The Best Portable Gear at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2015

Outdoor Retailer Summer Show GearIt’s no secret we love gear that’s compact, innovative and, of course, lime green. At every event we attend, we keep an eye out for portable equipment made for adventure that fits with our “Pack Small. Live Big.” motto. This year, we hit the floor of the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake city to find some of the best and lightest new gear for the great outdoors. Here are some of our favorites this year’s OR Show!

Squiddies Flip Reel

Squiddies Flip ReelWe’ve heard of Squiddies before and talked with them on Twitter, but the OR show was the first time we got to see them in person. The new portable fishing reel is held in the hand and used in place of a traditional fishing pole. Squiddies tuck the line and hook inside for safekeeping when not in use, and making your entire fishing setup more portable with less clutter.  We were impressed with the quality of the reels and how comfortable they are in your hand. And at $20, there’s no reason not to give them a try.

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OXX Coffeeboxx

OXX coffeeboxx

Portable? Check. Durable? Check? Lime green? Check. We’ll take two, please.

When walking the floor of OR, we stopped the moment the Oxx Coffeeboxx caught our eye. Dubbed as the “world’s toughest coffee maker,” the OXX Coffeeboxx lives up to its name with incredible durability. The coffee maker is dust-proof, water-proof, doesn’t spill water when being transported, and can take some serious hits. OXX parked a Jeep with a Coffeeboxx under each wheel as a testament to their crush-proof design. The coffee maker is also lightweight at only 11lbs and has a sturdy handle for carrying it around. And besides being nearly indestructible, it makes a great cup of coffee and works with all standard K-Cups.

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UO Smart Beam Laser Projector

UO Smart Beam Laser ProjectorWe encountered the UO Smart Beam Laser Projector walking between the Pavilions. Two of its team members were taking a breather from the hustle and bustle of the show in the hall and projecting a movie on the wall. At first, we didn’t know where the projector was until we noticed of the UO staff holding a small box out in front of him. The cool factor was instant. The 2.2 inch housing projects crisp 720p video in an area up to around 100 inches, has a built-in speaker, rechargeable battery that lasts for 2 hours of play time, and has wireless and wired options for input.

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If you attended OR this year, there’s a good chance you saw the OneWheel at some point. Show attendees and members of the OneWheel team were zipping around the halls of the convention center as well as around the parking lot during the lunch hour. The OneWheel looks tricky to balance on, but the board’s sensors and software make for a surprisingly intuitive ride. Although it isn’t quite as portable as the other pieces gear on our list, its focus on durability and rugged design allows it to go just about anywhere. With a top speed of 15 mph and a range of 6-7 miles on a single charge, the OneWheel provides a way to cruise from A to B, or just have fun in between.

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Kor Nava

Kor Nava

The Kor water bottle caught our eye at the OR show as a uniquely designed water bottle with some useful features. The Nava (shown above) features a coconut filter that sits in the straw to eliminate the chlorine taste and odor in tap water, making it a perfect fit for the traveler looking to avoid buying bottled water. We filled our Nava up at the Salt Lake International Airport bottle station and had fresh, filtered water on our flight home from the show. All the Kor bottles are stylish in design (Tony Stark himself uses one) and are, of course, all BPA free.

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