Whenever I work outdoor industry trade shows, I start to get a lot of inquiries from friends about what new stuff they should watch for once it hits the market. It’s not everyone that gets a look at this merchandise before the rest of the world, so it’s kinda neat to be a part of the process.
There are so many great products out there for the outdoorsman, that you almost can’t go wrong if you do a little research and take the time to assess why you like some things more than others. And, just because you don’t see it at a retailer, doesn’t mean manufacturers don’t produce it. Sometimes it’s best to take a look at a given company's website, or better yet, contact customer service and explain what you’re looking for. You may even find out that some outdoor products' manufacturers are capable of custom building an item for a reasonable fee.