M News, Muse, and Reviews - January 28 (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Ryan Jordan et al.
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An overview of today's Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006 experience opens with a disjointed essay that weaves kites and helmetcams into a story of watchdog journalism designed to hold outdoor companies responsible for sustainability, but really focusing on the Hayduke experience with Brian Frankle in the context of mole-coated enchiladas.
Then the article gets serious and talks about gear, including product highlights from:
- Atomic (new light skis)
- Backcountry Access (shovels, probes, and "education")
- Black Diamond (all new shovels, women's headlamp technologies, a saw for true environmental destruction, Avalung backpacks, and an ultralight helmet)
- Coleman (canister inversion accessory for the Xtreme)
- Dynafit / Life-Link (bindings, shovel, skis)
- Komperdell (expanded carbon fiber pole line)
- MontBell (revamped down and synthetic ultralight clothing pieces)
- MSR (integrated canister stove and Vapor technolgoy updates)
- Pacific Outdoor Equipment (women's pads)
- Ortovox (three antenna 40m digital avalanche transceiver)
- Shoeboards (now with Randonee ability!)
- Suunto (foot computers - ?!)
- Voile (carbon skis)
WORD COUNT: 3200; PHOTOS: 11
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