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New gadgets from Utah's Outdoor Retailer Winter Market

Deseret News

Published: Monday, Jan. 23 2012 10:57 p.m. MST

Goal Zero

Goal Zero, based in Bluffdale, produces portable solar-powered products that can be purchased at major retailers such as REI and Bass Pro.

Goal Zero showed two new products, including the Sherpa 50 Portable Recharger, named an Innovation Honoree for portable power at the Consumer Electroncis Show, and the Yeti 1250 Solar Generator, which can store enough energy to keep a refrigerator cold for at least two days.

— Brenna Carreon

BlenderBottle

BlenderBottle, based in Pleasant Grove, unveiled its SportsMixer bottle for mixing energy drinks. To mix drinks, the company includes a sphereical wire wisk that mixes the drink when shaken.

The bottle contains a carrying loop for attachment to a bag. It is also made out of odor-resistant Eastman Tritan, is leakproof and has measurement markings on the side.

— Brenna Carreon

Instafire

Instafire mixes volvanic rock with wood pellets to create a natural fire starter without benzine. The product is safe enough to cook food, and because it burns from the top down, it can be held in someone's hand (for a limited time, we guess). It even works floating on top of water. The company is based in Riverdale. A 12 pack of half-cup servings runs $12.95. Each packet will burn for 30 minutes.

— Jordan Burke

Easton

Salt Lake City-based Easton Mountain Products is trying to make snowshoes less awkward. The Back Country and V02 Racing models have a "dual pivot system" that allows the shoes to pivot vertically and horizontally, compared with traditional single pivots across the middle. The V02 Racing model has a carbon-fiber decking and a direct-connect mount, which can screw directly into any pair of running shoes.

— Kyle Christensen

Ortovox

Ortovox's S1+ avalanch beacon uses a smart antenna to analyze a buried person's position. If you're buried vertically, instead of sending vertical waves that will be harder to follow, the smart antenna will adjust the waves horizontally to speed up rescue time. Germany-based Ortovox has a distribution center in West Valley City. The device will sell for $450. The beacon opens like a flip cellphone. A bearing line shows your own position, and direction arrows — along with precise distance information — will lead you, as quickly as possible, to the buried person.

— Lori Lee

Geigerrig

Ogden-based Geigerrig showed off its pressurized hydration packs after winning the In-New-Vation award last year.

Since then, the company was launched into stardom and received many accolades, including an Editor's Choice from Camping Life magazine and the 2011 Novelty Award from the Outdoor Trade Show in the U.K.

— Joey Ferguson

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