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Taking a look around Gear Town in Vail Village

Mary Kelley Zeleskey
Vail, CO Colorado
Mary Kelley Zeleskey | mzeleskey@vaildaily.comTeva is displaying its new Fuse-ion water shoe that may also be worn as a "street sneaker." It is made with a special compound called "ion mass" and is the official shoe of the Teva Mountain Games.

VAIL, Colorado – Who has the coolest new gear at Gear Town?

That’s a big question every year when vendors come display their latest wares at the Teva Mountain Games’ annual expo in Vail Village.

As hosts of the event, Teva is displaying its newest water shoe, Fuse-ion, this year.

According to Jaime Eschette, public relations manager for Teva, Fuse-ion is the official shoe of the Teva Mountain Games and is also meant to look like a “street sneaker.”

“I think what defines us is our ability to merge all this top-of-the-line performance with style,” Eschette said. “We call this tech style, which is top-of-the-line performance that you can wear easily.”

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Fuse-ion is made with a special compound called “ion mass,” which allows it to repel water. The Fuse-ion is available for both men and women.

Bomber Gear’s most unique item is the Bomb Long Sleeve Dry Top for kayakers. It is made up of ink-injected cuffs, which block water from coming in. It is also constructed with a performance hybrid fabric to make it more breathable.

“The big thing for Bomber Gear is that everything is ‘performance cut,'” said Jessica Prescott, marketing communications manager for Confluence Watersports, parent company of Bomber Gear. “You can see how it is literally cut for the shape of how the paddler sits in the boat.”

The slick skin neoprene around the top makes the gear easy to put on and take off without any hassle.

According to Prescott, it also includes a “double tunnel system” which makes it breathable compared to other dry tops.

“Our tunnel system works well with the dry pants because it works as a semi-drysuit which totally blocks out the water,” said Shannon Christy, who also does marketing for Confluence Watersports.

Christy says the long-sleeve dry top is their flagship item. It is available in red and gray as well as black and gray.

Over in the Osprey tent, the new Zealot series all-mountain cycling packs are their newest items for 2012.

The Zealot 10 includes padded front pockets, harness pockets, backpanel access, an easily removable water reservoir, a removable tool pouch and more.

According to Justin Novak, the bike customer and dealer service representative, the removable reservoir and the tool pouch are what makes this item unique. The pouch is designed to hold tools in case of any unexpected emergencies.

“Our company has been around since 1974 and we have a great lifetime warranty on all of our packs,” Novak said. “Our designer is very key and is hands-on with everything that we do and our warranty is what really sets us apart.”

At the SeasonFive tent, their best item this summer is the new unisex arm sleeve, for cyclists, triathletes, paddlers and other outdoor enthusiasts.

Everything in their line, including the sleeve, is made out of their three-layer waterproof, breathable fabric.

“There are a ton of sleeves out there but none that are waterproof/breathable, so none block the wind, but ours do,” said Mike Fischer, founder of SeasonFive .

The sleeve features water, wind and sun-proof protection, a silicon internal grip to keep the sleeves in place and flatlock seams to ensure comfort and prevent rubbing. The Atmos 1.0 fabric also gives the sleeve a four-way stretch.

All items are available for purchase at Gear Town in Vail.

Mary Kelley Zeleskey is an intern at the Vail Daily. She can be reached at 970-777-3120.

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