Outdoor Retailer Summer Market Preview

Today marks the start of the 2011 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show. Sadly, I will not be in attendance this year.   It is by far the largest US show for the Outdoor Industry.  Words cannot express just how much I will be missing out on.  With roughly 1,300 booths and over 20,000 people in attendance, this is set to be the largest OR to date.  Here is a quick look at some of the new gear and a few attractions OR has to offer.

Wolverine Pulsar Low-Cut Hikers:  Utilizing Wolverine's ICS, you can customize the cushion level of these waterproof light hikers by rotating the gel disc integrated into the heel of the footbed.  Make adjustments for your particular feet or that day's activity.  Combined with the Pulsar's exceptional fit lacing system and a Vibram rubber lug outsole, these shoes will take you anywhere and keep you comfortable the entire time...  Available Spring 2012

Columbia's Bug Jacket:  Nothing can ruin a back-country trip like a nasty Mosquito infestation.  When your bug spray just won't cut it, bust out this uber-light, bug-repellent infused mesh jacket and keep even the most ferocious pests at bay.  Flip up the hood and pull the draw-string waist tight and you have maximum protection.  Available January 2012 with a suggested retail price of $90.

Keen's Backseat Backpacks:  Here is one of those products you look at and think to yourself, "how has no one thought of this before?"  Kill two birds with one stone; a day-pack with an integrated camp chair.  A full featured pack with a 3 liter hydration reservoir and  enough room for a full day's worth of gear.... Brilliant!  MSRP: $120

Mad River's Serenade Hybrid:  Can't decide if you want to get a new canoe or a new kayak?  Why decide?  Mad River gives you the best of both worlds in one snazzy package.  Get the stability and maneuverability of a kayak with the storage and simplicity of a canoe.  You are looking at my new boat folks...  MSRP $1399 and up...

Win a Custom Landcruiser:  Mountain Khakis and KAFM Solar-Powered Community Radio are raffling off a sweet custom '87 Landcruiser.  This thing is ready for any back woods terrain you can throw at it.  $20 buys you a chance to win.  You don't have to go to OR or be there to win.  Get your tickets HERE, just don't plan to win 'cause this thing is gonna be in MY garage, I hope :)

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