The Outdoor Retailer Trade Show happens twice a year in Salt Lake City, Utah. This winter show features new gear that will appear in retail stores in fall 2015, so expect a heavier proportion of warm clothing and winter equipment. We also like to cover emerging new technologies that will make their way into new products in the next year or two.
The Outdoor gear and apparel industry is very big, very competitive, and mature. It would seem that most everything has been thought of, and there is no room for new players to come into the market, but each Show proves that to be wrong. Innovation drives the industry – new materials and designs – that make things better, meaning lighter weight, more durability, and more functionality. And that’s what is so exciting about OR – the innovation, energy, and passion behind the latest and great products.
Following are highlights from the Winter OR Show, in no particular order. There is a lot of variety here, so something for everyone, with a little blogging thrown in here and there. Featured items will be available fall 2015 unless stated otherwise. Shoe weights are for a men’s size 9. To obtain more information and where to pruchase products from an unfamiliar manufacturer, simply Google the name.
Disclaimer: The gear featured, opinions, and recommendations contained in this article are entirely those of the authors and does not constitute any endorsement by Gossamer Gear.
You can also check out highlights from Summer Outdoor Retailer 2015