REFLECTIVE TECHNOLOGY-GORE RUNNING, NATHAN, GOAL ZERO, SUGOI, TUBBS SNOWSHOES, COGHLAN'S
The bi-annual Outdoor Retailer tradeshow is this country's biggest gathering of outdoor enthusiasts---with apparel, footwear, gadgets, gear and everything else that makes stepping beyond one's front door (or flap-if in a tent)…a comfy, safe adventure, day or night…with an emphasis towards the eco-minded.
For deliveries starting in late Spring 2014---and on through the Fall (except where noted)…there was plenty of stuff to see…that guarantees one will be seen.
Whether using 3M's well established 360º reflectivity-or other brands…reflectivity is a key trend that goes waaay beyond mere logo pops on items. Which, in our experience, doesn't really guarantee visibility by auto driving humans…just ask the road kill.
|tight bottom leg fit- closed by long zipper (handy).|
|women's pony tail friendly Mythos Windstopper® Lady Beany-lots of visibility details $45.99|
GORE APPAREL RUNNING WEAR
|QuickShot Plus BlackLight™-holds 10oz…black reflective material is h-viz under light. (in these pics-kinda came out dark-light grey). Adjustable hand strap+thumbhole, expandable zipper pocket|
|SpeedDraw Plus BlackLight™ -18oz flask-grip free strap, same black reflective fabric-+bright straps...with our better camera flash-kinda see how reflective fit is.|
|HPL #20 BlackLight™ (2L)-featherweight hydration vest-w/ patented Propulsion Harness for bounce free runs-w/ reflective black fabric (grey panels---light up when hit by light-can't see in this pic). Other vests, hydration belts-in this series...|
|Pulsar, HyperBrite (replaceable batteries) and Orion (USB rechargeable) Strobes…all very intense-clip on anywhere…super lightweight|
|Splash/rain resistant (rated IPX4)-Zephr Fire 300 Hand Torch-USB rechargeable-integrated 24º downward protection angle to fully illuminate paths ahead via front Cree White LED (308 lumens)…w/ back Red LED (8 lumens)|
|we were VERY tempted to walk out with one of these----lightweight USB rechargeable DomeLight™ stretch beanies-with LIGHTWAVE ™ front white and rear red LED lights, soft hand feel, DWR finish, hidden stash pocket 3M™ reflective trims. ..ALSO- TradRad Beanies-stretch fleece-w/ center back vent for ponytail-same details. Remove LEDs before cleaning (DUH)|
|Beyond cool-Yeti Solar Generators-come in 3 sizes. Gas free power-for personal electronics-up to fridges ($199.99, $459.99, $1399.99)|
We loved this versatile Lighthouse 250 Lantern& USB Power Hub, available now.
|LED light bright-or dimmable, DUALITE™Directional Lighting feature-save power. Three recharging options= via Goal Zero Solar Panels, plug into any USB or crank the light anywhere.|
|handy green stands-fold up for easy carry $79.99|
Another winner in our most photographed award-the ZAP BIKE JACKET by Sugoi… introducing PIXEL-a fully reflective waterproof fabric designed for high visibility in low light-made by an Italian company, Plastotex. As one can see from the picture below-its made of 25% Micro-glass beads…60% polyester, 15% polyurethane. So the entire garment is reflectively visible in low lights-not just the smaller trim hits. Genius!!!!!
|Zap bike jacket-3 color options. For now-only men sizes (really unisex) S-2XL, $150. In three colors-Black, Super Nova (neon green) and as pictured, Matador (red).|
|no flash-it is truly red. Details for cyclists-drop tail for lower back and seat coverage, waterproof front zip and waterproof taped seams HydroShield at work-moisture wicking too.|
SUGOI FALL 14 ZAP BIKE from SUGOI Apparel on Vimeo.
PS…already cozy-ing up to marketing demanding a female version.
CUTE CUTE CUTE-taking a cue from the see them everywhere kids' sneakers that light up with every step-Tubbs Snowshoes switches on new MotionBright technology with motion activated flashing LEDS -$50. Easy quick lock bindings and motion rails…the SnowGlow brightly adds some fun to outdoor adventures.