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Coming Soon - Backpacking Light Coverage of the Summer 2009 Outdoor Retailer Show (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)

What can you expect from our coverage of the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market next week?

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by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl | 2009-07-14 00:10:00-06

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Open Air Demo has a lot of small booths to attract our attention to new innovations, but the main focus is watercraft (above), and lots of them.

The Outdoor Retailer Show is a twice-yearly convention focused on the outdoor store near you - your local outdoor retailer. It's a huge gathering where gear manufacturers pay big bucks to showcase their latest and greatest gear (in this case for spring 2010) to outdoor retailers and hopefully rake in lots of orders. It's also a great opportunity for the media (like yours truly) to prowl around and find out what's in the pipeline.

Outdoor Retailer comes a little earlier starting this summer - July 20-24 to be exact - and Backpacking Light will be there to report on gear of interest to lightweight backpackers. Our coverage will start with Open Air Demo on Monday, July 20, at Pineview Reservoir near Snowbasin. There will be lots of small booths there, where manufacturers will hawk their newest innovations, in hopes of luring us to their big booths at the main Show. But the biggest draw of Open Air Demo is the opportunity to actually try out new gear. It's mainly about watercraft, and lots of them... which is why it's located on a reservoir! We get to demo lots of different boats and decide (for example) which Kevlar canoe we like best. Tough job!

The main event runs for four days (July 21-24) at Salt Lake City's Salt Palace Convention Center. To give you an idea of the scale of the Outdoor Retailer Show, here are a few statistics:

  • The Salt Palace has 515,000 square feet and the OR Show uses all of it and then some. In recent years, the OR Show has spilled over into the nearby Energy Solutions Arena, which is also huge.
  • 21,000 attendees.
  • Over 1000 exhibitors representing 1500 brands.

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The Outdoor Retailer Show occupies the entire 515,000 square feet of Salt Lake City's Salt Palace Convention Center (left), and spills over into the nearby Energy Solutions Arena (right).

With so many exhibitors, there's no way we can cover all of them, nor do we want to. Our challenge is to find the proverbial needle in a haystack - new lightweight gear that will interest our readers. We narrow our focus by visiting manufacturers that will most likely have gear of interest - GoLite, Montbell, Evernew, Terra Nova, Cascade Designs, Innov-8, etc. We also reach out (by email) to small manufacturers (like Gossamer Gear, Tarptent, Six Moon Designs, AntiGravityGear, etc.) who can't afford a booth at OR and offer to cover new gear they will be announcing between now and spring 2010.

Covering OR means long days for your dedicated reporters. Each day we run through a succession of half-hour appointments with selected manufacturers (which we schedule in advance). When we have a few minutes between appointments, we roam the aisles looking for something new and exciting. By the end of the day, we're on overload. Dinner provides a short respite, then we head to our hotel room to write articles 'til midnight or later. From Salt Lake City, we email our articles to our off-site team consisting of Mike Martin, Ryan Jordan, Rick Dreher, Ray Estrella, Addie Bedford, and Cat Jasins who help write, edit, and publish the articles in the magazine the next day. Lather, rinse, (sleep?), and repeat...

Despite the sleep deprivation, we love covering OR because it concentrates everything in one place: we find lots of new gear and technologies to report on, we get to visit with our friends in the industry, and we enjoy the enthusiasm and camaraderie.

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Many exhibitors' booths at OR are very elaborate, requiring major shipping to get things there, plus staff to explain the products.

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Exhibitors use every attention-getting tactic you can think of to attract people to their booth, like this Swiss horn. Many exhibitors use big/tall signs or place their name anywhere it will be seen, including restrooms and floors. Of course, all of that costs money.

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Huge piles of shipping crates sit behind the Salt Palace, all labeled by vendor.

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As you likely know from magazine ads, the outdoor industry is growing in greener directions, and the Outdoor Retailer Show is no exception.


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"Coming Soon - Backpacking Light Coverage of the Summer 2009 Outdoor Retailer Show (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)," by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/ORSM2009_kickoff.html, 2009-07-14 00:10:00-06.

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Addie Bedford
(addiebedford) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Coming Soon - Backpacking Light Coverage of the Summer 2009 Outdoor Retailer Show (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009) on 07/14/2009 18:34:19 MDT Print View

Companion forum thread to:

Coming Soon - Backpacking Light Coverage of the Summer 2009 Outdoor Retailer Show (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)

cameron eibl
(cjeibl) - F

Locale: San Diego
C.A.M.P. USA on 07/15/2009 23:18:35 MDT Print View

If you have time I would appreciate it if you could check out C.A.M.P. USA's booth.

Mark McLauchlin
(markmclauchlin) - MLife

Locale: Western Australia
2009 Outdoor Retailer Show on 07/18/2009 06:06:05 MDT Print View

Photos and lots of them please :)

Edited by markmclauchlin on 07/18/2009 06:06:54 MDT.

carlos fernandez rivas
(pitagorin) - MLife

Locale: Galicia -Spain
first photos on 07/20/2009 02:47:53 MDT Print View

If someone (as me) can´t wait

Here you can find some (very good) info

http://lighthiker.wordpress.com/

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
Wow on 07/21/2009 03:06:24 MDT Print View

Wow...how is the new Vaude Scutum Ultralight so light? A doublewall, 2 person tent with aluminum poles and a 10,000mm floor for just 37oz??? Unreal....how did they save all that weight.

Ashley Brown
(ashleyb) - F
Re: Wow on 07/21/2009 03:15:31 MDT Print View

As usual, the primary ways of dropping weight are to use less fabric and/or user lighter fabric.

In this case they've used 20D fabric instead of 30D fabric, and less of it too. Single door, one vestibule. No doubt the usable space is quite limited inside.

Will be interesting to see some detailed reports from BPL on just how much space there is inside. It's nice to see some more double skin light weight tents.

[EDITED typo... I meant quite limited, not quite a bit!]

Edited by ashleyb on 07/21/2009 06:26:13 MDT.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Coming Soon - Backpacking Light Coverage of the Summer 2009 Outdoor Retailer Show (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009) on 07/21/2009 06:14:33 MDT Print View

I keep seeing comments about the spacious inside of the Scutum, but if I read the floor chart correctly it looks that in the middle (irregular floor shape) is as narrow as the MSR CR2 (40") or even an inch or so narrower. For a double wall shelter 1 kg is very impressive for even a single but it does not look that much like a standard double to me.
Franco

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
Re: Re: Wow on 07/21/2009 12:29:51 MDT Print View

Both the MSR Carbon Reflex 2 and the Scutum use 20D fabrics, have a 10,000mm floor, single door and minimal interior room. I guess the Vaude does only have one vestibule, but the Carbon Reflex uses Carbon Fibre poles, so it's impressive the Scutum comes in so much lighter. It'll be interesting to see if it weighs as little as claimed. The Scutum is almost a pound lighter....

Ashley Brown
(ashleyb) - F
Re: Re: Re: Wow on 07/21/2009 18:05:10 MDT Print View

If it is using the same fabric weight, then there are only two places to really save weight. Firstly, use less fabric. This usually means the tent is less roomy (no surprise there). Secondly, use shorter poles. Clearly they're only using one pole here so are saving weight there. But I suspect that only accounts for half a pound at most (compared to the Reflex CF poles). The rest probably comes from less fabric / smaller dimensions.

One other possibility is that the inner fabric is lighter than noseeum mesh, but I doubt it.

carlos fernandez rivas
(pitagorin) - MLife

Locale: Galicia -Spain
more updates on 07/22/2009 00:46:10 MDT Print View

While we still waiting for backpackinlight coverage here we can find some advances to 2010 products

Here there is some updates about the European OutDoor trade show including news about petzl (headlamps) scarpa, osprey gregory an podsacs

http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/

And a new update about packs here

http://lighthiker.wordpress.com/

;-)