Not surprisingly, the top item on my list for winter hiking were the new Kahtoola Gaiters. The awesome thing about the gaiters is that they have clips that I can attach to my Kahtoola Microspikes. That way, I can unzip the gaiters but leave them attached to my microspikes when not in use. The fabric feels like it would do well in the snow. As soon as I purchase a pair, I will be sure to review them. I can’t wait until they are available.
Abisko Trekking Tights by Fjällräven
Since I started incorporating trail running with my hiking, I like wearing tights to make movement easier. I love the idea behind the Fjällräven Trekking Tights. They have built in knee and butt waterproof pads so I can sit or kneel in the snow. Always nice for those times I want to stop for a snack or a quick rest. I love that they are women’s specific. The only drawback is that I couldn’t buy a pair at the show.
Icebug Studded Boots
I spent a lot of time at the Icebug booth. I got to try a pair of the studded boots on a block of ice. It’s not the same as using them hiking so I can’t say how well the studs work in a real life situation. However, I loved the idea behind the Icebug Studded Boots. They have built in retractable studs. This means I wouldn’t have to take off my spikes on the exposed rocky parts of winter trails and wouldn’t have to worry about the studs wearing down on hard surfaces. Definitely on my want list.
Bottle Bright by HydraPak
The winner of my simple but most useful items is the Bottle Bright by Hydrapak. I’ve been looking for something that would clean my hydration bladders. For those who use hydration bladders, you know how stale they can get inside which greatly impacts the taste of water. The Bottle Bright comes in easy to use tablets that you put inside of the bladder. Add water and it cleans. I was lucky enough to snag a sample so I will be reviewing it on my blog soon. The Bottle Bright is available to purchase on Amazon or on the company website.