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Outdoor Retailer Summer 2008 #5

My report on Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008 continues (click here for the previous installment):
Leatherman Puts Folders on Diet
Leatherman’s line of folders, introduced in 2005 and expanded in 2006, offered a number of unique features including exchangeable bits in some models, and were generally well received. If there was one common complaint about them it [...]

Outdoor Retailer Summer 2008 #4

My report on Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008 continues (click here for the previous installment):
Wine to Go…or to Hold
Nobody at Cascade Designs was telling whether the genesis of the idea was to make it easier to take along some wine on the trail while preserving its flavor, or to find a way to preserve leftover [...]

Outdoor Retailer Summer 2008 #3

My report on Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008 continues (click here for the previous installment):
Spotlight on the Spotlight
The “Spotlight,” distributed in the U.S. by Essential Gear, is a rechargeable LED flashlight with a unique charging mode. It is designed to recharge by slipping into the 12-volt power outlet/cigarette lighter receptacle in your vehicle. The [...]

Outdoor Retailer Summer 2008 #2

My report on Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008 continues (click here for the previous installment):
A New Saint of Light
Surefire’s long-awaited and much anticipated headlamp has arrived. Surefire showed off prototypes of the new “Saint” model that are very close to the final specification, particularly with regards to the critical elements. Some of the machined parts [...]

Cool New Gear at Outdoor Retailer Summer 2008

Outdoor Retailer Summer Market was held in Salt Lake City this past weekend and it was a pretty good show in most respects. Unfortunately for some exhibitors, OR has outgrown Salt Lake City’s Salt Palace and a bunch of new exhibitors were exiled to the Energy Solutions Arena (the old Delta Center) where the [...]

ACR FUD?

Competition sometimes results in companies using questionable tactics to protect their turf or gain market share. It’s the nature of the beast. The line is often fine between a great marketing concept and one that wasn’t such a good idea. Sometimes it’s just how it’s done that raises a red flag. Oftentimes it is [...]

What Price Your Life? Distress Alerting as a Commercial Service

The RTCM (Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services) Annual Meeting and Conference was held the week of May 5, 2008. I was asked to make a presentation as part of a panel discussing “Innovative Satellite Technologies.” Invitations to be included on the panel were sent to a number of organizations currently marketing distress alerting [...]

A Better PLB Standard Approved

Ever since the first ETS Foundation 406 MHz GPS Beacon Evaluation revealed significant shortcomings in some of the beacons I have been working to encourage improvement of the standards to which PLBs are approved and manufactured. The first stage involved tightening up the COPSAS-SARSAT standards, T.001 and T.007 that cover all 406 MHz distress beacons. [...]

Start the New Year Right – Two New Disaster Preparedness Books

Two of my favorite survival instructors and authors have new books out, both dealing with the timely subject of disaster preparedness. The two books compliment each other nicely, each focuses on a different element of the preparedness solution.
In “Surviving A Disaster – Evacuation Strategies and Emergency Kits for Staying Alive” Tony Nester (Ancient [...]

Leatherman Celebrates a Silver Anniversary

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Hard to believe that come 2008 it will have been 25 years since Tim Leatherman introduced his original Personal Survival Tool (later called just the “PST”) and singlehandedly created an entirely new category, the multi-tool. The full-size pliers revolutionized the concept of what you could [...]