At the moment of this writing, this humble gear reporter is awkwardly squeezed into an aisle seat on American Airlines flight 5968 from Salt Lake City to Dallas Fort Worth. Because the passenger in front of me has chosen to recline her “seat back,” I’m positioned with my laptop and my right knee sticking out into the aisle (putting it at constant risk of being bashed by a food or beverage cart).
Such are the joys of flying coach.
I’m on my way home from the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market: the annual trade show where shops like REI and EMS stock their shelves for the coming fiscal year. Like those retail behemoths, I was there to buy gear. But I wasn’t after the newest super-technical backpack or waterproof-yet-breathable hard/soft shell jacket.
At Shoulders of Giants, we only sell gear we use. So when I swiped our company credit card at OR, I didn’t buy anything I thought might come to sit on a closet shelf. I looked for durable, innovative products that I knew I would take out on every weekend adventure.
Most of the stuff is still in the mail, but look for these products (and more) to hit the Shoulders of Giants shop in the coming months: