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Alpine, Cycle / January 12, 2016

Sneak Peek at the 2016 Winter Outdoor Retailer Show

Written by: Devon Balet

Winter is upon us and with all the frozen moisture falling from the sky, the powder hounds are out in full force from Colorado and the West. A new year is also upon us, meaning lots of new gear is being released by your favorite brands. Every January, the outdoor retail industry descends upon Salt Lake City for a four-day showcase of the latest and greatest gear, colors and products.

It’s every gear-head’s dream to attend a show like this, but gaining access isn’t so simple. Without industry credentials you are more likely to get into the Utah State Capital Building. I am here to share a few of my favorites with you to give you a glimpse into the circus known as the Winter Outdoor Retailer Show.

Big Agnes – Goal Zero Tents

The joining of two of my favorite companies makes for one of the best new tents on the market. Remember when tents didn’t have lights built-in? Well, now it’s a thing! Big Agnes launched the mtnGlo line of tents a year ago and it has been a hit. Gone are the days when you had to fumble around in the dark looking for your water bottle or use a bright, intrusive light to do some nighttime reading.

Big Agnes introduced the lightweight Krumholtz UL2 mtnGLO™ and Red Canyon 4 mtnGLO at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2015. The tents keep gadgets powered in the backcountry with a Goal Zero Nomad® 7 Solar Panel and Flip 20 Recharger. The line features an integrated weatherproof cord routing system that allows the solar panel to power electronics inside the tent while keeping out the elements. The Krumholtz and Red Canyon feature a customized Goal Zero Fan and Light-A-Life Mini Lantern, media pockets for electronic device storage and cord routing for headphones.

“The Krumholtz and Red Canyon are designed for backpackers and campers seeking power solutions for the electronics they’re already bringing into the backcountry or using at campgrounds,” says Bill Gamber, co-founder and president of Big Agnes. “We have always focused on integrating smart designs and new technology into our products to help people camp more comfortably. Partnering with Goal Zero is an exciting next step that helps us achieve that goal.”

Osprey – UL Daypack Stuff Sack

Whether you are traveling to the a big city or out for a weekend peak bagging mission with your best friend, it’s always nice to have a small backpack on hand. The added space and weight can keep you from bringing one along, while traveling by plane, car or foot. Osprey Packs just released a new product solving this issue.

The new Lightweight Travel Backpack from Osprey Packs is a perfect go-to piece of gear when you could use a small backpack, but don’t want to sacrifice space and added weight. This small, lightweight bag has a built-in sack, smaller than a tennis ball, and weighs less than a quarter pound with an impressive 18L of storage. The shoulder straps are lightweight, while still being a comfortable strap with chest and waist belts, keeping the bag in place when loaded and in use. This bag is a perfect solution for peak bagging or a trek across a foreign country.

Goal Zero – Light-A-Life Lights & Nomad Panel

Goal Zero built their name on powering solutions and has continued to expand with a full line of lighting options. The new Light-A-Life USB chainable light is offered in a single or four light chain. The bright and lightweight, 110 lumens capable lighting up a tent. Collapsible diffuser for soft or spot light; each light comes with a carabiner for convenient hanging. The four light chain also comes with a four-pack of colored diffusers.

The Nomad solar panel light has continued to improve and this year boasts some of the best improvements yet. The new rugged design dropped weight and has a detachable kickstand providing optimum 45-degree placement, allowing for a vented pocket and natural shade for devices. The dynamic auto-restart automatically adapts charging outputs to fit every device, charging phones directly from the panel with this patent-pending technology and USB output. Goal Zero has the new Nomad Panel in a 7 or 14 Watts option.

Honey Stinger – Gluten Free Waffles

Fans of the wildly popular Honey Stinger Waffles have long-awaited a gluten-free option – and that day has finally come! Honey Stinger announced three new waffle flavors to their lineup, all gluten-free and organic. With the traditional waffle’s first ingredient being wheat, it took some creativity of rice flour, potato starch and tapioca flour to replicate this delicious treat in a gluten-free state.

Julbo – Aero Sunglasses

Julbo is not a new player to the sunglasses game, having produced sunglasses for 125 years. Founded and produced in France, they are beginning to make waves in the U.S. market. The launch of the new Aero sunglasses will quickly become a favorite for world-class ultra runners and mountain bikers alike. Weighing in at the feather weight of 32g, this shades seem to disappear once they’re on your face. Coupled with a wide field of view, adjustable nose piece and frameless single lens design, the Aero is a perfect match for long distance athletes.

The Aero sunglasses are available in three colors; white, green and black with two different lens options. The Zebra light lens is a photo chromatic and anti-fog lens ideal for trail running and mountain biking. The Spectron 3 lens has a flash colored coloring and is suitable for all types of activity.

about the author

Devon Balet

Born and raised in Colorado and living in the outdoors with a bike between his legs and a camera in hand, Devon discovered mountain biking after he started working at a bike shop at age 14.

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