On August 24, 2015, Outdoor Retailer announced that the show will stay in Salt Lake City through 2018 as specialty retailers and exhibitors that were surveyed indicated a significant preference for keeping the show in Salt Lake. Rumors for the future location of the show were running rampant at the 2015 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market with places such as Orlando, Las Vegas and Colorado. But it seems the Beehive State has proven to be the favored location once again.
With so much exciting new gear coming out for spring/summer 2016 and great news that the OR Show is here to stay for a few more years, here’s part two of the ORSM 15 gear highlights.
Eureka – Camp Comfort Sleep System
Do you or someone you know have a tendency to slide all over the tent or car during sleep while out camping? Eureka! decided to remedy that by coming out with their Camp Comfort Sleep System. This system significantly reduces slipping and sliding between bag, pad and tent floor without the use of connectors, snaps or sleeves. Instead, the sleep system features Stealth-Grip fabric technology that is a specifically designed polyester fabric that creates a no-slip interface between sleeping bag, sleeping pad/bed, and tent. The Camp Comfort Sleep System integrates new products in three different categories: sleeping bags, air pad/air bed, and accessory tent floors.
Jetboil Genesis 2 Burner System stove
JetBoil introduced their compact and capable Genesis 2 Burner System stove. This stove can fuel the most demanding crew before and after their adventures as the clamshell, fold-out two-burner propane stove provides plenty of power – 10,000 BTUs each – which makes it capable of boiling one liter of water in three minutes inside the five liter fluxing pot. If you need more cooking capacity, just link a Luna satellite burner or another Genesis Stove with the Jetlink system. MSRP $350 for the Genesis 2 Burner System stove and $39.95 for the Jetlink hose.
Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 2 Tent
Mountain Hardwear’s Ghost UL 2 Tent is their lightest freestanding, two-person tent, designed for the fast-moving backcountry adventurer, at only two pounds two ounces. Using a 20D fabric that is actually lighter than a 10D fabric Mountain Hardwear has used before, the fibers in the Ghost UL 2 are stronger in the weave, and it’s also not immersed in PU coating. The tent delivers solid protection from the elements with a full taped fly, taped perimeter seams and welded corners and guy-clip anchors. MSRP $449.
Bernzomatic ST500 three-in-one Outdoor Micro Torch
The Bernzomatic ST500 three-in-one Outdoor Micro Torch is a handy tool to have while out camping. It converts into a micro torch, hot blower or hot knife. You can cut rope, repair tackle and light an instant campfire with this lightweight portable tool. The refillable butane micro torch features an electric ignition, integrated stand, flame lock and flame adjust. MSRP $30.
AVEX 3Sixty Pour
AVEX featured their new 3Sixty Pour bottle which is its first-ever thermal bottle. The 3Sixty Pour comes with a new technology in the 360-degree cap which eliminates the guessing game of where the cap opens with its 360-degree pour interface. The bottle has a double-walled cap and easy-clean lid. Depending on size, the 3Sixty Pour keeps drinks hot for up to 24 hours and cold up to 50 hours. MSRP $29.99 (24 oz.), $36.99 (40 oz.).
Leatherman created a brilliant travel-friendly and stylish bracelet that has interchangeable links, but they’re not your typical links on a bracelet. Each link is designed to offer a variety of tools that allows the user to solve everyday problems or respond to critical situations. No more confiscating your Leatherman at the airport through security. The Tread may have the security officers asking you where they can get one. The links are crafted of high strength, corrosion-resistant stainless steel links that make a total of 29 usable features. MSRP $150.
Cotopaxi Luzon Del Dia backpack
Cotopaxi gave free reign to the creators of the Luzon Del Dia backpack as far as complete creative license over the pack’s colorway. Each pack is truly one-of-a-kind with a unique color scheme and stitched together with the utmost attention to detail so you have a dependable and functional pack. One of the goals of the Del Dia was to celebrate factory workers that too often remain unsung. Read the story behind the Cotopaxi Luzon Del Dia backpack. It’ll make you love it even more. MSRP $49.00
Mystery Ranch Glacier backpack
Mystery Ranch launched a new mountain line for spring 2016, and these packs look ready to take on whatever expedition or outdoor adventure you intend on immersing yourself in. The Glacier backpack is a classic top-loading pack with a dual draw cord shroud that increases weather resistance and allows for upward expansion. Two compartments on the lid provide organization and load control while the SpeedZip compartment gives you quick access to your sleeping bag. The pack has vertical long pockets for external organization, ice axe loops, daisy chain and dual side compression as well as a double-layered differential bottom for added durability. MSRP $350.