Outdoor Retailer 2012 Preview

August 2, 2012    |    By +
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market (a.k.a “OR”), in Salt Lake City, is the world’s largest outdoor sports industry gathering! With over 25,000 exhibitors and attendees, OR is THE place to find the hot products, the latest trends and see the “coming soon” goods from over 1000 outdoor lifestyle brands.

With what seems like acres of cool outdoor products, the trick for a Gift Guru is to find the fun, unique, helpful and ultimately “gift-able” products from the thousands on hand.

Last year, I found some really great gifts, and I can’t wait to see what the 2012 edition of OR has to offer.

For example, last year, I was introduced to the Piggyback Rider.  The Piggyback Rider is equal parts backpack and child carrier. A child (age 2+) stands safely on the wide textured foot-bar on the back of the Piggyback Rider, holding shoulder handles and secured to the adult by a safety harness. The child gets a piggyback and some time off of his or feet, and dad or mom gets to avoid back pain!  This one is great for kids and even better for their parents.

So in 2012, there’s already pre-show excitement about what I’m calling Piggyback Rider 2.0. The new Piggyback Rider model looks to make a good thing better. As co-inventor Wayne Lifshitz notes “The outdoor community will absolutely love this new pack from us. It’s a big enough pack to bring everything you need for a day hike, plus it has a built in kid carrier for times when your toddler needs a break from walking.”

That’s just one example of a very cool OR 2012 product, that will make a great gift. Stayed tuned, because for the next few days, I will checking in and posting about my OR 2012 favorites.

You can find all my Outdoor Retailer highlights right here.



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Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at Gifts.com. She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

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