The 2018 Outdoor Retailer Australia Show was held on 17-19 June 2018 at the Moore Park Exhibition Centre in Sydney. This annual show is a chance for Australia’s outdoor wholesalers and manufacturers to showcase their new and existing products to Australia’s outdoor retailers and allied media.
For the second year in a row Australian Hiker was lucky enough to attend this ‘trade only show’ as a media representative. Even as a card carrying gear freak I was amazed as some of the new product coming onto the Australian market over the coming year. There really is some amazing product coming out.
We recorded 12 seperate interviews over the 2.5 days of the exhibition. The first half of these interviews are contained in this episode with the other half available in episode 070. In addition to the interviews we also also looked at a number of other products on show and will be discussing those as part of the next episode, posting photos, and undertaking reviews over the coming 6 weeks.
The companies interviewed in this episode are:
Campers Pantry is an Australian supplier of freeze dried vegetables, freeze dried meals and desserts. This year Campers Pantry will be releasing a number of breakfast and lunch options, and some freeze snacks including fruit snacks and marshmallows; and a new dessert; Ice Cream!
Australian Hiker has undertaken reviews of all existing Campers Pantry products and will be reviewing the new products over the next few months as it becomes available.
An privately owned Australian based company founded in 1981 that is well known for its quality offering to outdoor enthusiasts. Mont’s flagship store is located in Canberra which is were we are located and as such we have been a customer of Mont’s for many years. However a large number of retailers are now stocking Mont product. Have a look at their online website or give them a call to find your nearest stockist.
Sea to Summit is an Australian company that produces products under their own name and also acts as a distributor for many well known brands such as Jetboil, Black Diamond, Back Country Cuisine, 360° degrees, Smartwool and Trangia just to name a few. At this years show I was amazed at the amount of new product coming onto the market from Sea to Summit in early 2019 and can’t wait for its release.
Wild Magazine is one of Australia’s best known outdoor magazines and has been serving the Australian market for over 30 years. They have long had the reputation of a high quality magazine serving the bushwalking an hiking community and with the change of ownership in 2017 this has focus has been maintained but now also showcases other outdoor adventure activities.
The LifeStraw range is well know within the outdoor community but for those new to hiking and bushwalking they produce a range of water filtration systems ranging from personal unit to larger groups. Over the coming weeks we will be reviewing some of their newer product.
Wilderness Wear is an Australian owned and Australian produced range of premium outdoor clothing. While they are best known for there large range of socks they also produce a range of base and mid layers suitable for just about any outdoor enthusiast. Keep an eye out over the coming few months for our hands on product reviews.
Campers Pantry Tuna
Campers Pantry Marshmallows; Same size, fraction of the weight
Campers Pantry new packaging and meals
Freeze Dried burger
The taste test
Quarter Pounder close up. Tastes the same but just a bit to much bread
Mont Moondance 2 tent. New version
Mont Moondance 1 tent
New ultralight sleeping matt with down pillow
Sea to Summit Pillow lock system
Sea to Summit 18litre Ultrasil pack. When packed its about the size of an egg
Sea to Summit Sleeping Mats
Sea to Summit Sleeping bags
Sea to Summit Pillows
Sea to Summit Airlite towel
Lifes Straw stand
Life Straw kit for use with a wide range of bottles
Wilderness Wear stand
Wilderness Wear socks
Wilderness Wear tops
Wilderness Wear sock wall
In episode 0070 – Outdoor Retailer Australia Show-June 2018 part 2 we will be interviewing the following companies:
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