Even More New Gear: Vargo Outdoors, Waterbox and Polarmax

Posted: August 11, 2010 in Uncategorized

Vargo Outdoors

Vargo Outdoors is a small company that makes titanium backpacking gear. They started out as a website about backpacking on the Appalachian Trail, and over the years began making and selling their own ultra-lightweight stoves, pots, utensils and more. Their selection is pretty impressive, especially for anyone who likes to pack gear for outdoor survival, like the Hexagon Wood Stove.

The Vargo Outdoors Hexagon Wood Stove

The Hexagon Wood Stove is a small, titanium stove that weighs only 4.1 ounces. It can be used to make a fire if you run out of cooking gas, or if you find yourself experiencing an unintended overnight in the woods. It has a hinged door to add fuel, and its conical shape focuses heat upwards for efficient water boiling. It folds flat for storage and fits inside a carrying case.

Vargo Outdoors Titanium Pot Gripper

New this year is the Titanium Pot Gripper. Vargo Outdoors seemed pretty excited about this, and they claim it’s the only pot gripper of its kind in the market. Holding it felt like nothing was in my hand, and since everything else they make is titanium, why not something as utilitarian as pot grippers?

Vargo Outdoors Titanium Water Bottle

Here’s another new one (at least I’ve never seen it before.) A titanium water bottle. It holds 27 ounces, only weighs 4.6 ounces when empty, and is biocompatible which means it won’t leach harmful chemicals into your water. Light weight backpackers rejoice! It now seems almost everything can be made with titanium, and Vargo Outdoors is making it happen.


Waterbox is a new, local water bottle company based in Park City. Okay, so yet another outdoor gear company that slings water bottles… big deal right? Well, Waterbox has turned their bottles into works of art that are not only nice to look at, but are more functional than your standard plastic bottle.

Waterbox Stainless Steel water bottle.

Waterbox bottles were designed in Salt Lake City, and they all have a unique look from the asymmetrical cap to the boxy bottle with large opening. They come in three categories: Stainless Steel, Eastman Tritan, and Original Art.

The Stainless Steel bottles come in both round or square versions and are made from 18/8 (304) food grade stainless steel so they are totally safe to use.

A look at two plastic water bottle options from Waterbox.

The Eastman Tritan bottles also come in round, square and canteen versions and are made from BPA-free copolyester that is see-through and dishwasher safe.

Waterbox Original Art Stainless Steel bottles.

The Original Art bottles feature artwork from talented artists who use the bottles as their canvas. They are available in the round, stainless steel bottles.

Brand new double-walled water bottle from Waterbox.

At Outdoor Retailer this summer, glass water bottles are all the rage, and Waterbox has their own glass version, including this one that is double-walled for insulation and to reduce condensation. It also comes in a single-walled version.

Waterbox wants their bottles to last forever, so if you lose the cap to your bottle, they will replace it for free. They also donate 1% of sales to organizations that protect water, and to children’s art programs that provide underserved and disadvantaged children.


In the outdoor apparel industry, cotton has become like garlic to vampires. Cotton’s poor moisture management made it the bastard step-child of polyester, capeline and wool, and rightfully so. But rather than hide under the stairs while the big kids got to play outside, the cotton industry stepped up and partnered with TransDRY to create a moisture wicking, technical cotton. That’s right… technical cotton.

Polarmax is making baselayers made from this new and improved cotton that dries twice as fast as normal cotton. It’s called “All-Year Undergear” and it gives the wearer the performance of a high-tech layer with the soft feel of cotton. Polarmax had all kinds of underwear on display at Outdoor Retailer, from boxers and briefs, to women’s underwear, and shirts that will be available in 2011.

Polarmax TransDRY Cotton short sleeve crew.

The Polarmax Men’s Short Sleeve Crew is made from 96% cotton and 4% spandex.

Polarmax TransDRY cotton women’s cami.

Like all Polarmax underwear, the women’s cami is anti-microbial, odor-resistant, and it fights bacteria while also being quick drying and breathable.

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