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New Products from Etowah Outfitters (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)

Ultralight pack cover, rain skirt, and rain mitts.

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by Will Rietveld | 2007-08-12 22:31:00-06

Overview

Etowah Gear is well known in the eastern US, but many westerners may be unaware of their numerous ultralight backpacking products. We visited their booth at the Summer 2007 Outdoor Retailer Show to get acquainted and see their new products. We were not disappointed; owner Paul Fitzner had lots to show us. The items featured here were jointly developed with Brian Frankle at Ultralight Adventure Equipment.

Intrepid Pack Cover Paul is incorporating a fabric he calls “Intrepid” into his product line, which is a 1.1 ounce/square yard calendared ripstop nylon that has exceptional strength and water resistance. The fabric is waterproof to 20 psi, compared to silnylon at 30 psi. The Intrepid Pack Cover is one such application. In size medium it weighs 3.1 ounces and costs $30. It has an elastic binding all around and glove hooks to secure it around the hipbelt.

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The Intrepid Pack Cover is made of calendared 1.1 ounce ripstop nylon and weighs 3.1 ounces in size medium. The left photo shows the fit on a Granite Gear Nimbus Access FZ pack (3800 cubic inches). The right photo shows the cover's use of glove hooks to anchor it to the pack's hipbelt.

Rain Wrap Superlite Another name might be “rain skirt”. It’s also made of the Intrepid fabric and weighs just 2.5 ounces. If you can get past the word “skirt”, the rain wrap concept has a lot of merit. It’s extremely light and offers a lot of freedom, especially when wearing hiking shorts in warm weather. It has an elastic waistband and Velcro patches to close the slit. The cost is $42. The Rain Wrap is also available in slightly heavier silnylon in regular and long lengths for $30.

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Rain Wrap in 1.1 ounce Intrepid fabric extended (left), and worn (right).

Rain Mitt Etowah also makes a waterproof/breathable Rain Mitt made of Frogg Toggs fabric that weighs just 1.3 ounces/pair and costs $18. The fabric is a breathable membrane sandwiched between two layers of non-woven polypropylene, and has limited durability.

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The Rain Mitts are made of Frogg Toggs fabric and weigh 1.3 ounces/pair.


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"New Products from Etowah Outfitters (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)," by Will Rietveld. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
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Will Rietveld
(WilliWabbit) - MLife

Locale: Southwest Colorado
New Products from Etowah Outfitters (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007) on 08/12/2007 22:31:53 MDT Print View

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Joshua Mitchell
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Locale: Kansas
PackCover Attachment = Ouch? on 08/13/2007 12:06:55 MDT Print View

Will,

That connector for the pack cover seems to be in a potentially painful location... could you elaborate on it?

Paul Fitzner
(etowahoutfitters) - F
Oach on 08/13/2007 21:21:37 MDT Print View

Joshua,
We've made this style attachment for 6 years in the sil version with no problems. Its used when the backpack doesn't have enough butt(bottom) to pull and secure the cover due to the hipbelt being low on the pack.
Chef Paul

Mike Saxton
(Hokie) - F
Where to find Etowah Rain Wrap Superlite? on 01/26/2008 04:42:33 MST Print View

Anyone know where this is available? It does not appear on Etowah's site. Thanks!

Paul Fitzner
(etowahoutfitters) - F
Etowah Ultra light rain wraps on 01/26/2008 08:09:46 MST Print View

Hokie,

We have a few in stock at etowah, give us a call and we'll see if we can take care of you. The roll out of the superlite is not planned until mid March. Give us a call at 770-975-7829 and we'll see what we can do to get you taken care of one way or another.

Chef Paul
Etowah Gear