The bi-annual Outdoor Retailer Market is back in Salt Lake City for its winter showcase. After a record breaking summer event, OR is giving people a sneak peek of what’s to come in 2012. Retailers, exhibitors and media will come together at the Salt Palace Jan. 19-22 for the 2012 trade show. Here’s a the Salt Lake mag scoop of a few of the hottest products to come out of Utah, and a little extra on the side.
New at the OR, the BlenderBottle SportMixer. Though BlenderBottle, a Pleasant Grove-based company launched in 2000, the brand has now unveiled the SportMixer. It has the same BlenderBall, a stainless-steel wire whisk that really shakes thinks up, but it’s gone through a well-deserved overhaul to add some sporty flair. For starters, the SportMixer is designed to act both as mixer and water bottle. Note the SportLoop at the top and the handgrip in the middle, making the bottle perfect to grab on the go. SportMixers are $14.99. Visit www.blenderbottle.com for more info.
Introducing H2O Gear (H2OG). Out of Cottonwood Heights comes a new line from an old passion. Dean Cummings has been leading winter sport expeditions in Alaska for the past 16 years, and he's been a guide for the past 20. Now, he's launching his own line of gear and goods for outdoor enthusiasts, specifically guides. Case and point, HTOG makes the Tusk Guide Pack, complete with easy access for a shovel blade and avalanche probe. For those of us who won't be guiding others through the unknown, H2OG works for the perfect balance between professional adventuring and good 'ol fashioned day triping.
This distribution company out of West Valley City had some neat companies to share. First, there was Majesty Skis and Contract Snowboards- the two Polish companies in their first year on the American market. Then there were the Karvena helmets. They were lightweight with and adjustable comfort dial. But the fleece lining was what sold them. That fleece lining keeps their helmets stylish and comfortable, as well as functional. Running at $74.99, this helmet is available at www.karvena.com.
Black Diamond Equipment
Classic Utah outdoor company Black Diamond Equipment knows how to bring the competition, and their Canyenne glove line is heating up the industry. Canyenne gloves have battery-powered heating for the skier or snowboarder who can't keep warm. The three-level heating system allows wearers to stay comfortable in any condition, and the chargeable battery offers 10 hours of warmth. These gloves don't even look self-heating at first glance. Only a few buttons and a zipper that give them away. The $399.95 gloves will make their way onto the market in 2012.
Not that ski masks are creepy or anything, but Beard Head's line of knit hats and beards are just funny. The Los Angeles company has been around for three years know, but this is their first year at the OR. Beard Head was sporting their classic pieces with a twist. They're now making the beards detachable from the hats so buyers can mix-'n-match their favorite styles with their favorite colors. Beards have never been so warm or so fun. Ranging from $24.99-$44.99, this wonderful- albeit ridiculous- alternative is rocking the head gear world.