Outdoor Retailer, Salt Palace, UTAH
POWER ON...Tools, Apparel, Portable Power Gadgets That Keeps Going
Victorinox Swiss Army, Eton, Brunton, Schoeller Technologies, Poron
The officially fused Wenger/Victorinox Swiss Army company celebrated their merger at OR...with a give-away trip (lucky winner)...and with plenty of new gadgets/knives to keep the faithful happy.
|weighs < 3.5 oz $48|
|rounded edges at the sides-so no sharp edges and impact proof. The metal L wrench-pictured with adapter to hold bits attached -clicks in.|
|size less than 4 inches...|
The 5 necessaries (plastic holder-impact proof and durable vs cleaning agents, oil and gasoline, adapter made of stainless steel for holding bits, L wrench for ease of tightening + loosening screws 8 bits-for most common types of screws, and a tire lever made of impact proof durable plastic)-are neatly integrated into one piece...clearly-so cleverly made-much like the label's acclaimed Swiss Army knives. Though the owner would have any easier time getting past airport security checks with the bike tool.
|tire lever---smaller than the one we use now (red)...works just as well---|
|L wrench-hint-once slotted in -snap it shut from the side to click into proper space-it'll hold.|
Easy to use too...and intuitive---our bike shop mechanic thought the bolt size offerings were just right...and came in handy as we had to remove our pedals before shipping our bike back from a race.
And though we're not speedy tire/inner tube changers...at least we're equipped for the task...with extra room in the pouch for a gel + cartridges to keep us going---.
Delivers November 2013---$48 -makes a terrific stocking stuffer. INFO.
|ETON-Rugged rukus. (available now)..solar powered, Bluetooth ready smartphone-charger speaking-lasts up to 8 hours w/ 2 full range speakers and an IPX-4 splashproof rating 2---camping/pool good $99.99|
New for the summer show---very cool---these slim sleek power booster products---for more options on firing up personal electronics when their own batteries fade away.
|give a shake-the blue lights indicate battery level|
Encased in lightweight aluminum-with 2 color options---as pictured, the Boost 4200 and tiny 8400 fit into the palm of one's hand...yet when fully charged (lithium battery) -in turn can charge most smartphones 2x .
|lots of charge options-micro - USB DC input|
|Hydrogen Core fuel cell ($14.99-weight 1 ounce-|
|On display---the Hydrogen Reactor™ got demo-ed a whole lot!|
|close-up of new Turbo 2800 car charger device|
Schoeller® Technology had a few new textile/treatments since the last time we stopped by for a chat...which we will cover in a later post.
What really caught our eyeballs---- was how apparel labels use the amped up fabrics...like the 3xDRY™ treatment-that combines "two technologies into one textile (water-repellent outside, perspiration absorbing inside)---are now being used ---very fashionably, imo by Arc'Teryx.
|Arc'teryx makes these knicker style functional travel/commute pants that work off the saddle for sure. Adorable.|
|back of waistband-a bit higher for no gap|
|seams placed for riders-without sagging or nsagging...cute pockets too-a little higher placement so one doesn't sit on one's stuff.|
Luxury swim trunks...yes, they do exist!
|Everest Isles -made in the USA-high end Mayol swim trunks ($195) guys would wear without irony and appreciate the water tight smartphone pocket...-made with Schoeller-Dynamic® functional fabrics -techy attributes include-water repellent, breathable, durable w/ great hand feel and high/permanent elasticity for active sports and Riri zips+grommets.|
PORON---is another multi-facted materials company---with applications for athletes wanting impact protection...via its assorted foam and compressible materials that really are used in so many products-not just apparel.
We did love this beyond hip looking motorcycle jacket-dubbed Early Riders PORON---by a Japanese company called POWERAGE. We found it online for sale $243 abouts...
Using Poron® XRD™ as protection on the shoulder and elbows...and also available with that material as a spine protector-that "can be installed separately"...OK a little lost in translation.
But if we were riding-we'd want as much protection as possible as it's a thin addition to a slim fitting jacket...and this outerwear would look cool anywhere...!