Outdoor Retailer is North America’s largest tradeshow for the outdoor industry. Split between an annual Summer Market show and an annual Winter Market show it is the conference where exhibitors, retail buyers, and the outdoor media come together to preview upcoming products. Brands previewed a ton of upcoming new products we should generally see in the next 3-9 months. In this article we’ll focus on what caught my eye from the brand’s booth.
Note: any specifications cited are pre-production numbers. As brands get closer to mass production and distribution we may occasionally see slight tweaks based on final wear testing and feedback.
Three trail running shoes were my main focus when talking with the folks at La Sportiva at Outdoor Retailer. An upcoming performance-oriented, new model looks promising in the Kaptiva. La Sportiva’s best selling trail running shoe see an update in the Bushido II. And the recently released Unika caught my eye as well. Finally, some good-looking and well designed trail running apparel looked promising too.
Weight: 11.6oz / 330g, 9.3oz / 264g
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Meet Your Shoe & Gear Editor: Ben Zuehlsdorf
I am an avid running gear junkie. When I’m not smelling new shoes I’m usually running or racing around the local trails in Marin County, California or talking shop with the San Francisco Running Company community of friends. I was once a road marathoner but now have transitioned almost exclusively to the trails and racing ultras the last few years.
Disclaimer: All words and thoughts are my own and no compensation was offered nor received.