Outdoor Retailer is a trade show where companies show off their latest and greatest outdoor products: gear, clothing, technology, and everything else you can think of. At this year's Winter Market show, there were 22,000 overall attendees and more than 1,000 exhibiting brands. In this episode of MtnMeister, we record two-minute segments with companies about their products. In exchange for being featured, they give you free gear!
$5,473 in gear. 21 companies. 37 winners.
Merrell All Out Crush
Perfect for mud runs and obstacle race challenges, Merrell introduces the All Out Crush. The shoe features a very lightweight upper which allows mud and water to drain while still protecting against debris. The outsole is outfitted with a pinwheel lug design to dig in and grab the mud.
Listen at 2:15Buy Merrell
Houdini Power Houdi
The Power Houdi from Houdini features the Polartec® Power Stretch® Pro™ fabric, which is engineered to push the performance of stretch fabrics even further. By reinforcing the elastic fibers on the exterior surface, the overall 4-way stretch has more support and stability during movement. This unique construction allows for increased resistance and durability against the elements without sacrificing breathability or comfort.
Listen at 5:00Polartec
Wind Warrior Block
Wind Warrior Block is a patent-pending, portable, no-tools-needed product designed to block the wind and provide a barrier of defense that lets you enjoy outdoor activities despite the inconvenience of a windy day and also doubles as privacy screening. The Block is made of light materials, yet is durable enough to withstand sustained wind of up to 35 MPH.
Listen at 7:50Wind Warrior
PowerLight: 3-in-1, 200 Lm lantern, 250 Lm torch & powerbank
- Battery can fill 3.5 GoPros, 3 phones, or run light for up to 72 hrs
- Dimmable lighting modes with emergency strobe setting
- USB rechargeable – charge from an outlet or BioLite stoves
SiteLight set (2 lights): Chainable, overhead lights with 150 Lm each
- Powered by PowerLight
- 20 ft of connectivity – string your lights at key areas of your site
Listen at 10:15Buy this
Para'kito Repellent Bands
A single refill pellet fits safe and snug in the mesh pocket on the outside of the band. As the natural oils’ active ingredients are released into the air around you, they help to mask the scents of your breath and body, making it harder for mosquitoes to find you. Super simple, super effective.
Listen at 12:25Buy this
ColdPruf Base Layers
ColdPruf's Classic Merino base layer is constructed of 100% silkweight merino wool. The single layer provides exceptional lightweight warmth, fit, and excellent natural wicking. Tagless labeling and non binding fabric cuffs for comfort.
Listen at 15:00Buy ColdPruf
Mishmi Takin Virunga
Mishmi Takin is an international footwear and outerwear company designing high performance boots and hard and soft shell jackets, optimized for the rigors of wet environments. Since the products breathe better in extremely challenging, rainy and humid tropical environments, they are able to outperform in other more temperate and dry environments as well. Mishmi Takin is named after a rare goat-antelope found in remote, forested slopes of Eastern Himalayas at the junction of India, China and Myanmar.
Listen at 17:30Mishmi Takin
Black Diamond Dawn Patrol 32 and Avalung
Black Diamond's lightweight, mid-sized ski pack is built for the full buffet of on-snow pursuits. The super-versatile Dawn Patrol 32 Pack is outfitted with carry systems for both skis and a snowboard, making it our go-to pack for backcountry-loving one-plankers and dedicated ski-tourers alike. The pack is also compatible with AvaLung Element for added avalanche preparedness.
Listen at 20:20Buy this
Vibram Furoshiki Shearling Boot
The shearling boots provide added comfort and warmth to the wrapping sole concept, offering a luxurious, snug fit for hanging out around the home or traveling out and about! For the everyday person on the go, this latest innovation lets you escape those big, bulky boots. The boots feature the trademark Vibram ECOSTEP outsole and a synthetic shearling upper.
Listen at 22:50Buy this
Kahtoola MICROspikes and NANOspikes
Run across slippery, frozen surfaces with ultralight, low-profile traction. Like studded snow tires for your feet, the NANOspikes® bite into icy sidewalks or roads while preserving shoe flexibility. MICROspikes® deliver unrivaled traction on icy winter trails. MICROspikes® traction is tough enough to handle any adventure with stainless steel spikes and welded chains.
Listen at 25:20Buy NANOspikes
Darn Tough Socks
Less is all you need. Weighing in at only 13 grams per sock our Vertex No-Show tabs are incredibly light but still incredibly tough. Plus they even have that handy lil’ tab on the back so they slip on easy. True Seamless construction reduces hotspots and blisters. Ultra high stitch count creates a super comfortable sock with a streamlined fit like no other. No slipping, no bunching, no blisters.
Listen at 28:00Buy Darn Tough Socks
Montane Jacket with ALLIED down
Since down is the most effective natural insulation material in terms of warmth to weight and is used widely in Montane’s range, Montane and Allied have joined forces to demonstrate that the down inside your garment is the most effective, resilient, long lasting, recyclable, responsibly sourced and traceable insulation available. You can track your down here.
Listen at 30:25Buy Jacket
Bemis provides solutions and capabilities that needle and thread simply can’t match. From idea to market, they will help companies find ways to go beyond the limits of cut and sew. Sewfree® bonding creates sleeker lines, softer corners and stronger seams in everything from technical mountain jackets to sneakers to wireless demi bras.
Listen at 33:05More on Bemis
Kora Yak Wool Base Layer
Himalayan nomads have been wearing yak wool for centuries, but Kora is the first company to develop this astonishing fibre into high performance technical fabrics for outdoor adventurers. Compared to merino wool, it's 40% warmer weight for weight, 66% more breathable and 17% better at transporting water vapor away from the skin.
Listen at 35:55More on Kora
Ahnu's Montara Boot is a mid-cut waterproof/breathable hiker designed to take you from the depths of the trails to the depths of city puddles. Not only will you stay dry with the eVent® bootie construction, Ahnu's neutral positioning technology, Numentum®, will keep you stable on the most rugged terrain.
Listen at 38:40Buy Ahnu
The GoSnug blanket is the magic combination of high-quality technical fabrics and merino wool. It's a 3-layer blanket system that meets the active lifestyle demands of outdoor enthusiasts who want comfort at home and wherever they roam.
Listen at 41:25Buy GoSnug on Kickstarter
Mountainsmith Apex 80
The Apex 80 is designed for oversized loads and ambitious outdoor adventures. The largest pack in the All Terrain series is built with separate sleeping bag compartment, front panel pocket/pass through window, side stash pockets, and tool mounts to keep your gear organized and accessible. With up to 96L (extended volume) of carrying capacity, this multi-day expedition pack can handle anything you throw at it.
Listen at 43:55Buy Apex 80
L.L. Bean Jacket with Downtek Down
L.L. Bean's jacket features the specially treated 850-fill DownTek™ Water Repellent Down. DownTek's proprietary technology shields insulating-air-trapping-clusters from all wet things: rain, snow, sweat. Plus the innovative tight-weave, wind-resistant Pertex fabric shell makes it ideal for hours on the trail.
Listen at 47:00More on DownTek™
For the National Parks centennial, Buff is creating a line of products that feature the National Parks. The parks include Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountain, Great Smokey.
Listen at 49:45Buy Buff
The Luzon Del Día is designed with total creative control by employees in the Philippines meaning there are no two bags alike. Each bag will arrive at your door a total surprise. What you can expect is the highly packable design, repurposed ripstop nylon, mesh backpack straps, and internal hydration sleeve that make up the perfect adventure pack.
Listen at 52:00Luzon Del Día
ZEAL Optics is committed to making sunglasses and goggles with the highest standards of quality while decreasing their environmental footprint. Their patented Polarized + Photochromic line of lenses changes tint with varying light conditions, eliminating the need to carry spare lenses. Taking you from low light to bluebird conditions with polarized protection, this is the only lens you'll ever need.
Listen at 54:40Zeal Optics