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Haglöfs Ultralight Backpacking Kit

Haglofs Trekking Less Is More

Similar to what Kelty did with the TraiLogic collection, Swedish company Haglöfs put together a base backpacking kit that includes all the basics you need to hit the trail. Designed more for hut-to-hut type hiking adventures (there is no tent-just a sleeping bag), the kit can easily be upgraded to suit a full backpacking trip.

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Columbia Solar Camo and LightRail Zipper

Columbia Solar Camo

During our trip to Ireland last week, Columbia Sportswear walked us through the highlights of the Spring ’15 line. With a new fabric innovation debuting in the PFG collection, a trickle down innovation making its way into the spring rainwear lineup, and an entire group of both performance and lifestyle Vent Series footwear, next spring is looking great for Columbia.

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New Merino Wool Baselayer Brands Target The Outdoors

Super.Natural     WoolX X-Treme Heavyweight Baselayer

When you think of merino wool, brands such as Icebreaker, Ibex, and Smartwool immediately come to mind. Two relative newcomers (at least to the US) are trying to challenge theses dominant players with deep offerings that include pieces from urban apparel to standard baselayers. Over the course of the winter, I had the chance to test out some baselayers from both WoolX and Super.Natural. 

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SUGOI Energ-Ice Fabric Technology

Sugoi Energ-Ice

For their Spring 2014 line of RS Base Layers designed for training and racing in hot weather, Sugoi is introducing a new performance fabric called Energ-Ice. Using two complementary technologies, the fabric reacts to both your increased body heat in order to cool you down and your body’s natural emission of infrared ray energy to keep you going for longer. 

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