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OR Summer Show 23 – Camp Couch

Monday, June 19th, 2023

Camp Couch combines the utility of a climbing crash pad with the convenience of a couch. Fold it up for transport or storage, open it up for some bouldering and then lounge at the end of the day.

Available in about one month.


OR Summer Show 23 – ATR by Lowa

Monday, June 19th, 2023

Introduced a few months ago, the All Terrain Running line of shoes is Lowa’s first foray into EVA sole construction.

This trail running line includes the Citux model which is seen here at the top. It’s offered in Men’s and Women’s versions and is designed for training as well as trail running on steep, fast trails. Citux features a full-length rubber outsole and Dyneva High Rebound Compound, Charger Plate, and EVA shell.

The Amplux model is in the lower portion of the photo and is intended for everyday trail and cross-country running. Also available in Men’s and Women’s sizes, Amplux incorporates a rubber outsole along with full-length high rebound dyneva midsole, charger plate, fore – / midfoot EVA midsole shell, and rear foot EVA midsole shell.


OR Summer Show 23 – Nite Ize RH1 PowerSwitch Rechargeable Headlamp

Monday, June 19th, 2023

Night Ize has launched two new headlamp models, the 600 Lumen RH1 with IPX4 water resistance and the 700 Lumen RH2 with IPX7 waterproofness.

The PowerSwitch dual-power source runs on the included rechargeable lithium ion battery or 3 AAA alkaline batteries (not included).

Features of the RH1:

600 lumens

6 modes (plus lockout) including spot (low, high, blast) and flood (low, high, red)

Headlamp turns on in low mode for easy eye adaptation

Blast mode combines high spot and high flood beams

Red mode illuminates while preserving night vision; red mode is activated by pressing and holding flood button for 2 seconds

Battery-saving lockout mode prevents accidental activation in a pack or pocket; lockout mode is activated/deactivated by pressing and holding either button for 5 seconds

Textured dual-button design allows independent operation of spot and flood modes

Comfortable, high-quality adjustable strap is removable and reflective

Headlamp body tilts 90 degrees for easy beam adjustment

Removable battery pack recharges in approximately 3.5 hrs. using micro USB cable (not included); indicator light turns from red to green when fully charged

Lightweight body weighs only 82 g (2.89 oz.)

Water resistant (IPX4) and impact resistant (drop-tested up to 1 m)

2023 Outdoor Retailer Summer Show

Monday, June 19th, 2023

It will be interesting to see what we find now that OR Summer Show is back home in Salt Lake City.

Outdoor Retailer Parent Company, Emerald, Acquires Consumer Event Specialists, Lodestone Events

Thursday, January 12th, 2023

We are excited to announce the acquisition of consumer event specialists Lodestone Events, producers of the hugely successful Overland Expo series of adventure travel consumer shows. Lodestone is also Outdoor Retailer’s strategic partner on Outdoor Adventure X, Emerald’s first outdoor consumer event. Emerald and Lodestone share a mission to promote, encourage, and celebrate outdoor recreation. 

All Lodestone employees will join the Emerald team, with Lodestone founders Lindsay Hubley and Jessica Kirchner joining Emerald’s management team and continuing to lead the Overland Expo series. In addition, they will oversee Outdoor Adventure X, debuting this June 17-18, 2023, at Snowbasin Resort in Huntsville, Utah. 

Overland Expo is the world’s premier event series for adventure travel enthusiasts and stages four consumer shows annually, one each in Arizona, Oregon, Colorado, and Virginia. Last year, the events attracted nearly 80,000 consumer attendees, 1,300 exhibitors, and 250 journalists. In addition to a wide variety of camping and product demonstrations, attendees had access to 1,700 hours of classroom-style education, roundtable discussions and hands-on instruction across 1,380 sessions.

“Bringing the Overland Expo series of four premier events and Outdoor Adventure X together creates an expansive offering of consumer experiences not seen before in the outdoor community,” said Jeff Davis, group vice president, Emerald. “We look forward to the synergy these iconic gatherings bring to our collective events while creating even greater value for the entire outdoor ecosystem, from manufacturers to retailers and consumers. With the growing demand for outdoor experiences, we are excited to increase the opportunities for consumers to engage directly with their preferred products and brands, as well as discover new gear and opportunities to support their outdoor pursuits.”

“Overland is a growing market segment, recognized and valued by the outdoor industry at large. Overlanders are outdoor enthusiasts and explorers who outfit their vehicles for backcountry adventures, which often include hiking, camping, paddlesports, cycling, and climbing,” said Lindsay Hubley, Managing Partner of Lodestone Events. 

“We’ve spent the last four years enhancing the attendee and client experience at Overland Expo events, developing the brand’s daily digital content offerings, and syndicating the event series into high-demand markets. Our team is more than just consumer event experts; they are passionate about gathering communities of enthusiasts to get trained, outfitted, and inspired for their outdoor adventures. In addition, we are inspired by Emerald’s commitment to connecting enthusiasts with the brands they love in live event environments. We look forward to continuing to enhance the client and attendee experience at events and applying the core business philosophies that have made Overland Expo successful in developing Emerald’s B2C properties,” Hubley added.

Overland Expo joins Emerald’s action and outdoor portfolio of events that includes Outdoor Retailer Winter, Outdoor Retailer Summer, The Summit by Outdoor Retailer, Outdoor Adventure X, Surf Expo, and Shop-Eat-Surf. 

The Outdoor Retailer Team

Outdoor Retailer Announces Finalists for Annual Innovation Awards

Saturday, December 31st, 2022

Finalist products and services will be on display during Outdoor Retailer Snow Show, and winners will be announced live at the awards ceremony on January 11

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, California – (December 15, 2022) – Outdoor Retailer unveiled the finalists today for the fifth annual Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards. An independent panel of expert judges evaluated all 132 entries to determine the 30 finalists, which include innovative new outdoor and winter sport products, fabrics and materials, digital and retail services. All finalists will be on display in the Innovation Gallery during Outdoor Retailer Snow Show from January 10-12, 2023 in the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, and the winners will be announced during the awards ceremony on Wednesday, January 11, in the new Hyatt Regency Salt Lake.

“Congratulations to the finalists of the fifth annual Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards! It’s exciting to see how your innovations can improve the outdoor experience for more people,” said Marisa Nicholson, Outdoor Retailer senior vice president and show director. “Through testing, experimenting, and bringing concepts to life, the companies and the people behind these cutting-edge new products and services are finding solutions and inspiring others to get outside. It’s this innovation that’s moving our industry forward and you’ll discover it first-hand throughout the aisles of Outdoor Retailer. We’re looking forward to celebrating all of the finalists and seeing the winners unveiled on Night 2 of Snow Show.”

The judging panel rated all entries based on four criteria to determine the finalists: Spark: concept, design, appeal; Desire: opportunity, differentiation; Function: innovation, functionality, insight; and Impact: cultural, environmental, business. The panel will now reset their scoring to evaluate the finalists and determine this year’s winners.

The finalists for the fifth annual Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards are:


ALLIED Feather + Down — ExpeDRY Ultra Dry Down

BLUEVIEW Footwear — BLUEVIEW Pacific

Born Outdoor — Badger Bed

Burlington — Natural No Fly Zone

Cardo Systems — Packtalk Outdoor

Db — Snow Pro Vest 8L

Fischer Sports — Fischer TWO

G3 — R3 – Ride. Repeat. Recycle.

Garmin International, Inc. — Edge 1040 Solar

Geartrade — Geartrade Consignment Service

GOES (Global Outdoor Emergency Support) — GOES.health App

Jack Wolfskin — Tapeless Jacket

LAND Energy — Connected CORE Battery Power Platform

Loose Cannon Systems Inc — Milo – The Action Communicator

MADE Apparel — Custom Made-to-Measure Hard Shell Jacket

Nix Biosensors — Nix Hydration Biosensor

On — Cloudneo

Opolis. — StokedSnow Goggles made with Opolis’ patent-pending blend StokedPlastic®

OrthoLite — OrthoLite Cirql


PlsReturnMe.com — Open source lost item/person return and authentication IDs

RightOnTrek, Inc. — Backcountry Meals

Safeback — Safeback SBX


SheFly Apparel — Go Free Legging

Split Skis Ltd — Split Skis Freetour

Steeped Coffee — Peak State Guatemala Medium Roast Coffee (Steeped)

Stoko — K1 Summit

WNDR Alpine — Intention 108

WoolAid Limited — WoolAid Adhesive Bandages

Returning as host for the awards ceremony is Harvard-trained designer, photographer, and climber L. Renee Blount. Working simultaneously in innovation, brand consulting, and storytelling, Blount is helping make the outdoors more accessible through joy. She will announce the winners in a live ceremony in the new Hyatt Regency Salt Lake adjacent to the Salt Palace on the second night of Snow Show, Wednesday, January 11, 2023. Doors open at 6 p.m. MT.

Attendees at Snow Show can learn more about each finalist up close and in person at the Innovation Gallery. Finalists will be on display in the gallery on the show floor throughout the show from January 10-12, 2023.

ORSM 22 – US Camo Corps

Tuesday, June 21st, 2022

With a name like US Camo Corps you’d think this company has something different going on than offering German made “shammies” and sponges. They offer several models which can be reused, pick up water even when wet, and dry quickly.


ORSM 22 – Bridgford

Tuesday, June 21st, 2022

I’m a big fan of Bridgford’s shelf-stable, ready-to-eat sandwiches which are found in US military rations. One of their latest additions to their commercial offerings is the whole wheat fig bar.

If you like fig newtons, you’ll love these.