Highlights From Outdoor Retailer: Summer Market 2019

From apparel to kayaks and skateboards, our picks from the annual exhibition

At this year’s Outdoor Retailer: Summer Market, there was plenty of buzz around all kinds of gear. Whether it be the consensus shift toward sustainability or the CBD boom (the cannabinoid had its own wing this year), the 2019 show had a different feel. Brands—eager to appeal to new consumers, but to also show a sense of accountability—showed less than usual. For instance, The North …

Western Rise Outdoor Apparel

A new brand for mountain enthusiasts with distinguishing water-repellent technology to keep dry when fishing to hiking

As both a fishing guide and ski instructor in Vail, CO, Will Watters knew that the mountains offered more than just one specific sport or experience. Along with his girlfriend (who would later be his wife), a fellow ski instructor in the valley, Watters wanted to design clothing that encapsulated the diversity of mountain life. The resulting new brand, Western Rise, launches with their debut …

Design Ingenuity from New Zealand: Alchemy Equipment

From the sea to the mountains to the city, a function-driven line of versatile men's and women's gear

The concept of alchemy likely conjures images of robe-wearing bearded outcasts toiling away in a cluttered workshop over illuminati-esque texts as they attempt (fruitlessly) to transfigure the everyday into the extraordinary. Building on the alchemic concept of carefully combining materials to create something new and exceptional, Christchurch, New Zealand-based Alchemy Equipment forgoes sorcery in favor of field-tested design. The recently launched brand’s full line-up of …