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My first OutDoor, my first trip to Friedrichshafen, my first BBQ on Lake Constance, my first experience of slacklining and my first, and last, communal shower.
I made the decision to camp for the duration of the show, taking a pre-pitched Vaude tent in the goalmouth of SC Friedrichshafen.
The campsite couldn’t have been more hospitable and with a ready supply of beer and currywurst on tap, it made for a comfortable base.
It must be said that having to share a shower with eight other men each morning and with, more often than not, tepid water wasn’t the most fulfilling experience, but nonetheless I had a fabulous time in Germany for four days. Camping was far better than I’d expected and the weather was gorgeous and not as swelteringly hot as I understand it to have been last year.
As predicted, the show was a perfect opportunity to meet new and old faces and to feel and try out some interesting products.
Swedish firm Walkstool, for instance, were kind enough to lend me one of its folding, telescopic leg chairs to aid my camping trip, while Powertraveller, Vango and GoLite had already furnished me with equipment needed to get me to and keep me going at the show.
I also got the chance to experience first-hand, and for the first time, slacklining. I can’t say I’ve ever seen anything like it before but what those guys can do on a thin piece of nylon webbing is quite remarkable.
I’ve got a young nephew who’s an avid skateboarder and I can tell you that I scored some major cool points when I showed him the footage I’d taken of the Gibbon guys giving it their all in the competition on Saturday evening.
David Pittman, editor, SGB Outdoor ISSN 1757-7276
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Inside this month: Industry: Marco Ellerker interview
Anatom feature, OutDoor Review Products: Sandal Focus, Insect Protection, Product Review
6 Marco Ellerker
David Pittman meets Marco Ellerker, the new top man at Brasher, to find out his plans for the company
Anatom is offering everything you need for below-the-ankle comfort; insoles, socks and boots
10 OutDoor Review
David Pittman reports back from the show floor and highlights some of the big news to come out of Friedrichshafen
Products 16 First Look
With such a wide selection of new products on show at OutDoor, we profile a small selection
18 Sandal Focus
What’s on the market for those customers looking to buy lighter, adventure focused footwear?
20 Insects Protection Focus What products are around to keep your customers safe from bugs and bites?
We team up with Trail magazine and LFTO.com
to review products from across the outdoors market
26 Tech Rep: Lifesystems
From insect stings and bug bites to encounters with jellyfish, Lifesystems has products to keep your customers safe
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130 exhibitors now booked for OTS 2011
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