The Portland Expo Center is hosting the 38th annual Pacific Northwest Sportsman’s show from February 6 – 10, 2013. I went on opening day. It was $8 to park, and another $12 for admission. I made the trip worthwhile, checking out every booth and demonstration.
This show has something for every adventurer. There’s boating, rving, and fishing exhibits, to name a few. So if you’re looking for gear, or ideas on where to travel, this is for you. I was impressed with the high amount of outfitters around. There’s a guide for everything under the sun. Most were for hunting trips, but I saw whitewater rafting experts offering their services too. I liked talking up the small, mom and pop vendors with interesting, lesser known products. My favorite item I found is called Squat Strap (www.squatmonkey.com). It’s a strap that wraps around a tree, or rock to help support you while you go poop. Brilliant. Now I can read a business book outside, while doing my business. I had to get a strap to test. More on that soon.
I also talked to a local inventor named Andy Gorman. He developed the Retractable Tool Tether, so you stop dropping things (www.retractabletooltether.com). I picked up a few of these to review also. I’ll put one on my jacket, and one on my EDC backpack. Maybe I will stop losing things. Doubtful.
There was lots to peruse, and stuff to sample. I tasted storable foods, oils, jams, meats, and energy drinks. Skoal was giving away cans of chew, put I passed. The Expo was serving beer as well. And at one booth you could try panning for gold, or buy a small nugget. Fun, but I will be panning outside. I shopped knives too, and picked up product catalogs to browse later. If you like the outdoors better than the indoors, visit this show before it’s gone.