By Patricia Cameron, Special to The Denver Post
The Outdoor Retailer’s winter Snow Show at the Colorado Convention Center offers three days and two floors full of all the gear a powder lover could dream of. Among the thousands of products are some must-haves for every season and every budget. Here are a few favorites:
Not your usual hot chocolate
Company: Four Sigmatic
Price: $20 for a 10 pack of coffee, hot chocolate or latte
More info: foursigmatic.com
Dried mushrooms and cacao combine to give a super rich and super yummy powdered hot chocolate that, surprisingly, doesn’t taste like mushrooms. Four Sigmatic took this superfood and turned it into coffee, hot chocolate and lattes. These “drinking mushrooms” are vegan, paleo, gluten-free and organic.
Dinosaurs need flashlights, too
Company: The Sun Company
More info: suncompany.net
The family-owned Sun Company based in Wheat Ridge noticed a lack of kid-friendly items after participating in multiple trade shows with their own tactical gear accessories. So they designed the DinoBryte LED Headlamp. Powered with triple-A batteries, this adorable headlamp roars when it’s turned on. Kiddos have a full range of choices in mini flashlights and LEGO headlamps. Parents will love having gear kids can play rough with that doesn’t hurt their wallets.
From the slopes to the dance floor
Price: $30-$90 for high-, mid- and low-rise styles for both adults and children
More info: pakems.com
Founder Julie Adams of Denver-based Pakems remembers spending an entire day on the slopes when she realized how bad her feet hurt in her boots. “I wished I had some boots that could pack down,” she mused, and the packable boot was born. Lightweight and made out of waterproo
f ripstop, eva outsoles and a faux fur lining, these boots can go anywhere and everywhere with you — without taking up much-needed space and weight. And they are also after-party ready. There’s even a zippered pocket in the shoe to hold the little stuff you don’t want to carry. Kid’s sizes are customizable and come with markers, so they can make the shoes their own. Bonus: Adams’ anti-bullying slogan, “Be Nice,” is written on the insole, so a message of peace is left in the owner’s wake.
Everything but the kitchen sink
Price: From $30 for individual times to $115 for the set
More info: campgear.com
Baltimore-based adventure gear company nCamp makes on-the-go cooking gear that sells as separate accessories or in kits. The centerpiece of the line is a portable, 28-ounce wood-burning stove with an iso-propane adapter and an affordable price-point. The entire Kitchen to Go set includes the stove, adapter, prep surface, a compact coffee maker (Café, pictured above) and a carrying case. At 5 pounds, this is perfectly suited for a car camping kitchen.
Splurge for the summer
Price: $369-$449; optional upgrades extra
More info: rovrproducts.com
Rovr lets you store and haul your fishing pole, drinks, dry food and gear in one unit. A detachable wagon bin holds camping gear and doubles as a seat cushion. When it’s time to fillet your fish or chop veggies, a prepping board pulls out from the side of the cooler. Give your pole a rest in the rod holder while you relax with a beverage from one of the cup holders. Rovr designed its ROLLR cooler system so you can pull it behind you without it hitting you in the ankles and heels. Or, pull it behind your bike with the optional bike BikR accessory kit. Either way, heavy-duty wheels can handle the terrain. Make this your summer splurge.