I love hunting. In Missouri I hit every season for white tail deer. I can’t get enough of it; I guess it’s in my blood. I’ve been hunting ever since I can remember. One thing that I have always been fascinated with was the idea of an African Safari hunt. When I was younger I read stories about Teddy Roosevelt and his big game hunts through East Africa. There is just something mystical about it, man/woman going and doing something so primeval and basic.
Unless you have been living in your survival hooch for the past couple of years, you no doubt have heard the name Dave Canterbury. Even before his recent series Dual Survival (http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/dual-survival/) on the Discovery Channel, Dave had a very vast collection of YouTube videos covering no nonsense, practical survival and woodcraft techniques. As if this guy is not busy enough, he also runs the Pathfinder school that allows people to learn a variety of skills
One company that hasn't been satisfied with standing still is Wenger. For a lot of outdoors folks, Wenger is a name that is synonymous with the ever popular Swiss Army Knife. Still, even others have enjoyed the classy styling of watches that have been available in the past--including myself. But, it wasn't until I visited with them at the Outdoor Retailer show that I saw the great depth of their product offerings for people that enjoy the outdoors. Even so, I'll start out this conversation about a couple of their new knife models that have some unique features designed by knowledgeable and experienced adventurers. The first and most interesting item (to me) is the new knife that was designed by Mike Horn.
Believe it or not, we're still compiling information and putting updates together on new products from companies at the Outdoor Retailer show. There were a great number of new product entries, so it takes a little time to get all the ones down that we thought you would like to read about. Next up on the list are some products from some well-known names in the outdoors industry--Vasque, Guyot Designs and Pro Bar. Starting from the beginning, let's take a look at a new offering from Vasque. The first one is a trail running shoe called the Transistor FS with their Foot Sync technology. The Foot Sync system is comprised of three components--their Immerse 360, Flux Foam, and Wave Form. A basic description of the Immserse 360 is that it's the first layer in which the foot resides. It's somewhat like an envelope that surrounds the foot and helps protect the bottom of the foot from the constant contact with the ground.
On day 2 of our exploration of the aisles at the Outdoor Retailer show, we were given a thorough review of products coming from several different companies that are part of Cascade Designs. MSR, Platypus, and Seal-Line are all well-recognized brands in the outdoors industry, and for good reason. They produce top-quality products that meet the needs of outdoors people, and they also help set the pace for innovation by coming out with new designs each year that raise the bar higher for performance and versatility. And, from the number of new products I had a chance to view, they certainly aren't sitting still behind the design desks. There were several new items we thought would be of interest that we talked about and got some pictures of to pass along to you.
One of the areas we like to continually monitor is portable power devices for folks that use electronic devices on their outdoor adventures. As much as I personally enjoy the outdoors, I do like the advantage of having the ability to use items like my Ipod, GPS, and cell phone (if necessary) while in the backwoods. One of the problems, though, is taking along extra power for those items. Brunton has been working on a number of solutions to this problems for several years now, and a couple of their most recent ones include their Solaris charger line and their Solo Batt Pack---both of which we recently reviewed. Even so, Brunton keeps pushing forward with new ideas, and I think they struck pay dirt with one of their new products for 2009/2010 that we saw at the recent Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City.
Another product area popular with outdoors folks is lighting. Whether it's a standard flashlight, a headlamp, or even some of the newer LED designs, personal area lighting is very necessary--especially for those that wish to leave a low-impact signature in the wild and do not use a traditional campfire. Energizer already has the background in developing the best technology for battery performance. Stepping into the area of personal lights wasn't any real strectch for them. During the past few years, Energizer has broadened their product offerings from basic lights for regular consumers to lights that are specifically engineered for specialty needs such as industrial use and for outdoors use as well. At the recent Outdoor Retailer show we had a chance to see some of their new offerings, and it's apparent that they aren't satisfied with just keeping pace with the competition. They've come out with some interesting new designs that will fit nicely within certain niches of the wilderness sports.
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