Mine is already dogeared! Some interesting new products, anyone see some items that they can't live without? The MontBell spiral down bag looks interesting.
My Ahnu hikers were rated a "killer deal" which sounds good to me but I havn't worn them yet because my Solomon trail runners are so comfortable and breath so well I can't seem to resist wearing them every day.
Thermarest has a new pad which it appears is going after the B/A aircore line pretty hare. They may miss the mark though for the masses as the set the MSRP at between 120 for a small pad up to 170 for a large long!! That is over double the cost of a B/A pad!!
Osprey has come out with a REAL pack for kids. It is a full featured product just like Mom or Dad only smaller. The testers reported that the kids were actually asking to help hauo more weight. The pack actually has enough room to carry the kids sleeping bag and other essentials.
Sierra designs has come out with a real sleeping bag for kids (both 20* and 40* versions) as well. With an actual draft tube and features that us adults would consider standard requirements. It sounds as if there is some fluff in the design but from the description it is nothing a set of fiskars coupdn't fix!
I was dissapointed that they seemed to ignore bivi shelters in the reviews.
One of the editors choice winners is a tent that may well be in the running for a bomber base camp tent. Heck right around 7lbs it may even be a general purpose backcountry tent! The Sierra Designes Lightning XT 4 was tested in driving sleet and rain w/ 40 mile plus gusts and passed w/ flying colors. It is a true 4 person tent as well that a human sized human can sit up in. The specs are 92x95 for the floor plan. That is almost 8'x8', did I mention that it is only 7lbs?! I am not going to trade in my Hille for it but at only $400 it costs less than 1/2 as much!
Anyone else see something worth noting?