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”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vibram Flow: “FiveFingers technology, updated.”

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

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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.