Tree House tent Mike Cecot-Scherer reviews his tent design on the show floor. Mark LeBeau 35 of 52
Tenkara USA Keeper New from Tenkara USA is a line holder and mini fly box. Mark LeBeau 36 of 52
NAU NAU was started by a group founders from the outdoor industry to combine outdoor tech, urban design, and sustainability. Men’s designer is Peter Kallen and the women’s designer is Carma Ferrier. Mark LeBeau 37 of 52
Petzl Tibloc This is a redesign of one of the simplest pieces of climbing hardware. A small spring is added to increase performance. Mark LeBeau 38 of 52
Big Agnes Big Agnes added integrated lighting system in most of their tents. Mark LeBeau 41 of 52
Handmade sunglasses Mark LeBeau 42 of 52
Garmin VIRB action camera Garmin updated their VIRB action camera. Mark LeBeau 43 of 52
Gerber mini tools Mark LeBeau 44 of 52
Yeti Yeti has experienced 100% growth each of the last four years. They're hiring. Mark LeBeau 45 of 52
Princeton Tec Lantern This featured lantern collapses. Mark LeBeau 46 of 52
Boreas Gear New line of packs and carrying cases from Boreas. Mark LeBeau 47 of 52
Liz Clark ALITE is the casual camping brand of Boreas Gear. Here Alite designer Liz Clark shows off the new stuff. Mark LeBeau 48 of 52
ALITE ALITE picnic gear for a more casual outdoor experience. Mark LeBeau 49 of 52
ALITE Spork Mark LeBeau 50 of 52
Hand-carved Knives from Hella Norway Mark LeBeau 51 of 52
Hella Norway Mark LeBeau 52 of 52
Outdoor Retailer has been growing steadily with this year's record attendance of nearly 25,000 visitors. The largest and most comprehensive outdoor sport show of its kind, this year's summer market was especially interesting for designers. OR has been offering designers a special $100 registration pass. This is less than 1/5th the cost for non-buyers or non-exhibiting manufacturers at $535.
This brought a special community of designers together through the IDSA rapid fire sessions put on by Jason Belaire (IDSA Western District VP and Board Member) and the 5th annual Product Underground presented by Alite Designs, Boreas Gear and JAM Media Collective. A few years ago this event was held in a small basement. This year it moved to the Jeanne Wagner Theater venue within the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center with a full house.
At the show there was the usual assortment of new outdoor equipment, new off the wall designs from entrepreneurs, and innovations from crowdfunded start-ups. In years past there has been a steady increase in solar, battery, power up tech and stand up paddle boards. This year I was surprised to see a lot more personal mobility like the Onewheel and the Boosted Skateelectric.