Show spotlights outdoor clothing, gear |

Show spotlights outdoor clothing, gear

PAUL FOYthe associated press

SALT LAKE CITY – These days outerwear doesn’t just get worn, it does something – it can keep you toasty with battery-powered heating coils, fight body odor, require less washing or glow with luminescence.The semiannual Outdoor Retailer show runs through today, with 724 U.S. manufacturers displaying goods for retailers from around the world. The show features the latest advances in apparel and gear and would make an avid consumer drool, but the public isn’t allowed inside and manufacturers are taking only bulk orders for sale.More winter jackets also are coming equipped with an electronic signature that can help rescuers find a skier who gets lost or caught in an avalanche. The thumb-size RECCO reflectors, attached to jackets, works with proprietary detectors being deployed by ski areas in the West after gaining popularity in Europe.The jacket of the future also could guard a skier against a hard fall. Spyder Active Sports Inc. is using a new, flexible material inside Olympic race suits that instantly stiffens on impact to protect elbows and shins. Also part of apparel’s future are multicolored, luminescent “threads” that take their power from tiny batteries.

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