Wednesday, August 5, marks the start of the 2015 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City, Utah. For those not familiar with OR – as it is referred to in the industry – it is the bi-annual gathering of the top gear manufacturers in the world, with most unveiling new product lines that will go on sale in the weeks and months ahead. The convention features acres of new tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, hiking boots, and just about every other kind of outdoor gear that you can imagine. For outdoor enthusiasts who really dig new gear, it is somewhat akin to dying and going to heaven.
The Gear Institute staff will be on hand at Outdoor Retailer for the next couple of days, checking out the latest and greatest products on display there. We’ll also be posting our picks for the absolute best new gear that we’ve seen, as well as offering insights into other items that will no doubt be of interest to readers. Some of these items will eventually receive full reviews once they are actually released, with our crack team of testers putting them through their paces in the field.
While we are covering the show floor looking for hot new gear, we’ll also be posting our thoughts on what we see to our social media outlets. If you’d like to join the conversation, and catch a glimpse of what OR is all about, be sure to follow us on both Twitter and Instagram. Hopefully you’ll enjoy our updates, and we’ll be able to tantalize you with some fun new products that will arrive in your favorite gear retailer soon.