It’s Like Christmas In August.

Outdoor Retailers Show in Salt Lake is the largest outdoor sports show of its kind. Credit: Harriet Wallis
Outdoor Retailers Show in Salt Lake is the largest outdoor sports show of its kind.
Credit: Harriet Wallis

The annual Outdoor Retailers Show is going on in Salt Lake City right now (August 5-8), and it showcases gear for all outdoor enthusiasts. It’s a sneak peek at brand new innovative products as well a upgrades in existing products.

The massive trade show has more than 1,500 exhibitors from around the world. Some exhibitors are well known outdoor recreation companies while others are little companies that strut a single creative product. The show brings buyers together with the sellers and it sets the stage for what you’ll soon see in your favorite recreation store.

I attended the show for SeniorsSkiing.com to search for products that would appeal to our readers. I walked miles to see the show takes up every square inch of the Salt Palace, the city’s convention center, and then it spills outside into three, block-long tents.

Here are my top picks:

Harriet's Pick #1: Addaday Rollers. Credit: Harriet Wallis
Harriet’s Pick #1: Addaday Rollers.
Credit: Harriet Wallis

Addaday rollers for soothing sore muscles. Apply a lot or a little pressure on what hurts. It’s less bulky than traditional foam rollers so you can pack it in your suitcase and take it with you on vacation. www.addaday.com

Harriet's Pick #2: Spriggs Wrist Wallet Credit: Harriet Wallis
Harriet’s Pick #2: Sprigs Wrist Wallet
Credit: Harriet Wallis

Sprigs wrist wallet is a comfy cuff that’s safer than your coat pocket. Each wrist wallet has a hidden pocket, a zipper pocket and room for your cell phone too. Stash all your important items — credit card, money, room key and phone – and you’ll always have them with you. Lightweight and lots of patterns. “I invented it in 2004 after my sister came back from a trip to Morocco and said there were lots of thieves,” said Sprigs owner Valerie Ciptak Vierra. www.sprigs.com  

Harriet's Pick #3: ExOfficio undwear Credit: Harriet Wallis
Harriet’s Pick #3: ExOfficio sports underwear
Credit: Harriet Wallis

ExOfficio Give-N-Go Sports Mesh underwear. ExOfficio is already known for it’s lightweight, breathable, quick wicking and quick drying fabrics that are perfect for travel. It’s women’s underwear line now includes the extra-breathable diamond weave sports mesh fabric that will breathe beneath your base layer. Next year, look for the boy shorts style and the fancier lace collection. There are new styles for men too. www.exofficio.com.

 

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