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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2014 storms into Salt Lake next week

Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2014 in Salt Lake City August 6-9
Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2014 in Salt Lake City August 6-9
Photo courtesy of Judi Oyama - Flickr Creative Commons

The coveted outdoor gear extravaganza, the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, returns to Salt Lake City, Utah next week bringing in a mass amount of outdoor retailers, media, public relations companies, buyers, and a decent amount of happy hours. From Wednesday, August 6 through Saturday, August 9, 2014, the Salt Palace will be inundated with unreleased outdoor gear that will debut for spring/summer 2015.

The past few Outdoor Retailer shows have brought more and more retailers hoping to get their name known in the competitive world of outdoor gear. The show has gone from using all of the available space in the Salt Palace to the addition of three pavilions, space used at the Marriott and other areas surrounding the convention center in order to accommodate all that wish to display at this closed-to-the-public event.

This year over 1500 exhibitors will be showing off their up and coming gear for the outdoor enthusiast. And for the first time, the Outdoor Retailer is joining forces with its sister show, the Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show, to create ‘Tailgating at OR’ – an exhibit area and enhanced marketing opportunity for brands with tailgating products looking to get in front of the largest gathering of outdoor specialty and sporting goods retailers in the country. Everything from generators to grills and accessories to tents and shelters will be represented by exhibitors in this area.

Also returning again this year in conjunction with the Outdoor Retailer will be the 2014 CLIF Bar Psicobloc Master Series competition up at the Utah Olympic Park. Some of the world’s most elite climbers will embark upon the 50+ foot Psicobloc wall to compete in the deep water soloing competition. Chris Sharma, Sasha DiGiulian, Jimmy Webb, Delaney Miller, Alex Johnson, Daniel Woods, Alex Puccio, Carlo Traversi, and Ashima Shiraishi are a few of the competitors that spectators will watch race up this monster of a wall with an overhang of roughly 25-feet. Tickets are on sale and the event is open to the public. August 7, 2014 is the Seeding Round and tickets are $15 per person. August 8, 2014 is Finals night and ticket prices range from $25-$100.

It’ll most likely be the biggest Outdoor Retailer show yet. Locals should expect the usual chaos in Downtown Salt Lake during the show and hotels will be filled to maximum occupancy. As mentioned above, the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market is not open to the public. Only authorized buyers and members of the trade will be admitted to the show.

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