As a member of the outdoor industry, I receive a few perks from time to time. I get to see a lot of new gear and technology before it all hits the shelves. Not only that but I also get to test and review a lot of this stuff. But, the twice-a-year Outdoor Retailer Show is more than just backpacks and pocket knives; it’s also about a community of people who all believe in the spirit and power of the outdoors.
The OR experience involves drinking lots of water in the morning and early afternoon… followed by a trade-show-size beer garden. It never hurts to sample some local beers at the end of the day as some companies order up kegs and invite drinkers to their booths. Good times.
Many companies had hydration products in the spotlight—and not just the usual suspects.
Osprey featured a new hydration reservoir that has a panel that conforms to the user’s back and has a handle for carrying (plus a few more bells and whistles).
In addition to its MSR brand et. al., Cascade Designs had its Platypus products on display: packs, bottles, hydration systems, filtration, store, accessories, and most importantly… wine preservation.