Edith Widder once said, “Exploration is the engine that drives innovation. Innovation drives economic growth. So let’s all go exploring.”
These words describe what is brought to the outdoor community as a result of the Outdoor Retailers Show, taking place biannually at the Salt Lake Convention Center.
Over a four-day period, the Outdoor Retailers Show welcomed an estimated 22,000 attendees and more than 1,000 brands debuting products to industry buyers, as well as media. The 2016 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market featured 19 percent of new exhibitors at the show, signaling growth in the industry.
“Outdoor Retailer is the gathering place for specialty retailers and industry brands. This event is the epicenter of our industry, where the entire community can come together to not only conduct business but to celebrate the people and the accomplishments, and to collaborate and engage in a more personal, face-to-face way,” said Marisa Nicholson, vice president and Outdoor Retailer Show director, in a press release. “The outdoor industry is connected by its passion, and Outdoor Retailer is the heart.”
With products from clothing apparel of all types to ski and snowboard gear, outdoor essentials and new technology, the following list are the five best things I saw at the show.
1. Galvani H1 Pro Hand Warmer — If you watch any NFL game during the winter, you may see a sleeve around the waist of a quarterback that he places his hands in to warm them up in the cold weather. Former wide receiver in the Canadian Football League and former NCAA D1 golfer Johnny Forzani and Jesse Galvon decided to bring powered warmth to the traditional hand sleeve discussed above. The Galvani H1 Pro Hand Warmer features a lightweight, powerful heating technology in the sleeve with several temperature settings. Once turned on, the heating mechanism within the sleeve heats up in under 20 seconds to provide warmth for your hands in the cold.
More info: http://galvanitech.com/products/pouch
2. MPowered Inflatable Solar Light — Whether you are an avid backpacker, traditional camper, car camper or have a 72 hour kit for emergencies, the MPowered Inflatable Solar Light is for you. Packing down to 5 inches in diameter and ¾ inch thick, the MPowered Solar Light is the most transportable and brightest solar light I have seen yet. The solar panel is less than 2 mm thick and features 10 LED lights providing 50 lumens of light creating a lighting area of 150 feet. The MPowered Solar Light is also only 4.4 oz. in weight. In direct sunlight, the MPowered Solar Light charges in seven hours, lasts up to six hours, and will retain 95 percent of its charge while in storage. What also sets this small portable light apart from others is that it will still operate in a wide range of temperatures from 15 degrees to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
More info: https://www.mpowerd.com
3. ProShot case for iPhone 6/6s — This is for the iPhone user who wants to be able to take the phone anywhere to capture shots including underwater. The ProShot iPhone case is a waterproof, durable and shockproof housing that you can place your phone into, allowing you to use it anywhere. The benefit of having this case for the phone rather than using other popular POV cameras is that the photo or video can be shot, edited and shared right from your phone, meaning faster sharing into the social media world.
Featuring interchangeable lenses and several accessories, the ProShot can be easily mounted on almost any surface. Of all the great features ProShot provides, the touch screen lid allows you to still touch and use the screen of your phone while it is in the case, allowing you to use the functions of the phone while skiing, snowboarding or even swimming in the pool. ProShot also has built an app to work with the case, allowing you to switch between slow motion video, photos and video options on the ProShot.
4. Flowfold Wallets — If you are in the market for a new wallet but you don’t want the bulk of other wallets, and durability means the most in your purchase, then look no further than Flowfold. Flowfold uses DiamondFiber woven into the minimalist wallets. DiamondFiber is listed among the toughest, lightest and most durable fabrics in the world. DiamondFiber, a fabric that includes Kevlar, was originally designed to be used in racing sailcloth. While they offer a wide variety of products, the Vanguard Bi-fold Wallet caught my attention since it provided many features of a great wallet that you would want, but it is as slim as two credit cards when empty. I attempted to rip, cut and damage the wallet to zero success. Visit their website to view other wallet styles.
More info: http://www.flowfold.com
5. WillyFinder — James Pickard, a very energetic man from the United Kingdom, provided one of the most fun products seen at the show. Pickard and his company WillyFinder are bringing retro back to mainstream in their one-piece snowsuits. With a booth decorated with random items found at the Deseret Industries, the WillyFinder suits matched the ambiance of their booth. Not only are the suits bright and colorful, they will bring you head-turning exposure on the hill. I plan to purchase one very soon, and I will see you on the resort in style.
More info: http://willyfinder.com
Tyler Tate is the owner and operator of T Squared Action Sports, Clean Lines Productions and the senior action sports analyst for 120 Sports TV. Follow Tyler for the best action sports coverage on all social media platforms: T Squared Sports.