You saw the Best Buy commercials guiding you on how to shop for the gear junkie in your life, and somewhere at some time you saw the commercial from Barnes & Noble telling you how to shop for the reader in your family, but what about the outdoor enthusiast? What about the individual on your list who would rather sleep in a tent than in a bed, would rather hike than watch the football game, would rather be outside by a campfire than inside by a microwave? This year, give that outdoor enthusiast on your list something he/she will really enjoy.
The North Face released a new technology, Thermoball, earlier this year, offered in full zip vests, jackets, and hoodies for men and women in various colors. (Blog post “Thermoball” from September 9th delves into the technology.)
Petzl added two new headlamps that use Reactive Lighting technology, the TIKKA R+ and the TIKKA RXP, to their performance line. These headlamps have a light sensor that will adjust the beam pattern and the brightness to whatever minimum burn time you choose.
Big Agnes announced a new technology called DownTek. This dry down is anti-microbial and anti-bacterial. They use this technology in mummy bags, full zip hoodies, and full zip jackets.
Marmot introduced Down Defender (they have dabbled in down since 1974, so the name is fitting). Compared to regular down it stays drier 10x longer, dries 30% faster, and keeps 150% more loft. This technology is a coating that is applied during the down cleaning process, and can currently be found in Kids, Snowsports, and Urban Exploration collections.