Outdoor Retailer Show Report

Summer OR 2017: Climbing Gear

Summer OR 2017: Climbing Gear

Finally, the one you’ve all been waiting for (sorry, took me a while to get all the details): climbing hardware! Not a lot of new announcements, but some very interesting and innovative new items coming our way. The Beal Escaper is of course the item everyone wants to know more […]

Summer OR 2017: Sleep & Cookware

Summer OR 2017: Sleep & Cookware

Shelters, sleeping systems and cookware are not the most glamorous products to check out at OR; even in our day-to-day they tend to stay on the sidelines, functioning silently in the background. But, sometimes some cool tech and innovations show up at the show, so here are the coolest bits […]

Summer OR 2017: Apparel

Summer OR 2017: Apparel

The biggest news of the show in apparel is Gore’s introduction of Active 2.0, a new version of the ultralight, ultra-breathable waterproof membrane. The new fabrics are approx. 20% lighter than the previous version, and will weigh in at 65 – 130 g/m2. This results in incredibly light apparel, and […]

Summer OR 2017: Packs

Summer OR 2017: Packs

Packs are by far my weakest spot when it comes to outdoor gear: I currently have 23 climbing specific packs, two massive 100L load-haulers and around six various duffel bags. And I can’t seem to get rid of any of them! So, needless to say, the pack companies displaying at […]

Summer OR 2017: Footwear

Summer OR 2017: Footwear

There is always a theme to every OR show and this summer it was decidedly rock shoes. La Sportiva added a whole bunch of women’s shoes, Scarpa’s got some cool lace-ups, Evolv is adding a couple to the line-up and Butora has a sweet, super-soft slipper. The big news, of […]

Summer 2017 OR: New Gear Awards

Summer 2017 OR: New Gear Awards

Outdoor Retailer Summer 2017 was the last show in Salt Lake City, and with a lot of political controversy surrounding the show (CNN), several of the industry’s most recognizable and respected brands boycotted the show as a sign of protest (most notably in the climbing zone, missing were Patagonia, Arc’teryx, […]

Winter 2017 OR – Apparel Report

Winter 2017 OR – Apparel Report

This year’s Winter Outdoor Retailer showcased a wide array of new pieces of apparel and gloves to examine and try on. I have broken down the show into new technologies or innovative pieces, major trends, then followed that up with gloves. The major trends I found over the show were in environmental […]

Winter 2017 OR Teaser

This January was my second run at OR, so I didn’t feel like a complete rookie, but I did still pick up on some of the do’s and don’ts of surviving those crazy few days. So as a semi-newbie, here are my top five best and worst things from OR, […]

OR Summer 2016: Footwear

OR Summer 2016: Footwear

Among the hundreds of pairs of trail runners, light hiking boots, various approach shoes, numerous rock climbing shoes and a few technical alpine boots, it’s two pairs of alpine boots that stood out: Zamberlan’s Eiger Lite GTX and Scarpa’s Zodiac Tech GTX. Interestingly, both fill a similar niche: a low-cut, […]

OR Summer 2016: Hardware

OR Summer 2016: Hardware

Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2016 wrapped up a couple weeks ago (I know, apologies for the delayed posts this year) and we’re kicking off the coverage with climbing hardware. By far and away the coolest and most impressive product is Maxim’s Platinum rope. The design interweaves the sheath with the […]