This week, our outdoor and fitness team is out in Denver, Colorado covering Outdoor Retailer Snow Show. The trade show is arguably the single biggest outdoor event of the year. It’s where the biggest names in the business show off some of their most ambitious materials and products — most of which will set the narrative for 2019, and possibly beyond.
Whether you’re a passive observer of the outdoor gear world or are an incurable nerd when it comes to new waterproof materials and other backcountry tech — you can follow along here and on our Instagram feed for the duration of the three-day event. We’ll post the latest news, roundups and exclusive coverage right here.
The Trail Shoes We’re Eyeing for Next Fall and What to Buy Now
We can’t wait to get our hands on these shoes that launched at Outdoor Retailer 2019. In the meantime, we’ve rounded up previous iterations of those shoes, so you can stock up now.
This Is the First Time We’ve Seen This Tech in Skis
G3 is adding magnets to its backcountry-specific Findr ski, making it the first model to integrate the tech.
The 10 Best Products We Saw at Outdoor Retailer
These award-winning 10 products are the ones we can’t wait to get on the mountain, in the backcountry and on the roads.
We Can’t Wait to Wear These Sharp New Chelsea Boots this Fall
Stylish enough for a suit and built for the long haul, Blundstone’s new City Dress boots are worth the wait.
These Are the Forthcoming Skis You Need to Know About
For 2019/2020 K2 is overhauling its entire freeride line of skis with a collection called Mindbender that uses all-new tech.
This Road and Trail Shoe Solves a Common Problem
These trail runners work just as well on the pavement as on the trail, so transitions are seamless and you don’t have to buy two separate shoes.
This Jacket Will Help You Survive a Polar Vortex
Marmot’s high alpine jacket will keep you toasty throughout hour-long belay sessions.
You Decide How Many Holes Go in the Sole of These Trail Runners
The Saucony Mad River TR wants to tackle tough trails — just screw some metal studs in the sole and open a few drainage ports yourself.
This Ultralight Down Jacket Is Getting Heavier for a Good Reason
Mountain Hardwear’s ultralight Ghost Whisperer down jacket has become a best seller, but in 2019 the company plans to make it heavier.
Polartec’s New Fleece Technology Will Make This Midlayer Your Favorite One Yet
Polartec and Houdini combine forces to create a powerful fleece jacket that’ll keep you warm all winter long.
This Waterproof Fabric Won’t Make You Sweat Through Your Jacket
The North Face aims to revolutionize the outdoors with its waterproof and breathable fabric called FutureLight.
BioLite’s Newest HeadLamp Offers A Rare Feature: Comfort
BioLite’s latest innovation is a total renovation of the common headlamp — you probably didn’t realize you needed a new one.
We’re Drooling Over These New Snowboarding-Specific Mittens from Hestra
With the introduction of the Freeride CZone, Hestra brings all its heritage, quality and comfort into a decidedly modern mitten.
Patagonia Is Making an Important Change to Some of Its Most Popular Products
Patagonia often leads the industry in innovation, and in 2019 it will do so by overhauling its alpine shells and Black Hole bags.
These $80 Backcountry Ski Poles Are Some of the Best You Can Buy
These lightweight backcountry poles offer high-performance features for beginners and experts alike.
This Advanced Climbing Shoe uses the Same Material Found in Formula One Car Seats
The Scarpa Furia Air is a rock climbing shoe that blends new technologies with a design that works to help rock climbers hit their goals.
Smith Wants You to See More on the Slopes
Smith has a record being the first to innovate in the snow goggle space and it will continue that habit in 2019.
Can This New Brand Finally Make Ski Boots Comfortable?
Dahu boots hope to upend how we think about ski boot design (and comfort) with its innovative two-piece construction.
This Is the Ski Sock You’ll Want to Buy Next Year
Australia-based Le Bent is working with professional skier Cody Townsend to create the perfect sock for skiing.
POC Launches a Helmet That Can Quite Possibly Save Your Life
POC drops the new Obex Backcountry SPIN helmet with NFC chip to help rescuers find you faster and know your medical history immediately.
You Should Care About These Affordable Over-Ear Headphones
Skullcandy’s Icon headphones used to be the go-to for the action sports community. Now they’re back again, and wireless this time too.
No Cheap Cooler Has Ever Been As Important as This One
Igloo made the iconic Sportsman cooler, and now it’s aiming to make waves with a new icebox that’s completely biodegradable.
Hydro Flask Launches Sleek Hydration Packs, Expanding Their Soft Goods Line
Hydro Flask launches a hydration pack built for hikers and cyclists that are perfect for all your adventures.
Black Diamond’s New Down Jacket Is Its Warmest and Most Durable Ever
Next fall, Black Diamond will debut its most durable and warmest down jacket yet, thanks to a new proprietary fabric technology. Say it with us: li-quid cry-stal poly-mer.
Skechers Adds Its New Lightweight Foam to a Max Cushioned Shoe
A lightweight maximalist sneaker is hard to create, but thanks to Skechers new hyper burst foam, it might just be possible.
One of the Best Motorcycles of 2018 Is Getting a Follow Up
Today, Cake announced a street-legal version of the original Cake electric motorcycle which landed on the GP100, and it’s coming to the US.