First, a confession: I am not a gear expert. In fact, this was only my second Outdoor Retailer show, so I can’t speak to the multi-year trends or the evolution of product lines. But I am a rabid outdoorsman, a millennial, a professional influencer, and my fresh perspective on All Things Gear is why SNEWS hired me as its gear reporter for this show.
Coming into this space as someone who is heavily influenced by streetwear, I’m looking for products that address style and functionality, are extremely unique, or that just make me stop in the aisle and ask “what is that?”
After scouring the show floor for three full days, these 10 products rose to the top of my wish list.
10 cool gear finds
Gear Reporter Ron Griswell scoured the show floor at Outdoor Retailer Snow Show for innovation, style, and the "wow' factor.
Nextoptic DoubleTake [$1500; nexoptic.com]
This cool gadget—a merger between a rugged digital binocular and a telephoto lens with the brain of a smartphone—is definitely my favorite item on this list. An integrated dual lens system can go from 2.5x to 10x optical zoom in an instant. Its processor enables state-of-the-art digital features such as image stabilization for easy targeting, and real-time, high resolution panning — all viewable through a 5-inch high-def LCD display. It allows you to capture spectacular 12 megapixel images and lifelike 4K video. It also comes with enhanced low-light performance. Internal WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth allow for remote use and sharing live on your social platforms. It’s rugged, water resistant, and lightweight. In a nutshell, the DoubleTake is exactly the kind of gadget I’d use all the time: for scouting rapids and rivers, getting the lay of the land from atop a cliff while backpacking, and wildlife viewing.
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