Welcome! Ultralight backpacking is my passion, and keeping up on new technologies, gear, and techniques relevant to UL backpacking is what floats my boat. I'm always looking for the lightest, most functional gear to improve a lightweight or ultralight backpacking kit, and report my impressions and field testing results here. For hikers wanting to keep up on the latest and greatest ultralight backpacking gear, this is a good place to hang out. Also, there is a lot of information here (and on our informational website Southwest Ultralight Backpacking) on useful techniques and backcountry etiquette -- food for thought for hikers wanting to lighten their load and their impacts.

My goal for Ultralight Insights is to understand, test, and report on new technologies and gear of interest to lightweight and ultralight backpackers. It's a passion after all, so we just plain enjoy talking about it. I hope readers will add their own wisdom and comments, respond to my questions, ask their own questions, and correct me if I get something wrong. Happy hiking! Will

Sunday, July 30, 2017

New Products of Interest to Lightweight and Ultralight Backpackers from the Summer 2017 Outdoor Retailer Trade Show

By Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl

The twice annual Outdoor Retailer Trade Show showcases outdoor gear that will hit the market in about six months, so gear shown at the summer 2017 show will be available in spring 2018, and some of it even earlier.

Summer 2017 is the last year for the Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City. Next year it moves to Denver, CO.

Janet and I have been covering the Outdoor Retailer trade show since 2006, so the summer 2017 show was about our 22nd. Our show coverage is one of the few that focuses on lightweight and ultralight backpacking gear, as well as new technologies that are driving change in the industry. The Show is huge, including gear for the full range of outdoor activities, so the challenge is finding the select few gear items of greatest interest to our readers.

We would like to thank Gossamer Gear for providing housing for us when we travel to Salt Lake City to cover the show. Without their support it would be difficult for us to continue our coverage.

Liz "Snorkel" Thomas signs copies of her new book "Long Trails: Mastering the Art of the Thru Hike". ISBN 978-1-4930-2872-6.

Our show coverage is organized into several articles for reader convenience. Comments on individual gear items are those of the authors and do not constitute any opinion or recommendation from Gossamer Gear. Click on the topic below to read the article.

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