Outdoor Retailer Winter Market Kicks Off Today

The 2008 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market show kicks off today, with all of the major outdoor companies showing off their new gear for the year. Most of the stuff on display won’t be available until later in the year, but it’s always an excellent opportunity to see what new innovations and changes we can expect out of our gear in the months ahead.

Over the course of the next few days I’m sure there will be several reports on what’s new and hot at the show. For instance, The Gear Junkie has already updated his Daily Dose with his first look at some gear that caught his eye. Making this first preview are a number of interesting items, including trail running shoes from Saucony, lockable computer bags from Pacsafe, and heated gloves from Mountain Hardwear. But before you reach for that credit card, check out the expected availability on the items. Most aren’t due until the Fall.

I’ve already received some PR information from one of my favorite companies, GoLite, who are touting their updated line of clothing including base layers that maintain the companies trademark lightweight approach, but are designed to be much warmer than in the past. As someone who has used their gear for some time, I can attest to how good it is, but I’m looking forward to seeing what improvements they have in store for us in 2008.

Stay tuned, I’m sure we’ll see several more gear updates through the weekend.

Kraig Becker

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