Outdoor Retailer Winter 2015
Every Year, thousands of brands, retailers, media, and other outdoor industry folks gather in Salt Lake City to show off and see the latest and greatest for the following seasons. For any person who loves the outdoors and the gear associated with the outdoors, this is like visiting the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory as a little kid.
One of the things that we look for at Outdoor Retailer is to see if there are any technologies that allow you to better enjoy your activities including lighter weight, lower price, more warmth, more durable, and so forth. While trends aren’t as fast and abundant as the fashion or tech industry, the outdoor industry is doing its best to keep up with today’s consumers which is critical to keep the industry alive. Today, you have to know what the ever popular and important millennials want, but companies also want to make sure they’re not alienating their core audience by straying too far from their core competencies.
The challenge with chasing trends and trying to attract a new audience with different tastes is whether you can make a unique product while maintaining a high quality end product. As some of you may have noticed, retro or “heritage” styles are hot right now. The big question is, how do you replicate something that was popular 40 years ago using similar designs without using sacrificing all the innovation that has gone into products over the years.
As a website that focuses on innovation and technology, we have to admit, we have been a bit skeptical with this trend. Most of us are purist outdoor enthusiasts with our gear, but we also love to see more people getting outside. If that means adding styles to get new generations outside, we’re all for it.
2015/16 Winter Gear Preview from Outdoor Retailer
Fischer PROFOIL – $275.00
Powered by Fischer’s new Crown Technology and made from polyethylene, PROFOIL is a revolutionary waterproof, super-lightweight backcountry ski base attachment. Optimized for enhanced glide climbing, PROFOIL allows you to lengthen your uphill stride with permanent grip in all conditions. PROFOIL’s waterproof material prevents water absorption, thus eliminating weight gain while ascending. Available for Fischer Transalp and Ranger skis in 15/16.
Black Diamond Deployment Hybrid Hoody – $249
The BD Deployment Hoody offers an extended comfort range across the spectrum of seasons, conditions and mountain pursuits. By strategically combining ultralight Schoeller softshell fabric and PrimaLoft Silver Hi-Loft insulation in the body and sleeves with their merino-blend Deployment fabric under the arms and on the back, the Deployment Hybrid strikes a functional balance between insulation and breathability that eliminates unnecessary layering adjustments throughout the day. An integrated mesh lining helps manage moisture on steep approaches, crux pitches and technical descents, while a zippered chest pocket (men’s only) and zippered hand pockets ride above your harness and store small essentials.
The North Face Modulator ABS – $999
Do you have a pack that fits your probe, shovel, and gear just perfect with the only problem being is that it doesn’t have an airbag system? The North Face has come up with a new ABS system for backcountry skiers that allows you to connect an airbag system to any pack, big or small. This is a separate system that has it’s own harness which eliminates the problem of old pack straps getting weakened through sun damage or rips and tears. So whether you’re doing a day tour, hut trip, or summit trip, the Modulator ABS can adjust.
Atomic Backland Carbon Light Touring Boot – $1,000
New for 2015, Atomic is entering the growing backcountry scene. There are a number of sweet new touring boots in the Backland line that will be sure to appeal to many types of backcountry skiers. The Backland Carbon Light Boot weighs in at 1,040 grams per boot for men’s and 1,000 grams per boot for women’s. The Atomic Blackland Carbon Light boot features a rockered sole, carbon spine, frictionless pivot, and has 74 degrees of motion. This is by far not the lightest boot in the backcountry ski scene, but it is a workhorse that you’ll be able to depend on with all your touring adventures.
Columbia HeatZone 1000 TurboDown Hooded Jacket – $450
When it comes to keeping you warm in cold weather, Columbia is no stranger. In 2014, Columbia introduced Turbo Down which incorporates water resistant down and Omni Heat into a puffy. New for Winter 15/16, they take it a step further where the designers increased the functionality of the jacket adding in more durable fabric in the high wear areas including the arms and shoulders. This jacket is great for those cold days out on the mountain while skiing, snowboarding, etc.
Big Agnes Long Draw Parka – $300
For the lady that’s looking for warmth while still staying in style, the Big Agnes Long Draw Down Park is just that and then some. For style, this jacket hugs the curves to provide a form fitting look with the bulk of your typical down jacket and also offers better heat and warmth distribution. The nylon rip-stop shell is wind and water resistant and the DownTek fill will hold warmth in wet conditions.
Patagonia Refugative Jacket – $499
The Refugative Jacket by Patagonia uses lightweight and stretchy 3-layer GORE-TEX® fabric with Gore® C-Knit backer technology in a fully featured, packable hard shell. This jacket features watertight two-way zippers for venting and specially engineered Optimal Visibility Hood adjusts with single-pull strap embedded cord-lock system to fit equally well with or without a helmet. Not seen here, but will be reviewed shortly is the new backcountry pack line by Patagonia featuring 20,30, & 40 L pack sizes.
Sugoi Zap Run Jacket – $160
Introducing the zap reflectivity that is designed for high visibility when lighted by car lights, headlamps, or flashlights. The Sugoi Zap Run Jacket is breathable yet the water resistant fabric keeps you comfortable in the elements. This jacket is perfect for the runner that wants and needs to be seen while running the city streets or backcountry roads.
Evolv Cruzer Tech – $95
For the guy or gal that wants to have a casual shoe that can also perform a little while climbing, the Evolv Cruzer Tech Shoe is just the answer. This shoe is not only stylish, but it can also incorporates Trax rubber with edging performance. It’s upper is made with a synthetic leather for durability and the last comes from a trail running shoe design. So the next time you’re on your run and decide to do a little impromptu climbing, this is your go-to-shoe. Yes, it also looks good with jeans!
Brunton Lightwave Amp – $210
New for 2015, our friends over at Brunton are mixing up the lighting scene by bringing you all the joys of a concert without the inflated ticket prices and overpriced beers. The Brunton Lightwave Rock Star is not only an LED light that will brighten up your campsite, but it will also play music through its bluetooth speaker. There are four models in the Lightwave line that feature rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, USB connection ports to charge personal electronics, and an IPX4 water-resistant design. The LIGHTWAVE AMP features an ultra-bright 400-lumen light when set on maximum brightness, a reach arable 21,000mAh lithium-ion battery, and integrated Bluetooth controlled lighting and speaker systems. The lighting system on the AMP, controlled by an integrated Bluetooth system driven by Brunton’s B-SYNC app, features SOS and emergency lighting functions. With a RGB colored LED lighting system and the capability to synchronize lights and sounds to music, the lantern has an infinite range of possible settings. A Micro USB input and three USB output ports for phone and tablet charging.
Lowa Innox EVO GTX Lo’s
Gone are the days where every hiking boot and shoe is heavy and clunky. New for fall/winter 2015, Lowa introduces the Innox EVO GTX Lo which is a great lightweight hiker that fits like a running shoe. This is an athletically-inspired shoe designed for cold and wet weather, do-it-in-a-day pursuits and as a summer trail shoe. Lightweight seamless synthetic upper for comfort. LOWA’s lightweight Bi-density Dura2™ Foam PU MONOWRAP® construction for shock absorption, long lasting support and stability. Enduro EVO outsole. Women’s version constructed on women’s specific last.
Chaco Women’s Barbary $150
New for Fall 15, Chaco has a number of new styles to add to their line that blend both fashion and function. The Chaco Barbary is a is a winter boot with a variegated wool fold-down collar and a mix of wool and water resistant, full-grain leather in the upper, as well as a plush, wool-fleece lining. This is a great way boot for mild winter hikes and nights out on the town.
Saucony Nomad TR – $110
For the trail runner who loves the Saucony Kinvara but wants a little more cushion, Saucony has been listening. The Nomad TR is built on the Saucony Kinvara last, but it adds a little more cushion and adds a little more room in the toebox. The shoe weighs in at 9.2 oz which is nice and light for a trail shoe, but still offers the protection you’re looking for in a trail shoe.
Brooks Pure Grit 4 – $120
For the lovers of the Brooks Pure line, you’ll be excited to see Brooks has made a few changes to the Pure Grit trail running shoe. This shoe is both protective and lightweight combining aggressive traction with a close-to-foot fit giving runners the tools to pick their line and conquer the trail. The updates include q 3D Fit Print technology eliminates seams in the upper to hug the foot closely so runners can comfortably feel more of thetrail. The updated upper incorporates the powerful hex lug pattern from the outsole into all of the high wear zones, giving runners the confidence to get out and master the trail. Shoe Drop – 4mm, Shoe Weight – Men’s 10.1 oz. , Women’s – 8.2 oz.