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More Than A Trade Show: ORWM 2017

posted by gumptiongear January 27, 2017 0 comments

Gumption Gear ReviewOutdoor Retailer Winter Market, the premier trade event and community gathering spot for the outdoor industry, took over downtown Salt Lake City from January 10 — 12, 2017. The show, affectionately known as OR, is North America’s largest winter lifestyle and sports industry gathering. It’s this show that has served as the launch platform for nearly every groundbreaking piece of skiing, climbing, backpacking and winter gear that has come to market. But beyond the hiking boots and headlamps, behind the fancy daypacks and displays are the stories shaking up the notion of ‘business as usual.’
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Best in Show: Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2016

posted by gumptiongear January 20, 2016 0 comments

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Referring to the Outdoor Retailer Show as just another “trade-show” would be akin to calling Mount Everest just “another mountain”.  With 515,000 square feet of exhibit space, 164,000 square feet of meeting space and over 1,000 exhibitors showcasing their products, the show affectionately known as OR, is the largest convention of its kind. This is the place where industry trends are defined, and the latest cutting-edge products and technologies are on display.
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Celebrating America With Made in the U.S.A. Brands

posted by gumptiongear June 29, 2015 0 comments

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America’s best brand is America itself. Around the globe, “Made in the USA” still means something special: quality, dependability, safety, reliability—products that feature the most advanced technologies and the latest styles. It’s one of the reasons that “Made in the USA” is making a big comeback and manufacturers of all stripes are increasingly finding ways to produce goods in the U.S. again.

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An Introduction to WoolX Merino Wool

posted by gumptiongear May 26, 2015 0 comments

 

IMG_7849Twenty years ago wool was viewed as outdated and antiquated. An itchy reminder of what prior generations had to endure in order to get the benefits of wool clothing. But thanks to new manufacturing and processing techniques, merino wool has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity as people of all stripes are discovering a new experience defined by comfort and performance.

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Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2015: ‘Best in Show’ Awards

posted by gumptiongear January 30, 2015 0 comments

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Twice a year legions of outdoor aficionados clad in leather boots and plaid shirts descend upon Salt Lake City for the trade show affectionately known as Winter OR. It’s here, at the outdoor industry’s largest trade show, that distributors and members of the media scout out the latest gear and emerging industry trends for the year ahead. After scouring the showroom floor and pouring over our notes, our editors have put together their list of the best that Winter OR 2015 had to offer.

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Outdoor Tech Launches Campaign to Expand Kodiak Portable Power Line

posted by gumptiongear October 27, 2014 0 comments

 

Anyone who uses electronic gadgets knows the daily chore of searching for a power outlet or cable to bring new life to your battery during the day. For those who live a life off the grid, the challenge is amplified because there’s no power outlet around the bend ready to save your smartphone, tablet or camera from an early quitting time in the field. Outdoor Tech is about to feed your need for power in the great beyond.

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Celebrating America With Made in the U.S.A. Brands

posted by gumptiongear July 4, 2014 1 Comment

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“Made in America” is making a comeback. Every time you turn around, someone is talking about the need to bring manufacturing back to the United States and, with it, manufacturing jobs. Outdoor manufacturers are increasingly finding ways to produce goods in the U.S. again, and American consumers are starting again to look for a “Made in America” label.

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Reflections on Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2014

posted by gumptiongear February 12, 2014 0 comments

In its core, the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market is a business trade show. Over the course of several days, manufacturers display products inside Salt Lake City’s Salt Palace Convention Center to buyers for retail stores who must decide what to stock on their shelves.  However, the products alone do not compose the entirety of the Outdoor Retailer experience.  In fact, the products are merely a small segment of the Outdoor Retailer experience.  What truly makes this trade show special are the people and storylines behind the brands that influence the products that consumers will soon see on retail shelves.

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Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2014: ‘Best in Show’ Awards

posted by gumptiongear February 4, 2014 0 comments

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The Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, known affectionately as Winter OR, is the outdoor industry’s largest trade show. Twice a year retailers, distributors and members of the media gather in Salt Lake City to check out the brands, gear and emerging industry trends for the year ahead. Our team spent four days scouring the show room floor seeking out the best gear for the year ahead.   Following is our list of the very best gear from Winter OR 2014.

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The Business of Gear: Q&A with Steve Kitto of Liquid Hardware

posted by gumptiongear May 31, 2013 0 comments

LQH-Color-FinalIn addition to providing in-depth and balanced reviews of the latest outdoor & adventure lifestyle products, one of our goals at Gumption Gear Review is to introduce readers to the personalities, ideas and vision behind various outdoor brands.  Towards those ends, our “Business of Gear” feature allows us the unique opportunity of talking with insiders, entrepreneurs and designers within the outdoor industry to bring you the stories about your favorite (or soon to be favorite) gear.   Today we bring you the story of Liquid Hardware.

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