Trekking-Lite-Store.com in 2015, so keep an eye on our new gear or follow along on Facebook and Twitter. Here's a few more lightweight gear impressions that got us excited, for the full run-down read the OutDoor 2014 articles.

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2
Hilleberg Enan
MSR Flylite
Outdoor Research ActiveIce & Spectrum Sun Sleeves
MSR Reactor and MSR WindBoiler

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