There was change in the air at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. We all felt it. After months of speculation, debate, and wait, we finally know where we'll be for the next five years (Denver). 

Despite some of the big players being absent (Patagonia, Arc'teryx, and Polartec), the show went on, and the estimated 3,000 who participated in the March for Public lands seemed extremely stoked to be part of that. Meanwhile, for those abstained from the march to carry on with meetings, it was business as usual on the show floor.

So tell us, how was your show? Choose one of our answers below, or write your own in the comment section.



All you need to know about what went down at Outdoor Retailer

The final Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City is behind us. And while the attendees we spoke with felt that the aisles of the Salt Palace were less crowded that usual (no official numbers have been released by the show), energy was high around the industry coming together to more

Denver Convention Center

Was the first Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show in Denver a success?

With months of buzz about Outdoor Retailer moving to a brand new city and so much time planning for the big show, it's almost hard to believe it's already over. Now that it's all said and done, we want to know – did Denver live up to the hype?  Take our quick poll to let us know more


Should gear companies stay out of politics? Or lean in?

Patagonia gets both idolized and lynched in the court of public opinion for its bold stances on conservation and the environment. For the majority of the outdoor industry tribe, the company is a leader in fighting for the things we hold dear, but one look at the comments on its more

Outdoor Retailer WInter Market 2018

Poll | Which upcoming Outdoor Retailer show(s) will you attend?

Attending a national trade show three times a year is a lot for some outdoor industry members, especially when you factor in all the regional shows that happen year round, where the brunt of the buying work actually gets done.  There's still ample chatter about whether three big more


15 things you didn't know about Outdoor Retailer

The very first OR show—called the Outdoor Retailer Trade Expo—took place at the Sahara Hotel in Vegas in 1982. The entire show was smaller than the Ballroom at the current one, with 93 exhibitors. For the first time in the history of OR, our industry will galvanize as one and more

The American Alpine Club's boulder at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2018

Poll | How do you feel about the Outdoor Retailer show last week?

With the show floor cut in half, booths relegated only to the upper level, wider aisles, and plentiful gathering spaces that offered room for show-goers to really stretch out, this Winter Market was smaller and quieter than any before. Some exhibitors we spoke with felt it was a more

Photo: Carlo Nassise/Outdoor Retailer

Are you marching at summer Outdoor Retailer?

By now you've probably heard that Outdoor Industry Association is hosting a march for public lands in Salt Lake City, Utah on day 2 of Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. The march will start in the South Plaza of the Salt Palace Convention Center at 4:30 p.m. and will proceed along more

Photo: Carlo Nassise/Outdoor Retailer

What to do on Day 1 of Outdoor Retailer Summer Market

There's so much to do at Outdoor Retailer that it's hard to pick what to attend and what to skip. Here's a listing of all the events we've gathered for Day 1 of the show: happy hours, educational events, athlete meet & greets, sales for charity, giveaways, and more. Check Outdoor more


Poll | Do you have a succession plan for your shop?

We want to know: What's next for your store after you retire? There's no doubt that you've poured a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into your business to make it a great outdoor retail store. Tell us what is your store's fate after you are ready to move on. Need help figuring out more