Summer Outdoor Retailer 2012

Summer Outdoor Retailer 2012

Summer 2012 Outdoor RetailerOur trip to OR started with a visit to DeLorme to check out their new inReach two-way gps/satellite messaging system.  We had the opportunity to use the Spot Connect during the Idaho Overland Expedition and wanted to talk to the folks at DeLorme about the differences between the two systems.
The inReach message system connects, via bluetooth, with any iPhone/iPad/Android device through the DeLorme inReach app.  The system offers gps tracking, S.O.S. messaging, and two-way messaging, a feature the competition does not offer.

Our second day at the show greeted us with an early morning meeting with GSI Outdoors to look at their newest products.  The creative minds at GSI must have been working overtime because their booth was filled with great camp kitchen gadgets.

Among the new products for 2013 include a new insulated coffee cup, with integrated press.  The outer shell can slide off and be used separately as a drink glass with the neoprene insulation remaining around the coffee cup.
Also new for 2013 is a line of flexible bottles.  One set is designed specifically for holding condiments like mustard or catsup.  The second set is designed to meet the TSA liquids requirements for airline carry-on. A third set is designed for liquor and is perfect for camping and backpacking!

Our next stop was at the Bushnell Eyewear booth to learn about their Serengeti, Bolle, and new Cebe lines of sunglasses.  Serengeti and Bolle have always been on the forefront of design and cutting edge materials and lens coatings and now they are debuting their Cebe line of eyewear.  The brand is geared for younger adventure travelers and has a long history in the European market.  As with its siblings, Cebe offers brilliant frame materials and lens coatings.  We found the Ice8000 and Wild to offer some of the more advanced and unique features including category 4 lenses and lightweight construction.  These are some great looking sunglasses!

We were excited to see a familiar face at the OR Show.  We first met My Camp Kitchen at Overland Expo back in May and when we read they were going to have a booth at the show we knew we had to stop by and say hello.  Offering the only high-end, all wood camping chuck box on the market, My Camp Kitchen has well positioned themselves for this niche market.  Their boxes are beautifully constructed and offer a style to satisfy multiple needs.

Beau Johnston is an avid overland enthusiast and author of, a blog about gourmet cooking, travel, and 4WD adventures.


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