Last week the Winter Outdoor Retailer 2020 gear convention took place in Denver, Colorado. As usual, the even showcased all of the new products that will be hitting store shelves later this year, specifically designed for use in winter activities. Attendees got the chance to see acres of skis and snowboards, countless down jackets, winter-specific backpacks, boots, base layers, and so much more. In short, it is “gearvana” for those of us who enjoy those kinds of things. I ended up spending three full days wandering the show floor and saw only a fraction of what was on display. Fortunately, I wasn’t the only one in attendance and there are now a number of good recaps now posted on the webs. Here’s a rundown of some of the absolute best new gear that was revealed there.
As usual, Gear Junkie has one of the best round ups of the new products from the show. They gave high marks to The North Face’s new Advanced Mountain Kit, which was probably my favorite as well. The AMK is not a single product, but is instead made up of 21 items that includes base layers, jackets, sleeping bags, tents, gloves, a duffel bag, and so much more. The entire thing uses new technologies and design choices to create a lightweight, yet warm and versatile, system for mountaineers taking on hills in their backyard or 8000-meter peaks in the Himalaya. It truly is a remarkable breakthrough. Other items that made the Gear Junkie list include a new set of ski bindings from Atomic, an electric motorcycle from Cake, and an eco-friendly jacket from Picture Organic.
Not to be outdone, Outside Online also posted a number of round-ups from Winter OR 2020. Those stories included Outside’s pick for all-around favorite products, the new gear to keep us cozy and warm, and well as the best items under $50. Some of the products that earned high marks on these lists were a new rooftop cargo hauler from Yakima that comes with a built-in solar panel and Osprey’s take on the avalanche pack, which offers impressive onboard technology but also costs $1200.
Over at Business Insider, I helped compile a list of some of the best gear that we found at the show too. That round-up includes 15 different products ranging from stylish boots and jackets, to more technical gear. We also liked the Yakima cargo box and Osprey’s avy pack, but we also loved Yeti’s new camping chair, a travel blanket from Rumpl, and warm base layers made just for women from Kari Traa.
If that still doesn’t satiate your new gear needs, there are other “best of” lists available from Gear Institute, Popular Mechanics, and Gear Patrol too. Best of all, there isn’t a major consensus between any of these outlets as to what the top gear items were, so there is plenty of things to choose from. If you’re a gear whore like many of us outdoor enthusiasts, you’ll have a lot to take in. Happy reading!
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