Outdoor Retailer is the largest outdoor products trade show in the world, featuring the latest and greatest goods, services, new ideas, apparel launches and more. The semi-annual event is the place to be if you’re involved in the industry, and I had the good fortune of spending a day at the Salt Lake City show chatting with industry professionals. When I wasn’t meeting with the people behind the brands you love, I was walking the trade show floor, keeping an eye out for cycling innovations to report back to you.
Naturally, I didn’t see nearly as many cycling-specific goods as I do at the yearly Interbike trade show. But a few products did jump out. Without further ado, I present "Part One" of the latest and greatest from Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2014.
Timbuk2’s Madrone and Especial Raider Backpacks
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, women make up 25 percent of U.S. bike commuters. With that in mind, the San Francisco company adds to its women’s lifestyle cycling collection with the Madrone Backpack. The pack features a back panel designed with women in mind, front and side reflectivity, external and internal pockets intended to fit everything from accessories to a U-Lock, a water-resistant bottom and more. Comes in Carbon and Cobalt Full-Cycle Twill. MSRP: $129
Every Tuesday and Thursday morning, Mission Cycling Club, a San Francisco-based cycling group, “raids” up the Marin Headlands. It was on one of these mornings, over a post-ride, pre work breakfast, that the riders dreamed up a lightweight commuter backpack. It needed to be sleek enough to mountain bike with, but roomy enough to house a change of attire. Enter the Especial Raider Backpack. Possibly my favorite new product from Timbuk2, the pack is practically perfect for mountain bike commuters. Featuring water-resistant nylon, reflective pops, a large main compartment with separate shoe pockets, an internal folding board and a zip pocket ideal for keys and other accessories. A mes back panel helps you stay cool. Black. MSRP: $79
Sanuk Recovery Sandals
After an epic mountain bike ride, what do you want more than anything in the world? (Besides a cold, refreshing, possibly alcoholic drink?) You want to remove every sweaty piece of mountain bike clothing you’re wearing—especially your rank socks and shoes. In fact, I don’t think any mountain bike ride is truly complete until your clammy feet hit the air for the first time in hours. To prolong the air circulation to your toes, slip into Sanuk’s new men’s Beer Cozy Light or women’s Yoga Sling. MSRP: $34 and $38 respectively. Available in March.
Nite Ize HandleBand
Next time you need to access a map while mountain biking, consider keeping your smartphone accessible while riding with Nite Ize’s new HandleBand universal Smartphone Bar Mount. Leave the case on or take it off, the HandleBand is able to attach nearly every size smartphone to a bike’s handlebars. The simple-looking, bungee-like silicone band wraps around your device and secures to an aluminum base. Fastens to most common handlebar diameters. MSRP: $17.99
Beyond Coastal Active Sunscreen and Active Face Stick
Beyond Coastal’s active sunscreen prides itself on being oxybenzone, paraben, gluten and cruelty free. The vegan sunscreen offers UVA/UVB protection and 80 minutes of water resistance. Beyond Coastal’s Active SPF 34 sunscreen is one of only two sports sunscreens to get a low hazard rating from the Environmental Working Group, an independent non-profit consumer resource group that rates sunscreen for both protection level and ingredient safety. The company’s active SPF 30 face stick is water resistant up to 40 minutes and provides a hands-free application. I’d keep the active stick in my hydration pack for quick, as-needed application on the trail.