Looking ahead: Outdoor living in 2015

The national home centers made hay with outdoor living categories in the second quarter, with Lowe’s describing lawn and garden as its strongest seasonal category, and Home Depot describing outdoor garden as outperforming its company comp average.

The weather certainly helps, but so does planning ahead.

Next spring’s outdoor living lineup will no doubt promise small blooms of innovation, but it’s also a category that will forever make good on tried-and-true classics. Here’s a few products HCN editors wouldn’t mind seeing in their own hardware aisles next year.

1. AZEK Arbor Collection

Outdoor living doesn’t happen in a vacuum. In fact, setting is paramount. AZEK honors this truism in the form of its Arbor collection, which is engineered to stand up to plenty of abuse but still mimic the look of lush, tropical hardwood. (azek.com)


2. Olympia RG850 Flashlight

Foremost among the new flashlights unveiled by Olympia at this year’s Outdoor Retailer Show is the RG850, the company’s top-of-the-line, high-performance export with Cree LED technology, five light settings and a built-in lithium-ion battery charger. (olympiaproducts.com)


3. Primos Hen Duck Call

Apart from its classic, attractive design, this double-reed duck call is designed to fit easily into the palm of one’s hand and can reproduce a range of sounds. (primos.com)


4. Igloo MaxCold Workman’s Meal To Go Cooler

Here’s a cooler with serious hardware appeal. The Igloo Workman’s Cooler is modeled after a toolbox, but it’s made for edibles — which doesn’t negate its hardy canvas construction and thick 10mm MaxCold performance insulation. (igloocoolers.com)


5. Coleman Roadtrip Grill LXE

Think beyond tailgating season — portable grills can be a hot-ticket item for a bevy of applications. The Coleman Roadtrip Grill can be easily folded up and rolled about, and it ignites quickly with just a push of a button. (coleman.com)


6. DeWalt Folding Retractable Auto-Load Knife

Versatility is a desired trait in the realm of outdoor tools — and the utility knife may never outlast its shelf value. DeWalt’s latest iteration of the classic implement is perfectly suited for outdoor activities, boasting a push-button blade change and one-handed folding capability. (dewalt.com)


7. RealComfort Adirondack Chair

Adams Manufacturing touts its best-selling Adirondack Chair as “the first significant Adirondack chair redesign since the Civil War.” It also boasts flex-cushion technology and comfortable support beams, with a SafetyGrip foot design. (adamsmfg.com)


8. Scotts SYNC System 20V Lithium-Ion String Trimmer

Outdoor living entails recreation, but there’s no fun and games without maintenance. The Scotts SYNC String Trimmer can muscle through any task with its 20V lithium-ion battery, which comes with a charging station that clips on to the tool and a fuel gauge. (scotts.com)


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