Outdoor Retailer Gear In Review – Technology Spotlight

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Technology was everywhere at OR. Tents, Packs, Shoes, and of course solar products were all being highlighted. I have picked a few of my favorite tech products that stood out.


Coghlans introduces their Portable Power Pack. A 6000 mAh battery that can be charged by crank, solar, or by USB. This power pack can charge most small electronics as long as they can be charged by USB. Things like phones, cameras, headlamps, gps devices, and smaller tablets. A great device for car camping or even for the emergency prepper.


JVC brings several cameras to the market this year but the most notable is the Quadproof Everio camera line. These cameras are HD and ready to tackle any outdoor adventures you want to capture. The Quadproof Everio is Water Proof, Shock Proof, Dust Proof, and Freeze Proof. The entry level Everio does not come with internal memory however there is a eight gig and 32 gig model. All three allow for the use of an SD card for data storage as well.  All models come standard with high performance HD zoom lens, high bit-rate AVCHD recording, zoom microphone and advanced image stabilizer. All of the options of the camera can be accesses buy the touch screen.


StrongVolt was showcasing its smart charging technology called “Automatic Re-Connection using SunTrack Technology” that ensures that your devices are charged at a consistent level. If the light source is obstructed or is not strong enough the on board computer will stop the device from charging. This helps keep your batteries lasting longer and removes the question as to if your device or battery is being charged by a red or green display LED. This technology is added to their growing solar charger line. They are also introducing several batteries to the marker.


GOR-TEX Introduces its brand new GORE-TEX SURROUND technology.  This technology allows for hiking boots and even everyday use shoes to be 100% water proof but breath even more than in the past.  The technology uses specially created insoles that help push the heat and moisture out of the shoes at specific points. In the hiking boots they vent out the sides of the boot. On the every day shoes they vent out of the bottoms. An interesting concept that will be hitting many boot lines this upcoming year.


Nemo introduces the Hornet. A sub two pound tent that has been specifically mapped to a person to allow for the perfect space for a persons body. This mapping allows for a perfect fit for anyone to lay down or sit up in the tent.  Two doors and two vestibules and its semi-free standing tent is what sets this tent apart from many others in the sub two pound category.


Pat’s Backcountry Beverages introduces its backcountry beer and sodas to the world. A concentrated formula is placed into a “Soda Stream” type system that is mixed with water and then carbonated for refreshing beverages at the summit of your favorite mountains. The idea is that the bottle would replace your everyday hiking bottle and remove the need to carry heavy beverage bottles to celebrate your summit. In under two minutes you can have a tasty and satisfying beverage. I was able to sample a few of the drinks and all of them stood up to my craft brew high standards. The novelty of the product alone will wow your backpacking or camping partners.


The popular PowerPot V gets some updates and a big brother PowerPot X is launched. Same great tech allowing you to charge your electronics while you boil your water for food or coffee. The biggest change is the company is re-branding itself to the name Power Practical to allow the company to add several new products to their line. The first is two new quick charging batteries that charge incredibly quick and charges your devices at normal speeds to ensure battery life. They are also introducing the Smart charge kit that allows you to check the output of your charging outlets to ensure the best possible output.


Hilleberg introduces the Enan into the two pound arena. A semi-free standing three season tent that utilizes Kerlon 600 material. A very nice and roomy tent and lives up to the Hilleberg quality and design standards.  A single door with a spacious vestibule to keep your gear safe. This is definitely a tent to keep an eye on.

More to come from the 2014 Outdoor Retailer Summer Roundup.

Adam Nutting relishes being an avid backpacker, hiker, and all-around adventure junkie. While he currently spends his time hiking in the backcountry of southern Arizona, he grew up in Missouri, where he was naturally inclined to spend as much time as he could outdoors. Adam’s passion for the outdoors grew as he climbed the ranks of the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts, eventually attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

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