28 January 2013

Outdoor Retailer 2013

Last week, the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market decended on downtown Salt Lake City.

There is usually only a few items that could apply to the cycling market at the winter show, but it is still fun to go.

Hopefully you will hear more from me on several of the things I saw at the show, as I am able to get demo models to review.

Until then, here are some pictures from the first day.

Smith Optics had some new colors for their PivLock V2 glasses, as well as an optional photochromic lens.

I am equally happy and sad that I don't have a child young enough to use something like this Joovy balance bike, not only can your tot learn how to balance on two wheels, they can also learn how to control themselves with the attached brake.

Not bike-related, but still cool. the world's largest Swiss Army knife, with every tool that Wenger offers

You know me and t-shirts.  Cool "Cranky" road bike shirt from Old Guys Rule

Croakies, who has nylon web belts in almost every color and pattern imaginable now has 2 designs for us cyclists.

Miir is an interesting company, with a very cool environmental and social tilt. They started off making stainless steel water bottles, with the premise that for each bottle purchased, they would provide someone who needs it with water for one year. They have expanded into bicycles this year - while still keeping their same "one for one" premise they had with their bottles. For each bike purchased, they will donate a bicycle through World Bicycle Relief.

Yes, more shirts. This time from Endurance Conspiracy. Above is their homage to "Big Trouble in Little China". Below, owner, and "The guy who makes everything" (according to his business card), Troy Deboom is holding up their new super cool "Super Fly" shirt.

Eric Larsen, who recently attempted a solo 750-mile bicycle trek to the south pole was on hand for a Q and Q session about his trip. They were also giving away a Surly Moonlander - the bike Eric used in his attempt. (I didn't win).

More to come tomorrow.

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