The Outdoor Retailer Summer conference is in full swing for the last time in Salt Lake City. Sad as we are to see the show move to Denver, it hasn’t stop manufacturers from debuting their new outdoor gear releases, most of which will be available early next year. Here’s what we liked best, along with release dates and prices.
Kelty Journey PerfectFit Elite Kid Carrier
Parents, this one is for you. Kelty has pulled out all stops on creating the perfect kid carrier, with no feature left out on the upcoming Journey PerfectFit Elite. The child’s seating is plush but very secure with a harnessing system that was inspired by car seats. High sidewalls also help limit head wobble when the kiddos fall asleep- which they will. The attention to detail is obvious in things like a retractable water bottle pouch in the belt and a dirty diaper compartment. Yes, seriously, I’m not joking. An odor and water proof dirty diaper chamber. Release date: Spring, 2018. MSRP: $199 Base, $299 Elite.
Adidas Terrex Adidas Boa
Adidas Terrex is again leading the trail running segment with the addition of BOA enclosure systems on their trail running line. Their upcoming Terrex Two BOA features not only an integrated BOA system, but also the tried and true Continental rubber sole, which is outstanding. Terrex’s approach of utilizing the best materials from third party manufacturers instead of trying to do everything in-house is resulting in super-technical and unique products like the Two BOA.
Hydrapak Expedition 8L
Hydrapack put their knowledge of extremely packable water bottles to good use with a large-scale application in the Expedition 8L. It rolls up tight, but expands to a more than ample 8L reservoir. Pair that with a clever pour spout and this is bound to become a must-have on any camping trip. Release date: January, 2018. MRSP: $60.
Geigerrig RIG 650
Geigerrig is one of the first brands to merge extremely functional hydration packs for bikers and trail runners with fully functional and customizable inline filtration systems. The RIG 650 is meant for bikers with a full 3L capacity, and their inline filtration pod allows for 150 gallons of water from a lake or river to be filtered before replacement. And with Geigerrig’s recent merge with Aquamira, the filtration side of the business will only come more robust. Also super cool is their pressurized bladder system for on-demand water release. Release date: TBD. MSRP: TBD.
Merrell Agility Peak Flex2 GTX
Trail runners will sing the praises of Gore-Tex for its waterproofing ability, but not so much for the additional weight it adds nor its ability to breath super well. But Merrell’s new Agility Peak Flex2 makes use of a new integrated Gore-Tex technology called “Invisible Fit”. Being woven into existing mesh rather than acting as a separate layer, the Invisible Fit helps keep the Agility Peak Flex2s breathable and their weight down to a very low 20oz per pair. Release date: Spring, 2018. MSRP: $160.