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2014 Outdoor Retailer: Outdoor Equipment

My favorite part of the Outdoor Retailer shows is checking out all of the new gear on display.  I am, for better and for worse, a gear junkie and I love seeing all of the cool new product gear manufacturers are coming out with.  Here is a selection of my favorite gear from this year's show.


Zippo's new '4-in-1 Woodsman™' looks pretty awesome and would be great in the back of our 4Runner.  Zippo says:
The 4-in-1 Woodsman™ converts to an axe and bow saw to help cut your way through a jungle of brush and tough limbs fast. A mallet and stake puller helps you set up a pop-up blind and take it down with ease. Carry this product to your campsite and have a mallet, a stake puller, a 15" bow saw that cuts oak up to 4” in diameter, and a hatchet with a 5” blade. Call it a handy camping tool or a survival tool, no tool gives you more capability for the weight or the money. 

2014 Outdoor Retailer: Footwear


"Two cords and a sole.  Created for your feet." - That is the motto of Keen's new sandal that is, well, UNEEK!  Launched earlier this summer, UNEEK tosses out conventional sandal/shoe design principals and and sought to develop an entirely new way to create the upper portion of a shoe.
Using innovative two cord construction, KEEN UNEEK molds to your feet for the perfect fit. The two cords and a simple, free-moving cord junction design allow the upper to move and adapt to the shape of foot. This construction provides freedom of movement while providing security and structure. - Keen's product description
UNEEK is currently available for sale, in limited sizes, and retails for $100.

Nikon D610 Review

Nikon D610
$1896.95 @Adorama

24.3MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor
EXPEED 3 Image Processor

Continuous Shooting up to 6 fps
Multi-CAM 4800 AF Sensor with 39 Points

First came the D3 and the people rejoiced. Nikon had made a full frame camera that handled digital noise better than any camera before it. Then came the D700, and the people added a grip and rejoiced... It seems a long time since the D3 was released and by looking at a time line you can see the awesome cameras and new features that have launched with each model upgrade, and I am not just talking Nikon. Each brand has contributed to the amazing cameras we use today. Nikon currently has 5 full frame models, although one might as well be obsolete in my honest opinion. We have the D3x, D4s, D800, D610, and the Df.

2014 Outdoor Retailer: Events

Well it is that time of year when equipment manufacturers, retail shops, and media converge on Salt Lake city for the annual Outdoor Retailer Summer Market.  Touted as the largest outdoor sports show of its kind, the OR Summer Market is the place to find next year's hottest items and discover the latest trends in outdoor apparel, equipment, and gadgets.  In years past, we have witnessed the explosion of paddle boarding, the evolution of tents, and the launch of start-up outdoor companies.

OR Show Events

The Outdoor Retailer Summer Market is so much more than just companies showing off their latest gear and apparel.  Companies use the event to socialize and several events are scheduled throughout the OR Show.  This year Krista and I decided to include these in our show coverage to help you get a better feel for what goes on at the show.

Timex Ironman ONE GPS+ Launch Party
Anette S. Olsen, Chairman of Timex Group, talks about Timex's History

This year we started off the Summer Market with Timex's launch party for their new IRONMAN ONE GPS+ watch.  Designed in conjunction with Qualcomm and ATT, the IRONMAN ONE GPS+ watch provides GPS fitness tracking, built-in music player, and phone-free communication through a color touchscreen display.  The built-in connection to ATT's cellular network provides phone-free messaging and a host of other 'real-time' internet based fitness tracking without the need to connect the watch to a smartphone.