Outdoor Retailer 2014 : Day 1 : Hobie Kayaks, Torch Paddles, Astral & Immersion Research

Hobie Kayaks

Hobie Kayaks has updated just about every boat they’re putting out for 2015. We’ll be doing a bigger download just on Hobie once we get home and can detail all of the changes for you, but in the meantime, here are a few highlights!

Hobie Kayaks Outback

Hobie Kayaks Outfitter

Hobie Kayaks Oasis

Hobie Kayaks Seat

The Venturi drain is a new addition – when you’re cruising along, pull the cord to open the drain and the  boats movement creates a vacuum to suck the water out of your boat.

And last, but certainly not least, the new Mirage drive! 

Torch Paddles

The folks at Torch are coming out with some really inventive and high quality paddles. If you’re an after (or before?) work SUPer or paddlers, you’re going to love these light up paddles! SUP and kayak paddles coming out next year for roughly $250.

Astral Designs

The fine folks at Astral put out some great shoes with the Brewer, Rassler and Porter, so they have expanded their shoe line to include everything from pure water shoes to shoes that threaten to be considered downright fashionable.
To highlight a couple of our favorites, the Aquanaut will be a rugged shoe with extra stability, maximum ventilation and high friction rubber meant for both dirt and water. If your adventures will take you to the trail and the river next spring or summer, this may be the shoe for you! MSRP $125
If you’re looking for a shoe that’s built to last but will fit in your playboat, the Loyak is the shoe for you to watch for next spring! With recessed stitching that binds the bomber Cordura upper to the razor-sipped sole this low profile, moccasin-like shoe will be with you for a long time.

Immersion Research

What’s new, amazing and a great price at under $1000 (ok, we understand that “under $1k” and “great price” don’t always go hand-in-hand, but it does here!)? The new 7Figure dry suit from IR! This thing looks good, feels good and we are laying odds that we’ll be able to add “performs great” to that list. The seams are solid, the zipper is great and the fabric has outperformed and outlasted Gore-Tex in testing. Boom!
Don’t need a full dry suit? IR has that covered too (of course!). Introducing the IR 7Figure drytop! Same great quality as the drysuit, a screamin’ deal at $389.


Have questions regarding any particular product or vendor? Hit us up in the comments, on Facebook or Twitter!Now on to Day 2 of the 2014 Outdoor Retailer Show!

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