Joe Risi and Randy Young were our secret shoppers for Summer OR 2014. Here’s a few of their finds.
From our OR veteran Joe Risi (photos by Joe Risi):
Workout fiend Joe was quickly drawn to the countrymen of his ancestors, Italians who run Ski Skett, a company specializing in roller ski production for off season conditioning. They are currently looking for distributors and hope to be in U.S. shops soon.
Fast Ascent pack by Solomon, inspired by mountain runner and mountaineer extraordinaire, Kílian Jornet, offers a unique access system. Available fall 2014.
Klymit Inertia X-lite is a 6.1 oz sleeping pad, excellent for keeping your pack weight down or for the unexpected bivy in an airport..
goTenna wirelessly connects smartphones, enabling you to text and share locations with anyone who has the device even if there’s no cell service or routers available. Also can shout out to see if there are other users within a several mile radius. The device connects to your phone using Bluetooth. Then you can communicate using a public radio frequency. Sold in pairs and requires no contract.
Furoshiki is a new shoe by Vibram which can be used as a lightweight hut slipper. Under 250 gm for the pair. Unfortunately the upper is not waterproof and it’s expensive (MSRP about $140), but it is lightweight. Currently available in Boston at Vibram’s flagship store.
From WildSnow contributor and co-owner of Carbondale’s mountaineering hub, Cripple Creek Backcountry, Randy Young (photos by Randy Young):
olloclip: offers clip-on lenses for iPhones such as fisheye, wide-angle and macro. Will be available for Samsung phones soon. MSRP for Macro 3 in 1: $69.99.
Mobile Mummy: sleeping bag by Sierra Designs. MSRP depends on fill weight.
Backcountry Bed: zipperless bag. Nestle underneath a comfy down blanket. Lack of zipper saves weight and increases warmth. Available now in Dry Down 600, 800 fill, (850 available spring 2015) . Polyfiber synthetic. 47 degree or 33 degree, available spring 2015. Women’s version available now in 40 degree and 29 degree Polyfiber fill.
LuminAID Solar Inflatable Light: lightweight solar gizmo you hang off your pack during the day. At night, inflate it into a lantern.
TomTom Runner Cardio: heart rate monitor built into a watch so you no longer need a chest strap. A number of companies are developing these. TomTom Runner Cardio comes with GPS. MSRP $269.
Nice job boys!
While most of the WildSnow backcountry skiing blog posts are best attributed to a single author, some work well as done by the group.