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Oct 23, 2018 | News

Finalists Announced for Inaugural Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards

Winners unveiled during a live ceremony on November 8 at Winter Market

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, California—(October 23, 2018)—Outdoor Retailer, the largest U.S. tradeshow and premier business event for the outdoor industry, announced today the finalists for the inaugural Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards presented by Capital One Spark Business, which recognize design, innovation and achievement in the outdoor industry. Thirty-two products and retail services have been selected by the panel of judges to advance to the final round. Winners will be unveiled during a live ceremony on November 8 during the first night of Outdoor Retailer Winter Market at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

“The Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards aim to inspire, and this inaugural list of 32 finalists are doing just that,” said Marisa Nicholson, Outdoor Retailer vice president and show director. “The judges have had an incredible task in evaluating so many innovative products and services that are shaping our outdoor experiences. Now, we are looking forward to seeing the finalists in our Innovation Gallery at Winter Market and to celebrating the winners.”

A live ceremony to reveal the winners will be held on Thursday, November 8, in the Mile High Ballroom at the Colorado Convention Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show is open to all Outdoor Retailer attendees. Winners will be selected from the inaugural list of finalists.

Allbirds — SweetFoam™
Big Agnes — Insulated AXL Trail Boss pads
Black Diamond Equipment — JetForce Pro
Blackyak Co Ltd. — Niata Jacket
Cake — Kalk Electric Motorbike
Costa Sunglasses — The Untangled Collection – Baffin Sunglasses
Crescent Moon Snowshoes — Eva Foam Snowshoes
Dish and DUER — Performance Apparel
DPS — PHANTOM Permanent Waxless Glide
Drift — Drift Boards
EXPED — MegaSleep Duo 25
Fundbox — Fundbox Pay
G3 — ZED 12 Binding
GoLite — GoLite ReGreen Windshell
Hydra-Light International Ltd. — HydraCell Power Cube XS
iKamper — X-Cover
LEKI — Micro Vario Carbon Black Series CLD
LynQ — LynQ
Mad Rock Climbing — Haywire
Mammut — Wall Rider MIPS Helmet
Matador Packable Adventure Gear — FlatPak™ Toiletry Bottle
O.M.E Gear — The Wanderr
PrimaLoft — PrimaLoft® Bio
SkiAK — Retail
SOLE — Jasper Chukka Wool
Summit Hut — Retail
Teamsworld Innovation Inc — . FOCANO
Tecnica — Plasma S
Therm-a-Rest — NeoAir UberLite Mattress
United By Blue — United By Blue Bison Puffer Jacket
United By Blue — 2018 Mission-Driven Event Series in UBB Retail Spaces
Yale Cordage — Forj Thermoplastic Tape – Ribbon

All finalists will be on display on the show floor throughout Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in the Innovation Gallery, which runs Nov. 8-11, 2018, at the Colorado Convention Center.

A panel of 12 judges with varying backgrounds in design, retail, education, entrepreneurship, and journalism reviewed all award submissions to determine the finalists. Judges evaluated entries based on a variety of factors, including concept, design, functionality, originality, sustainability and impact. The foundation panel will be joined by additional judges to assess the finalist entries on-site in Denver and select the winners on the eve of Winter Market.

Capital One Spark Business is presenting sponsor of the inaugural Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards. Outdoor Retailer and A+E Networks® have also partnered to develop short-form programming around the awards to air as part of the Outdoors programming block on FYI™ and HISTORY® networks, and Christian Murphy, A+E Networks’ Senior Vice President Enthusiast Brands & Programming Partnerships, will host the awards ceremony.

The awards will become a fixture at Winter Market. Outdoor industry and event veteran Liz Ferrin is working with Outdoor Retailer to produce the awards.

For information on sponsorship opportunities around the Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards or in conjunction with the programming content, contact Krista Dill, director of sales, at Krista.Dill@www.outdoorretailer.com or an Outdoor Retailer account executive.

Outdoor Retailer Winter Market will launch the winter outdoor season as the tradeshow begins the new cycle. It will be co-located with the Grassroots Connect show. Registration and housing are open.

Winter Market is the third of three shows hosted by Outdoor Retailer this year in Denver. In January, the Outdoor Retailer Snow Show was the first event in Denver, and the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market took place in July. The next Snow Show will be held January 30-February 1, 2019, back at the Colorado Convention Center.


About Outdoor Retailer
Outdoor Retailer brings together retailers, manufacturers, industry advocates and media to conduct the business of outdoor recreation through trade shows, Outdoor Retailer Magazine, product demo events, media events and web-based business solutions. The Outdoor Retailer trade shows are the premier outdoor industry events for North America, providing platforms for critical face-to-face business initiatives, line previews, innovations, launches, networking and retailer education. Visit outdoorretailer.com for more information.

Outdoor Retailer is owned by Emerald Expositions, a leading operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States. The company currently operates more than 55 trade shows, as well as numerous other face-to-face events. In 2017, Emerald’s events connected over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupied more than 6.9 million NSF of exhibition space.

Media Contact
Lisa Ramsperger, Outdoor Retailer
(949) 225-3329