Winter Outdoor Retailer 2014: New Gear For Cold Weather Adventures!


It is that time of year again. The Outdoor Retailer Winter Market is underway in Salt Lake City, with gear manufacturers big and small showing off their new products to be released in the months ahead. As the name would imply, most of what is on display at the show is aimed at cold weather activities, although as usual with OR, there is plenty of gear for every outdoor sport.

While I’m not attending Winter OR this year, some of my friends are there and are doing an excellent job of sharing some of their favorite new products. For instance, the TrailSpace team is on hand and has already started posting their highlights from Day 1 of the show. Some of the items that have caught their attention include a new cooking system from a company called Baro that doesn’t even need a fire. There are also some great photos of the first jackets coming to the U.S. from Berghaus, a company that has a great reputation in Europe. There are also new jackets coming from Icebreaker and Mountain Hardwear too, with the theme being lighter and warmer. The Trailspace coverage also includes a look at new boots from Keen and Vasque, as well as a new packraft from Klymit. Be sure to “Like” Trailspace on Facebook to get updates throughout the next few days.

Similarly, the GearJunkie is doing is usual bang-up job of covering the new gear as well. The GJ squad takes a look at the latest offering from BioLite, who make stoves that generate electricity from the burning of wood. They also found the new winterized toe shoes from Vibram of interest, as well as Outdoor Research’s new high performance heated gloves. The GearJunkie’s extensive coverage expands further, taking a peek at solar powered speakers from Goal Zero, a new pack from Dakine, and much, much more.

Expect some other great gear reports over the next few days with lots of attention being shown on the latest and greatest products, most of which won’t be available until the Fall of this year. Still, it’s great to start dreaming about all of these new items now.

Kraig Becker