At the Outdoor Retailer Summer Show in Denver, our team sees hundreds of awesome upcoming products. We award our favorites, but along the way, we get a preview of where things are headed next year. One of the highlights this year was (wait for it) the return of the dad style. From chunky sandals to fanny packs to bucket hats, father-friendly staples have been recreated with highly technical fabric, new use cases and good looks, too. Here are a few that caught our eyes.

Dad Sandals

Dad sandals are back in full force. While Teva and Chaco have owned the market with fresh, hip interpretations of these styles, brands like Merrell and Ecco are getting in on the trend. Fans of the open toe will very much appreciate the Merrell Chronicles (above) and its throwback 90s vibe. Meanwhile, Ecco’s X-Trinsic Flat Sandal will work on hikes or all over the city, thanks to an anatomical footbed, sporty look and three-point connection so they won’t get loose.


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Fanny Packs

While hip packs have come back in style, they’ve found new purpose in the mountain biking world. Often dubbing them “lumbar packs,” brands like Dakine, Osprey and Evoc have all released hydration hip packs of late. Spring 2020 products confirm that the trend isn’t going anywhere — if anything, brands are investing more R&D into bright and bolder packs. Mystery Ranch is just one example: the Hip Monkey is already in the line but come spring 2020, you’ll find super colorful Full Moon bags. Each pack is built to store an extra layer, phone, wallet, sunscreen and more, all conveniently stored in a 500 Cordura fabric-protected bag. Look for those iterations next spring.

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Bucket Hats

For so long we’ve associated the bucket hat with fly fishermen and, on the opposite end of the spectrum, Rihanna, but now these hats are hitting the trails. They’re way more technical and performance oriented than the Burberry ones that keep the rain out, or the one that Gilligan rocked on his island. Think sweat-wicking and SPF packed. We spotted examples at Headsweats and Ciele, but you can pick one up now at Nike or The North Face. Just look for one with a pocket. We’ve discovered it’s perfect for storing an iPhone X or smaller when you decide to take the hat down the river with you post-trail run.

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All Our Coverage from Outdoor Retailer Summer 2019

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