Sunday, August 18, 2013

Outdoor Retailer-New/Cool Gadgets/Gear/Apparel/Footwear S/S 2014 Part 5

Salt Palace, Outdoor Retailer Utah
Part 5
Birki's, Freewaters, BOGS, Terramar, Sanuk, Filson, Granite Gear 

Given the amount of merchandise available under the broad umbrella of 'outdoors'---inevitably certain characteristics are shared...that impact visual presentations of retail shelves/aisles...and the looks of it all.

Camo is---is always a fashion that trendy print gets wildly, (and not so much) (re)interpreted- by manufacturers of footwear, apparel and gear. Literal interpretations- OF COURSE- the items military bound.

PLUS: the hunting market -which is growing in participants (ducks-look out!!!)...gets attire offerings by a range of outdoor companies----that we think---should pitch their eye-catching wares to the urban markets too.

We even scored some camo duct tape- deftly deployed, as patch-up on formerly checked baggage.

Santiago-double strap w/ Dynamic footbed=extra layer  with Visco-elastic memory foam-men's $109.95
The print was splashed across many many labels...

Milos-front $89.95
Birki's shares the Birkenstock genes-with that suede footbed liner, flexible cork-latex midsole, moisture-wicking top + stable bottom jute layers, and ideally supportive arch/toe/heel construction--- and cute uppers.

Fact- at a beach wedding last Saturday night  several gals (smart!!!)  rhythmically Blurred the Lines....with colorful Birki's on.  And yes we-know we want(ed-it) them cause our spiked heels were killing us.

Camo options abound-----
Spring 2014-love these Belau slides $89.95---and like all Birki's---grippy treaded +cushioning EVA outsole 

nice color pop on a camo slip-on-canvas upper, Super Pillow Insole-w/heel cup, medial+lateral arch support, quilted pads for air flow, non-marking flexible sponge rubber outsole made with water based glue. 
New to us Freewaters-has one founder who toiled at Burton no surprimo when we saw the trendy inventive designs, eco minded construction values-and attention to details-throughout the outdoorsy-surfer casual footwear line.

BOGS always has the great spot at the Salt Palace-front and center...with bowls of candy to scoop up while on the fly...

Their men's 100% waterproof, puncture proof, scent free rubber, moisture-wicking (EverDry w/Bogs Max-Wick) camo boots and slip-ons-are aimed at the hunting market (available NOW)...with technical construction and performance features that borrow from the hiking world-durability, comfort (dual density contoured EVA insole) and value.

BUT added plus -the Diamondback, Mossy Oak and Real Tree patterns-on these kicks would look great paired with comfy denim or khakis...from woods to work, in a manner of speaking.
BioGrip Hunting Outsole -maximum traction

$150-Mossy Oak Eagle Cap Hiker-w/ Channel Air insulates -40, 4mm of Neo-Tech™ w/ Airmesh +Bogs Max-Wick™, Aegis antimicrobial odor protection sizes 4-14

Fabulousness in a base layers for assorted temps+conditions---YES.

And not just cause Terramar Sports engineers some of the best -tricked out layers in the biz-quick drying/moisture wicking (driRelease® and Body-Sensors ec2 Qwik-Dri™), lightweight, warm great next to skin feel-using amped up natural merino wool (Termawool™)+silk (Smartsilk™), TXO® advanced moisture-odor control---etc.
with 360 Degree Stretch, Sizes XS-XL
That's really good-but check out these women's Camo Essentials-in this hunter twiggy print---a tank with black straps/neckline and adorbs boy cut matchy match bottoms...

We want rightthisminute.

Separates like these could be splayed across the glossy tome to women's fashion, Vogue ---in a what to pack/wear underneath it all- destined for annually gushed about, posh shooting weekends in the English countryside.

Though as summery urban jungle wear= waaay more authentically appealing.

Crew neck tee with short sleeves-  available now- in 2 tonal options...the above pictured are set for Spring 2014 delivery.

SANUK is a brand that makes us smile-in fact, we actually read their 2x year hefty catalogue cover to cover-the graphics are are the prints the So-Cal company manages to conjure up season after to season.

SANUK-Seeker Funk-No Ledge profile, heavy canvas overlay moc w/ poncho body, canvas mudguard, canvas lining, high rebound Instaplay footbed, Happy U rubber outsole -vegan and vegetarian $60-ships Oct 1
Camo with colorful side strips of red/ orange/ ethnic prints...the Sanuk's men's surfer cool Seeker slip-on (wear heel down or up)---comes with the new Instapaly springy-energy returning footbeds-made "for jumping up and saying 'yesssss!" ---vs. the brand's iconic Yoga Mat bunch "...for relaxing and saying 'ahhh.'"

FILSON ---A high-end American heritage label with proprietary fabrics that manage the weather and tailoring options splendidly---AND also deftly manages to attract the attention of other companies -with lots of inventive collabs --- and its own shoe line also--- 
Filson Insulated Uplander Boots

Lot's to to love-handsome apparel blessed with performance features (in a later post) and many covetable luggage/carryalls/accessories...including...
HR Briefcase $485 in camo-made to go the distance- with Cordura tough/water repellent fabric-top of the line RiRi zippers w/ leather zipper pulls-closing pockets inside and out, cotton soy wax trim, lined with the brands 100% Cotton Antique Tin Cloth, padded laptop sleeve, two strap option in leather+cotton webbing w/ non-sliding removable/adjustable shoulder pad, back luggage trolley strap to hold onto rolling bag...and ringed handles and snap handle wrap---hauling options.

We have written about the Granite Gear-Tactical Gear- including the Tactical Care Casualty Evacuation Systems (CASEVAC) sets, backpacks, weapons cases etc- in a prior post...

Every time we see it...amazement ensues- at the mind numbingly attention to details, fabrications, multi-tasking inventiveness of the packable/portable/war-zone tough-life-saving haulers and accessories...

Camo in its purest intentional form.