Tendencies to Watch: Out of doors Retailers


As we prepare for Outdoor Retailer’s upcoming Summer Show in June, we wanted to reflect on last season’s Winter Snow Show. We have seen many emerging trends that we expect to continue into the end of the year.

Base Performance manufactures nutritional and fluid products for athletes. Developed by triathletes and trusted by runners, cyclists, swimmers and more, their bars offer premium nutritional products for athletes of all disciplines and fitness levels.

Runa is the clean energy drink. The brewed guayusa has a light flavor reminiscent of chilled tea, with an added touch of natural berry flavor. Thanks to the unique balance of polyphenols and L-theanine, the brewed guayusa leaf provides sustained energy, mental clarity and focus without feeling a crash.

JYOTI Natural Foods is high quality, nutritious Indian and international food with bold flavor. Their products are shelf stable, delivered in recyclable cans and convenient foil bags, so you can take these products with you on the go. All of their products are non-GMO, gluten-free, and preservative-free, with plenty of options for vegetarians and vegans.

Gear Hugger is a non-toxic, plant-based, and biodegradable all-purpose lubricant that keeps gear in-game longer to reduce waste and protect the planet. Offering 2x better lubricity than petroleum-based products, Gear Hugger has 1,001 uses from outdoor gear to small electronics and more.

GOT BAG is the world’s first ocean plastic backpack. Each of their four bags consists of 3.3 – 9.9 lbs. made of plastic recovered from the ocean and the environment by the GOT BAG team and its waterproof coating is also eco-friendly. They are committed to raising awareness of plastic pollution and turning the waste into something useful.

Little Kamper is the zero-waste 1-pound propane tank swap for camping and outdoor recreation. Simply buy your 1 lb propane tank, use it like any other traditional propane tank, and when you’re done, trade it in at a participating retailer to reduce waste and single-use bottles.

life on the go

Hot Bento is a self-heating lunch box that uses batteries to generate thermoelectric heat. With it, you can have a hot meal anywhere in 10 minutes. No more paper bags to the office for lunch, no more sharing a gross community microwave. This sleek and advanced lunch box keeps you healthy while being quick and convenient.

GoGirl’s mission is to empower and empower women through life’s greatest adventures and challenges. Whether that adventure involves scaling a mountain or recovering from surgery, GoGirl’s adventure kit is designed for women to relieve themselves with ease.

Klean Freak is the shower in your pocket. This line of scented, antibacterial and alcohol-free body wipes helps you stay clean and refreshed on the go. Whether you’ve worked up a sweat exploring the great outdoors or just left a training class, they’ll have you smelling clean and fresh again.

Tickless is the chemical-free tick and flea repellent. The device emits ultrasonic pulses that are imperceptible to humans, pets or wild animals, but impair the ability of ticks and fleas to orient themselves. It is eco-friendly with no chemicals or fragrances.

fashion to fulfill a function

The patented SheFly zipper allows everyone to heed nature’s call comfortably and safely without exposing skin to the elements or other people. Their pants have a second zipper that goes from underneath the traditional zipper to the back of the waistband. The design allows you to open just as wide as needed to maximize privacy on the trail, in the woods, or anywhere nature calls.

Pak-Jak is the wilderness jacket for backpackers. An interchangeable, detachable back panel lets cool air flow to your back and needed areas while keeping your arms and core warm.

From hats to scarves to gloves, gaiters and everything in between, Bula’s full range of winter accessories has the whole family covered. They also use recycled materials in about 70% of their product line.

Gobi Heat outerwear offers 3 levels of warmth in flattering, stylish and safe accessories. From jackets to gloves, their heated products will keep you warm no matter where you are. Your new heated chair is perfect for camping, tailgating, campfires and more.

With a focus on innovation, AWKA-SKIS technology allows you to double your ski lessons with your freeride machine. The comfort of their pintail shape runs through the snow as if you were in the water and their sharp tips assist you effortlessly on dust.

NORDIC-STEP is a universal shoe strap solution. The patented NORDIC-STEP allows multiple users access to a single set of cross-country skis, regardless of shoe size or shoe/shoe preference. The product combines modern snowshoe binding technology with a cross-country ski boot sole to use winter boots of any size and shape as “ski boots”.

The Outdoor Retailers Summer Show was held June 9-11 in Denver, CO. Stay tuned for trends!

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