Pack makers have been busy designing and updating packs for backcountry skiing, randonee racing, summit pushes, and expeditions. Keep moving in winter with seasonal trail runners, hikers, and nano skis. Plus, companies make bars for dogs, fine mountain wear, and merino wool socks, all in America.
Here are some of the outdoor gear highlights from Day 2 of Outdoor Retailer.
Osprey announced several new and updated ski and climb packs for fall 2014. The Kode Race 18 is a 15-ounce pack designed for ski mountaineering. For randonnee racers, it offers diagonal ski carry and removal without taking off the pack, and features a dedicated crampon pouch, skins pocket, and ice tool attachment.
Osprey partnered with avalanche airbag maker ABS for two ABS-compatible backcountry ski packs: the Kode ABS 22+10 and Kode ABS 42. Both packs come with an Osprey back panel that can be removed along with the hipbelt and harness to attach an ABS Vario Base Unit (sold separately). Packs feature an avalanche safety kit pocket with shovel and probe sleeve, diagonal ski carry, vertical front panel and horizontal backpanel snowboard carry, ice tool loop, and helmet carry…