A summary review of new gear, trends, and news from Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2015.
Outdoor Retailer News
Dispatches and news from Outdoor Retailer Summer and Winter Markets.
We found lots of new lightweight shelters and sleep gear this time. We present them together in this article so you can compare them more easily. Doing so brings out some realizations regarding weight, roominess, and cost.
OR delivers a fresh crop of lightweight, innovative, and useful gear.
We sorted through tons of apparel and footwear to find the lightweight standouts suitable for hiking and backpacking.
For those who like less on their feet, OR didn’t disappoint. For those who like more on their wrist, OR didn’t disappoint in that area either. And for those who venture in the outdoors as a family, there were a few nuggets worth noting.
Since 2004, when Backpacking Light published Alan Dixon’s manifesto on Waterproof Breathable Fabric Technologies, we have been a “whisper in the wilderness” extolling the benefits of truly breathable fabrics, like eVent. Now we are seeing the beginning of a waterproof-breathable fabric revolution.
Enduring sleep deprivation and a cold, we roamed the show on the final day and found some very interesting gear – new trail crampons, very lightweight rain mitts, more collapsible trekking poles, a 9-ounce snow shovel, cool apparel and footwear, and more…
This is not our backpacking gear list (honest!); today we again report on a wide variety of new gear – a new bear canister, more collapsible trekking poles, an insulating skirt for your derriere, lightweight high output lights, an ultralight down jacket from an unlikely source, more footwear, etc, etc…
Lots of footwear today, for the trail and snow, plus an assortment of jackets, a to-die-for backcountry ski system from La Sportiva, Big Agnes introduces new lightweight trekking poles, a new Klymit skeletal sleeping pad, a 12 ounce sleeping bag from Terra Nova, a 2.3-ounce Quantum GL windshirt from Montane, and more, and more…
The show is underway and we are finding loads of new and interesting lightweight gear to report on. Enjoy!