Temperature customization threads, apparel bringing awareness to endangered land and species, the lightest solar chargers, a workwear line just for women, and a creative digital team donating their time and profits to charities—these five Outdoor Retailer newbies aren’t holding back, so stop by and see what they’ve got.
Dovetail Workwear, the first international women’s wholesale and retail workwear line, will be debuting their latest gear at Outdoor Retailer. You’ll find kneepads, work gloves, wool beanies, and belts among apparel accessories. Plus, check out the new relaxed Day Construct pant, the straight leg Britt Utility pant, the Freshley Overall, the Givens Workshirt, and a knit top collection. For two years, female field testers from around the country—from national park trail builders to visual artists—tried out every item to be sure it can stand up to their work day. There are 10 nestled pockets in every pair of pants, built to carry trail maps, headlamps, trail snacks, and more.
The talented team at VOLTAGE believes work is only worth doing if it contributes to something greater—like donating four percent of their profits to charity. That’s why at Outdoor Retailer, they are determined to be a force for good by donating team members’ service hours to trail work for every patch given out. Headquartered in Colorado, VOLTAGE produces creative and development strategy for outdoor brands like Fjällräven, Smartwool, and adidas. Using an expertise in fashion and apparel, the team produces award-winning design, develops custom code, and creates compelling copy.
8K Flexwarm is debuting the expansion of its collection at the show with heated jackets and vests featuring new designs, enhanced fabrics, and sizes, and a collection of limited edition bold new color options. The brand offers a unique heating technology that is so thin, it can be printed and layered directly onto fabric. This results in a collection that is ultra-lightweight and durable without any bulky insulation material. Best of all, it’s completely customizable. You can actually adjust your temperature by using your smartphone and if you want, you can crank it up to 122 degrees in just 360 seconds.
SunSoaker Flexible Solar
SunSoaker creates solutions for the endless battle of keeping devices charged while exploring the great outdoors. The Texas-based company manufacturers thin film solar panels with built-in, custom USB ports that charges smartphones, tablets, power packs, Bluetooth speakers, and other devices. Suction cups allow users to take the outdoor source of electricity wherever they’re headed. The panels by SunSoaker are said to be the most durable, flexible, and lightest on the market.
Artist Katherine Homes has a background working with environmental organizations that dealt with climate change, waste management education, and the relationship between public and environmental health. This inspires all of her products—T-shirts, tanks, patches, and leggings, all painted by Homes, who goes by KT. She hopes to help protect the planet and bring attention to endangered species and wild lands through her affordable and functional artwork. Her booth is created from 100 percent recyclable and biodegradable U.S.-made boxes. The T-shirt supplier in India provides job training to women as well.