Nearly 17,000 attendees, 850 exhibitors and 5,300 buyers packed the hallways of this summer’s Outdoor Retailer show held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. They filled the booths with conversations sprinkled with buzzwords like "moisture management," "anti-microbial," "soft shell," "UPF sun protection," "stretch" and others. Even more exciting is how fibre and fabric makers have given those buzzwords life with new and improved products and technologies. Stacy Baker looks at some of the most progressive fabric makers and what they’re planning for spring 2003.