The 2015 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market packed the Salt Palace and thank goodness the inversion in the city was more on the lighter side this year. Retailers of outdoor goods returned to introduce what is to come for fall/winter 2015 and impress those scurrying around the floor and fighting human traffic to get to their appointments. Here are some of the highlights of gear to put on your wish lists.
Arc’teryx Lithic Gloves
The Lithic Glove by Arc’teryx is ‘the warm hand guarantee meets the next generation of ski gloves and mitten’. This glove, developed for backcountry skiing and snowboarding, has TriDex™ Glove Technology that has forever changed the way waterproof gloves are constructed. The Lithic provides unprecedented levels of hydrophobicity, durability, grip and dexterity. It’s 100% waterproof and 3-layer fully-taped GORE-TEX. The Lithic Glove will retail at $249, and the Lithic Mitten at $239.
Timberland Bolton Mountain Down Vest
The Timberland Bolton Mountain Down Vest with Harris Tweed® Wool is a handsome looking vest with 600-fill power down insulation that provides superior warmth. Timberland partnered with Harris Tweed to create a truly exceptional down vest. Harris Tweed Wool is hand woven by artisans in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland and is recognized around the world for outstanding quality and durability. The Bolton Mountain Down Vest is soft, sustainable, breathable and warm. Retail $498.
Atomic Backland Carbon Light Boot
The Atomic Backland Carbon Light ski touring boot is lightweight weighing in at just 1,040 grams per boot and has a carbon spine. It features frictionless pivot, a rockered sole and 74-degree range of motion. The liner is breathable and washable, and the tongue is removable. The Backland also has the two-buckle design that loops a cable over the forefoot so you get the clamping effect of two buckles and not the weight.
Mountain Hardwear Micro Thermostatic Jacket
The Mountain Hardwear Micro Thermostatic Jacket is a perfect layering piece or a standalone jacket for cooler days. This exceptionally light jacket has 40 grams of Thermal.Q™ Elite insulation which is the warmest synthetic insulation ever made. The Micro Thermostatic has a single interior toggle hem for easy adjustment on-the-fly, two zippered hand-warmer pockets and it zips into its own pocket for compact storage. It’ll be available in both men’s and women’s with a retail price of $175.
Dynafit Chugach Ski
Are you a free ride skier who conquers new terrain by mountaineering means? The Dynafit Chugach ski will rock your world. The Chugach offers optimal ratio surface area to weight. The double ellipse rocker construction and other intelligent shape features enables maximum edging on steep, icy terrain without losing the playful lightness when initiating turns. High torsional rigidity and chatter is eliminated with the lightweight ash-poplar wood core integrated with a fiberglass and carbon space frame. The Chugach won Gear Institute’s Best New Gear Award among many others during the Outdoor Retailer.