New York City is not quite the Mecca of the outdoors or outdoor gear – but that might change.
I had the chance to attend the event, getting to feel the products up close and meeting the faces behind the brands.
Here are some exhibitors and products I found noteworthy at the event:
Lifestraw displayed their original filtration straw, as well as the new LifeStraw Go 2-stage filtration bottle. Lifestraw’s products filter out bacteria and protozoa from contaminated water, allowing travelers, hikers, and anyone going off the grid to drink with confidence.
At the Get Outdoors event, Thule promoted their backpack line, which is studded with some great daypacks and technical hiking backpacks.
The travel gear brand showed off their hammocks and travel accessories. I’ve reviewed a number of Grand Trunk’s products in the last few years and it was great to have a chance to meet up with their brand representative.
Sven Can See
Sven Can See, a brand selling anti-fog gel, demonstrated how their gel works and how it can help outdoorsmen of all kinds. The anti-fog gel can be applied to sunglasses, ski goggles, and even dive masks.
The synthetic insulation brand, PrimaLoft, is behind the technologies used in your favorite insulating pieces. Among their other insulation and fabrics, PrimaLoft showed off the Gold Insulation Eco, which is water resistant, has a high warmth-to-weight ratio and best of all, is made from recycled materials.
Real Deal Brazil
This company based out of Greenville, N.C. uses recycled tarp from Brazilian cargo trucks to make hats, bags and accessories. I got to test out one of their hats during a trip to Ecuador.
Danner, the Oregonian footwear brand, displayed their new Mountain 600 boots in addition to classics, like the Mountain Light. It was great to see what Danner had in store for the new seasons, as I’ve tested one of their boots last winter here in NYC.
Read more: Danner Crater Rim Review
The Invisible Shower is a portable and disposable body refresher – something that can be used between showers when on the go. It looks like a great item to have after a long flight, or if you’re backpacking.
Also exhibiting at the event was REI, the ubiquitous retailer. At their booth, REI gear was displayed as well as brochures for their adventure travel tours.
Carpe’ Insectae All-Natural Repellent
Carpe’ Insectae makes insect repellent from essential oils and other natural ingredients. They let me test a sample bottle of their insect repellent, which I promptly used while in Ecuador. One suggestion for Carpe’ Insectae: make a carry-on sized version.
Wolverine is a footwear brand specializing in work, outdoor and casual boots. At the Get Outdoors NYC show, they exhibited their 1000 Mile collection, durable waterproof boots and more. One in particular was the Evans boot, made with a Horween leather upper and Goodyear Welt Construction.
Kuhl is an clothing brand which makes gear for travel, hiking and other outdoor pursuits. Khul’s booth at the front of the exhibition floor displayed their pants as well as tops and outer layers, like the Spyfire Hoody.
I’ve been using Kelty’s backpack for a long time, and traveled around the world for 2 years with a Redwing 50, so it was great to meet their reps and see their new products. Kelty focuses on camping gear and backpacks, one of the new bags being the updated Redwing 44.
Mountain Khakis is a mountain lifestyle brand. Their pants are made for taking on both the office and the outdoors. At their booth, I got to see their latest shorts as well as tops.
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