Gear of the Show Pt. 2: Outdoor Retailer
We’re back with more gear updates from this year’s Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City. Here’s the continuation of what caught our eyes at the show, so you have a good idea of what’s coming out in 2015. Look for upcoming reviews in the magazine and on the web. Click here for Part I.
Naish Javelin—The Javelins looked awesome at the show, completely redesigned for 2015. The deck and bottom have been re-tooled and the nose moved really smoothly through the water when we tested these boards at the demo. Naish also offers the Javelin in a variety of sizes for any paddler and abilities: Both the 12’6″ and 14’0 come in both 26- and 28-inch widths.
NRS Adventurer—NRS has also re-tooled, designing acrylic stiffeners into all their new inflatables for 2015, adding rigidity and speed, which in turn up paddling enjoyment. The acrylic is laminated into the deck and base of the board and adds no weight and doesn’t affect the packability of the board either. The Adventurer was one of our favorites in their lineup, which comes in at 12’6″ x 30″ x 6″. It would be great for hiking into remote lakes or for overnight touring trips.
Riviera RP-14′ Downwind—Riviera, as a brand, has long been into downwind paddling but haven’t offered a downwind board until now. Their new 14-foot downwind board is testament to those years on the water. Designer Taylor Rambo wanted to get the design just right and succeeded, creating a fun board that moves well in the flats and easily catches short-period wind swell—the type you’ll find on any lake or body of water near you.
SIC Maui Pro Lites—SIC continues to expand their stellar offerings with the Pro Lites, designed specifically for flat water paddling. These gems from Mark Raaphorst come in 14′ x 24″ and 12’6″ x 24.6″ and will definitely beef up the brand’s lineup. SIC Maui is known for speed in the open ocean; now they’ll be known for it on any boady of water.
Coreban Phoenix 14′/Dart Pro/California Series—Coreban has been busy this year. They’re releasing the new California Series (middle), the Phoenix 14′ (left) and the redesigned Dart Pro (old model, right) for downwinding. A number of solid offerings from the South African company.
Seattle Sports Kayak Catch Cooler—So this cooler is made for kayaking but as soon as we saw it we knew it would work on a standup. Store your fish in the internal liner to keep the cooler body clean, store beers in the bottom or pack away sandwiches for a whole day on the water. It’s soft, light and small. If you want to keep just a six-pack cool, this is what you want.
Pat’s Backcountry Beverages—The products from Pat’s Backcountry Beverages were the most unexpected thing we saw at the show. Ever paddled out on an overnighter and wished you didn’t have to leave the six-pack behind? Don’t. Load Pat’s Carbonator bottle with an activator packet, beer concentrate (yes, beer concentrate) and water and pump it with the special proprietary cap to carbonate the mixture. In a couple minutes you have either their pale ale (5.2 ABV) or darker Black Hops ale (6.1 ABV). And it isn’t half bad. Packable beer: we love it.
Crazy Creek Crazy Legs Quad Beach/Festival Chair—River folk have long loved Crazy Creek chairs for their packability and simplicity. The Quad is a great option for car camping or hanging out at the beach with the family. It’s compact, light and ultra comfortable. Everything you want from a portable chair.
Click here for Part I.