(This story was updated on 7/6/2023.)
Day Three of Outdoor Retailer Summer offered a slightly more relaxed feel as the show wrapped up.
The Daily spoke with a variety of brands about their featured new products, stopping by Teton, Beal, Jackery, Camp Chef, Westfield Outdoors, Sherpani, G-Shock, Stansport, and more.
The overall sentiment seemed to be that this summer show was busier than the past few shows, and there was a desire for more retailer attendance in the future.
(See photos of the exhibitors at OR in our slide show below. All photos by The Daily.)
Sherpani’s Terra bag comes in several colors. It includes a cooler pouch that can fit three bottles of wine, according to Liz Marvin, visual language coordinator at Sherpani.
The top compartment holds picnic blankets, clothes, extra hats, sunscreen, etc.
“You could take it to the pool, you could take it to the creek,” Marvin said. “Take it on a hike because you can also wear this with back shoulder straps.”
All of Sherpani’s products are made from 100% recycled ocean bound plastic. They are water resistant.
The bag is part of Sherpani’s spring collection and will be available in January for $120 at retail.
Teton will be releasing a new camp blanket line in late fall as well as an early direct-to-consumer release.
The Acadia blanket hits a sweet spot between higher-priced blankets and lower-end products, according to J.P. Paulson, director of sales and marketing for Teton.
“We really felt like there was a gap in the market,” he said. “We didn’t see anything that had that mid-level quality that we wanted to see.”
The Acadia blanket ranges in price from $59-$79 depending on size.
“We want to develop something that delivers 80% or 90% of the features and quality you’d expect for about 30% or 40% less,” Paulson said.
The blanket comes in six different colors with a ripstop nylon and waterproof backing. Paulson said they’re useful if, for example, it starts raining at a sporting event.
“You can flip it over and it’ll shed water and keep you dry,” he said.
The blanket also comes in a “mammoth” size, which is double the size of the standard product.
Climbing rope specialist Beal was featuring its Expresso double lanyard at this year’s OR.
The piece of climbing gear is designed to make the climber’s equipment lighter and to help with rappel due to its Dyneema sling.
The design of the lanyard allows the user to climb with one fewer carabiner, which cuts down on weight. It also saves about 20-30 centimeters of rope.
“In the end, you have some features that are very simple and easy to use,” said Alex Villain, communication project manager for Beal.
The Expresso can be used as a single lanyard while sport climbing and as a double lanyard for multi-pitch climbing. It retails for about $30.
Portable power company Jackery was highlighting its Solar Generator 2000 Plus.
With six solar panels, the generator can output up to 3,000 watts, which can be doubled to 6,000 watts with two devices combined.
The generator can be fully charged in two hours via wall charging or solar charging, according to Simon Chow, channel sales manager for Jackery.
Jackery launched its outdoor portable power stations in 2016 and developed its portable solar panels in 2018.
Chow said the company received a lot of feedback from customers that they wanted a product to help them get even farther off the grid.
The Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Plus retails for $2,199.
Camp Chef was touting its Pro 14 stove, a bread-and-butter product for the brand that has gone through some recent updates and upgrades.
Brooks Hansen pointed to the matchless ignition and better knobs as two key recent improvements.
The stove has an available carry bag.
Hansen said that it’s a little big for car camping, but it can be loaded into the back of a truck.
“This is awesome when you’re cooking for five or more people,” he said. “It’s robust.”
Hansen also mentioned the accessories that make it a pizza oven, a griddle, and a traditional grill.
“You could take one stove with three accessories,” he said. “And you could cook a big pancake breakfast. You could grill burgers. Or you could make pizza all in one location.”
The Pro 14 stove retails for $299.
Outdoor company Westfield Outdoors was promoting its Timber Ridge director chair’s sustainability features.
“We tried to look at how we keep our camping chairs from ending up in the trash bin when something breaks,” said John Kalinowski, senior vice president of sales for Westfield. “So we’ve taken a lot of time, effort, and energy to find a more sustainable way to do it.”
The chair uses galvanized steel, replacing powder coating that Kalinowski said is “horrible” for the environment.
The chair also doesn’t have any plastic components. The galvanized hardware can be disassembled and replaced.
It also uses recycled, uncoated fabric. The final step is using cork-based binding.
“All those pieces put together, what we have is a fully sustainable chair that’s good for the environment,” Kalinowski said.
The company is just debuting the chair now and it will probably sell for about $49 retail, according to Kalinowski.
Watch company G-Shock’s Move collection was on display at OR.
The GDBH 2000, which just launched in March, offers six sensors and GPS tracking.
“This watch is designed for athletes,” said Ken DeLorenzo, marketing and brand manager for G-Shock.
The device offers four specific training modes. For example, in running mode it activates GPS. It tracks the runner’s route, heart rate, and elevation throughout the run.
It also has Bluetooth connectivity that syncs back to its app.
The other three modes are swim, bike, and gym.
The watch retails for $399.
“This is a great tool that will help connect dots for you and your training to see where your gaps are or to make sure that you’re maintaining where you should be,” DeLorenzo said.
Stansport’s solar rechargeable pump with a lantern is compact and designed for camping and travel. The lantern has up to 150 lumens, and the pump’s nozzle has five adapters.
The reversable airflow pump has high and low pump pressure settings. It can also charge a phone.
It has a three-hour charging time with USB-C. Solar charging time varies.
It was just released and retails for $56.
“It’s a pretty cool little thing that comes with a mesh carry bag and with a charging cord,” said Tyson Roberts, vice president of marketing for Stansport.
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