Winter Outdoor Retailer Starts Tomorrow

The 2009 edition of the Winter Outdoor Retailer show officially gets underway tomorrow, although technically there are a few product demos going on already today at “Base Camp” in SnowBasin. The biannual convention is a showcase for all the new products and gear that we can expect to hit our favorite outdoor stores later this year.

The past few years have been all about the “green” movement in outdoor gear, with companies focused on making their products safer for the environment and more easily recyclable. I don’t expect that to change very much this time out either, as the commitment to the environment has only gotten stronger in recent months. I also think there may be fewer new products on display as the global economic meltdown has made things look grim for retailers and manufacturers across all industries. A smaller, simpler product line makes a lot of sense in times like these, but then again, retail hasn’t always made a lot of sense.

Over the next few days we’ll probably see some nice reports from the show with details on all the new gear and trends in outdoor adventure. I’ll try to post some good links to anything I find, but be sure to check out the Outdoor Retailer Blog for news, as well as the Winter Market Homepage.

And for everyone headed to the show, have a blast! I can’t wait to hear all about it. Wish I were joining you, but perhaps I can try to make it to the OR Summer show instead. Oh! And if you are going, be sure to bring your old water bottle and exchange it for a new eCycle (there’s that green thing again!) from Stanley. You can read all the details here.

Kraig Becker