Gear Geek: Top Picks from Winter Outdoor Retailer

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Gear Geek: Top Picks from Winter Outdoor Retailer

Last week we reported on a few of the major trends in evidence at the bi-annual Outdoor Retailer convention, the perfect storm of gear madness. Now let us hone in on a few specific products that may change the way you travel in 2016—or at least make it a whole lot easier.

1. Dakine Brightwood Vest, $140; 2. Osprey Meridian and Sojourn Packs, starting at $300; 3. Snow Peak Mini Flame, $40; 4. Vibram Arctic Grip, prices vary; 5. Ibex Dyad Cowl Neck Sweater, $185; 6. Outdoor Research 3D Fit Gloves, starting at $99; 7. Arc’Teryx Procline Carbon Boot, $1,000.

Photo: Michael J. Slezak (JW), CC-BY

Nathan Borchelt is a gear-obsessed travel writer and adventurer whose collection of shoes, backpacks, jackets, bags, and other “essential” detritus has long-outgrown his one-bedroom apartment (and his wife’s patience).