What a week! Welcome to Day Three of OR Show. Our day started after a few tall cups of coffee and a short detour to the Hill Aerospace Museum. How could we pass up an opportunity to see a Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird”, in person only a few miles away. After filling a few memory cards with photos, we made our way back to Salt Lake City to wrap up our week in Utah.
The good looking bags you see strapped to this Salsa Fatbike are made by Frost River out of Duluth, MN. All of their bags are Made in USA using 18oz. waxed canvas in combination with solid brass hardware and premium leather. Pictured are their Sawbill Trail Handlebar Bag, Growler Pack Rolltop (center frame), Caribou Trail Bike Bag (back of saddle) and front fork bottle bags. We were impressed with the feel and quality of all their packs, including their luggage and Growler packs (lead photo above). They are insulated to keep your brew cold and secure.
Raise your hand if you’ve heard of landsurfing? Yes, it’s a thing. I remember my first Sector 9 longboard. The length provided great stability, but nothing like these from Hamboards. They have boards ranging from a 2′ Biscuit model, to their most popular 6’6″ Classic board. You can ride them like a longboard surfboard hands-free on the nose or grab one of their Land Paddles for those mile long boardwalk stretches. Think of it as SUP on the street.
Topo Designs booth was located in the Venture Out section of the show this year. It was packed with an assortment of their colorful packs, pouches, belts, bottle and caps.
Some of the nicest people we met throughout the entire show were the guys from ESEE Knives. They walked us through their entire collection from EDC sized blades to full-on hunting masters. The quality of their knives is something you can only experience in hand. All of them are Made in USA with several models using 440C steel or 1095 carbon blade steel. It’s easy to see and feel why these knives are coveted. My personal favorites are their IZULA-II and ESEE 4. The Canvas Micarta handles have enormous amounts of grip and when it’s time, you can remove them and replace with new.
Looking to bring fashion into the performance compression sock world, VIM&VIGR is getting ready to launch a new men’s collection. Three models bring nylon, wool and cotton materials. All of them use compression and come in a variety of styles made to look good in jeans, shorts or a business suit. Look for them at your local department stores this fall.
I’m pretty sure Danielle Musto knows all about Bar Mitts. If winter cycling is in your agenda, these waterproof & windproof neoprene hand covers are for you. They attach to your bars, leaving plenty of room for your hands to work. They are 4.5mm thick using closed cell construction that features a closed air bubble, aiding in insulation. Models are ready for flat mountain bike bars, road drop bars, commuter bars and more.
Launching next Spring, the new Tensor Series from Nemo are claiming to be the lightest and most comfortable sleeping pads on the market. The Tensor Series is designed to cradle your body keeping you in the pad. Stability was also built in to make sure you have support regardless of where you roll in the night. It uses a Thermal Mirror to radiate body heat back into your body keeping you warm. The Flat Feel construction promises this pad will feel just like your mattress at home. An insulated model is also on the way.
The Bay Kayak from Oru Kayak is not like any you’ve seen before. It was originally funded on Kickstarter and is part of a permanent collection in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The kayak folds into itself transforming into a box making it unique and easy to travel with. It weighs only 26 pounds and will hold riders up to 260-300 pounds. A width of 25″ and length of 12′ make it great for beginners yet fast enough for experienced kayakers. There are 2 rubber deck straps to store gear, an easy-to-adjust footrest, reinforced cockpit for easy entry, watertight seams, and fits standard spray skirts.
It really takes an army to see and do everything at OR Show. On top of new products, the show also offers a wealth of demo’s for those who want to try their hand at fly fishing, log rolling, kayaking, SUP, running, off-location hikes and more. Next year, the Open Air Demo will be on the must do list as well as 7 additional staff members.
Over the next couple days, Adam and I are going to assemble our favorite new products from the show. Several of them we haven’t shared yet. Look for that early next week! Thanks again for coming back every day to see what we’ve been up to and don’t forget to share all three days with your friends. We appreciate those likes, tweets and shares.
Day Three Dog Count = 5. Apparently, Friday is doggie day off.