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the greatest show on earth…

Sorry Ringling Brothers (Barnum, Bailey, et. al), the greatest show on earth is Outdoor Retailer.

The main entrance of the convention center in SLC.

This trade show is held twice each year in Salt Lake City and brings together suppliers and buyers from the far corners of the outdoor industry – and the world.  I returned last week from two quick days at the Winter’13 show. My primary objective was to meet prospective sales reps and to build a sales force for the fall delivery (clock is ticking…).

The show provides a broad view of the outdoor industry – everything from climbing ropes and ice axes, to beef jerky, to the puffy coats that were everywhere.  In turn, these ‘tree huggers and granola eaters’ influence style and design in many other areas – so I find it helpful to try and get a sense of new trends here.  Networking is a critical tool in my stage of the business, and this show is a great place to connect and reconnect with people I’ve worked with in the past, and hope to work with in the future.  ‘All work and no play makes Jong a dull boy,’ so of course I found time to enjoy old friends, new finds, and good food (though – ugh – no skiing this year)…

A view of the action from the balcony.

I haven’t been to 40 shows, but I’ve walked many… and yes, Moccatomic is a great tradeshow shoe!

The must-have item for the season… puffy coat (preferably with a hood)!

The action around the TNF booth…

When bisons fly… at the Mountain Khaki booth.

The ‘circus’ at a Keen promotion.

Climbing shoes and the wall on which to try them…

Simplicity and understatement at Patagonia…

Wooden lasts on display at the TBL booth.

Nice booth at Vibram where I met to discuss future outsole programs.

Old (some are still young) Friends.  After nearly 20 years in this industry, I’ve worked with many, many great people.  Those who are still in the business are likely attend the show — so this becomes a big reunion for everyone.  Here are a few who didn’t mind having their picture taken.

Jay S. and Bob B. Two veterans from TBL, whom I first worked with in the early 90′s.

Terry K. of 1% For The Planet, me, and Stephen K. of Sympatex

With Christina D. I was sourcing, she was design in the early days of TBL apparel.

Oskar the Bear and friend

New Finds.  I’m always on the hunt for new things — and there’s no shortage here of people with new ideas.

Stress-free campfires this summer in Acadia with Teepee Fire!

Tony Post and Topo Athletic.  Go tabi shoe!

Beanie with beard. BeardBeanie!

Waterproof cases by LifeProof (yes, both iPhone and iPad were running videos underwater!)

Good food.  If you’re going to eat, you might as well eat well…

Maple ice cream with bacon… courtesy Darn Tough socks

Krave Jerky: turkey, pork, beef varieties

Hamachi Kama (yellowtail collar) off campus at Naked Fish across from the convention center…  http://www.yelp.com/biz/naked-fish-japanese-bistro-salt-lake-city

And it’s always nice to come home

Flying home over Boston harbor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

with a souvenir for the family…

Hanna wear-testing the BeardBeanie.

 

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