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Outdoor Retailer Fall & Winter 2017 Preview

Outdoor Retailer Winter 2017

The North Face Summit L3 Proprius PrimaLoft® Hoodie – $225

M Summit L3 Propius PrimaLoft Hoodie copy


As Ski Mountaineering and uphill travel becomes more popular in the US, larger brands such as The North Face are starting to take notice.  The new Summit L3 Proprius PrimaLoft® Hoodie is a mid layer designed for both uphill travel when it’s cold out and that piece that you can quickly throw on when you transition to downhill mode.  Featuring lightweight nylon ripstop and PrimaLoft® synthetic insulation, it’s extremely packable and retains warmth even when wet. Features ultralight fabric and 60 g PrimaLoft® Silver Insulation Active offers superior warmth even when wet.  It’s helmet-compatible hood with elastic binding and rear adjustment and includes a large single chest pocket and stretch-knit cuffs with thumb loops.  This piece is designed with the ski mountaineer in mind, but will work great for the morning uphill traveler as well.

Patagonia Decensionist Kit & Pack

Patagonia Decensionist Pack

The Decensionist kit is built specifically for backcountry touring.  This lightweight and breathable hard shell kit is pared down and designed to get the most comfort and protection out of your kit without adding un-needed weight.  Neither Gore-Tex or our H2no membrane occupy this kit, but it has a Patagonia waterproof/breathable special sauce that fulfills in the field demands.  This kit is complemented with the all new Decensionist Pack.  At 40 liters this pack was inspired by the alpine climbing Acensionist pack and is built for technical objectives and big lines.  The innovative lid and closure system is fast, simple and easy to use with gloves.  The adjustable and removable board and ski carry features allow the user to customize the pack as needed for the objectives at hand.  The Decensionist is a technical complement to the Patagonia Snow Drifter Snow packs of past seasons.

Crescent Moon Foam Snowshoes $149

The patent pending design uses dual-density EVA soles to form a rocker-shaped platform, while featuring tire-tread-like lugs for amazing traction and a look and feel that quickly evokes thoughts of a running shoe — on steroids. Lightweight, but sturdy and reliable, at 23” x 8”, this giant-sized trail shoe is as light as the word “foam” infers and with a simple, hook and loop system of straps not only goes on easily, but is secure and comfortable beyond any intuitive expectations — with a simple, hook and loop strapping system. The top of the all-foam snowshoe is cushioned and cradled, providing a very comfortable sensation on even the hardest, roughest surfaces, while the bottom traction of the snowshoe is a highly durable and tough EVA composite that grips like a snow tire — with material similar to that found on football cleats.

Merrell Chateau Mid Lace Polar Waterproof Boot – $220

Merrell Chateau Mid Lace Polar Waterproof Boot


Merrell continues to push into the world of fashion for women as more and more women are demanding high quality fashion winter boots. They’ll warm when it’s freezing, grip where it’s slick, and look the part with a faux fur collar.  These boots include M SelectTMDRY– shed external moisture from precipitation and wet ground conditions while allowing moisture from physical activity to escape to give you dry comfort inside and out.  M SelectTMWARM– lightweight, low bulk insulation keeps your shoe warm and your feet comfortable.  M SelectTMICE– maximizes traction over snow, slush and ice with a harder rubber compound and a specialized design that bites into hard-packed, slippery and slick surfaces.


    • Full grain WP leather and textile upper
    • Traditional lace closure
    • Faux fur collar
    • 200 grams M SelectTM WARM lightweight, low bulk insulation keeps you comfortable
    • FIT.ECO blended EVA contoured footbed with insulated top sheet and organic odor control

Under Armour Newell Ridge Mid Reactor – $189.99

UA Newell Ridge Reactor

This boot takes inspiration and performance cues from UA’s statement boot, the Infil Hike GTX. The Newell Ridge Mid Reactor features UA’s Cold Gear Reactor™ active insulation for superior comfort, Anafoam™ molded support structure in the upper and full length dual density EVA midsole with responsive Charged™ foam components. The Newell Ridge’s MICHELIN outsole takes its inspiration from the MICHELIN Wild Grip’R tires for a lightweight, stable and supportive comfort-loaded boot. Prepare to adapt.

Goal Zero Yeti® Lithium 3000 Portable Power Station

Goal Zero Yeti 3000 Soldier

The Goal Zero Yeti Lithium 3000 is the newest model of Goal Zero’s Yeti Lithium line, which includes the 2017 CES Innovation Award honoree Yeti Lithium 1400. Engineered from the ground up, the Goal Zero Yeti Lithium 3000 is the most versatile and innovative portable power station on the market. Its built-in surge allowances and multistage protection means compatibility with more devices ranging from lights to large appliances to saws, giving consumers confidence they will have power regardless of the situation or device.

Goal Zero Yeti Lithium 3000 Features

    • Versatility. The Yeti’s use cases go beyond camping or emergency prep and can be used anywhere you are. Whether working on a weekend project or powering your next tailgate event, the Yetis provide the power you need, when you need it.
    • Convenience. Because the Goal Zero Yeti doesn’t run on gasoline, it operates with zero fumes and zero noise, resulting in an easy-to-use, plug-and-play operation for power at the push of a button.
    • Durability. With nearly no moving parts, the Goal Zero Yeti is virtually maintenance free for its entire lifespan. The internal battery is easily swappable at the end of its lifespan, a feature unique to Goal Zero’s Yeti Portable Power Stations.

MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes – $299.95

The MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes are intended for mountaineering, aggressive backcountry pursuits, and rugged terrain. These snowshoes are extremely lightweight which makes them great for all day backcountry events or multi-day trips.  These snowshoes have a new geometry including a continuous piece of martensite steel that increases strength and a thicker construction that increases durability and stands up to the most technical terrain.

The MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes will have an ultra-secure PosiLock AT Binding that is good for aggressive ascents and all-terrain stability.  The snowshoes will also include MSR’s efficient ergo televator which reduces fatigue and increases traction on the steep terrain.

Osprey SnowKit 45L Duffel – $130

Osprey SnowKit Duffel 45L
Osprey‘s new SnowKit duffel is specifically designed for skiers and snowboarders. It offers superior organization and functions as grab-and-go basecamp. This pack features include a large end compartment for ski/snowboard boots with ventilation window and a dual compartment, internal, zippered, mesh, organizer pocket for small items. Additional features include: stowaway contoured harness and yoke for comfortable backpack carry, large lockable U-zip access to main compartment, weather-protected main compartment zip path with overlapping rain flaps and dual-zippered 3-D end pockets with overlapping rain flaps for quick access to smaller items.

Hoka Speedgoat 2 – $140

Hoka Speedgoat 2Developed with input from the new Appalachian Trail thru-run record holder, Karl Meltzer, and made to tackle any breed of trail, the Speedgoat 2 is fully redesigned to improve fit and durability. A new last offers more room in the forefoot and a wider midsole creates a more stable platform for the foot. The outsole features deeper, more aggressive lugs to hold up to all types of terrain and offer better traction.

Fritschi Vipec Evo 12 – $649.95

Fritschi Vipec Evo 12

The Tecton 12 is labeled by Fritischi as the ultimate touring binding. It combines the tech-style toe unit of the Vipec bindings that feature a pre-defined lateral safety release, with the added benefits of an innovative heel-locking lever. The Tecton 12 provides ample power transmission with an emphasis on safety. The hope is that this binding will directly compete with Marker KingPin with the same price point at $649.95.  It is lighter than the Marker KingPin by approximately 100 grams — its weight per pair is 550g.  And, the front VIPEC toe piece features pre-defined lateral safety release which the brand claims is much safer than the Marker KingPin.

YETI Rambler Jugs – $99.99-$149.99

YETI JugsYETI has been one of the most popular brands of 2016 and there is good reason for this.  They make kick ass gear.  The competition has been coming after YETI and it’s extremely important that YETI innovates in the coming years to remain relevent. The Rambler Jugs offer the same durable construction and industry-leading ice retention that you’ve come to expect from the YETI Rambler™ series, now in a larger build with half gallon and one gallon sizes. The carrying handle has a rubber grip that makes hauling from the car to the campsite a breeze. The lid’s MagCap™ and docking station means your cap stays put while you satisfy your thirst. And its 18/8 stainless steel construction, double-wall vacuum insulation, and No Sweat™ Design means that it’s ready for whatever you throw at it — cattle stampedes, relentless whitewater, and scorching temperatures included.

  • Half Gallon $99.99
  • One Gallon $149.99

Madshus Nano Carbon Skate Boot – $495

Madshus Nano Carbon Skate Boot
With the new Integrated Power Base, the 2017 Nano Carbon Skate takes your skiing to a World Cup medal-winning level. Harnessing technology first found on the Super Nano Skate, the Nano Carbon Skate is 15% more torsionally stiff than previous years to transfer more of your hard-earned force from the foot to the ski to get to the finish line first. The Integrated Power Base provides amazing, confidence-inspiring edge control for faster, more controlled descents through twisting corners. RevoWrap™ and Membrain® softshell ensure a secure fit and keep your feet warm, dry and comfortable. With more volume than the performance-fit Super Nano Skate, the medium-volume fit of the Nano Carbon Skate provides all-day comfort and performance, evolving Madshus technology from Race Day to Everyday.

Smartwool Men’s Merino 250 Sport Pattern Hoody – $169

Smartwool Merino 250 Sport Pattern Hoody

In its aim to make the perfect active coldweather top, Smartwool is going to be introducing a 250 weight Merino with a 56% Merino and 44% polyester blend fabric.  This means that it will utilize the merino wool properties we have all come to love, but also keep it’s shape by using polyester.  The polyester fabric has a DWR coating in the common places water and snow tends to stick to, helping prevent the top from wetting out.

Helly Hansen Ullr Powder Suit, $850

Helly Hansen Ullr Powder Suit

The all new Ullr Powder Suit is every powder savvy adult’s dream. Snow is sealed out so you only have to worry about pointing the skis and hold on. Details and features have been adapted to what a professional skier needs to make sure all necessities are covered for a unforgettable day on the mountain freeriding or for a backcountry tour. A Helly Tech® Professional 3L waterproof fabric with superior breathability used in a combination with the innovative H2Flow™ system dramatically improves your comfort and will make sure to keep you dry, warm or cool depending on the conditions and intensity – even when wearing a backpack.


Helly Tech® Professional
— 3-ply fabric construction with FLOW membrane
— Hi-viz brim and details for safety
— Life Pocket
— H2Flow™ System mechanical venting for optimal comfort
— Fully seam sealed
— Durable Water Repellency (DWR)
— Waterproof, windproof and breathable
— Interior PrimaLoft® pillows
— Mechanical venting zippers
— Fixed helmet compatible and adjustable hood
— 2 bellow pockets, 1 chest pocket, 2 vent pockets and 1 beacon pocket
— Wrist gaiters with thumb hole
— Internal pockets for goggles and beanie
— Comes in sizes XXS-2XL to better accommodate both men and women

About Kevin Fonger

If there's an activity or sport, I'll generally try it at least once. My main activities include running, hiking, skiing, cycling, camping, backpacking, and pretty much anything else you can think of. I love writing product reviews as I like helping people find the right gear so they will enjoy their activity that much more.

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