The Salt Lake Tribune walks the floors of the massive Outdoor Retailer show at the Salt Palace Convention Center twice a year so the general public can get a taste of what will be showing up in stores in the future. An estimated 27,000 people gathered for the Winter Market, which is closed to the public, held Jan. 21-25 in Salt Lake City. Here’s a look at some of the countless items being suggested by companies for retailers to stock their shelves with in the coming years.
HD2 Camera Googles from Zeal Optics
A high-definition camera built into these Zeal Optics goggles provides a stable and more accurate point-of-view for video and pictures. The viewfinder is in the goggles. An app on your phone allows for downloading while on the lift or at lunch. Zeal almost makes you forget what goggles were invented for in the first place. Available Fall 2014 for $499. www.zealoptics.com
Boot and mountain sneakers from Chaco
Chaco is celebrating its 25th anniversary by flashing back with a "From the Vault" sandal collection featuring some of the most popular webbing patterns through the years. The sandals will be available in Fall 2014 for $125. Chaco also continues to expand its year-round line with a new men’s boot, the Holbuck ($150) waterproof boot, and the women’s Gallant ($110) mountain sneaker. www.chacos.com
Pup Bunting from Canada Goose
Canada Goose is well known for providing the most hardcore severe weather exterior clothing around, and doing it all within the confines of Canada. But the item that caught our eye was the Pup Bunting. This cozy baby shell comes with a quilted down hood and zipper at the legs to allow children to ride in car seats or backpacks while staying warm. Kids will love the polar bear camo print, a play on the familiar Canada Goose logo. The bunting will go for $295 (US) and be available in the summer 2014. www.canada-goose.com/
Women’s line from Costa Sunglasses
Eight of the 13 new styles from Costa for 2014 are designed for women. The lines come with all the standard features of other Costa glasses, but they are distinctly fashion forward. No more spending a day on the water only to have to switch sunglasses back at the dock. The Isla ($169), Blenny ($169) and Goby ($149) are now available. www.costadelmar.com
Osen jacket from Bergans
Wool or down? Consumers don’t have to make a choice when it comes of the Osen jacket from Bergans of Norway. The Osen features down in all the right places and Bergans’ Tecnowool (a wool/poly mix) that they say is windproof and wicks moisture away from the body. The Osen is sure to turn heads with its unique look. Available Fall 2014 for $329. http://catalog.bergans.us/
Santa Fe woman’s boot from Woolrich
The folks at Woolrich, easily one of the oldest companies found at Outdoor Retailer, is expanding its footprint by launching a footwear collection in the Fall of 2014. The launch is diverse, stylish and aggressive. The Santa Fe ($255) is a tall boot with front lacing for looks and a zipper for easy access. The leather shoe features Woolrich wool on the sides and is lined on the inside. This is one boot you won’t want to cover with pants.
Neckwarmer/hoodie from Buff
This combination neckwarmer/hood is designed for skiers or snowboarders to wear under a helmet and includes a neckwarmer lined with Polartec fleece to keep the cold and snow off your neck and from sneaking down your jacket. Buff, known for its sun protection gear, is launching a number of balaclavas and thermal hoodies for winter recreationalists. Available Fall 2014 for $40. www.buffwear.com
Stormin kids’ boot from Kamik
The three-season Stormin boot from Kamik has a neoprene upper and a Zeus RubberHe outsole. Kamik says the boot is 23 percent lighter than other neoprene boots and includes an anti-bacterial treatment to help when your kids have stinky feet. The Stomin comes in children’s sizes 6-11 and eight colors ($79.99). Available Fall 2014. www.kamik.com
Targhee boot for infants from KEEN
Got an early hiker? KEEN is ready for them; at least to make them look like one. KEEN has taken its popular Targhee boot for adults and made it available for infants ranging in sizes from 0 to 24 months. Another option is the Rover, a quilted nylon boot with a soft polyester lining. Both styles will be available Fall 2014 for $38. www.keenfootwear.com
DriDown Rain Jacket from Sierra Designs
Many rain jackets are designed as shells and provide little in the form of warmth. This jacket is for folks who know they will be in wet and cold situations. The shell is stitch-free and protects 600-fill DriDown. The jacket blocks wind, but allows moisture from the inside to escape. It weighs 19 ounces, will run $299 and be available Fall 2014. www.sierradesigns.comNext Page >
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