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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 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 Winter Market 2011: Day 4 – Final Day and Still Plenty of Interesting Gear to be Found
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Enduring sleep deprivation and a cold, we roamed the show on the final day and found some very interesting gear – new trail crampons, very lightweight rain mitts, more collapsible trekking poles, a 9-ounce snow shovel, cool apparel and footwear, and more... Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2011: Day 3 – An Assortment of Awesome Gear
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
This is not our backpacking gear list (honest!); today we again report on a wide variety of new gear – a new bear canister, more collapsible trekking poles, an insulating skirt for your derriere, lightweight high output lights, an ultralight down jacket from an unlikely source, more footwear, etc, etc... Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2011: Day 2 – Another Roundup of New and Interesting Gear
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Lots of footwear today, for the trail and snow, plus an assortment of jackets, a to-die-for backcountry ski system from La Sportiva, Big Agnes introduces new lightweight trekking poles, a new Klymit skeletal sleeping pad, a 12 ounce sleeping bag from Terra Nova, a 2.3-ounce Quantum GL windshirt from Montane, and more, and more... 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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Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2011: The Show Begins With All-Mountain Demo at Solitude Ski Area
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
New/upgraded snowshoes from MSR, Atlas, Tubbs, and Kahtoola; lightweight Kahtoola crampons; and a new “sidecountry” ski pack from Osprey. 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: 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 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 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: 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: 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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Sugar Coma: Days 4 & 5 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Alan Dixon and Alison Simon
After five glorious days of all the sweet new stuff retailers can offer, we're home and recovering from the high. Our last blog blizzard of some standouts. Read More...
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Gear Treasure Hunting: Day 3 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Will Rietveld
Lots of good stuff in our day 3 roundup: a 2.4-ounce day pack, a new integrated canister fuel cooking system, new 3-pound internal frame backpacks, and 11-ounce mid-height hikers, to mention a few. Read More...
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The Bounty Continues: Day 2 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Will Rietveld
Wednesday's standouts and goodies - we continue to find lots of interesting gear and technology stories on the floor of the Salt Palace. Read More...
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A Potpourri of Eye Candy: Day 1 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
A grueling first day at summer 2009 OR rewarded us with loads of lightweight goodies; here's a first installment, with more to come. Read More...
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2008 Lightweight Footwear Roundup (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
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. Read More...
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A Virtual Pack (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Mike Martin, Ryan Jordan, Don Wilson, Craig Mortensen, Alan Dixon, Ken Knight, Steve Nelson, Addie Morstad, Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
The Backpacking Light Outdoor Retailer Team outfits an entire lightweight pack for a long winter weekend using only gear found at the show. Join us throughout the trip for updates as we add gear to our hyper-linked Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack. Read More...
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Lightweight Insulated Footwear Roundup (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
We searched the Outdoor Retailer Show to find footwear to keep feet warm and dry while winter hiking and snowshoeing. Read More...
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Ultralight Shoe Company Inov-8 Takes the Right Approach to Building Boots (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Ryan Jordan
A 13-oz/370-gram (per boot, US9/UK8) ultralight backpacking boot with the right mix of hybridized shoe-boot features for ultralight backpacking. Read More...
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New Inov-8 Ultralight Shoes (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Alan Dixon
Inov-8 improves on its most popular shoes. They are lighter with more cushion. Read More...
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Zoot Sports introduces ultralight running shoes (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Alison Simon
New line of sub 10 ounce shoes hit the market Read More...
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Kamik Introduces the Viper, a Lightweight Waterproof Insulated Boot
by Will Rietveld
The full-height Viper at 19.6 ounces per boot (men's 9) sets a new standard for a lightweight insulated boots. Read More...
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Darn Tough Vermont Micro Crew Cushion Socks
by Ken Knight
A sock to fill the void between the very short and the rather long enters the range of Darn Tough Vermont socks. Read More...
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New Balance Launches New Outdoor Footwear Initiative
by Will Rietveld
A lightweight Gore-Tex XCR trail running shoe from New Balance, and a really light 10-ounce shoe, both with some great features. Read More...
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Inov-8 Introduces Mid-Top Ultralight Boot
by Ken Knight
Inov-8 expands their RocLite line of ultralight trail shoes with a waterproof-breathable mid-height shoe that some might call...an ultralight boot. Read More...
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Inov-8 Introduces Higher Shock Absorption Shoes (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Doug Johnson
Extra cushion offers entry point to Inov-8 line Read More...
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Crocs Hydro Shoes (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Carol Crooker
Foam shoe with neoprene, pull-tight ankle cuff. Read More...
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Shock Doctor Trim-Free Insoles (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Carol Crooker
Lightweight, supportive and cushioning insoles. Read More...
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Waldies Shoes (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Carol Crooker
The original foam, waterproof shoe relaunches. Read More...
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Big Agnes Mountain Booty (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
Lightweight PrimaLoft insulated down booty to wear in a backcountry hut or in your sleeping bag. Read More...
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Holey Soles Social Shoes (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Carol Crooker
Light, foam "Crocs" style camp shoe. Read More...
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X-Socks (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
Gad, these are the most high-tech socks I have ever seen! Read More...
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Darn Tough Vermont Socks (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
Darn strong claims, and a lifetime warranty! Read More...
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Injinji Socks (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
Gloves for your feet! Read More...