Today we press on with another installment of my trip to the Outdoor Retailer Industry show. Shoot me a question if you want to know more. I like to wear a long-sleeve button-up synthetic shirt on my Half Dome hikes. When it’s chilly at 5 am I can button up everything and when it gets real hot later in the day, I can open the front for cooling. Pullovers don’t have that flexibility – they are binary: either on or off.
The Columbia folks have carved out a nice niche in the shirt market. My current one is about15 yrs old and is getting tired. They are coming out with a new version but it is being marketed to fishing stores. Appropriately called the Air Gill. Check the photos closely.
It has a great extended fold up collar and back vents but also innovative “gill” slices on the sides. This looks like one good ventilated shirt.
Patagonia has a VERY lightweight shell jacket called the Houdini. This thing feels like silk and can be rolled up and jammed into your pack for the perfect cover if a cloud burst comes up. While only “water resistant” it breathes and will keep the chill breeze from reaching your skin.
Here’s a shot I should have included in my Camelback piece. This is a real neat back harness contraption that straps on to your torso and will not jiggle as you run.
Regular camelbacks are not too secure when trail running. Their booth featured a ton of Military grade products. Complete huge backpacks with bladders. I never thought about the troops in the desert using them – but they do.
My last photo today is from a company that makes slack lines. These are the insane “ropes” climbers tie between peaks then tightrope across. Not me. Anyway it was fun to try the practice slack lines.
Tomorrow I’ll finish up by sharing information about a slick new GPS unit coming out in October from Magellan. This unit will take off like the iPhone. See you then.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “A pedestrian is someone who thought there were a couple of gallons left in the tank.” – Author Unknown
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com