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August 8-11, 2008: Gear, Trends, and Commentary From Outdoor Retailer Summer Market!

Backpacking Light will be reporting live from Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Lightweight Backpacks 2008: Current Favorites and New Introductions (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)

By Will Rietveld | on September 16, 2008 | in Trends » Outdoor Retailer News
Backpacking Light Associate Editor Will Rietveld highlights our current favorite backpacks in three categories, evaluates some upgrades and new arrivals, and discusses the trends.

Lightweight Shelter Roundup (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)

By Will Rietveld | on September 09, 2008 | in Trends » Outdoor Retailer News
Our latest lightweight shelter roundup turns up the lightest, most user-friendly tents to be found, ever. Major manufacturers are introducing sub-four-pound double wall two-person tents. And two two-person double wall tents break through the three pound barrier.

Better Bags (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)

By Mike Martin | on September 02, 2008 | in Trends » Outdoor Retailer News
New sleeping bag designs from Integral Designs, Montbell, Exped, Jacks ‘R’ Better, Mountain Hardwear, and REI show innovative functionality and lighter weight.

Appealing Apparel (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)

By Mike Martin and Will Rietveld | on September 02, 2008 | in Trends » Outdoor Retailer News
Mike Martin and Will Rietveld have the highlights on new apparel from ORSM08.

2008 Lightweight Footwear Roundup (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)

By Will Rietveld | on August 19, 2008 | in Trends » Outdoor Retailer News
A primer on choosing footwear for fast and light backpacking, with input from the Backpacking Light staff on the footwear they use; a roundup of promising new lightweight footwear found at the summer 2008 Outdoor Retailer Show; and a description of Ion Mask, a nanotechnology waterproofing process that doesn't affect breathability and could eliminate the need for a waterproof membrane in footwear.

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Lightweight Lights (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)

By Ryan Gardner | on August 13, 2008 | in Trends » Outdoor Retailer News
Twinkle, twinkle little star...

Lightweight Rainwear 2008: Current Favorites, New Introductions, and New Technologies (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)

By Will Rietveld | on August 12, 2008 | in Trends » Outdoor Retailer News
Associate Editor Will Rietveld provides an in-depth roundup of lightweight rainwear options and highlights current staff favorites, new products in the pipeline, market trends, and a new technology that could dramatically change the waterproof-breathable apparel market.

Plush Pads (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)

By Mike Martin | on August 12, 2008 | in Trends » Outdoor Retailer News
Exciting things are happening in sleeping pads this year at Cascade Designs (parent company of Therm-a-Rest) and Pacific Outdoor Equipment. Cascade Designs has an extensive new lineup of products that will surely interest lightweight hikers, including a revolutionary new pad technology that promises substantial performance improvements over existing designs. Meanwhile, Pacific Outdoor Equipment is moving towards more eco-friendly materials and is launching a very innovative product design program of which you can be a part.

Hot Stoves (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)

By Mike Martin and Will Rietveld | on August 11, 2008 | in Trends » Outdoor Retailer News
Stove technology continues to advance this year, with trends of additional remote canister stoves with preheat tubes that are suitable for cold-weather operation, new alcohol and canister "cooking systems" that combine stove, windscreen, and pots into highly efficient and compact packages, plus a further move towards lighter stoves in general.

Terra Nova Finds New Land (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)

By Ryan Gardner | on August 11, 2008 | in Trends » Outdoor Retailer News
The Lightweight Tentmaker Brings Their Products to America.

Micro Four-Thirds Slashes Camera Size and Weight, Retains dSLR Benefits? (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)

By Rick Dreher | on August 10, 2008 | in Trends » Outdoor Retailer News
New Micro Four-Thirds digital camera standard stirs hope for pro-grade, interchangeable-lens cameras that are lightweight, compact and can be tailored to your exact needs.

National Geographic TOPO! Explorer Mapping and Magellan Triton Series GPS (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)

By Alan Dixon | on August 10, 2008 | in Trends » Outdoor Retailer News
National Geographic Maps web-based TOPO! Explorer (NG TEX) aims to be the iTunes of electronic mapping.

Garmin Oregon Series and Delorme Earthmate PN-40 GPS (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)

By Steve Nelson | on August 10, 2008 | in Trends » Outdoor Retailer News
New offerings found at ORSM 2008

Outdoor Demo Days - Whazat?? (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)

By Will Rietveld | on August 10, 2008 | in Trends » Outdoor Retailer News
A day at the lake to try out new watercraft and accessories.

The Wait for Lightweight (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)

By Ryan Gardner | on August 08, 2008 | in Trends » Outdoor Retailer News
Will the mass market ever embrace the lightweight philosophy, or has it already?

Friedrichshafen & Salt Lake City

By Chris Townsend | on August 05, 2008 | in Trends » Outdoor Retailer News
Chris Townsend's report on the OutDoor Show in Friedrichshafen, Germany, and how it compares to Salt Lake City's Outdoor Retailer Show.

Introduction to Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008

By Mike Martin | on August 05, 2008 | in Trends » Outdoor Retailer News
Mike Martin gives us the skinny on what to expect from BackpackingLight.com's coverage in the coming days.

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