The Best Gear Of Outdoor Retailer (Part 1)
As many of you know, I spent the better part of last week at the Outdoor Retailer gear convention in Salt Lake City, an event that I like to call “Gearvana.” Over the course of three-and-a-half days, I saw lots of great new gear, some not-so-great stuff and some things that were just downright silly. But all in all, it was another good show with plenty of innovations coming in the months ahead. Here is a taste of some of the things I saw that really caught my eye. (…)
Osprey Goes Ultralight With New Packs
I spent some time in the Osprey
booth checking out their great new line of packs that are designed to be lightweight and move fast. Chief amongst them was the new Exos series which will come in 38, 48 and 58-liter sizes. These packs are incredibly svelte with the largest tipping the scales at a mere 2.5 pounds. Still, Osprey didn’t scrimp on features or comfort as the packs have some of the best and most innovative shoulder straps I’ve seen. The company also debuted a new small, ultra-lightweight 6-liter pack designed for trail runners with lots of nice features as well. The Rev line of packs will debut in the spring and are extremely high on my “want” list. I was impressed by the integrated smartphone holder built into the shoulder strap that protects the device while on the go but also grants easy access as needed.