Going to Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City isn’t just about going skiing. It’s about checking out the latest toys from the outdoor industry, whether new soundless zippers, exploding backpacks or just new colors in classic models. Okay, and it is about the skiing.
I walked around with my camera in hand, and between meetings, snapped as many photos as companies would allow (yes, some products are secret and cannot be seen before the season begins). So take a seat and check out photos of products from this coming season by brands like Arc’teryx, Icebreaker, Black Diamond, Outdoor Research, Filson and more.
We started doing Filson this past fall, and the staff is all over it. Beautifully crafted pieces all made in America since 1897, and tough as nails. They are unfailing goods.
Like every other year, Mammut had colorful options for skiers and mountaineers. They also had a huge sign I wanted to play with.
Icebreaker had some new collections and models that we are excited about here. They are doing cool things with merino as a mid-layer called MerinoLOFT, and making amazinf t-shirts with artist Simon Beck.
Black Diamond is exploding next year, and bringing us apparel for both men and women. They are going from 24 models for men this year to over 150 next year. Boom. They are also introducing a new cord system that encompasses their whole design ethic: clean and simple. They are quickly becoming the Apple of outdoor companies.
They are releasing the JetForce, an amazing avalanche pack we will be stocking next winter. It will rely on batteries and a fan to deploy the bag. Meaning you can deploy it 5 times a day and it won’t cost you $$$ each time. Below are some detail shots.
Bogs has been ruling the spring and fall seasons with their waterproof rain boots, and just when you thought they were happy with that market they come out and impress the pants off us. One word: leather.
We will be stocking Marmot next season, and their booth did not leave us wanting. Colors, options, quality, everything you want in an outdoor brand. Although they are renowned for their tents and sleeping bags, I think skiers will be especially happy with this line.
Finally Arc’teryx. I got yelled at by numerous people due to my camera (espionage does exist in this industry), but thanks to a little name-dropping I left with a few good ones. Their down collection is expanding enormously, and, as we have seen the last few seasons, they are bringing the hybrids back even more.
And yes, we got some skiing in. We suggest waiting for Mt. Jupiter to be covered in snow before hiking up and skiing its rocky terrain. But you should do it anyways. With rock skis.