Outdoor Retailer News

Today is the second day of Winter Outdoor Retailer, the big gear bash that descends on Salt Lake City twice a year. As usual, there is a host of exciting and interesting new gear on display, although reports are that the show is a bit less attended this year that in the past. Sign of the times with this economy I suppose, but still, the top gear companies are there, and showing off new stuff that will be draining our wallets in the months ahead. Here’s a few notes that I’ve found from the show:

Steve Casimiro is on hand for National Geographic Adventure and has posted some thoughts on the show on their Adventure Blog. He seems especially excited about a new heated jacket from Mountain Hardwear and trail running shoes from Saucony.

Meanwhile, the Gear Junkie never disappoints when it comes to keeping us updated on the latest and greatest new gear. This time show corespondent Pat Petschel is on hand to give us the skinny on what to keep an eye on later in the year, including a nice looking cold-weather running jacket from Brooks and a cool new waist pack for runners with a light incorporated into for running trails at night from GoMotion.

Trailspace.com always does an excellent job of reporting from the show as well, and the Winter 2009 show is no exception. As usual they’ve set up a specific blog just for all the great gear on display, and they already have posts on the aforementioned waist pack from GoMotion and a nice look at the EtaPackLite Stove from Primus, which looks excellent as well.

And if that isn’t enough gear for you, be sure to checkout the New Product Showcase over at the Winter OR official website for a lot more stuff.

I’m digging the new EtaPackLite. Looks like a great product, and Primus should probably send me one to test right away. 😉 Hey! I’m not above begging for gear!! 🙂 Look for more OR updates in the next few days.

Kraig Becker

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