Outdoor Retailer—the largest outdoor and action sport trade-show in the world—is where gear junkies go to get a premium fix. It happens twice a year with its winter edition happening now. While we realize winter isn’t the most popular season to standup paddle, the gear displayed at the Winter OR is something every standup paddler can appreciate.

To keep our finger on the pulse of what’s hot and new in 2018, our edit staff has been roaming the floor at OR, evaluating the latest crop of outdoor and SUP accessories that’ll keep us stoked and stroking into the warmer seasons. Here are a few picks from our early round-up at the 2018 Winter Outdoor Retailer. –MM

Adidas Terrex + Parley Sustainable Outerwear

@adidasterrex has partnered with Parley to produce a line of shoes and outerwear with fabric made completely out of recycled plastics pulled from the ocean and beaches. We think that's pretty cool. –Aaron Black-Schmidt


Lifestraw’s Latest Filter

These newly redesigned filters from @lifestraw allow users to protect not only against bacteria and parasites, but also lead and industrial chemicals.  The new design can also be implemented into existing third party water bottle brands, making it a great choice for the everyday traveler and serious adventurer.  –Aaron Black-Schmidt


CGear Sand Free Beach Blankets

Keep the sand where it belongs! This patented dual-weave fabric was initially designed for minimizing brownouts while landing helicopters in the desert. This mesh design allows sand to run out and not in. Thankfully, @cgear_sandfree also came out with a line of beach blankets and tote bags for the everyday beach bum. –Aaron Black-Schmidt


Sunday Afternoons Hats

These new offerings from @sundayafternoons_hats are more than your average trucker hat. With a wicking sweatband, great ventilating UPF 50+ fabric with limited edition artwork, these hats are a perfect option for everyday beach and water wear. –Aaron Black-Schmidt


Sanuk Yoga Sling Sandals

Namaste – for your feet! @sanuk‘s new take on the Yoga Sling sandal covers the toes for a colder season style option. The combination of foot beds made from yoga mats and a variety of wool, suede and canvas uppers makes these a great option for gals looking to take the beach vibes wherever they go.  –Aaron Black-Schmidt


Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Bottles

Stay hydrated my friends! @KleanKanteen has launched an entire new color palette for their line of stainless steel bottles.  This new line also features a chip-resistant, durable finish made from environmentally friendly materials designed to stand up to rigors of outdoor fun. –Aaron Black-Schmidt


Speaqua Waterproof Speakers

Speaqua Waterproof Speakers have been around for awhile, but their bluetooth transmission feature is brand new. Now you can load the speaker with up to 1,000 songs and leave your phone in the car.  Battery life is five hours and it can be submerged to six feet for up to an hour. It comes with a suction cup mount as well as a variety of other mounting options, and at a price point of $65 it won’t break the bank. It’s small size, buoyancy, and the fact you don’t need a phone to use it makes it a great paddling accessory. –Zach Mahone


Croakies Wireless Earbud Protector

Everyone has heard of Croakies and chances are you have a pair laying around. But the wireless earbuds protector is a new edition to their fleet of accessory retainers. Essentially they are Croakies that integrate with earbuds to protect them from falling out. Since those little puppies are so expensive, a little insurance protecting you against losing them is well worth it! –Zach Mahone

Follow the hashtag #orwm18  for real-time posts from the floor at the 2018 Winter Outdoor Retailer and check back on Monday for another round-up of rad new gear!