We’re back from another great Outdoor Retailer Summer show in Salt Lake City! We scoured the show floor for the latest and greatest gear focused on compact design, staying as lightweight as possible, and innovation around portability. At this year’s show, we found a few standout products that really follow our motto of packing small and living big.
We first encountered Matador at the International Travel Goods Show and were amazed by their lineup of compact gear. Their tagline is “Packable Adventure Travel Gear” and they fully live up to the name. Their smallest item is the Droplet: a 3L waterproof bag that stuffs into a little silicone key chain container. They also make ultralight backpacks, towels and bags that all squeeze down into pocket-friendly containers. We can’t think of another product line that better encompasses “Pack Small. Live Big.”
Available at Matadorup.com
Bripe Coffee Pipe
There’s a lot of portable ways to make coffee: small campfire setups, hand-powered pumps, instant powders. But Bripe is a unique single-serving brew pipe system that uses a portable butane-powered quad jet torch (read as: high-powered lighter) to brew the coffee. The copper brew pipe sits on a copper stand and can be safely held by the cork handle attached to the straw. The whole system including the heating element comes in a small, travel friendly pack. The Bripe is simple and compact: everything we love in an portable adventure-ready coffee system. And we’re not the only ones who think so. Bripe recently won the Digital Trends and The Manual Innovation Award!
Available at briping.com
One of our favorite quotes about the HeroClip is from Stuffmerica, “Ingenuous… Infinitely useful when camping or just living on Earth.” The HeroClip is a patented carabiner -hook hybrid that’s useful in about a million different ways. The hook swivels and can be used to hang items up to 50 lbs pretty much anywhere thanks to the grippy rubber piece on the tip of the hook. HeroClip’s slogan is “free your hands” and lives up to it’s name by coming in handy in many unexpected situations.
Available at myheroclip.com
We’ve featured Pakems in our OR gear roundups before, but the lightweight, packable shoe company had some new kicks worth taking a fresh look at this year. Their latest shoes feature a nice breathable mesh upper section to keep your feet cool, and more aggressive tred for better traction outdoors. They also have built-in cords that keep the shoes together when stored, plus a nice new lime green color we can’t wait to get our feet into.
Available at pakems.com
Gnarbox provides a great utility for people who take a lot of footage on their adventures, but don’t want to carry a laptop to edit and back up their shots. The Gnarbox is a rugged portable video editing and backup station that uses any iOS or Android device as a display and is able to backup up 128 GB of photos or video on the fly. Once it’s stored, the device has editing software that can export footage in 4k right on to your phone for immediate upload, or to save for later when the adventure is over. At just 5.3″ x 3.4″ and with 4-6 hours of battery life, Gnarbox is essential for any tech-savvy adventurer.
Available at gnarbox.com
Here’s a product we’ve seen more than a few times! Sunglasses get scratched and broken when people take them off because there’s no safe and easy place to keep them. Popticals solve this problem with a patented design that allows them to compact down and fit inside a portable, protective case. Popticals showcased the new Forces of Nature series at the show, which included three bold new frames in a variety of different colors that all feature the patented compact design. Not only that, but the Popticals RZR was parked on top of four sunglasses cases to show just how strong the small cases are.
Available at popticals.com