Future Gear 2013: The Best New Tools and Toys

Recently unveiled, the hottest outdoor gear for the coming year

Twice a year, outdoors manufacturers like Black Diamond, The North Face and Patagonia meet with gear retailers at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah in what has become the biggest show of upcoming product launches and exciting new gear technology: Outdoor Retailer.[slideshow:591]

As always, The Active Times was there in January to wrap our heads around the latest gear trends, as well as to bone up on the greatest gear for 2013. While most of what was on display was Fall/Winter 2013-14 product—skis, down jackets, backcountry packs, ice axes, boots and warm baselayers—there was also a fair amount of warm weather gear, including tents, hiking backpacks and climbing gear.

So, without further ado, here are a few of the hottest new products coming to market in 2013.