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Gear up for summer with Moab-inspired gear

By Geoff Griffin

When the Utah Jazz recently wanted to create a uniform and court conveying the essence of their home state, they chose the landscape of Moab. Their uniform is a gradually changing color scheme designed to symbolize the sunset over Southern Utah’s red rocks. A line on one side of the uniform represents a road map from Salt Lake City to Moab. The court that goes with those uniforms features Moab’s Delicate Arch. Of all the outdoor recreation hot spots found in Utah, Moab is arguably the best known internationally. If you plan a trip there, you can find gear that’s made in Moab, tested in Moab, and that uses “Moab” in the name.

Sleep in Style

Nunatak Raku

The Moab-based company Nunatak is known for its ultralight down quilts, sleeping bags and garments, or in the case of the Raku, all of the above. This insulated down suit doubles as a three-season sleeping bag. Whether you want to lounge around the campfire, put up the tent, cook or simply lie down and sleep, you can do it all with this one unique product that has a hood, sleeves and a foot box that can be zipped open. It can be custom ordered to fit any size from 5-foot-4 to 6-foot-8, and any temperature rating from 0 degrees to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Best of all, the average weight of a Raku is 32 ounces, making it easy to pack around. | $520

Hit the Trail

Blaze Arrow Titanium Road Bike

Moab is a biking mecca and your next ride could be handcrafted at Moab’s Blaze Bicycles, a maker of titanium and steel frames. The company came into being when Pierre Chastain wrecked his Trek Model 420 and couldn’t find a good replacement. He began making his own frames and went on to make them for other riders. The Arrow titanium road bike can be customized not only by size but in 12 other areas, ranging from drive train to handlebars. Build time is typically 6-8 weeks and well worth the wait. Blaze also makes the Howling Wulf and Alpha Wulf titanium hardtails, and Wulf steel hardtail. |$1,750-$9,195

Sole Power

Women’s Moab 2 Ventilator & Mens Moab 2

The Moab name carries so much weight, even companies based outside of Utah want to use it on their products. Merrell shoe company makes an entire Moab line of hiking shoes, with 14 men’s and 11 women’s styles. The women’s Moab 2 Ventilator Wide Width has a Vibram sole for traction and breathable mesh lining for comfort. The men’s Moab 2 Waterproof has the trademarked M Select DRY system that seals out water while also letting moisture escape |
Women’s Moab 2 Ventilator  $100
Men’s Moab 2, Waterproof  $120

Test Drivers Wanted

Outerbike Expo

If you’d like to check out a bike on a Moab trail before you buy it, try Outerbike. This Moab-based enterprise holds four yearly events in biking hotbeds like Crested Butte, Colo., and Bentonville, Ark., and twice in Moab. The Moab dates are Oct. 5-7. During those days, dozens of premier bike and gear manufacturers set up demonstration facilities at the Outerbike expo site. Drop by and check out the latest innovations or take a bike you like out for a spin near the venue. They’ve even got shuttles that will take you to some of Moab’s classic trails. Besides biking, passes get you daily lunch and a beer garden at night. The Full Demo ($240) lets you demo bikes each day while the BYOB ($190) and Social Card let you attend with different levels of access. | $60-$240
Aug. 17-19: Crested Butte, Colo.
Oct. 5-7: Moab