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Outdoor Retailer Wrap-Up

This morning Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008 draws to a close. In addition to the few items I’ve reported on here, I’ve seen a plethora of boots, backpacks, sleeping bags, water bottles, and all manner of base layers, soft shells, and waterproof-breathable outerwear. None of it, to be perfectly blunt, has been earth-shatteringly innovative.

The story of this OR has been one of small, incremental improvements: lighter weights, more eco-friendly materials, and (dare I say) more urban styling. In the coming weeks and months we’ll continue to report about these and other trends, as well as detailed reports on a few additional products that caught our attention.

For now, though, it’s time to pack up, say goodbye to the beautiful Wasatch Front, and head for home.



Truly appreciate the time you've taken to share your experiences at OR, thanks much.

I'll have to say from what I've seen on various sources, this has been quite a ho-hum show. I've never been to OR personally, but if this all there is to offer, perhaps the show show only be held annually. although the Chamber of Commerce in SLC and the show organizers would fight that tooth and nail).

Seems like a lot of effort and time with no real "oomph".

It was definitely a quiet show for new product launches, even by winter standards.

But it won't be going away any time soon. OR is primarily a buying show: retailers come to see manufacturers' product lines (which may have changed in terms of color and style availability, plus minor upgrades) and to place their orders for the upcoming season. A lot of business gets done at the show, regardless of whether or not there's anything terribly new and exciting for us to report.

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