As promised, here is Part 2 of our “Best of Show” from this year’s Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2016 …
WACACO MiniPresso GR – $59.00
If you need to kick your caffeine intake up a notch on your next trip and are miles away from a coffee shop, consider the MiniPresso GR from Wacaco. The MiniPresso is a compact, portable espresso machine that is both versatile and lightweight. Grab some of your favorite beans before you head out and you’ll be cranking out shots in no time. Fill the MiniPresso’s basket with your favorite grind, add hot water, and start pumping. Within seconds you’ll be enjoying some killer crema and ready to tackle the rest of your day.
Rumpl Down Puffy Blanket – $225.00
After crushing it with their initial launch of puffy blankets, Rumpl has taken it to the next level with their new Down Puffy blanket. Made from 20D ripstop nylon with DWR and stuffed with 600 fill duck down insulation, the Down Puffy is the perfect travel companion that’ll stash easily in your rig. Use it as a sleeping bag replacement or for chilling with a brew at the end of the long day. The Down Puffy packs down to the size of a cantaloupe and weights just 1.12 pounds. Blankets are shipping in February, but you can place a pre-order now.
Vasque Lost 40 – $179.99
Named for the rugged wilderness area in Northern Minnesota, the Lost 40 from Vasque is an extreme cold weather boot. This modern-day Mukluk features a mix of modern and traditional materials and is designed to withstand extreme temperatures when out on the trail. A softshell and suede leather upper with removable 7mm wool liner is paired with an internal midsole of molded EVA and AeroGel foam to ensure cushioning and comfort. The Lost 40 features Vasque’s proprietary Ultradray waterproofing membrane as well as a Vibram Overland outsole with anti-slip IceTrek compound. Wherever your adventures take you, the Lost 40 will make sure your feet get there in both warmth and comfort.
Granite Gear Lutsen 35L – $179.99
Weighing in at just 2.9 lbs, the Lutsen 35 from Granite Gear is one of the most impressive packs we’ve seen in a while. Featuring their innovative and fully adjustable Re-Fit system, backpackers can enjoy a fully custom fit without sacrificing comfort or adding additional weight. The full-featured pack comes with an internal hydration sleeve and ports, tool loops, large easy to access pockets, and 360-degree water-repellency with BARRIER technology. If the 35L isn’t large enough for your needs, consider checking out the 45L and 55L options – all of which weigh in at under 3.1 pounds!
Epic Animal Cooking Oils – $8.99
If you want to take your camp meal to the next level, consider picking up some of EPIC’s new Animal Cooking Oils. Known for their incredible bars like Bison with Bacon and Cranberry, Animal Cooking Oils are just the latest in EPIC’s promise to honor and utilize all aspects of the animal. Perfect for baking flaky and moist pastries or using as a roasting aide for veggies, you’ll quickly become the most popular person at camp as you turn out some delectable dishes. EPIC currently offers three varieties: Beef Tallow, Pork Lard, and Duck Fat. We’ll keep you posted on our thoughts after we take the Pork Lard for a spin!
Hydro Flask True Pint – $21.99
When it comes to stainless, double-wall drinking options at Outdoor Retailer there are literally dozens of brands selling just about every shape and size. However, when it comes to enjoying a frosty beer after a long day, Hydro Flask’s True Pint is the champ. Made from 18/8 Pro Grade stainless steel, the True Pint has an enhance lip design and svelte shape modeled after a traditional pint glass. It also features Hydro Flask’s TempShield protection and a durable, sweat-free powder coat finish. One feature that stood out was the small lip inside the glass for easing stacking. How many times have you stacked pint glasses only to have them get stuck together? Problem solved!
Allett RFID Passport Wallet – $49.95
With identity theft on the rise, it’s time to take some extra steps when it comes to security. Before you head out on the next ski trip or boondoggle to South America, consider the RFID Passport Wallet from Allett. Made in California, the RFID Passport Wallet features a concealed RFID blocking alloy lining that protects against identity and credit card theft. It hold sup to 10 cards, cash of various sizes, receipts, travel documents, and passport. Weighing just 1.3 ounces, your upgraded security isn’t going to weigh or slow you down.
If you missed Part 1 in our “Best of Show” from Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2016, you can check it out here.