Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2017 in Salt Lake City
For 35 years the outdoors industry has come together each summer to showcase the latest products to be released to the consumer market. Sleeping bags, tents, backpacks and the technology that changes this industry each year is a highlight of things to come for adventurers.
Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market show in Salt Lake City. Over the past nine months major controversy has overshadowed Outdoor Retailer, mostly due to the designation of the Bears Ears National Monument and a consensus within the outdoors industry that the state of Utah, and its position regarding public lands and other issues related to this noted National Monument designation, is not supportive of the outdoors industry. As such, Outdoor Retailer recently announced it plans to move its marquee event to Denver, Colorado in 2018. That said, this year’s show featured a myriad of awesome products many of which we plan to feature in our first-ever Gear Guide at the end of this year. The following highlights some of the companies and products spotted during my three days in Salt Lake City.
Outdoor Retailer 2017
Merrell’s new MQM Flex shoes may be the most versatile shoes we’ve seen for overland and hiking adventures.
The new Chameleon 7 collection is lightweight and stylish for the trails and around town.
Merrell’s new hashtag #createyourtrail to inspire folks to get outdoors
In the spring of 2018, MSR is launching a new tent designed with bike-packers in mind. The Huba Tour 2 provides room for two people and features an oversized vestibule with room for bikes and other gear. Photo by Kraig Becker.
Therm-a-Rest is revamping its entire line of sleeping bags, bringing increased performance and comfort at affordable prices. The bags pack down incredibly small and will feature temperature rates that range from 40ºF to -20ºF. Photo by Kraig Becker.
Kicker’s line of Bullfrog Bluetooth speakers for use in the outdoors expands with two new models. The BF100 and BF200 are rugged, waterproof, provide 360º of sound, and offer excellent battery life. Photo courtesy of Kicker.
Pelican has updated its hard shell cooler line and based on past experience I expect this product will continue to be an excellent ice chest option for your adventures.
Pelican’s soft shell ice chests are super durable and feature nearly 2″ thick insulation to keep your goods nice and cold.
GSI Outdoors has become one of my favorite camp cooking product companies because of the versatility and price of their gear.
These new knives from GSI Outdoors are perfect for backcountry steaks or use at home.
GSI’s new Boulder Flask is built to be durable while on a vehicle-based or backcountry adventure.
Wolverine’s Vortex boot is not only an excellent boot for outdoorsmen but could be a very nice crossover into the overland realm. Photo by Kraig Becker.
Malone Trailers has created an intriguing trailer option with a bed that’s capable of carrying an adventure motorcycle and any other outdoors gear.
I was hugely impressed with the new tents, sleeping bags and outdoors gear Sierra Designs is bringing to market starting this fall and next spring.
One of several nice appointed 2 & 3-person tents soon available from Sierra Designs.
This water bottle from Life Saver is a fully-integrated MILSPEC water filtration bottle capable of filtering the equivalent of 350 gallons of water before requiring a replacement filter.
This special edition Cargo Hauler 60L from Eagle Creek may have been my favorite duffel bag from Outdoor Retailer with its versatility for overland, outdoors, and adventure motorcycling adventures.
Uco has developed a myriad of extremely easy to use, high lumen LED headlamps ranging from 150-350 lumens.
Goal Zero’s Yeti 1000 power generator is an impressive unit to keep virtually anything used at basecamp powered up and ready to go.
Klymit’s new Double V sleeping pad is thick, wide and comfortable for two-people during any season.
Klymit’s sleeping bag line-up features down fill, light weight and conforming design to keep you warm and comfortable while in the backcountry.
At less than 1lb the V Ultralite SL sleeping pad is built for 4-season warmth and looks to be extremely comfortable.
Nemo Equipment continues to innovate and their new Helio LX shower can be filled with up to 6 gallons of water and when mated to their Heliopolis shower room it may be the perfect, lightweight option for overland adventures.
The new Stargazer camp chair line-up is comfortable, quick to setup and aesthetically the nicest I’ve probably seen.
For those who enjoy paddling, Hobie has an updated line-up featuring hard shell and inflatable kayaks.
Kelty has a variety of moderately priced and extremely functional new sleeping bags and other outdoors gear coming out later this fall.
Thule is making an effort to attract the overland market with rack systems to accommodate a variety of outdoors adventures including paddling and biking.
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