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Outdoor Industry 2017 Award Winners

Following finalist products being on display to 50,000 consumers at The Outdoor Adventure & Camping Show and voting for their favourite products, the winners of this year’s UK Outdoor Industry Awards were announced on 15th March at the OIA Conference Gala Dinner in Harrogate.

The winners across the ten categories are as follows:

  • AccessoriesTrekmates: Mountain Pod
  • Backpacks/Travel LuggageLowe Alpine: Ascent Superlight
  • Camping EquipmentAquaforno: Piccoloforno
  • ClothingRab: Kinetic Plus
  • Climbing EquipmentEdelrid: Bulletproof
  • Digital ProductOS Maps by Ordnance Survey
  • FootwearHanwag: Cameros Wide
  • FamilyVango: AirHub Hex Gazebo
  • SleepingSnugpak: Cocoon
  • TentsMSR: Access 2 Backcountry

From these ten winners, the panel of expert judges (including specialist outdoor retailers and journalists), selected Lowe Alpine’s Ascent Superlight pack as the overall Product of the Year!

One of the judges, Jon Doran of OutdoorsMagic said: “It’s a pared-down distillation of everything Lowe Alpine has learned about pack-making over the past 50 years. Light and tough with some genuinely innovative touches, but not at the expense of real world usefulness. And it looks really cool too.”

Online Voting was the final stage of the 2017 awards process, where over 100 entries in ten categories were shortlisted by a panel of expert judges (including specialist outdoor retailers and journalists) in September at the Outdoor Trade Show (OTS 2016), the UK’s largest outdoor trade exhibition.

Not only were outdoor enthusiasts able to vote for their favourite finalists online, but the products were also on display at the Outdoor Adventure & Camping Show in February (16th – 19th) 2017, where the finalist products from all ten categories were displayed to over 50,000 consumers within a dedicated area at the venue, ExCel, London.

The 2018 UK Outdoor Industry Awards are now open for entries – click here to download the entry form!

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It’s Great Out There Coalition appoints Andrew Denton as Secretary General

The It’s Great Out There Coalition has appointed Andrew Denton as its secretary general. Starting immediately, Denton will head up the Brussels based International Non Profit Association that will lead a sustained campaign to persuade more people across Europe to participate in outdoor activities. Launched by the European Outdoor Group (EOG) at ISPO MUNICH, the coalition is an unprecedented collaboration of major outdoor companies that recognise the vital role that outdoor activities can play in combating the inactivity epidemic sweeping the continent. Read More

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New Addition to the European Primaloft Sales Team

PrimaLoft, Inc., the world leader in providing comfort solutions with high-performance insulations, fabrics and yarns, has announced the addition of a new member to the European sales team. Wim Neels has been appointed as Territory Sales Manager for UK, BeNeLux and Denmark.

Wim Neels will manage and grow the PrimaLoft business and develop strategic partnerships with key customers in the UK, BeNeLux and Denmark, operating from his home office in Oudenaarde, Belgium. He will be responsible for manifesting and expanding engagement with the PrimaLoft® brand in his specific territory in the sports/outdoor, fashion, accessories, footwear, work wear and military industries. Furthermore he will work closely with the European marketing team, to develop and implement partnership marketing programs and retail activations. He will report directly to Stefan Brandt, European Sales Manager PrimaLoft. Read More