Outdoor Retailer Winter 2012 Recap

The TMS crew is back at Lake Tahoe, fresh off a few days at Outdoor Retailer Winter 2012 in Utah, and we saw a whole lot of great stuff, from ultra-techy gear to down-to-earth mountain lifestyle goods.

Dave started off at Demo Day at Solitude, testing our Salomon Rocker 2 powder skis, the Volkl Nunutak backcountry rockered skis, Garmont Cosmos alpine touring boots and Moment Bibby Pros – he was really impressed so don’t be surprised to see some additions to our ski lineup next year!

Thursday and Friday it was on to the show to check out the latest and greatest coming next winter.

Mountain Hardwear continues to turn out some of the most impressive outwear whether you’re mountaineering, backcountry skiing or lapping the resort, continuing with their super-breathable waterproof Dry.Q fabric.

A new Suunto GPS enabled watch topped the tech list, along with Smith goggles that have a built-in Bluetooth heads-up display! Look for more on those two soon!

All the techy stuff is great when you’re out in the woods or on top of the mountain, but what Kuhl does best is cover you the rest of the time. Here’s a casual styled soft shell that’ll perform in foul weather but also look good at work and around town. There’s a reason why on any given day you walk into Tahoe Mountain Sports you’ll see every employee wearing Kuhl pants – look for another upcoming blog post on why Kuhl is so cool.

One of our favorite new camping companies is Klymit – with their ultralight X-framed sleeping pads and Cush pillows. What’s coming up next? A super-comfy sleeping pad (above) that comes in at an unbeatable price (talking $60 right now), and some crazy waterproof breathable jackets (teaser: one changes textures when wet, and the other purportedly breathes 25 times better than eVent!) Look for more on Klymit on this blog soon.

Deuter Backpacks continue to come out with some of the best designs around. On the left, the new Deuter Guide Lite series slots in between the big and beefy Guide series and the lighter Speed Lite series for backcountry skiing, fast-and-lite mountaineering and climbing. On the right, the Cruise series get’s a dedicated front pocket (white zipper) for avalanche gear.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg: we’ve got dozens more photos on our Facebook Page, and we’ll be doing more in-depth overviews of some new gear on this blog, so stay tuned!

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