new colors. technical fabrics. fresh rubber. shiny pvc. 

Twice a year we walk into the Salt Palace, reminded how much we love the outdoor industry. Outdoor Retailer is every outdoor enthusiasts dream come true; it's your favorite outdoor shop multiplied by 1,300. Electornics, tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, paddle boards, footwear, apparel, and accessories galore. Imagine 200,000 shiny new objects under one roof. In summary, it's glorious!

The biggest brands had upwards of 7,000 square feet to show their awesomeness; smaller, new brands had just 100 square feet to get their foot in the door. As for us, we had 400 square feet on the main aisle and we rocked every foot! 

We were excited to show off new additions to our lines, including: no sew replacement parts, an improved ReviveX waterproofing formula,  camouflage CORDURA repair patches, a microfiber towel with a sewn-in pocket, and the ability to print anything from knots to games on our microfiber towels (think chess in the wilderness!).

We celebrated 30 years with a cupcake party.

We raised money for #takeakidoutside.

We met with our partners, friends and advocates. After six days of blood, sweat and tears (okay, no blood or tears), we flew home exhilerated and excited to share. Here's a some things we loved around the show:

Yeti debuts a new ice blue color, and an ice bucket! 

Not brand spanking new, but still awesome: Chuckit's dog friendly soccer balls & football!

#takeakidoutside with awesome games from Ogosport! For kids of all ages.

Forget the boat, take a fishing kayak out to catch those big fish. Current Designs uses outriggers to add balance while still giving the angler a sleek kayak that goes fast and is easy to turn.

The BOA lacing system that has been so popular in Snowboarding boots is coming to all types shoes!

Last but not least, Sierra Designs COMPLETELY redesigned the sleeping bag. In fact, they don't even call it a sleeping bag anymore; meet the backcountry quilt (and their goofy demo dudeman!).

In summary, it was a great show and you're going to love Spring 2014 gear. Let us know what you want us to check out next time!

 Originally Published: Aug 8, 2013