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An overview of today's Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006 experience opens with a disjointed essay that weaves kites and helmetcams into a story of watchdog journalism designed to hold outdoor companies responsible for sustainability, but really focusing on the Hayduke experience with Brian Frankle in the context of mole-coated enchiladas.

Then the article gets serious and talks about gear, including product highlights from:

  • Atomic (new light skis)
  • Backcountry Access (shovels, probes, and "education")
  • Black Diamond (all new shovels, women's headlamp technologies, a saw for true environmental destruction, Avalung backpacks, and an ultralight helmet)
  • Coleman (canister inversion accessory for the Xtreme)
  • Dynafit / Life-Link (bindings, shovel, skis)
  • Komperdell (expanded carbon fiber pole line)
  • MontBell (revamped down and synthetic ultralight clothing pieces)
  • MSR (integrated canister stove and Vapor technolgoy updates)
  • Pacific Outdoor Equipment (women's pads)
  • Ortovox (three antenna 40m digital avalanche transceiver)
  • Shoeboards (now with Randonee ability!)
  • Suunto (foot computers - ?!)
  • Voile (carbon skis)


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