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New Telemark Norm Boots and Bindings (Finally) Debut
by Mike Martin
After years of development, Scarpa, Crispi, and Rottefella show their long-awaited NTN boots and bindings at ORWM. Read More...
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New Ultralight Waterproof-Breathable Jackets from Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Marmot, Integral Designs, and More (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Alan Dixon
New rain jackets introduced at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004. Read More...
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Night Ize Figure 9 Rope Tightener (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Mike Martin
Nite Ize rescues the knot challenged among us with their Figure 9 Rope Tightener. Read More...
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Open Air Demo at ORSM 2007
by Mike Martin
A preview of new products at ORSM Read More...
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OR Fever! Covering Outdoor Retailer with BackpackingLight
by Don Wilson
A day in the life of BPL editors in Salt Lake City Read More...
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Origo Multi-Sensor Watches (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
New manufacturer, with a suite of reasonably priced multi-sensor watches that are claimed to be user-friendly. Read More...
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OR News - Backcountry Base Camp Dispatch: January 29 (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2004)
by the Product Review Staff
New products: MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes, Ground Zephur Jacket, and Neos Trekker Overshoes Read More...
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Members Only OR News - Day 1 Dispatch: January 30 (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2004) - MEMBERS' VERSION
by the Product Review Staff
New products announced today at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, with product photos and specifications. Read More...
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OR News - Day 1 Dispatch: January 30 (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2004) - PUBLIC VERSION
by the Product Review Staff
New products announced today at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market. Read More...
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OR News - Day 1 Roundup: New Products for Lightweight Backpacking, Hiking, and Camping (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Ryan Jordan, Carol Crooker, and Alan Dixon
Day 1 summary of new products from Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004. Read More...
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OR News - Day 2 Dispatch: January 31 (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2004)
by the Product Review Staff
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OR News - Day 2 Roundup: New Products for Lightweight Backpacking, Hiking, and Camping (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Ryan Jordan, Carol Crooker, and Alan Dixon
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OR News Pre-Show Dispatch - First Looks at New Products for Fall 2004 (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2004)
by the Product Review Staff
Featuring new products from Essential Gear, Princeton Tec, ACR Electronics, Suunto, Smartwool, Marmot, GoLite, and Bemis. Read More...
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OR NinjaClava (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
For head/neck protection on the trail, in your sleeping bag, or robbing a bank, this new balaclava is light, stretchy, and warm. Read More...
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ORSM09: Open Air Demo (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Will Rietveld, Janet Reichl, and Alan Dixon
Open Air Demo consists of booths and boats – and there is always something new, something interesting, and something unique. Read More...
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Osprey Aether 60 Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Jay Ham
Redesigned Aether 60 with an innovative heat moldable harness. Read More...
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Osprey Exposure Packs First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
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Osprey Stratos 24 Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Jay Ham
Sample of Osprey's new Stratos line of packs, which are designed on the same air mesh backpanel, but with varying types of outings in mind. Read More...
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Outdoor Demo Days - Whazat?? (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
A day at the lake to try out new watercraft and accessories. Read More...
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Outdoor Research Cyclone Cap
by Will Rietveld
A very lightweight and highly wind and water-resistant hat for active winter endeavors. Read More...
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Outdoor Research Endeavor Mitts (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
Virtual Pack: Outdoor Research Endeavor Mitts Read More...
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Outdoor Research Ion Pullover Windshirt (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
One of a select few light and fully featured windshirts Read More...
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Outdoor Research LightHaven Day Use Shelter (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Ryan Jordan
A ski-pole supported day-use shelter to provide refuge from the storm during winter tours. A more polished version of the British "Bothy" bag. Read More...
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Outdoor Research MicroNight Bivy (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Mike Martin
Outdoor Research unveils an 18 ounce, fully-featured waterproof bivy sack. Read More...
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Outdoor Research NightHaven Shelter (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
Palatial bug and rain free area for two people at well under 2 lbs Read More...
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Outdoor Research Pack Hoody (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Will Rietveld
Pack cover with an integrated hood – what a clever idea! Read More...
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Outdoor Research Zero Jacket - 20 oz Hooded Jacket with 4.0 oz Insulation First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
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Outdoor Retailer: An Impressive Shade of Green
by Craig Mortensen
The Outdoor Indsutry Embraces The Green Movement Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Announces Plans to Remain in Salt Lake Through 2009 – Show Floor Space to Increase 40% – Outdoor Industry Association Dilutes Wilderness Protection Message to State of Utah (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Ryan Jordan
Commentary on the decision to keep Outdoor Retailer Markets in Salt Lake City through 2009 and the OIA's position statement regarding state of Utah contributions to the industry. Read More...
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by BackpackingLight.com Staff
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Outdoor Retailer Summer 2010: Update on Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) Technologies
by Will Rietveld
SPOT and DeLorme introduce the DeLorme PN-60w with SPOT Communicator, and ACR announces the SarLink View. Both allow text messaging via satellite from remote locations, which goes beyond just chatting, enabling you to provide important information to people on the outside. Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010: Day 1 Blog Tasty Treats (from the first-timer)
by Brad Groves
The daily perspective of an industry vet on the show floor for the first time: "A fantastic all-systems overload." Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010: Day 1 – Lightweight Gold!
by Will Rietveld
OR never ceases to amaze – always something new, something different, and something bizarre! The gear just keeps getting better and lighter. Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010: Day 2 – Another Potpourri of New and Interesting Gear
by Will Rietveld
Another productive day turns up another batch of truly innovative and lightweight gear. Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010: Day 2 Blog Tasty Treats
by Brad Groves
The daily perspective: I wish that everyone could truly understand just how much brilliance and passion go into the outdoor products we buy and use. Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010: Day 3 – More New, Lightweight, and Exciting Gear
by Will Rietveld
Lightweight gear – no problem. Innovation – yes. Things we would like to see – lots of 'em. Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010: Day 3 – Treasure Hunt
by Brad Groves
The daily perspective: Can I just live here? Hang out and drink... beverages, talking super-tech about gear with the coolest people in the world? Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010: Day 4 - Cool Finds and Sleep Deprivation
by Brad Groves
The daily perspective: NEED. MORE. ESPRESSO. Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010: Day 4 – OR Winds Down in the Final Day – But the Good Stuff Keeps Coming!
by Will Rietveld
We present our final lightweight gear finds and summarize the trends we noticed at this Outdoor Retailer. Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010: Introduction and Tribute to Small Ultralight Gear Companies not Exhibiting at OR
by Will Rietveld
Summer OR is underway! We begin our coverage with new products from small companies who specialize in ultralight backpacking gear, including some new names. Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010: Minimalist Footwear - Is It Ready for Backpackers?
by Damien Tougas
Depending on how tuned-in you are to current running trends, you may have noticed that there is a new movement starting to gain traction among runners: barefoot running and minimalist footwear. Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010: New Fabric Technologies Are the Driving Force For Many New Products
by Will Rietveld
Columbia Thermal Reflective, Pertex Quantum GL, Polartec Power Shield Pro, Polartec Yarn applications, and a case against wool for hiking socks. Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010: Open Air Demo
by Brad Groves and Will Rietveld
While the first day of Outdoor Retailer is dedicated to water sport, we found a few products that could carry over for backpacking as well... plus some that are just plain fun, no bones about it! Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010: The Morning After - Reflections on OR and the State of the Market
by Brad Groves
The dust has settled, sleep has been snatched, and I've processed the more intriguing themes of the Show. Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2011 – Part 1: Lightweight Shelters and Sleep Gear
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
We found lots of new lightweight shelters and sleep gear this time. We present them together in this article so you can compare them more easily. Doing so brings out some realizations regarding weight, roominess, and cost. Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2011 – Part 2: Lightweight Backpacks, Stoves, and Accessories
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
OR delivers a fresh crop of lightweight, innovative, and useful gear. Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2011 – Part 3: Lightweight Apparel and Hiking Footwear
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
We sorted through tons of apparel and footwear to find the lightweight standouts suitable for hiking and backpacking. Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2011 – Part 4: Technical Watches, Minimalist Footwear, and Family Gear
by Damien and Renee Tougas
For those who like less on their feet, OR didn't disappoint. For those who like more on their wrist, OR didn't disappoint in that area either. And for those who venture in the outdoors as a family, there were a few nuggets worth noting. Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2011: An Emerging Revolution in Waterproof-Breathable Fabric Technologies – It’s Not Just Gore-Tex Versus eVent Anymore!
by Will Rietveld
Since 2004, when Backpacking Light published Alan Dixon’s manifesto on Waterproof Breathable Fabric Technologies, we have been a “whisper in the wilderness” extolling the benefits of truly breathable fabrics, like eVent. Now we are seeing the beginning of a waterproof-breathable fabric revolution. Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2011: Day 1 – Let the Hunt Begin!
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
The show is underway and we are finding loads of new and interesting lightweight gear to report on. Enjoy! Read More...

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