Here are more bite-sized gear news from the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City:
Sugoi — makers of our beloved Versa jacket — have several great products coming out this fall.
The one that caught our eye (because it’s bright and shiny) was the Zap Bike Jacket ($150). This jacket is screen printed with micro glass beads that light up the entire jacket — not just accent points — when hit with light.
* Nathan Sports
New for Nathan later this year is their Zephyr flashlight. This USB rechargeable light, available in 108- or 308-lumen options, comes with a comfortable hand-held strap and will work in constant or blink mode. The front of the light is angled down so you can carry it with a relaxed hand position and still have the light pointing toward your feet. The back end of the flashlight operates as a blinking red LED for visibility. The Zephyr even includes an alarm button … just in case. Battery life is 12 hours (308) and 15 hours (108) per charge. Get the 108-lumen light for $45 and the 308-lumen light for $55.
Out now: Nathan’s Fire and Ice 20oz bottle ($20) is made from a 3M fabric that’ll shine in the dark like a lantern when hit with light. It’s double-wall insulated and, reps say, will stay cool 20 percent longer than similar insulated bottles. Fits in a bike rack or in a Nathan hand-held pouch.
New for fall, the popular compression sock company is introducing an outdoor merino line of socks.
Sherpa is introducing its new Vayu PriMerino baselayer collection. The line, from short sleeved shirts to long sleeve hoodies (above, $119), is 50 percent merino and 50 percent Primaloft fiber. The material, reps say, will dry 20 percent faster than plain merino.
We love Injinji socks, but have had durability issues in the past. The company has added CoolMax XtraLife to its Performance 2.0 socks to increase the lifespan of the sock. We snagged a few pairs to put them to the test.
New for fall is the company’s snow line of over-the-calf ski socks and their all-merino Outdoor collection.
TomTom’s Runner GPS ($169) watch has a small footprint and a two sizes of bands. The smaller band (in pink of course) will fit women’s wrists much better than some of the bulkier watches on the market. It has an accelerometer to track distance indoors and will last you 8 to 10 hours in GPS mode.
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