At the Summer Outdoor Retailer Market many products unveiled are as much about design as they are tech and function. From the inflatable solar lantern to footwear that is a stylish shoe with the inside of a flip flop; these brands are as much about design as they are about function and ease of use. The majority of these products are available now or will be available by January of 2015.
Sherpani Luggage Sherpani's new line of spinner luggage is as stylish as it is functional. Why we love it: It's beautiful, very lightweight (less then 4 lbs), has 4 maneuverable wheels, has an internal toiletry bag, 30 denier ripstop silicon coated paneling, and as with all Sherpani gear a lifetime warranty. There is also an entire line of matching totes, and slings to complete your travel set. All products will be available this Fall.
Sanuk is expanding its Sidewalk Surfers line to full on laceup shoes and ballet flats. All with the comfortable yoga mat footbed that we love with their flops. Stylish and comfortable, and we can wear them to work? Yes please.
Hari Mari is expanding their flip flop lines to include the new Dunes. These are perfect for the boat, the outsole is made with 100% carbon free rubber so they are non marking, and the foot bed incoporates a wave-pattern which works to chanel away water and improve foot traction in wet conditions. As with all of Hari Mari's flip flops they have the patented memory foam toe and gives $3 for every pair purchased to help kids battling cancer receive treatments vital to their recovery.
PacSafe has expanded its line of RFID blocking, slashguard luggage, backpacks and bags to include a new urban line of handbags, totes and packs. They are stylish and functional and more importantly as close as you will find to a true anti-theft bag. Every detail down to the zippers that interlock to leashes that will strap your purse to the chair you are sitting in are designed to deter theft and keep your belongings safe.
Luci Solar Lights by MPowered This was perhaps the coolest thing I saw at OR. Its an inflatable, solar powered lantern that is fully waterproof, shatterproof, rechargeable, extremely bright, and will hold a charge for up to 12 hours and stay bright all night. Available in clear, frosted and colored these are the new "lava" lamp that is ideal for camping, hiking, outdoor patio parties, or a flashlight for your glovebox.
HappeSeat MicroFiber Seat Cover With a micro fiber top and a non slip bottom this is the easiest solution I have found for a portable seat cover to use after a muddy hike. There are no elastic straps just one buckle that slips around the headrest, and it is machine washable. It rolls up easily to fit in your glove compartment or trunk and is essential if you own a dog and go hiking along the Wasatch Front. This is available locally at Dicks or Sports Chalet.