The Best New Gear of Winter Outdoor Retailer Snow Show 2019

Last week, the outdoor industry descended on Denver, Colorado for the 2019 Outdoor Retailer Snow Show. The three-day event featured the unveiling of a number of great new products, including a few that promise to be truly revolutionary. My personal favorite items included The North Face’s groundbreaking new fabric called Futurelight and a fantastic new hydration pack from Hydro Flask. But those were just two stand-outs in a sea of new gear, most of which will be making its way into stores later this year. On this week’s Adventure Podcast, my co-host Dave Adlard and I will share our selections for our “best of OR” awards, but we’re not the only ones who were in attendance who has shared their opinions. Below, you’ll find a quick round-up of other websites that have shared their picks for the best of the show too.

The Gear Junkie pioneered the idea of giving out gear awards to the best new products at OR, and this year they continue the tradition. Some of their favorite new items include the Ross Snow Tech snowboard binding, the aforementioned Futurelight fabric, and a hot new pair of ski goggles from Smith. Meanwhile, the team at Men’s Journal were impressed with Mountain Hardwear’s new Phantom Hoody, the MSR Paragon snowshoe binding, and Helly Hansen’s latest H1 line of baselayers. As with everyone else, the MJ crew also are intrigued with Futurelight. Finally, Outside magazine has also shared it’s favorite gear too, giving the nod to an impressive new hydration reservoir from HydraPak, an electric motorcycle from Cake, and a set of sweet new skis from G3. You can check out their thoughts in the video below.

In the weeks and months ahead, we’ll all start to get our hands on these new products and post reviews. Naturally there will be some items that live up to our expectations and others that won’t quite hit the grade. Fortunately, we’ll have some time to sort those out and let you know which products are worth spending your money on. Start saving your pennies though, because there is a lot of great stuff on the horizon.


Kraig Becker