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Last month, we had the awesome chance to attend the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake. Why? Well, this is our sneak peek at the latest and greatest gear that’s going to be hitting the market this year. We searched high and low and are thrilled to share with you these fantastic picks for families that will have you eagerly anticipating their release date (don’t worry though, some are already out – lucky you).
AceCamp is preparing to change the family camping game for.ev.er. At the show this summer, they announced a LIFETIME WARRANTY on all of their products. Better yet, their gear is amazingly affordable. No longer do you have to spend a fortune to get gear that your kids won’t destroy, just buy from AceCamp. They carry everything from water bottles and flashlights to ropes and knives – they’ve got it all. This is a pretty new company, but look for it to start popping up everywhere – they’re going to be BIG!
We’ve tried a lot of backpacks in our days and NOTHING has stood out like this pack. The thing that makes it so different is the hip/waist belt system…it completely pivots. We twisted, turned, bent and wiggled all without the slightest movement on our hips. The result? A pack where the weight stays centered on your back that you can wear for a SUPER long time since you won’t ever have hip rubbing. (If you’ve ever backpacked for a long time or for a short time where you carry all your kids stuff, you know how huge this is). It’s phenomenal!
Finally, someone made a major improvement to merino. Not only can you wash these tops, but you can dry them too! Yes, they are merino wool. It’s not too good to be true – luckily you can grab these NOW!
For those of you who have been holding off on getting a JetBoil because you want something bigger (like we have been), you only need to wait until next spring. For spring 2014, the Joule will be released with a 2.5 liter (no, that’s not a typo) pot to go with it. Easily enough capacity to feed a bigger family or make enough hot cocoa to attract every kid within 1/2 mile. It’s gonna be awesome!
These boots by Hi-Tec are an awesome throw-back to when the company all got started 40 years ago. A well-built boot that’s as nice to look at as it is to wear. I’m currently testing a pair of these out and must say that there are a lot of things I like about them! (Full review later on). And to top it off, I can’t help but grin whenever I look at the hot pink laces! Currently available for women, but a very colorful kids version will be coming soon.
Vintage T’s from My Outdoor Alphabet
We’re huge fans of the cute graphics that My Outdoor Alphabet is constantly coming up with. Soon, they will be debuting their new line of vintage t’s that offer a different, older kid style to them. Honestly, how awesome is this rope picture. I’m thinking of a certain red-headed boy who would look stunning in that out on the playground!
Double sleeping bags are nothing new to the market. Yes, you will likely have to take out a second mortgage to afford one but they’re not hard to find. Well, Eureka is changing that with the Sandstone double bag that costs under $130. For a double bag, that’s a steal. Now you can cuddle up close to your honey without breaking the bank!
Rash Guard Shirts by Mountain Mama
The folks at Mountain Mama are constantly changing the game in pregnancy apparel. My favorite new item that they have is their rash guard. Perfect for before, during, and after pregnancy this top will keep you cool, comfortable, and best of all, ON THE WATER!!
If you hate dealing with carrying fuel or battling stoves that won’t start, the Kelly Kettle is for you. It’s essentially a large teapot with the water contained in the walls and a fire build in the middle. The result is essentially an old-fashioned JetBoil – boil a liter of water in less than 5 minutes. My favorite part is that you can use anything from pinecones to sticks to fuel it. Check out this video to really appreciate how cool it is!