I really like what is going on at Baladeo with their line of knives. All the different styles are so well crafted and designed. There was a lot of thought put into the products I saw on display. Their products range from specific activities to good old fashion pocket knives. Some of the Pocket Knife lines are Hunting, Modern, Ultra light and another big bucket of dedicated knives include Climbing, Canyoning, Diving, Mushroom Hunting, Watch Making, and more.
Spending time with the WAE (Wireless Audio Experience) Outdoor BTP04 has been fantastic – it delivers great sounding music and clear audio content while doing a number of activities in various places. While bluetooth speakers are old news, outdoor rugged speakers are making their way into the market place in a big way. These are allowing us to bring music deep into the backcountry, at the local wall, car camping, or even around the house and yard.
What a FANTASTIC knife! I had been seeing these brightly colored knives here and there but never really stopped and paid attention, that was my bad. Here I was walking past a truly great piece of engineering between Light my Fire and Mora of Sweden. The Swedish FireKnife is easy to clean, light and durable this is with me every trip. Eventually I see myself with a slew of these knives for different load outs, not to mention all the ad on’s you can get offered by Light my Fire.
I love my little snow peak lantern, simplicity in design and function make it one of my all time favorites in form and function. The Mini Hozuki Lantern is small but powerful with a slew of capabilities makes this a must for any camp or backpack set up. Even just as a back up in a day pack, it has the the ability to clip onto your gear via the magnet clasp system. This little LED lantern produces 60 lumens allowing for 40-70 hrs of run time and weighing in at 3.1 oz. It’s pretty waterproof in some light rain and the silicone rubber lantern shade can be removed for cleaning purposes.
Whether you climb inside or out, the type of holds you encounter can play a pivotal part in your climbing experience. But as gym rats know, when you’re only climbing on artificial holds, things can get a bit redundant. Creating something new and unique is what causes certain designers, climbers, and companies to stand out in this market place.
I like to find the companies at Outdoor Retailer that are solid overseas but seem to be just a like start-up in North America. Tendon is one of those companies, and a company I have been hearing more and more about. In wondering what this company was all about, I decided to stop by at Outdoor Retailer and chat with Jiri. Tendon is a Czech based company making a wide range of ropes, harnesses, carabiners, cords, slings, and more. Alpine, Canyoning, Sport, Military and Rescue just to name a few areas of operation for these ropes.
I would have to say my favorite thing to do at Outdoor Retailer is to stop by the Krieg booth and say hi to Sam. It is always such a delight to stop by to see all the new patterns and talk with him, such a great attitude and energy. Running his sewing machine, his booth gets flooded with people who must feel the same as I do cause he is one busy guy.