The Future Is Now: High-tech materials and the next generation of outdoor gear

March 4, 2013

Three high-tech materials—aerogel, cuben fiber, and waterproof down—have recently begun appearing in a growing array of tents, shelters, footwear, sleeping bags, jackets, and more. Incredibly lightweight, warm, and durable, they have the potential to revolutionize outdoor clothing and equipment in the coming years. But will it happen anytime soon?…

This column originally appeared in the February online edition of AMC Outdoors. You can read the full story here. 

“Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.

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Equipped blogger Matt Heid is AMC's gear guru: He loves gear and he loves using it in the field. While researching several guidebooks, including AMC's Best Backpacking in New England, he has hiked thousands of miles across New England, California, and Alaska, among other wilderness destinations. He also cycles, climbs, and surfs.