Winter 2014 Outdoor Retailer

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This past week the team here at UltraRunning Magazine attended the Winter Outdoor retailer trade show in Salt Lake City, UT. For Running, the winter event is not quite as inclusive as the summer event, but there were still some great new products to be looked at along with revisions for the Summer season.

Here were a few highlights.

Hoka One One Speedgoat

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Hoka partnered with Karl Meltzer to develop a shoe of his own. They used the Rapa Nui as a base and added (or removed from there). It offers a vibram outsole with 5 mm lugs (most in their line), so it should have great traction on the trails. One interesting design concept is the side cuts on the outsole which allows it to flex a bit when you are on uneven terrain.

The Speedgoat will be available Fall of 2015

Smartwool all weather training line

PhD Ultra Light Long Sleeve Shirt

PhD Ultra Light Long Sleeve Shirt

Everyone is about merino wool these day. For Fall of 2015 SmartWool has a new PHD Light line which replaces their ulta light line. The pieces are merino/polyester blend. The blend allows you to vent as you become warmer but still keep you nice and toasty when your exertion levels reduce.

GU

 

GU Packaging

GU Packaging

GU has completely rebranded their entire line. New packaging and logo will be rolling out this spring. The packaging is much cleaner and more concise than their current packaging. It’s easy to see recognize if a particular GU packet is caffinated or not and what flavor it is your grabbing.

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Cory is the Operations Manager for UltraRunning Magazine. He grew up in Southern California and Moved to Bend, Oregon in 1993. A relative beginner in the Ultrarunning distances, completing his first 50k in 2013. He lives in Bend with his wife Lisa and their son.

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