I’m live blogging today from the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City. Fuentek is here to demonstrate the high altitude hydration system designed by former astronaut Scott Parazynski.
Yesterday I met with seven retailers to demonstrate the system and will be meeting with more today. Vendors here represent nearly every winter sport you can imagine—snowboarding, skiing, climbing, hiking and more.
Those I have met with so far have been impressed with the simplicity and uniqueness of the design since it is worn on the chest instead of the back. This design solves the problem of water freezing in the drinking straw, since gravity helps solve the problem of freezing. I am also hearing feedback on how impressive the lab test and field test results are since Scott was able to test the system at 26,00 feet.
I’m headed back to the market for most of the day to meet with more vendors, then will return to Raleigh tonight.
–By Karen Hiser