The Outdoor Retailer Summer Market Scoop

The Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City, held this week, Aug. 9 – 12, is the Sundance Film Fest for outdoorsy types, with parties, press conferences, media appearances, and endless swag. Hundreds of companies announce products for 2008 at the show. What’ll be hot and cool this season in Salt Lake? Here’s what caught my eye so far. . .

MSR Hyperflow Microfilter: “lightest, smallest, fastest-pumping filter available”
www.cascadedesigns.com

Patagonia Thatcher: “board-lasted steel shank for support and stability; POLI-CORK footbeds made from 70 percent recycled foam”
www.patagonia.com

Nite Ize Figure 9 Carabiner: “cinch, tie, clip, secure. . .”

www.niteize.com

AeroPress: “Stanford University engineering lecturer invents coffee press for the outdoors.”
www.aerobie.com

Big Agnes Skinny Fish: “20-degree sleeping bag made almost with 100 percent recycled materials.”
www.bigagnes.com

Gregory Whitney 95: “New ‘Response Custom Fit Suspension’ system.”
www.gregorypacks.com

Hydrapak Bantam: “1.5-liter, no-slosh hydration fanny pack.”
www.hydrapak.com

Smith Optics Interlock:
“A re-invention of interchangeable lens technology.”

www.smithinterlock.com

Vibram Flow: “FiveFingers technology, updated.”
www.vibramfivefingers.com

Black Diamond Ion: “Weighs an ounce; the ultimate backup lamp.”

www.blackdiamondequipment.com

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.