After flying in the night before from Munich on a United Airlines wing and prayer, I managed a full day at the trade show here in Salt Lake City. Overall energy is good again, you can tell we’re still a growth industry. A larger convention hall would be nice — quite crowded here.
What stands out? In the ski ghetto, the sound of deploying avalanche airbags even overshadowed the DJ trying to make his mark over in the Skull Candy booth. Indeed, airbags are the hot item. The ultimate combo for a retailer: something that’s proven to save lives — and also costs a bunch of money. The things need to be cheaper and lighter. Sounds like that’ll happen eventually, just a matter of sales volume and materials science.
The sleekest and lightest systems are the new packs from ABS, while Mystery Ranch has the coolest looking. BCA is in there as well, and admirable in that they developed their own excellent plumbing system instead of licensing someone else’s. Sure, you don’t want to re-invent the wheel, but doing your own thing allows for the most innovation and best pricing. Check out a few show photos and comments:
All for now, today I’ll set up for lots of future reviews, and get some more current details for another show post.