No organized breakfast this morning, so no hurry. I spent a leisurely few hours in my hotel room before making my way to Sam’s No. 3 to meet Tanya and Jeff for breakfast and the last day of the ORShow. I think the restaurant wasn’t quite ready for Outdoor Retailer to come to town, as very few servers were available and food came out slowly. Still a good breakfast and plenty of fuel for walking the floor(s) one last time.
I’d never heard of Parajumpers before, but this Steampunk Surfboard caught my eye as I wandered the aisles. Turns out this is an Italian company that makes nylon jackets and vests with a removable down-padded lining and a fur-trimmed hood. Parajumpers is a project between Ape and designer Massimo Rossetti, who has many years of experience as a designer of outerwear, and also as an importer of American brands for the Italian market. They also share stories of people doing cool things in the outdoors. Still not sure how this surfboard meshes with the Arctic Surfers Story, but it’s a cool piece of art if nothing else.
Khombu is an Official U.S. Ski Team Sponsor and were originally best known for their Moon Boot (which they believe is poised for a comeback). I really liked the boot they made in conjunction with input from the skiers, cool red, white and blue colorway, very eye-catching. For the most part, though, their footwear is on the comfort side of things and not built to be technical, beyond keeping you upright on slick city pavements.
Sitting in the corner of Venture Out was a glass case that had everyone who walked by mesmerized by what sat within. The Cake Kalk electric bike, limited to 50 units, is on- and off-road, and can reach up to 50 MPH with a range of 50 miles. As someone who doesn’t like hearing engines when out in nature, this is a godsend. However, much like riding a bike near a Prius, this might scare the shit out of you if you suddenly notice it next to you.
I then returned to my hotel to check out, planning on meeting up with a Boulderite cousin who I haven’t seen in ages. Unfortunately, her daughter woke up sick and the meeting has been delayed to the next opportunity.
No meeting meant…earlier flight? I grabbed bags, hopped on the FreeMall Ride, the A Train, and found myself at the airport. While the flight before mine showed full, I hoped that I could get on Standby and sneak on, getting home 3 hours earlier. It was not to be. Some food, a shake, and a “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” later, I got on my originally scheduled flight and headed home, happy to have seen friends and cool gear that should help with microadventures as well as bigger trips this year.
Will I be at Outdoor Retailer Summer 2018? Maybe. Big changes are afoot at home, more to be revealed later, but suffice it to say I’m hopeful to be back in July.