Here’s some highlights from the recent Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City, the massive trade show that included about 1,300 brands and 27,000 attendees. The show, which is not open to the public, allows retail owners to place orders for the next year. That means most of the items we found will not be available to consumers until next summer.
Spring River women’s waders from Patagonia
The addition of a women’s line adds depth to Patagonia’s growing commitment to fishing gear. The Spring River Wader is designed to fit women with all the technological wonders of the men’s waders. The EZ-Lock suspenders are mounted at the waist, allowing for maximum height in big water or pant-height for smaller streams in warm conditions. Patagonia says the suspenders also allow for a quick bathroom break without having to get undressed. The waders will come in petite, regular and full sizes (XS-XL in all models). Other items in the women’s line include sun hoodies, shirts, pants and the River Salt Jacket. The Spring River Wader ($399), and a wide collection of other Patagonia fishing gear, will be available Jan. 1. www.patagonia.com/us/home
Freescape Lantern from Gerber
People have dimmer switches in their homes, why not while camping? The Freescape lantern includes a touch-sensitive control for dimming or brightening a light. It uses three AA batteries and sends light out the side lens, but is also designed to focus light down when hanging inside the tent or above a table, kind of like recessed lighting in your front room. Available in February. www.gerbergear.com
Predator 13 fishing kayak from Old Town
Sitting is not often the best body position while fishing. Recreational kayak makers have been working to make more stable boats for years. The Predator 13 is designed for anglers to be able to stand up for casting, hook-setting and paddling. The kayak also includes six removable mounting plates and the Element seating system for comfort while sitting. The Predator 13 is available now for $1,299. www.predatorkayak.com
Base Camp Axe from SOG
Collecting firewood is not allowed in many campgrounds, but there is something comforting about having a good axe in camp. Use the Base Camp to drive in tent stakes, split that expensive wood available from the camp host into kindling or intimidate aggressive ground squirrels. The axe is 16 inches long, weighs 33 ounces and has a natural swinging feel. Available now for $80. www.sogknives.com/
Upano Waterproof Duffels from Aquapac
Aquapac took a huge step into the outdoor gear world with the Upano line of waterproof bags. The bags are lightweight and seemingly bombproof, with welded construction and a roll-top closure. The air-release valve allows for compression for molded fitting in tight situations like rafts. Comes in 40-, 70- and 90-liter versions, ranging from $120 to $145. Available now. http://usstore.aquapac.net/
Falkon trail runners for kids from La Sportiva
Perhaps La Sportiva president Jonathan Lantz got tired of seeing his children in shoes from another brand or maybe he just wanted to add a youth dimension to the lineup. Either way, the Falkon has many of the features of the adult version with an EVA midsole and FriXion outsole. Like the adult version, these shoes are as likely to be used for every-day wear as on the trail. Available early 2014 for $75.
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