Discoveries of Innovation at Outdoor Retailer 2014


CRE8 went to Outdoor Retailer Summer Market earlier this month, and our Business Development Manager, Maureen Spitz, is delighted to share what she has observed:

“It’s hard to overstate how blown away we were by the sheer volume of truly innovative products we saw at Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City.Timex's Ironman One GPS+ impressed with standalone wireless connectivity, allowing you to send and receive messages without bringing your phone. It also stores music, tracks basic running metrics, and features an exciting “find me mode” that sends out a help signal to predetermined contacts in case of emergency.

Yearning for mood lighting in your tent? Big Agnes launched a new line of tents called mtnGLO, which refers to a proprietary lighting system built right into the tent. The Tumble 2 is a lightweight two-person tent that lights up with integrated LEDs made possible by a partnership with Joey Energy. The power source is the Joey T55, which comes in a weather- and abuse-proof case and charges from the wall or a USB port.

Longing for gourmet coffee on the trail? Stanley has sold vacuum bottles for years, but this year they’re introducing a vacuum coffee system, with a lid that separates into two cups, dry storage for coffee ground and an integrated pot and press — all of it wrapped up in vacuum-insulated 18/8 stainless steel. It will be available in 1-liter and 500ml sizes. This is truly exciting for discerning imbibers of coffee - even in the Outback.

Goal Zero, philanthropists and prolific providers of everything you need in the wild, offered an astounding array of sleek gadgets for every type of outdoor adventure. And Osprey ruled the roost again in terms of mind-blowing, super lightweight packs that you can’t wait to use on your next trip into the woods.”