M Prospects for 2012: New and Noteworthy Gear
by Ryan Jordan
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As we enter a new year, we can’t help but wonder when winter will release its grip, and we can once again replace our titanium crampons with zero drop shoes and leave the handwarmers at home as we begin the process of planning trips for the coming year.
With that trip planning comes a twinge of excitement, perhaps, for what new gear will be released this year, starting with this coming week’s announcements from the Outdoor Retailer Show. Unfortunately, missing from Outdoor Retailer (and rightfully so, considering the massive costs of renting a booth) is news from the cottage industry.
So, here are a few new and noteworthy pieces of gear from smaller manufacturers that were either released late in 2011 or are coming in 2012. Keep these items on your radar as you prepare for the coming season.
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