Annual Utah outdoor show features lighter gear

August 1, 2013 • Entertainment

People walk pass the Sierra Design Backcountry Bed, Mobile Mummy, and Backcountry Quilt, display at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in Salt Lake City. The world’s largest trade show for outdoor gear is back in Salt Lake City for a four-day run. More than 1,300 manufacturers and suppliers are packing every square inch of the floor of the Salt Palace convention hall, plus three outdoor tents, as the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market opens Wednesday. Organizers expect more than 25,000 people to attend, mostly retailers, who are placing orders for inventory. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It’s a showcase of technology for everything from socks that can take a beating to water bottles equipped with battery-powered ultraviolet purifiers.

At the world’s largest trade show for outdoor gear, one trend this year is lighter or more powerful equipment. The makers of a pint-sized hydrogen battery say it can give a cellphone five complete charges before it needs a recharge itself. Others are showcasing solar cells that roll up for easy packing.

Also on display was a $2,000 kayak from Wenonah Canoe that weighs only 32 pounds. “The hard part about Login to read more

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