This tiny and overall horrendous review entails my short time (1.5 hours) of visiting Day 2 of the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City. I live in SLC and work in the ski industry, so it can be relatively easy for myself to get an entry badge. This show, and any other retail show for that matter, gives me a bit of anxiety that I try to ignore. There's just far too much awesome gear located under one roof to pay full attention too. Some brands are inviting and they love for everybody to look at their products, others seem inviting and then point you away if you even try to reach for a zipper pulley after seeing that you're not a buyer. Problem is, I like to look at gear. A lot! Ski touring gear has got to be the best eye candy ever. I like the technical, light weight, CNC'd carbon molded, molecular-poly-carbon-pasta-flax-seed infused gear. Basically all the shit I can't afford looks amazing. I saw some stuff that looks like it fell off the space shuttle, and I wanted it.
Going from booth to booth. Sales reps were too busy to talk, however the "badge glance" was in full effect. I'm dubbing "badge glance" as reps paying more attention to your badge than to your face; hardly eye contact whatsoever when you're in their booth as they're trying to figure out who you are. Until you're greeted and have shaken hands does the badge glance then dissipate. So, I helped myself to looking at shoes and taking some shots on my phone. I touched 2 pairs of skis. Unbuckled and re buckled 2 different ski boots. I held a LOT of shoes that had laces. Some shoes that really stood out are in the photos below.
I didn't have a scale, so don't expect weights. I did a real quick, and "how I see it" review. Hoping to go back tomorrow to look at some more kicks and grab some more pics.
|New Balance, 1010 V2. More aggressive tread pattern. I dig the changes made to the upper. Has Laces. I'd like to try these.|
|New Balance, Leadville 1210. Thick, padded soles for running real far on rough terrain. Tread looks nice. Has laces.|
|Pearl Izumi, something something or other. Has laces. Rubber tread. I liked how basic the uppers looked. Plus I'm a sucker for the blue/yellow combo.|