Winter Outdoor Retailer Underway!


The 2012 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market is underway in Salt Lake City, Utah, where all the gear companies, great and small, are now showing off their new products. It is an event that is amazing to behold, as aisle after aisle of drool-inducing gear is put on display. We’re talking more packs, boots, and apparel than you could ever hope to see, all in one place.

Having attended the summer version of the show last August, I’m lamenting the fact that I’m not there at the moment. Fortunately, there are several great websites that are helping to keep us all in the know and sharing some sneak peeks at what we can expect to be hitting store shelves in the months ahead.

First, the Gear Junkie is always a great resource for any kind of news related to outdoor equipment and he has posted some images and descriptions of a host of new products in his Winter OR article. Some of the items that the GJ spotlights include new boots from Salewa, an amazing looking jacket from Outdoor Research, and a new GPS training watch from Magellan.

Also doing their usual bang-up job of reporting from the show are the team over at You can find their continually updated OR page by clicking here. They’ve already posted a first-look at new shelters from Brooks-Range and Snow Peak, as well as a second article that looks and a number of new items, including a nice looking climbing helmet from Mammut.

Outside magazine is also posting their picks for the best gear of the show as well. You can take a gander at their selections by clicking here. Some of the items that make their exclusive list include a new vest from North Face and a jacket from Sierra Designs.

I have every intention of being back at OR this coming August, but for now, I’m just going to have to settle for reading this articles as well. Looks like plenty of good stuff on the horizon.

Kraig Becker