Outdoor Retailer-Jordanelle Reservoir and Salt Palace UTAH
Mio Alpha Sport, SUUNTO Ambit 2, Magellan Echo+Summit Watches, BioLite+JetBoil Stoves
The Outdoor Retailer Tradeshow attracts a wide range of exhibitors-showing off the new, re-worked and stand-by products, gadgets, gear and apparel- seriously-or not, necessary 'gets' for outdoor types. Defined as anyone stepping beyond an enclosed area.
Cool stuff galore---some highlights...
Personal fitness watches --- a booming category---ranged from the Luddite versions- to the complicated.
At Demo Day-the Mio Alpha had kept several users heart rates in check-no heart strap required ---via a rather sleek looking, easy to use- watch, strapped on by an accommodating, non irritating soft silicon strap.
Elves not at work here-rather- a tiny light emitted from the back of the strap that travels through capillaries of a lower arm to serve up an accurate reading in secs. We tried it---and with a few pushes of side buttons, we easily set up our heart rate zones. Go outside them ---and audible alert beep sounds.
|this image-grabbed from the web|
Bluetooth Smart compatible (link up with an iPhone 5 and a bunch of fitness apps ---(but not PC)... the Mio Alpha delivers basic HR related and time info, easily accessed...and with good enough looks to wear as a timepiece too.
For those needing more advanced functionalities and multi-sport options (including swim- face it, counting laps is mentally numbing)...the new SUUNTO Ambit2 ($400/$450 with HR monitor) and 2.5 ----serves up a slew of the 411- including integrated GPS---plus big benefit-software updates via this PC /MAC connect compatible watch computer-very handy.
ECHO-available in a bunch of on trend colors (msrp $149/$199 with a heart rate monitor)-is a handsome watch that uses Bluetooth Smart to synch up with a wearers' smartphone for touchscreen controls from a wearers' wrist...whether music of using one of those fitness apps.
PLUS: it runs on a replaceable coin cell battery. We can't wait to demo...coming soon.
The Switch™Series---for multi-sport athletes...is billed as a crossover GPS watch---delivering precise GPS satellite data by recording distance, speed/pace, and elevation...with a multi-sport mode (50 meter water resistance), 9 activity profiles, customizable screens and vibrate alerts, multi-sport mounting kit and accessories like heart rate monitor, battery pack extender...
Similar to SUUNTO-Magellan has its own website-Magellan Active-where all that activity data stored on the Switch---can be uploaded and shared--- mash-uped with maps, charts and metrics to "make the data meaningful."
Frankly, when the rep started going into 'it'---we thought TMI for us. However, it was obvi at the last Saturday, National Championships (triathlons-Olympic distance)--- the majority of athletes we met (competed vs)---are as stat obsessed as their coaches (egos-ha ha) demand-kinda akin to the world wide obsessive Fantasy Sport participants---(EPL's version-our particular obsession).
Light my fire-self sustained, energy access options for the outdoors-are rather genius in a way. Portable, packable, fast heat...not just for campers...but handy for the utility challenged---which more and more, is a category that includes city dwellers as well as residents of developing countries.
|The BioLite Camp Stove stove and new KettlePot|
New-at this summer's Demo Day-the KettlePot (msrp $50) an efficient and packable/collapsible cooking pot that sits on top of the BioLite stove and pours like a kettle, naturally. Doubles as a carrying case too.
|top secures on too-with easy pore BPA free heatproof Tritan kettle top|
|1.75 capacity-wind shielded too|
|heat tough vertical cool-touch silicone handles fold down|
|high heat flame-...can cook up OR|
JET BOIL-is our first stop Demo Day-usually---except this time-they were not at the entrance :( cause the kind folks of this Johnson Outdoors company always has instant Starbucks coffee for that caffeine jolt we soooo need.
We finally found them though...and their assortment of FluxRing™ technology enabled cooking systems that concentrate heat, is fuel efficient and is easy to set-up-including the Thermo-Regulate™ technology with consistent heat- SOL™ Titanium Premium and SOL™Aluminum ultra lightweight versions.
And pictured in the middle above-the SUMO Titanium-convenience par excellence-with a 1.8 liter titanium FluxRing cooking vessel that weighs in at just 6.5 ounces-entire system 12 ounces.
New this season-the Joule Group Cooking System ($160)...that speedy speedy speedy-brings a liter of water to full boil in 2minutes/40secs which we think is faster than when we nuke a cuppa.
Benefits-the cold weather performance of liquid fuels stoves---in a handy and easily controlled regulated canister stove-all in one.
PLUS...with a culinary friendly, simmer control-with low -or-high heat steadily delivered (handy for those who actually cook), and with accessories-a wind screen and hanging kit for extreme climates.
|propane canisters available world wide-reliable and stable|