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What gear would you like to see created?
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BackpacksWater proof (rainproof) BackpackThere are very few of these on the market but a good series of these from daypacks to 60L or so would be fantastic for multiday hikes. Current packs have you use a raincover which is annoying and never works completely. Just the Outer shell of the pack would need to be waterproof and could be done with cheaper materials than raincoats as is doesnt need to be nearly as breathable. https://snarkynomad.com/the-bizarre-scarcity-of-waterproof-hiking-backpacks/Simon Davies
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Sleeping MatsSleeping mats that prevent you from slipping off it all the time. It's not always you find a flat spot to pitch your tent, and not being woken up from sliding off your sleeping matt all the time makes such a big difference to the quality of your sleep and energy levels for the next day,Make the top of the sleeping mat with a material that has more friction to it. Could this friction even be used to create heat?

Segmented inflating sections of the sleeping mat, where you could inflate some sections more than others.
Alex QuanNot a problem I have really encountered but I can see the advantage of this -Simon
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GaitersGaiters that are better at keeping out water during times you step into ice bridges that have a pool of water underneath or need to navigate river crossings.

The very edge of the bottom of gaiter (that's wrapped around the boot), could have a rubbery/sucktion type of material that's better at keeping the gaiter flush against the boot. You could even shape it such that when the outside is exposed to water, it pushes against the gaiter, keeping the gaiter ever tighter against the boot.

To allow you to step into deeper water, you could even have a tucked away section of the gaiter (with light weight but water proof material), that could be rolled out when the stream is high. This section could be tightened using draw strings.
Alex QuanThis sounds challenging to find a material that would seal to many styles of boots, I think it would have to be designed with specific boots in mind. As to longer gaiters the first problem would have to be solved for them to be effective as water would just leak in the bottoms. Would buy if they worked though!-Simon
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Water storage bagsDromedary bag that's light weight, durable, see through, and easy to clean. Current options are too heavy, non-see through and not easy to clean.Alex QuanIs this a weight vs durability problem? As much as a weight saving would be good definately wouldnt want to risk a leak.-Simon
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Solar & Portable PowerPowerbank with solar charging capability where you didn't have to worry so much about which side it was facing/flipping over to.

Most current powerbanks only have 1 hook, which means it can flip over when hiking and not get any sun.
Powerbank with solar panels on both sides of it.

Or a casing which allows the powerbank to be strapped in for all 4 sides.
Alex QuanCords coming out from 4 corners with mini carabiners that you could clip to any part of a pack could work.-Simon
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StovesMini gas stove that's more wind resistant

These gas stoves also need a better mechanism for keeping the whole stove flat, to prevent the pot from being at risk of falling.

It can also be quite dangerous when you put your had in to adjust the heat level, when a pot of boiling water is sitting on the stove, maybe something can be done about this as well
Designing pots and pans that have slits along the side where you could slot in an aluminum shield to protect the flame, yet still keep the gas cannister exposed at the bottom could one approach.Alex QuanTheres been a lot of innovation in cooking systems in the past few years. Would have to beat out the competition.-Simon
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Sleeping BagsMore functional sleeping bags, with ability to free arms easily. There's so many occasions when you just need to sit up with a set of free hands (eg, find your powerbank, charge cable, and phone and charge them).There could be two extra zips/slits at the front of the sleeping bag. This would add minimal weight to the sleeping bag.Alex QuanNot something Ive needed tbh.-Simon
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Clothing - hatsMore stylish/fashionable hats with the neck and ear shading might lead to more people wearing something actually provides proper sun protection. Alex Quan
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GlovesMulti-purpose pair of gloves that are thin (to keep fingers as mobile as possible), water-resistant, somewhat warm, with touch screen capability.Alex QuanTouch screen is very useful. I have goat skin gloves which work great for this, much better than the touch screen fabric.-Simon
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GlovesDurable gloves that's both warm, thin, water proof, and durable enough to allow you to manipulate rope easily in the cold.Alex Quan
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Clothing - pants3 season hiking pants that 1) can be converted to shorts 2) slim fit 3) water resistant/repellant 4) quick dryingAlex Quan
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Day PacksSmall day pack (10-20L) that was foldable into something small, light weight and sturdy enough that I could use as my day pack on multi-day tripsBuild the frame out some something foldable and bendable, yet could offer a decent amount of supportAlex QuanHow much support is needed in a 10 to 20L pack? Could a sturdy waist strap be enough? Then the pack could be a foldable as the fabric. -Simon
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Rain Jackets / Outer ShellsMore variety of bright colored waterproof rain jackets. Even better if they offered them in slim fit XS sizes too.Alex QuanIve seen lots of bright colours! But yeah small sizes and more in the womens range would be good.-Simon
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Solar & Portable PowerPowerbanks that won't freeze up in colder alpine conditions.Alex QuanTricky. Maybe jacket pockets suited to them so body heat could keep them warm? Or sleeping bag pockets? -Simon
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Electronic AccessoriesPhone cases that provide raeasonable amount of protection from the cold to prevent them from switching off.Alex QuanSame as above. I have never encountered this though, maybe it depends on the type of phone? Ive used Samsung S series.-Simon
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FoodAn energy bar made of all natural ingrediants, without the dates to take on hiking trips. Dates tend to set off some people's stomachs.

Ideally, the energy bar would provide a mix of carbogydrates, protein, and some micro-nutrients required during expeditions.
Alex QuanAffordable and in large sizes too. One Square Meal Bars in NZ are a good start.-Simon
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FoodPowdered drink that provides all the nutritional contents of "green leaves/vegetables" that go missing in our diet during hiking trips. Made from all natural ingrediants.Alex Quan
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FurnitureExtremely lightweight and small inflatable camping chairAlex QuanInflatable sleeping mat that can fold into 3 or 4 lengthwise and stack into a chair? Maybe by deflating extra chamber? Than its one less thing to carry.-Simon
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Electronic AccessoriesMulti-camera compatible selfie stick that's extremely lightweight, small, and reasonably strong, so we don't have to feel guilty about bringing it along.

Alex QuanSmall attachment to hiking pole that converts it too a selfie stick? Has someone done that?-Simon
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Electronic AccessoriesExtremely small and light weight device allows you to take a selfie (with GoPro). Needs to be good quality, but doesn't need to withstand large forces.Build it into the case, where a thin tube/stick/gate that collapses down into the GoPro case. Alex Quan
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