Outdoor Retailer Demo Day: A Winter Wonderland of Gear

Outdoor Retailer Winter Market launched Tuesday with the All Mountain Demo held at Utah's Solitude Resort. The on-snow event was packed with tools and toys for enjoying the winter backcountry.

Here's a round up of some Demo Day gear highlights:

Snow Gliders

Snow Glider
A Snow Glider prototype.

The Snow Glider is the project of Vermont-based inventor Eric Darnell, who built his idea of what he thought "a touring snowshoe should look like."

The sturdy plastic platform is equipped with a removable central climbing skin (below) and retractable cleats for additional traction.

At the top of the hill, you can retract the cleats and "ski" down.

Weight: approx 1,100 g

MSRP: $400

Available: Later 2014


Bike Boards

What to do this snowy winter day? Fat bike? Or ski? If Bike Boards has its way, winter sport enthusiasts can enjoy the traction of fat bike tires and the superior float and glide of backcountry skis with this new bike accessory.

The Bike Board fits any 26-inch wheel equipped with a tire larger than two inches wide, and claims to offer superior floatation and reduced drag through deep snow.

MSRP: $389

Available: Now




MSR Shovels

Shovels remain vital safety and survival tools for winter backcountry explorers. To meet needs from extracting avalanche victims to building snow shelters, MSR is introducing a new selection of shovels.

The Responder Shovel

The Responder is designed for rapid deployment. It features a collapsible upper section, anchor points, and a flat pack blade alignment for cutting pits required to evaluate avalanche hazards.

MSRP: $59

Available: Now

MSR's Responder shovel has a flat blade for cutting snow pits.


The Operator Shovel

Designed for moving large quantities of snow and constructing shelters, the Operator is the heavier-duty cousin of the Responder. It features an ergonomic t-handle and is constructed from a strong 6061 aluminum alloy.

MSRP: $59

Available: Now


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1,543 reviewer rep
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January 22, 2014 at 12:16 p.m. (EST)

Cool stuff, wish I had some snow!


592 reviewer rep
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January 22, 2014 at 6:01 p.m. (EST)

I  Like those touring snow shoes! Fun times are awaiting our next gear purchases!

4,255 reviewer rep
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January 22, 2014 at 6:24 p.m. (EST)

This just reminds me ONCE AGAIN that the Pacific Northwest is largely snow-free this winter.  Enjoy it East Coast! 

8,289 reviewer rep
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January 22, 2014 at 7:23 p.m. (EST)

Have an awesome time, you guys!

Seth Levy (Seth)
485 reviewer rep
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January 23, 2014 at 9:37 a.m. (EST)

Alicia and I are having a good time at the show, running frantically from booth to booth, documenting cool gear. Not a lot of sleep, but a lot of interesting things to see!

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