Outdoor Retailer Show :: Day 1

Each summer, the Outdoor Retailer descends on Denver, Colorado (soon back in Salt Lake City) with aisles of new gear and innovation. This year is no different, with even more overland components on display and a the continuation of the Overland Experience area. We were fortunate to be able to display in that section, including bringing along the Jeep Gladiator Farout concept vehicle.

We are seeing more trailers and 4WD vehicles on display at the show, including this clever Happier Camper unit that features larger (MT) tires, an HD-wheeled tongue jack, and a modular interior that can be used for everything from transporting motorcycles to a complete camper buildout. They are of impressive quality. happercamper.com

MK Outdoor had a nice Tacoma on display, featuring an Alu-Cab habitat and other thoughtful modifications. MK makes a nice lineup of firemaking tools. mklighter.com

With elaborate overland cooking gaining popularity, more car-camping-designed units are hitting the market, including an entire pizza oven! Not sure I can allocate the space to one, but I sure hope one of my campmates does (grin) ooni.com

Wandrd makes some of the best travel and photography bags in the business, with HD waterproof zippers and a large selection of pods, modules, and inserts to organize your kit. wandrd.com

Rumpl has also just launched a line of fire-retardant blankets. For anyone that has burned a hole in your puffy or nice down blanket, this is kind of amazing! rumpl.com

Dometic has become a powerhouse in the overland industry, including their recent acquisition of Front Runner. Their new products are hitting the market in quick succession, including this new hardsided case and a series of new packing cubes.

Dometic’s new Go water containers are also impressive, featuring an easier to manage 3 gallon capacity, and the ability to attach multiple accessories, including standard water filters, or their new battery powered pump. We have started using them, and find the lighter weight and advantage over traditional jerry cans and like that they nest together more effectively. Dometic also has a line of Australia-designed coolers that are both compact and space-efficient. dometic.com

Helly Hanson has been making expedition-quality gear for decades. I have personally used their kit in multiple environments, including a Pacific sailing crossing. It is nice to see their technical features extend into everyday outdoor gear, like their Odin 9-Worlds shell. I am also a sucker for a comfy and capable hoodie. hellyhanson.com

We do love coffee, and the Planetary Design BruTrek always comes out with something clever, like this perfect mini coffee setup for adventure motorcycles or compact kits. The canvas carry bag is a super overlandy touch. planetarydesign.com/

Scott is the publisher and co-founder of Expedition Portal and Overland Journal. His travels by 4WD and adventure motorcycle span all seven continents and include three circumnavigations of the globe. His polar travels include two vehicle crossings of Antarctica and the first long-axis crossing of Greenland. He lives in Prescott, Arizona IG: @scott.a.brady Twitter: @scott_brady