If you love the outdoors like we do, you probably have your favorite pieces of gear: they could be the snowshoes that open up a world of winter hiking, the splitboard that lets you skin up backcountry hillsides, the perfect hoodie that you wear on all your winter outings.
If this describes you, chances are also that a visit to your local outfitter feels a little like a visit to a grown-up toy store. Everywhere are tools for fun, and every visit seems to tease with you more and more possibilities for going outside (and parting with your money).
Outdoor Retailer, the bi-annual gear show of the Outdoor Industry Association, is that toy store writ large. Hundreds of brands large and small, from The North Face to specialty outfits like Xero Shoes, fill up the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah to show off their latest, most cutting edge wares. It’s like the Consumer Electronics Show of the outdoors, filled with too-cool toys and gear not yet available in stores.
The Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, in particular, is a window into the big stories in winter sports. There to spot the latest trends and bring you a sneak peak at the gear you’ll be coveting next year is our special correspondent Peter Koch.
DAY 1: Down Is Out?
The soaring price of down is forcing gear companies to innovate new insulation
DAY 2: No Lift Pass? No Problem.
Uphill skiing is on the rise at resorts across America, expanding the market for lightweight ski touring gear
DAY 4: Tech-Styles
One standout gadget symbolizes the booming wearable technology market
BEST IN SHOW
Our 12 top picks from the showroom floor
BEST NEW TECH
12 new technologies that could change how you experience the outdoors