Outdoor Retailer-Jordanelle Reservoir, Depot, and Salt Palace, UTAH
CHUMS, Viet Do-Outsiders Ball, Chaco, Liberty Bottleworks, Fjällraven
OR people-attendees, buyers, exhibitors, media...dogs---are outdoors passionate...and it's always great to see/meet new faces and catch up with others more familiar-every six months.
In the "it's not complicated" category-but a gear/gadget that is so necessary,
the Made in the USA, CHUMS---eyewear retainers...owned by Idaho living guy we meet up with at Demo Day as we slather on Beyond Coastal sunscreen-(there might be others)---with a demeanor = so laid back---the business acumen smarts needed to buy this company from the river guide who conjured up this handy thing-and grow the biz (accessories +watchbands, wallets, cases etc)=very subtle but apparent.
|now in fashion-y suede...|
---and so appropriate the AC/DC tee---with the Aussie band still (and still) enthusiastically, rockin' and rolling, firing off canons-encore-wise-when Chums was born.
|IMO= 2 thumbs up to all responses but really a waaay two thumbs up to the answer "highlight the urban outdoors". Really!|
What else impressed us -a new line of have it your way- ReversiFlip™ female thong/strap sandals-with inter-changeable web strap sets-in catchy prints/color waves (2 pictured-there's a third option too-herringbone patterned).
|Chaco ReversiFlip™s---like the reg' Flip-with the cushy/supportive footbed-$60 for black strap basic- with each card of four options-$20|
|Vibram outsole---new Outcross Web $120|
Khaki is a classic shade used by industries worldwide for practical and fashionable purposes. Two of our favorite uses of this shade...
Made in the USA 100% recycled aluminum BPA free-water bottles---by Liberty Bottleworks always intrigued us, beyond its amazing Artisan and Parks Collection designs, multiple kid friendly options, and easy patented 1/4 turn on/off cap design.
We were curious about the company's fund raising effort that donated $10/online bottle sale benefiting the non-profit Special Ops Warrior Foundation (that just wrapped)...as we that pals that have served in the Army/Navy Special Operations.
Stopping by their centrally located space in the Salt Palace-we had a few minutes to chat with co-founder Ryan Clark about the connection-and it turns out he is close with several men who served ---and first hand, has seen the good works the foundation does- providing for the families of Special Ops soldiers, providing scholarship grants to surviving children.
|Custom Liberty Bottleworks -Army Special Ops motto-Latin-to liberate the oppressed|
The super cool hip length Greenland jacket-$220 made with the label's signature G-1000® fabric doesn't come tricked out with all the patches and embroidered back...but-no doubt, crafty types can just add their own...