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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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Gear Guide: Spring 2013 Running Shoes

posted by gumptiongear February 20, 2013 1 Comment

Gumption Gear Review Spring Run Guide 2013

As the snow melts and slender blades of green grass begin to shoot up through the patches of icy white, small buds begin to blossom, and the daylight slowly stretches on a little longer, a new season is ushered in.  Spring is here, and for runners that means it’s time to ramp up training and gear up for the spring racing season. Soon it will be time to put away the hats, gloves and track suits for something lighter, cooler and more liberating.

Our run guru’s took some time to preview some of the new shoes and run apparel hitting the shelves this Spring.  Following are some of our favorite selections that will carry you in comfort and style mile after mile…

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Products of Note: Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2013

posted by gumptiongear February 13, 2013 0 comments

 

Recently, our editors published their 2013 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market BEST IN SHOW awards featuring the gear our team found to be the most exciting, innovative, and unique of 2013.  However, when North America’s largest outdoor trade show boasts 1,000 of the world’s best manufacturers and distributors of outdoor gear and apparel, there are more than just a handful of items that deserve to be mentioned.  Now that the snow flurries have settled, our team has taken the time to pour over pages of notes, emails, and PR pieces in an effort to compile a list of additional eye catching highlights from this year’s Winter Outdoor Retailer Show.

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‘Best in Show’ Awards: Outdoor Retailer Winter 2013

posted by gumptiongear January 29, 2013 1 Comment

Winter Best in Show Logo 6Twice a year, some of the world’s best outdoor brands gather in Salt Lake City to showcase the latest gear and fashions before they hit the mainstream.  For retailers, distributors and manufacturers, as well as members of the media, these Trade Shows are introductions to next season’s gear, new companies and industry trends.  Every January, Salt Lake hosts Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, North America’s largest winter lifestyle and sports industry gathering.  This year’s event brought together 1,000 manufacturers and distributors, including the likes of Columbia, The North Face, Salomon, Hi-Tec, Vasque Footwear and more.

Over the course of three days, the Gumption Gear team met with small and large manufacturers alike,  seeking out the very best Winter Retailer had to offer for our “Best in Show” awards.  Following is our list of winners from the 2013 show.
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Sports Optical: Custom Prescription Lenses and Eyewear

posted by gumptiongear December 20, 2012 0 comments

You are a discerning athlete, who sacrifices your “free” time to spend countless hours pushing the bounds of your physical abilities, fine tuning your mind and nourishing your spirit in the pursuit of becoming the best athlete possible.  You make financial sacrifices along the way, investing in the best equipment available – GPS watches, bikes, shoes, personal trainers, etc. – but when it comes to your prescription eyewear do you settle for glasses that “just” do the job?

Whether you’re a cyclist training for your next criterium, a runner training for a marathon, or a snowshoer trekking in the backcountry,your vision is the last place you should sacrifice performance.  After all, if you aren’t seeing at your best, you are not performing at your best. Enter Sports Optical, a custom prescription eyewear provider that offers a wide range of prescription sunglasses and lenses specifically selected and crafted for athletes and their specific needs.

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The Business of Gear: Q&A with Northern Lites Snowshoes

posted by gumptiongear December 12, 2012 0 comments

 

At Gumption Gear we continually strive to provide our readers with in-depth, informative, and balanced reviews of the latest outdoor & adventure lifestyle products.  Towards those ends, our “Business of Gear” feature allows us a unique opportunity to talk with industry insiders and introduce you to the personalities, ideas and vision behind your favorite (or soon to be favorite) gear.

Today we bring you the story of  Northern Lites Snowshoes.  For 20 years Northern Lites has operated on a simple premise: Snowshoes should be built in a way that allows your mind to focus on your surroundings, not what’s on your feet.  We reached out to the Northern Lites team and asked them a few questions about the brand, its direction and goals.

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The Business of Gear: Q&A with Bob Geiger of GEIGERRIG

posted by gumptiongear August 28, 2012 1 Comment


At Gumption Gear Review, we continually strive to provide our readers with in-depth,  informative, and entertaining reviews of the latest outdoor & adventure lifestyle products.  Towards those ends, our “Business of Gear” feature aims to introduce you to the personalities and ideas behind your favorite (or soon to be favorite) gear.

Winner of the Gear Junkie Best in Show Winter Outdoor Retailer 2012, recipient of our own Best in Show Summer Outdoor Retailer 2012, and winner of the best overall product for the 2011 Novel Awards at the Outdoor Trade Show for Great Britain, the GEIGERRIG team is crafting a full line of performance enhancing hydration packs and inline water filters that are changing the way people think about hydration in the field and on the go.

After working with the GEIGERRIG Hydration as part of the Hydration Summit, we reached out to Bob Geiger and asked him a few questions in an effort to provide an in depth look at the brand.   Our thanks to Bob Geiger for making this Q&A session possible.
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Outdoor Retailer: Hitting the Shelves Soon

posted by gumptiongear August 9, 2012 0 comments


The Outdoor Retailer Summer Market is the largest outdoor sports industry gathering in the world. Over the course of three days, attendees flooded into the Salt Palace Convention Center to view the latest in outdoor gear that will be in stores for 2013. With over over 1000 brands, retailers and manufacturers, it is virtually impossible to visit every booth and upcoming product.  That being said, here’s a list of some of our favorite products that you can expect to see on the shelves in the not too distant future.
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The Business of Gear: Q&A with Soleus

posted by gumptiongear May 7, 2012 0 comments

At Gumption Gear we strive to provide our readers with in-depth,  informative, and balanced reviews of the latest outdoor & adventure lifestyle products.  Through our new feature “The Business of Gear” we strive to  introduce our readers to the personalities and ideas behind your favorite (or soon to be favorite) gear.

We recently reviewed the Soleus GPS 1.0, a no-frills, easy to use yet highly functional GPS watch for runners and offered at a price that won’t put a crunch on your wallet.  After working with the GPS 1.0 we once again reached out to the Soleus team and asked them a few questions to provide you an opportunity to learn a little more about the brand.

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The Business of Gear: Q&A with ZEAL Optics

posted by gumptiongear April 18, 2012 1 Comment


At Gumption Gear we strive to provide our readers with in-depth,  informative, and balanced reviews of the latest outdoor & adventure lifestyle products.  Through our new feature “The Business of Gear” we aim to  introduce our readers to the personalities and companies behind your favorite (or soon to be favorite) gear.

Before we post our review of performance eyewear from ZEAL Optics, we wanted to help introduce our readers to the brand and the vision behind the company.  What you’ll discover is a company founded on passion, dedicated to a journey of exploration and innovation, all in an effort to provide the best product possible.

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