There was lots of belay device action at OR Summer Market this year and apparently this round of innovation was long over due. Jay Young recently did a three-part series on Gear.com calling out the inadequacies of older belay device designs when used with modern thin ropes. This is definitely a must-read for any climber who does any multi-pitch routes.
Here are the links:
Outdoor Retailer Summer Market was a blur this year, but I did manage to make it out of the booth a few times to re-connect with friends and colleagues. I honestly can’t say if there were any amazing new gear launches or any must-have footwear and apparel. The buzz at the show was good though. Retailers were talking about growing their businesses again instead of just surviving – and that’s a very good thing for everyone.
Anyway, here are a few links to some post-show wrap-ups:
The BOSS Report
The Adventure Life – The Coolest Thing I Saw at Outdoor Retailer
The Cleanest Line
Rock Climber Girl
Wicked Outdoorsy: Videos in the Outdoor Industry
Leave No Trace
The Official Press Release