If you are into the outdoors, the place to be this week is Salt Lake City for Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. Held twice a year, Outdoor Retailer is the largest outdoor sports trade show of its kind. Manufactures, retailers, industry experts, and media come together for one week to check out the latest in gear and apparel for the outdoor market. Here are some of the highlights that I’ve spotted so far …
1: Granite Gear
Granite Gear’s new Lutsen line up straddles the ultralight market with more full-featured packs with tunable suspension and serious roll-top closure in both 45 and 55 liter packs. If you’re planning a weekend on rough trails next spring, these packs are your ticket to the summit.
2: Palladium Boots
Palladium is launching a new MultiCam line of urban boots for spring 2016. For down days away from the mountains or range, they’re going to be as comfortable as your favorite pair of Chucks.
MSR’s latest filter, the Guardian, is the very first to hit the market that can do both virus/protozoa and bacteria, all while self-cleaning. The Hollow Fiber filter is rated for 10,000 liters.
4: Hoka One One
The new Tor line of hiking shoes features Hoka’s serious cushioning platform from their running shoes in a purpose-built trail shoe. 5mm Vibram lugs provide awesome grip, and they come in low and high versions.
5: YETI Coolers
I caught up with our friends at YETI Coolers. Stay tuned for more info, and maybe even a giveaway, on the new Rambler Lowball!
6: Combat Flip Flops
Our friends at Combat Flip Flops have partnered with a veterans’ organization to produce a set of hand sewn ties. Made in the USA. Look for them in November.
7: Goal Zero
Goal Zero’s latest Lighthouse is a mini power station for all your base camp needs. On low power it will run for 500 hours of light, and also provides a USB charger to keep your small electronics topped off.
German brand Hanwag has been known for heritage, all leather backpacking boots. For this coming spring, they departed from their typical fare and collaborated with Vibram on a new custom sticky rubber outsole for the all new Rock Access approach shoes available in both men’s and women’s versions.
Vapur’s micro filter is finally available standalone, so you don’t have to buy a new bottle every time you upgrade. It will filter 500 liters and removes 99.9999% of bacteria. A safety shutoff prevents it from running any further after the filter is completely exhausted. Definitely an accessory for a good EDC carry.
10: NEMO Equipment
The new NEMO Concerto sleeping bag features an extra wide body and built-in sheet liner for comfort at any temperature. The sleeping pad sleeve on the bottom also has a pillow top to ensure you can catch some z’s no matter how rough the terrain.
I got a sneak peek at Camelbak’s Recon line. These are their first packs designed with urban EDC in mind. The Coronado leaves out the bladder in favor of serious organization for electronics and anything else you’ll need to carry around town. The packs have an internal bottle sleeve that keeps liquids away from the padded laptop and tablet sleeves. Look for it to hit stores in January.
The new Onja stove from Primus folds into a briefcase, its lid doubles as a cutting board, and can store over sized fuel canisters inside of its frame. We’re definitely going to be watching for this one to hit retailer shelves.