The 2018 Winter Outdoor Retailer show revealed more great gear than is possible to see in just a few days time. But, thanks to coverage from a number of different outlets, we can get a sense of what truly stood out from the crowd. On Monday, I posted a preview of that gear as seen by both Gear Institute and Gear Junkie, today we have even more “best of show” winners from other outlets.
Outside magazine shared its selection of the hottest new equipment to help us survive and thrive in the cold weather conditions. Amongst its picks are set of sweet new ski bindings from Salomon, an impressive set of goggles from Spy that can change their tint at the press of a button, and a jacket from 686 with a built in hydration reservoir. Outside was very careful with its awards this year, only handing out four in total. The final recipient is a new treatment for skis from DPS that once applied removes the requirement for ever having to wax again.
My friends over at Popular Mechanics also shared their favorite gear of the show. Their list included a new backpack from Mountain Khakis (Yes, Mountain Khakis!), an insulated sleeping pad from Big Agnes, and a camping trailer from Patriot Campers. The Spy snow goggles also made the list as they continued to pick up more “best of show” awards too.
Finally, the team over at Gear Patrol revealed their editor’s choice awards too, giving the honors to a new down jacket from Teton Bros., a ski goggle from Oakley, and lightweight hiking boots from The North Face. They were also impressed with DPS’ new Phantom ski treatment as well, and found the new Dynafit Hoji ski boot to be groundbreaking too.
Most of the gear that is previewed at the show, and in these articles, won’t become available until much later this year. They’ll arrive in time for winter 2018, giving us several months to save our pennies in anticipation. If you’d like to know about even more impressive gear from Winter OR 2018, stand by for the latest episode of The Adventure Podcast going up later today. We talk about all of the stuff that we saw there that was impressive to us too.