Jan 15 2012

Outdoor Retailer Show in SLC this week

Just a quick note to let you know I’m off to the annual slobberfest known as the Outdoor Retailer show. For newbies this is the bi-annual trade show for the outdoor sports industry where manufacturers show off all the fun new toys they’ve cooked up for next season.

As you would expect there will be a whole bunch of new skis, boots, and bindings on tap for next year, plus the usual assortment of apparel in base, insulation, and outer layers to be wowed by as well as a ton of accessories that I can’t even begin to imagine the scope and depth of what will be revealed.

This I do know. Even more companies are offering products specifically for the backcountry. F’rinstance Salomon and Atomic will be launching their version of a beefy, huck-worthy backcountry binding. That’s already been announced, but I plan to get some slope time on it in the next two days and will have a first look report by the end of the week.

Same for the new Freedom binding from Rottefella, plus whatever improvements Mark Lengel has cooked up for TTS and another binding that I hinted about back in August but nobody guessed who or what it was PLUS some thing from BD for tele. More on that later this week.

In the meantime, in between driving to SLC and taking a few turns on some of the new gear on what little snow mother nature has delivered so far I’ll post a few things that I do know about already. Look for updates on new gear throughout this week.

Theoretically the mini-draught we’ve been in will be over by the end of this week, but don’t stop doing the snow dance until we’re buried in fluff and my trusty Honda HS928 can’t keep up. Ha – that’ll be the day!


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