Each year the Outdoor Retailer show brings together some of the largest arrays of outdoor products and enthusiasts in the world. You’re undoubtedly familiar with the Summer market show, which we have covered in previous years, but for 2020 we decided to drop into their winter “snow show”, and we’re very glad we did. That’s because amidst the wide range of enticing ski, snowboard, and split-board gear we found some camping and outdoor products we absolutely loved, so here’s a look at a few of our favorites.
1. Yakima CBX Solar Box
If we could only take home one product from Outdoor Retailer, it would have to be Yakima’s CBX Solar box. This sleek roof-box has a 36W Sunflare panel integrated directly into the lid, enabling users to charge phones, tablets, or other devices via a USB outlet inside the box. At the show, it was displayed charging a Goal Zero Yeti 200, which could be left in the box during the day, and grabbed at night to charge electronics in the tent.
The interior has 16-cubic feet of cargo space and features a slick low-profile mounting system that eliminates the annoying handles that usually take up room at the bottom of the box. Each mount can be turned with a removable Yakima handle, or with a standard 3/4 drive should you ever lose the Yakima handle. These mounts are even torque-specific, so when they reach the ideal torque setting they click instead of tightening further. The finishing touch on this roof-top masterpiece are roof-rail cut outs so that the box sits nearly flush on the rack for a clean look.
MSRP is labeled as $1,299 USD
To learn more about Yakima, visit their website here.
2. Snowpeak Home & Camp Burner
I’ve never thought I would be as excited or intrigued by a camp stove as I am by Snowpeak’s “Home & Camp” Burner. This brilliant cook-top folds up into a metal cylinder when not in use, but deploys with a very wide and stable base when you’re ready to use it. The storage tube houses the propane canister inside for a clean low-profile setup. The control dial allows you to easily control the fuel-flow, there’s an integrated ignition system, and it even has a leg that doubles as a bottle opener. How cool is that? It comes in tan as shown here, but will also be available in colors like grey and black. As you would expect from Snowpeak, the quality is superb, so we feel confident this will be a hit with anyone who appreciates clever outdoor gear.
MSRP $109 USD
To learn more about Snowpeak, visit their website here.
3. Yeti V-Series Stainless Steel Cooler
Yeti has already earned a reputation for building uncompromising coolers, but they’re certainly not resting on their laurels now that they’re in the lead. This year they unveiled several new offerings, but our favorite was this retro stainless steel cooler. While it may look classic, it packs modern tech like Vacuum insulation to give it ultra-thin walls, a height designed to accommodate wine bottles upright, cast-aluminum hinges, and a front latch that feels bomb-proof. If you love quality gear with timeless looks, this Yeti is right up your alley.
To learn more about Yeti, visit their website here.
4. Stanley Pour-over
Stanley needs no introduction, but this product certainly deserves one. It combines the materials that made their vacuum bottles famous with some clever design elements that make pour-over coffee easier than ever. It uses a screw-in reusable stainless filter that is a cinch to clean, with a bottom design that pairs with the majority of their existing vacuum bottles. Each brew will produce up to six cups of coffee, and the entire thing is dishwasher safe.
MSRP $20 USD
To learn more about Stanley, visit their website here.
5. Nemo Flyer Self-Inflating Baffled Air-Pad
Nemo says that their pads have always fallen into one of two categories, self-inflating, or air-pads, but this new offering combines the best of both. The Flyer combines the thickness of an air pad with the cushioning support of a foam-filled pad. Nemo states that this is possible thanks to a new construction method that utilizes CNC machines to cut undulating shapes of foam instead of the flat slabs that form the base of traditional self-inflating pads. Each cross-section is hollowed out during production to produce air cells while the valleys are left solid to prevent bottoming out. This construction method makes the pad extremely comfortable while removing 60% of the total foam for a light-weight and compact package. The Flyer carries an R-Value of 3.3, weighs just 23 oz, and measures in at 72″ long by 20″ wide and 2″ tall. Packed size is 10″ by 6.5″.
To learn more about NEMO, visit their website here.
8. Fjallraven Vidda Pro Wool Padded Jacket
Fjallraven’s G1000 garments have been favorites amongst outdoor enthusiasts for years. The densely woven fabric is made from 65% polyester and 35% cotton, and when paired with their Greenland Wax can be ideal for a wide range of conditions. Now with the Vidda Pro Wool Padded Jacket, that range of conditions has expanded even further. It offers a sustainably sourced insulation made from recovered wool blended with biodegradable cornstarch fibers for a warm combination that doesn’t compress or lose performance over time. Like all G1000 jackets, it is made to last a lifetime, and can stand up to the snagging and tearing branches and rocks we encounter outdoors. Combine that with the Vidda Pro’s timeless looks and you might find it hard not to fall in love.
To learn more about Fjallraven, check out their website here.
6. Crazy Cap UV Filtration Bottle
Crazy Cap was born from the idea that you shouldn’t need harsh chemicals or heavy filters to drink clean water. It utilizes a UV LED light to sterilize your water as well as self-clean the entire inside of the bottle. The company hopes that this will not only reduce the number of plastic water bottles people drink but also cut down on the disposable filters they use.
To learn more, visit their website here.
7. MPOWERD Luci Core
We all know about Luci lights, the rechargeable solar lanterns produced by MPOWERD, but this year they are introducing something new. It’s called the Luci Core and features a malleable arm that can be twisted and turned to hang or prop the light against anything you want. Like their other lights, it can be charged via solar or USB making it perfect for all of your camping adventures.
To learn more about MPOWERD, visit their website here.