Gear Reviews

The 10 Most Memorable Things We Saw at Outdoor Retailer

From snowshoes to a treehouse tent, these ten things caught our eye in Salt Lake.

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Arctic Grip

Vibram‘s new material stuck like glue to wet ice when we tried it on the show floor. It will be available exclusively Wolverine brands (including Saucony, Hush Puppies, and Merrell) for one year, and more widely after that. –Adam Roy

yak wool

KnixWear’s Evolution Bra ($55) was an instant hit with our female staff. It’s reversible, underwire-free, quick-drying, supportive, and—based on our quick initial show-floor testing—super comfy. –Rachel Zurer


Tree tents: the wave of the future? If you need to camp off the ground, Tentsile has you covered. –Heather Balogh

Atlas Run Snowshoes

Love to move fast in the snow? The Atlas Run snowshoes with the Speed Helix Binding have a unique low profile binding system with a BOA enclosure–fun for a running snowshoe. –Heather Balogh

approach shoes

The La Sportiva Tx 3 ($130) have super sticky rubber on the bottom and seem killer for scrambly routes.


The new SCOTT Alpride Airbag($800) is only 800 grams, and inflates in three seconds. According to the company, it’s the lightest avy airbag on the market.


HydraPak’s ArcticFusion hydration tube ($18) fits on any reservoir that has a standard quick-release. Its TPU foam extends all the way around the bite valve, and it supposedly keeps water flowing even after an hour at -20°F. –Rachel Zurer


They’re not gear, but you could take them home.

It was a gear wonderland: over five days at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2016, our editors and writers saw thousands of new outdoor products, from skis to sporks to apparel. While we haven’t had a chance to test any of them yet, these ten things stood out at the show.