Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2017 Highlights
The 2017 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market that spanned over three days this year instead of the traditional four days, saw the familiar plaid and flannel shirts bustling through the many sections of retailers presenting their future fall/winter lines for the outdoor industry. More open space and areas for sitting were added to this year’s winter show and, as always, there were exciting new things to add to one’s never ending wish list of outdoor gear. From initiatives to save the world to the attention to detail in fabrics and technology, here are some of the highlights from the show.
Mountain Hardwear Impact Initiative
Climate change is drastically affecting not only the outdoor playground that so many of us enjoy and love but it’s also having a negative effect on surrounding flora and fauna that is vital to livelihood. The focus of the Impact Initiative is to inspire, inform and engage others to help protect the outdoors. There are many heroes among us now that are doing what they can to make a difference, encouraging others to do the same. If we want to keep having the privilege to explore the outdoors and its mysterious beauty, we have to do our part to help conserve it and spread the wealth to the future generation of outdoor enthusiasts. Visit the Rainforest Connection to see how one of these impact initiatives is making a difference.
Mountain Hardwear StretchDown DS Jacket
The Mountain Hardwear StretchDown DS jacket is one that breaks free of the grid pattern which brings standout style and discontinuous lines. It’s an incredibly warm, light and stretchy fabric jacket, and the groundbreaking stretch-weld channel construction traps more warmth than standard stitching. Insulation is Nikwax Hydrophobic Down™ with a 30D nylon plain weave lining and dynamic-stretch knit body. MSRP $340
Mystery Ranch Saddle Peak Backpack
The Mystery Ranch Saddle Peak backpack is a durable backcountry, winter-specific pack in a tombstone style with a combination of 330D Cordura, 500D nylon and a robust PU coating which makes it tough and abrasion resistant. The pack has options for diagonal and A-frame ski carry, a streamlined avalanche pocket for safety gear, a top pocket for goggles, and it adjusts to the height of your back. The pack allows you to grab essentials while on the move with the body panel zipper. MSRP $229
Parley for the Oceans and adidas TERREXParley for the Oceans addresses major threats towards our oceans, and they believe the power for change lies in the hands of the consumer. They raise awareness for the beauty and fragility of the oceans and collaborate on projects that conserve and protect them. Parley partnered up with adidas TERREX and created footwear and performance tees integrating Parley Ocean Plastic which is recycled ocean plastic. The TERREX Parley tee and TERREX Parley shoe will release in spring/summer 2017.
Salomon X Alp Ski
The Salmon X Alp Ski was designed to be lightweight for the ascent and stable for the descent. Made with karuba woodcore and thin-ply reinforcements of basalt and fiberglass, the reinforced core underfoot provides solid screw retention. There’s an extra layer of flax in the tip that increases the stiffness and dampness of the ski which in turn cuts down on chatter and deflection. MSRP $850