094: Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2016

Show Notes: Episode 094

Today on the First 40 Miles, a sneak peek inside 2017 outdoor trends and upcoming gear!  Then, on the SUMMIT Gear Review we’ll share a Nalgene that is 50% more than the Nalgene you already have.  And the Backpack Hack of the week you’ll learn another use for a Nalgene that will get you ready for those chilly autumn nights.  And we’ll wrap up the show with a vision of green threads!


  • Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2016
  • “Outdoorist” is a term coined in 2015 by the Outdoor Industry Association
  • The idea behind this term is that, some of us who love the outdoors realize that maybe we’ve put too much emphasis on what type of outdoor person we are. You know, I’m a backpacker, I’m a surfer, I’m a hunter, I’m an angler, I’m a hiker…
  • And now, we’re realizing that maybe we have more in common that we previously thought.
  • Hikers, campers, climbers, paddlers, fishermen, hunters, cyclists, and every type recreationalist—we all have different reasons for being outside, but we all share one thing in common—outside is where we find JOY.
  • And there’s power that comes with the realization of this shared joy—we have a shared voice. And we have a collective power.  And we have instant family.
  • So next time you see someone outdoors that is participating in an activity that’s different than your activity, instead of seeing them as a surfer, a hunter, a stand-up-paddle-boarder, or a cyclist, see them as an outdoorist.

Top 5 Things I Saw At The 2016 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market

Hammock Revolution

  • Hammocks everywhere!
  • Hennessy, Kijaro, Grand Trunk, Yukon Outfitters, Kammok, ENO
  • Even companies who had never done hammocks before, were there with hammocks!
  • Hammock accessories
  • Klymit has inflatable pad specifically for hammock
  • Sea to Summit has a new UL hammock
  • Several companies had Inflatable Hammocks (I think they’re still working out the bugs as far as staying inflated…) Travel Chair, ENO and Wind Pouch

Water Filters that protect against Viruses

  • This trend left me wondering what they know that I don’t know…
  • From MSRs website:  “If you catch a virus, its source was most likely another human being. Therefore, human-specific viruses tend to be less present in settings where there’s little human traffic. In addition, in developed regions—like much of North America and Europe—advanced sewage systems and generally good hygiene practices have greatly reduced the risk of viral outbreaks. Even as a traveler in the backcountry, however, you must be observant of your surroundings, and recognize where others may not have practiced clean tactics. Popular camp spots tend to be higher-risk zones. When people neglect to dispose of their waste properly, viruses can be present in the natural water sources. With increased human use of our backcountry, the need for virus protection might be something we’ll need to seriously consider.  Also, it’s great for emergencies and intl travel.”
  • Katadyn BeFree
  • Sagan filter
  • Grayl
  • Renovo Muv  Water Filter System (3 different sections)

More Collabs Between Companies

  • Hydrapak + Katadyn
  • Point 6 Socks with 37.5
  • Coal + UCO (beanie with headlamp–limited edition)
  • Goal Zero + Gregory (Solar integrated packs)

Battery Chargers + Solar Panels on Everything

  • HybridLight
  • Enerplex
  • GoalZero
  • Voltaic
  • BlueFreedom (hydroelectric charger)

Theme of “Everyone in the Outdoors” (Outdoor Participation)

  • Reminded me of when I was a kid.  In the summertime, me and my brothers and sisters would be sitting around whining, and my mom would say “Alright, everybody, get outside.”
  • That’s really what our world needs right now.  We’re all sitting around, whining and complaining…maybe mom was right all along!  “Alright everybody–get outside!  And don’t come back till the street lights turn on!”
  • What does an outdoorist look like?
  • Outdoor Afro (connecting urban life with wilderness life–both wild)
  • Park4Kids: Micro-grants for teachers and non-profits to get kids to national parks
  • Unity among us all: the backpackers, the hook and bullet, the beach bums
  • Get everyone outside, and lets not make divisions among ourselves.
  • You’re going to see companies start to include outdoorist that may have been excluded in the past
  • Nemo is a great example of a company who was doing great creating backpacking gear, then decided to toe dip into gear that’s relevant to hunters
  • One of the three pillars of the OIA: Outdoor Participation

SUMMIT Gear Review: Nalgene 48oz Wide Mouth Silo


  • Nalgene bottles are rugged and withstand a ton of trail abuse-High impact resistance
  • Made with tritan copolyester
  • Comprehensive, independent third-party testing using well-recognized scientific tests has demonstrated that Tritan™ copolyester is free of estrogenic and androgenic activity.
  • 48 ounce
  • Loop-top lid means you’ll never lose the lid
  • BPA Free
  • Resistant to staining
  • Won’t retain odors
  • Withstands sub-freezing to boiling temperatures
  • Max temperature: 100°C/212°F
  • Min temperature: -40°C/-40°F


  • Takes up the same volume in your water bottle pouch as a 1 liter
  • Graduated volume marks


  • Weighs 7.1 ounces (201 grams) when empty
  • Weighs 3 lbs 9.2 ounces when filled with water


  • Dishwasher Safe


  • $12 (online)
  • Guaranteed for life


  • A little heavy and unwieldy to drink out of…
  • Great way to pack a bunch of water
  • Human Gear capCAP
  • Fits in your water bottle pouch and makes use of unused vertical space on the outside of your pack

Backpack Hack of the Week™:  Nalgene Baby

  • Pour hot water into a Nalgene water bottle. Slip a sock over it or tie a bandana around it.

Trail Wisdom

“The dream is to spiderweb this entire nation with so many green threads, principally along streams and ridges, that every citizen would be only minutes away from one.” —Noel Grove