Twice a year over a 1,000 outdoor gear companies convene in Salt Lake City, Utah to show off their new products while company representatives make their pitch. Buyers choose the gear they want in their stores and customers begin seeing the new products on the shelves in 6-8 months.
As lightweight and ultralight technology advances, every year the gear world sees new innovations that can make a real difference on the quality of your outdoor experience. Not too long ago in history it was average for a backpacker to carry a 75 lb pack and now it is easy to carry a < 20 lb pack with higher quality gear.
Hence it can be very addicting to want to stay updated on the new trends. The Outdoor Retailer show is like a sneak peek into the future- showcasing next years new gear.