IFTD Day Two Wrapup
Day Two of the IFTD trade show is in the books, and we continued to find many impressive new products. Buff has a very unique creation coming out this Christmas: called the Infinity Scarf, it is basically a Buff tube which is approximately five times longer than a normal Buff and fused end-to-end to make a large hoop. Meant as a ladies' accessory, it can be worn draped over the shoulders, or doubled over itself as a tight neck muff or even a hoodie.
Echo Rods had a number of new rod models, including a very fast E3 lineup, but our favorite was a short series of 8'4" bass rods in the Echo Edge series. Budget-priced at $250, these would be slick bass sticks for popping a bug up under a dock at night.
Diablo Paddlesports was a new entry this year, with a very robust ABS plastic standup paddleboard (an increasingly hot sector of the boat market). Diablo's designers are hard core fishermen, so their model comes with a tangle-defying cover that can stretch from the nose cone all the way back to the feet of the angler, eliminating any chance of hooking a loop on a hot cast.
Costa Del Mar focused a lot on the ladies this year, with several "Jackie O" style glasses (the lowered nose bridge ensures the frames cover the eyebrow). Our consulting ladies especially liked the Little Harbor style in black and coral (the coral is inside for a bit of low-profile flare). Also noticeable was the reduced weight of the 580P (for polycarbonate) lenses. New last year, these plastic 580s are especially noteworthy in large-lens models like the Wingman.
Meanwhile, show organizers made the Reno, Nevada location official for next year.