Next Year’s Gear | Innovations From the Floor at Outdoor Retailer 2016

Outdoor Retailer Summer Market is a city within a city, populated with the coolest outdoor brands, brandishing the coolest outdoor gear and providing us an inside track on the hottest new products. For a week every August, Salt Lake City’s Salt Palace Convention Center becomes home to every outdoor and action sport industry from mountain climbing to canoeing, and there’s an entire district dedicated to standup paddling. OR’s SUP sector is sprawling, and with hundreds of new SUP brands recently moved into the neighborhood, it’s a truly impressive display of the booming industry.

We spent the week roaming this flourishing little city, searching for the most impressive new innovations and digging into the nitty-gritty of new technologies in standup paddling. Here are some of the most promising gear pieces from the showroom floor. –MM