If you can't go, You Tube offers a pretty good seat to see all of the new wares out of SHOT Show, the annual Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoors Trade Show (hence SHOT). Two items caught my eye.
First, the Surefire line has been significantly updated, as shown in this video:
A couple of standouts include the return of rechargeable battery lights, including a Surefire first, one that runs on both standard and rechargeable cells. Lots of stuff with selector rings too. There is even a 2000 lumen light, which all but confirms that Surefire has started using XM-L emitters. The most interesting thing for me though was the 200 lumen E1B. Thank you Surefire.
The other video that really piqued my interest was this one from Kershaw:
The Cryo is the latest in a line of Rick Hinderer/Kershaw/ZT collaborations. It has all of the standard Hinderer touches--a multifaceted grind, a thick blade, a frame lock with Hinderer stop. But it carries a blade made of 8CR13MoVsteel, a cheap steel and definitely not one of my favorites. It did okay on the OD-2, but terrible on the Spyderco Tenacious. So what's the big deal? Well, for one, it is supposed to clock in well under $50. And number two, at least for me, its size is just about perfect with a blade length of 2.75 inches. It is also super slim, despite the biggish blade typical of Hinderer designs (I have to imagine they cut down the blade thickness to some degree). I have already signed up for notification when it arrives so count on a review. A flipper frame lock at 2.75 inches--count me in.
I will update with more stuff as it dribbles out.