Salt Lake magazine scoured the Outdoor Retailer show last January seeking the coolest gadgets for awesome outdoor adventures.

Bird calls are OK, but good tunes are vital to hangin’ out in the Utah wilderness. The Braven BRV-1 speaker ($150, braven.com), like a water ouzel, is water-resistant, rugged and palm-sized. Unlike our streamside bird, the rechargeable speaker connects to your phone via Bluetooth.

You wouldn’t enter the Uintas without rain gear, so why should your smartphone? The Cascade Designs e-Case, ($30, REI) locks out water, mud, snow and red-rock dust. Available for all mobile devices with optional headphone jacks.

Sometimes a survival knife doesn’t cut it. Pack this Chopping Board Set ($40, snowpeak.com) and prep in the wilderness like a sous yeti.

Pack light and travel quickly with the Easton Slickrock two-person tent, ($299, Kirkham’s, White Pine Touring). The SycloneTM carbon fiber tent poles are the strongest and lightest poles in the galaxy, allowing you to carry more electronic gizmos that you never used to need.

Be excellent with an aluminum bottle from Liberty Bottleworks. BPA-free and made in the Land of the Free, sales of the Big City Mountaineers model ($19, libertybottles.com) go to help urban teens experience the great outdoors.

Water weighs 2.2 lbs. per liter. Save your back; pack a SteriPen Adventurer Opti ($90, Cabela's). The Opti uses UV light to sterilize your H2O.

It gets dark in Timpanogos and Uintas campgrounds. Before the ghost stories begin, fire up the mid-sized Giga Power lantern ($65, snowpeak.com). Small and bright, it can be hung by the included chain. 

The best part of mountain hiking and biking is kicking back at the end of the day. The Helinox Chair One ($100–$110, backcountry.com) is ultra lightweight and strong enough—320 lb. capacity— for el tush grande.

WEB EXTRA: Products not seen in print.



The ultra-rugged, streamlined ATLAS case from Insipio is shockproof, waterproof and dustproof. Watch for this new item to hit the shelves of Kohl's this summer.


Made from 100 percent recycled material and sold to many name brand manufactures, Coldpruf Eco Pro Tek ($25.50, joylot.com) keeps you warm, comfortabel, and feeling good about helping the environment.


Easton Carbon 3 Trekking Poles are easily adjusted and perfect for long hikes with premium EVA ergonomic grips and interchangeable summer and winter baskets. Pick them up at Dick’s Sporting Goods, $119.99.

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