Our Guide to Outdoor Retailer Summer 2018

We spent five days reporting from the floor of Denver's massive outdoor-gear trade show. Here are the top stories.

(Emily Reed)

We sent a team of eight editors to Denver for the 2018 Summer Outdoor Retailer show, where hundreds of brands, politicians, activists, and journalists come together to check out next season’s gear. From July 22 through 26, we prowled the show floor, finding innovative products and talking to the people who created them.  


Our Favorite Camping Gear at Outdoor Retailer

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(Ben Fox)
 

New products to get you outside


Hobie’s Mirage Eclipse Is the Most Fun Product at OR

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(Emily Reed)

Don’t let the StairMaster aesthetics fool you: this thing can move


How Workwear Became Popular

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(Emily Reed)

Hefty canvas and denim work apparel is experiencing a resurgence. A panel of experts at Outdoor Retailer explained why.


Meet the Women Leading the Outdoor Industry

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(Emily Reed)

Portraits of five powerhouses you should know about


The Climbing Industry Tackles the #MeToo Movement

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(Ariella Gintzler)

Next month a community initiative will present guidelines for companies on how to define, talk about, and respond to inappropriate behavior.


Five Products Under $50 at Summer Outdoor Retailer

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Alchemy Goods' Bellevue (Ben Fox)

Sometimes the best gear comes in small packages—and at low prices.


Five Ten Resurrects the Five Tennie

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(Ben Fox)

The first-of-its-kind approach shoe returns in spring 2019.


Our Favorite Booths at Summer Outdoor Retailer

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(Ben Fox)

Brands go to great lengths to make their products stand out. Here are the five wildest examples.


Mammut Unveils Reflective Gore-Tex Pro Fabric

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(Ben Fox)

Heavy-duty and highly visible, the Nordwand Advanced HS jacket is making a splash at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market.


The Best Gear from Summer Outdoor Retailer 2018

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This stuff is the best of the best, whether it lightens our load, beefs up our tent, or just makes drinking beer a bit easier.

Once again, our gear editors head to the industry's largest trade show to scope out the latest, greatest outdoor tools and toys. 


Behind the Scenes at Outdoor Retailer Demo Day

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(Emily Reed)

Outdoor Retail Summer Market 2018 is here, and the industry is abuzz about new gear. We hit up Confluence and Commons Parks to get in some testing time.


First Look: Tentsile’s Floating Universe Tent

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(Emily Reed)

Essentially a three-person paddleboard base with a mesh tent upper and nylon fly, the Universe is happy on the ground, in the air, and on the water. 


Tepui Brings Swappable Canopies to Its Rooftop Tents

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(Emily Reed)
 

The Zipper Gimp is a small (but important) upgrade


First Impressions of the Gearlab Akiak Kayak Paddle

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The author testing the Gearlab Aikak paddle at Outdoor Retailer Demo Day. (Emily Reed)

Don’t let the funky shape fool you

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