BACKPACKER Goes to the 2011 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market

We're getting a sneak peak at all the new gear heading to the stores.
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We're getting a sneak peak at all the new gear heading to the stores.

It wasn't pretty, but a handful of BACKPACKER staffers have arrived in Salt Lake City to tour the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market and get the scoop on all the gear that will be flooding stores over the next year.

A freak winter snowstorm in Boulder left us running for the last plane with seats for 24 hours. Sadly, senior editor Shannon Davis didn't make the mad dash and was forced to slog back to Boulder and finish out the week in the office. :(

But while Shannon edits the April Gear Guide (by hiimself) we'll be handling the latest and greatest in tents, skis, apparel, sleeping bags, etc. etc. I for one have a docket full of socks and dog gear. Nothing is left uncovered. So if there's gear you're curious about, drop us a note in the comments below or on our Facebook page. We'll be posting regularly (internet willing) with the cool and quirky we find on the show floor.

- Katie Herrell, BP Web Producer