Outdoor Retailer Trade Show — Summer — Day 1

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | August 10, 2007      

No, they didn’t move the Salt Lake City trade show to a simulated Everest base camp. This is just the tent city demo in a park. We’re always into tent design so it was fun having things set up for a “tent shootout.” We’re hitting this summer show in casual style, skimming the highpoints of some lightweight mountaineering gear and keeping those ski contacts going. Another agenda: We’ll check out a few colleges while we’re here — thought it just might be cool for Louie to ski the Wasatch while getting his four years in!

Outdoor Retailer tents
The tent city.

Outdoor Retailer tents
And this was funny. Turned out the Salt Lake City sprinkler system in the tent city had a mind of its own. The tent vendors got everything set up, then an unplanned test was implemented. With most of the doors unzipped it was hard to tell what would stay dry in a real storm, but the tents looked good all the same. I tried to get Louie to crawl in and shut the door, but he was over looking at some bivvy shelter that weighed about the same as a roll of toilet paper, and was made of something similar. He said it would work great. I could only wonder, for which purpose? Some of the tents did look perfect, however, being excellent mixes of strength and lightweight materials. They’ve come a long way since the tarps and A-frames of the 1960s.



4 Responses to “Outdoor Retailer Trade Show — Summer — Day 1”

  1. Henry August 13th, 2007 1:55 pm

    Is that a Garuda tent in the first picture?? Looks like Garuda colors
    I have a old garuda and was (great tent( and was just wondering the other day if they still made them..if so where and who is making and selling them

  2. Ian August 23rd, 2007 8:32 pm

    I really don’t think that’s a Garuda tent. It’s definitely from Kelty. I have quite a few Garuda myself and I love them all. Too bad that Byron Schutz (the original designer) is not making tents anymore.

  3. Pop up Displays May 8th, 2009 5:45 am

    Thanks for sharing this info…..nice trade show

  4. Werbeartikel January 20th, 2010 2:30 am

    Great idea to have an outside trade show – bit risky in the british weather though! 😉

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