Best Gear of 2014

hiking-by-Loren SztajerWhile 2014 has just started for most of us, the outdoor gear community is already making lists of the best gear of the year—or at least the gear they saw at trade shows. So what can we expect in 2014 for awesome gear?

New Manufacturing Processes

With injected forms that don’t need seams to sleeping bags without zippers to new fabrics that are thinner than paper, new technology is still making an impact on the gear options available. New technology to watch for this year focuses on strength. If you’re in the market for something revolutionary, be sure to check out the newest technologies before making your purchase decisions.

Wearable Options

Another trend to pay attention to in 2014 for outdoor gear is more wearable options. New climbing clothing lines that focus on functional and stylish looks for climbing and bouldering are about to hit the market with Spring gear lines. Sleeping bags with armholes for easy use in the morning are on the way, too — a help for those who hate to get out of the bag on cold mornings.

More Affordable Technology

If you’ve been dreaming of a certain product for a year or two, copycat versions of the high-ticket item you want might now be available. More copies of technology that’s only a few years old are starting to hit the market, opening up competition in pricing and driving more innovation in different products. Check the knockoffs carefully and make sure you don’t sacrifice quality for economy.

Back to Basics

The Minimalist approach is still popular in the outdoor gear world, but so is getting back to a more natural feeling and logical gear. Gear makers are looking to options that are minimal and get the job done with more ease and comfort. Look for packs with more organization helping features, hiking and running shoes with more cushy soles, and even old school external frame packs that get the job done without bulk.

Visit Uncle Sam’s in Evelyn Hills and watch this space as we get in shipments of the new gear for 2014!

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