At Salt Lake City’s final Outdoor Retailer show, gear developers introduced products for weekend warriors, thrill conquerers and doomsday preppers alike — and, finally, a line of climbing shoes from Black Diamond.
Several trends stood out this year at the summer market.
• High-end Yeti coolers have inspired numerous competitors.
• The desire of outdoor enthusiasts to take their high-tech gadgets with them to either stay connected, listen to music or record their exploits also remained a major trend. Solar-powered chargers and generators were everywhere.
• Ease of setup also seemed to be an emphasis, especially with tents and hammocks.
Here are some highlights as Utah said goodbye to the massive, twice-annual trade show.
Black Diamond Momentum climbing shoe
Almost three decades after the Holladay-based company began its ascent to becoming one of the best-known brands in climbing, Black Diamond is producing its first line of climbing shoes. The Momentum shoe is designed for gym climbers, with an emphasis on comfort and breathability. An engineered knit, similar to what you’d find on sneakers, covers most of the top of the shoe and is softer on the foot than traditional leather and rubber. Black Diamond is producing the shoes for men, women and children, and in multiple colors.
Aquamira MSRP filtering bottle
Aquamira, based in Logan, has applied its filtration system, developed for its hydration packs, to 32- and 24-ounce water bottles. The filters have been tested under the same standards required for home water-treatment systems. Three cartridges of varying filtering power are available.
Cataract Oars KBO oar
$205 per oar
At 7 feet, these oars, made in Salt Lake City, are relatively short, designed in conjunction with Flycraft’s 13-foot inflatable boat but usable in other small craft. They break down into pieces for compact transport and have a rope wrap to protect the filament-wound composite from damage in an oar lock.
Raidlight Hyperlight MP+ waterproof jacket
This jacket, designed for trail runners, will soon be distributed by the new Park City branch of the French company Raidlight. It weighs in at just 3 ounces and has high ratings for waterproofing and breatheability (20K and 25K, respectively).
Wise Company organic dehydrated meals
$219.99 for 18 four-serving pouches
The Salt Lake City-based Wise Company is adding organic options to its dehydrated meals designed for backpackers and campers. White cheddar broccoli soup, pasta primavera and pineapple chipotle chili all are on the menu.
Goal Zero Yeti 3000 portable lithium portable power station
With 3,000 watt-hours, the newest Yeti, to be released in October, will be Bluffdale-based Goal Zero’s heaviest-duty Yeti unit (several smaller ones already are on the market). It’s designed for home power backup but at 65 pounds can be toted into the wilds, a noiseless alternative to generators. Your campground neighbors will thank you.
Cat Crap antifog lens cleaner spray
Logan-based EK USA developed its Cat Crap line of eyewear accessories in the 1980s to go with cat-eyed glasses. It developed a spray form of its popular antifog lens cleaner about two years ago; Outdoor Retailer attendees took thousands of sample bottles, company reps said.
Barebones Living thermal flask
Barebones Living, which produces high-end camping equipment in Bluffdale, has just released a thermal flask that keeps liquids extremely hot for at least 10 to 12 hours. Company representatives say the 28-ounce bottle may be the first vacuum thermal flask in a round canteen shape.
Blue Ice Choucas Light Harness
The Choucas harness offers open-and-close leg loops with almost no extra weight, keeping the harness to just 80 grams. The leg loops can be opened or closed, allowing users to put it on or take it off while wearing skis or in precarious situations, and metal toggles sidestep bulky buckles. The ultrahigh-molecular-weight polyethylene (fabric used in bullet-proof vests) gives substance to the harness.
Lifetime Tamarack 120 sit-on-top kayak
The Tamarack 120, a 10-foot sit-on-top kayak, is not a new product. But Lifetime’s engineers in Clearfield have developed for the first time a method to infuse the plastic with multiple colors while using the company’s blow-molding manufacturing process.
Not only does this cooler keep things, well, cool, but it includes a battery-powered blender, a USB charger, a Bluetooth speaker, bottle opener, corkscrew, LED light, plates, ceramic knife and cutting board. coolest.com
Roastyz Toastyz skewers
This Salt Lake-based company has themed marshmallow, hot-dog, dough and popcorn skewers, with handles that look like swords or lightsabers. Each roaster comes with two interchangeable specialty tips.
Camp Chef gas fire pits
$99 to $249
During drought or fire seasons, campfires on public lands are often prohibited, but fire pits using propane are legal. These gas fireplaces designed by a Cache County company solve that problem, especially for those who can’t camp without roasting s’mores.
Bripe coffee maker
Even in the wild, coffee enthusiasts want their brews. This pipelike contraption is designed to perfectly brew a strong cup of coffee or an espresso in short order with a kit that doesn’t take up a lot of space.