Outside Retailer Pronounces Innovation Awards Finalists


Outdoor Retailer today announced the finalists for the fifth annual Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards. An independent panel of experts evaluated all 132 entries to determine the 30 finalists, including innovative new outdoor and winter sports products, fabrics and materials, digital and retail services. All of the finalists will be on display in the Innovation Gallery during the Outdoor Retailer Snow Show, January 10-12, 2023 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, and the winners will be announced during the awards ceremony on Wednesday, January 11 at the new Hyatt Regency Salt Lake.

“Congratulations to the finalists of the Fifth Annual Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards! It’s exciting to see how your innovations can improve the outdoor experience for more people,” said Marisa Nicholson, Outdoor Retailer’s senior vice president and show director. “By testing, experimenting and inspiring concepts, the companies and people behind these innovative new products and services find solutions and inspire others to get outside. It’s this innovation that drives our industry forward, and you’ll see it firsthand in the aisles of Outdoor Retailer. We look forward to celebrating all of the finalists and seeing the winners on Night 2 of Snow Show.” The judges evaluated all entries using four criteria to determine the finalists: Spark: concept, design, appeal; desire: opportunity, differentiation; Function: innovation, functionality, insight; and impacts: cultural, environmental, business. The panel is now resetting its judging to evaluate the finalists and determine this year’s winners. The finalists for the fifth annual Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards are:


ALLIED Feather + Down – ExpeDRY Ultra Dry Down


Born outdoors – badger bed

Burlington – Natural No Fly Zone

Cardo Systems — Packtalk Outdoor

DB — Snow Pro Vest 8L

Fischer Sports — Fischer TWO

G3 – R3 – drive. To repeat. Recycle.

Garmin International, Inc. – Edge 1040 Solar

Geartrade – Geartrade shipping service

GOES (Global Outdoor Emergency Support) – GOES.health App

Jack Wolfskin Tapeless Jacket

LAND Energy – Connected CORE Battery Power Platform

Loose Cannon Systems Inc – Milo – The Action Communicator

MADE Apparel — Tailored hardshell jacket

Nix Biosensors — Nix Hydration BiosensorOn — Cloudneo

Opolis. — StokedSnow goggles made from Opolis’ patent-pending StokedPlastic® compound

OrthoLite — OrthoLite Cirql


PlsReturnMe.com – Open source IDs for lost item/person return and authentication

RightOnTrek, Inc. – Backcountry Meals

Safeback — Safeback SBX


SheFly Apparel Go Free Leggings

Split Skis GmbH — Split Skis Freetour

Steep Coffee — Peak State Guatemala Medium Roast Coffee (steep)

Cattle – K1 Summit

WNDR Alpine — Intent 108

WoolAid Limited — WoolAid adhesive dressings

Harvard-educated designer, photographer, and climber L. Renee Blount returns as the awards host. Working simultaneously on innovation, brand consulting and storytelling, Blount contributes to making nature more accessible through joy. She will announce the winners on the second night of the Snow Show, Wednesday January 11, 2023, in a live ceremony at the new Hyatt Regency Salt Lake, adjacent to the Salt Palace. Doors open at 6:00 PM MT.

Snow Show attendees can learn more about each finalist up close and personal in the Innovation Gallery. The finalists will be on display in the gallery on the exhibition floor throughout the show, January 10-12, 2023. The full Snow Show training and events schedule is available online and is packed with ideas, inspiration and networking opportunities to support businesses and the industry. Attendees can register at outdoorretailer.com to attend and access accommodation options. The day before the Snow Show, Monday January 9th, retailers and media can enjoy a day in the snow at The Summit by Outdoor Retailer with professionally curated winter sports activities and guided classes. In addition, all registered Outdoor Retailer attendees will have access to discounted lift tickets for full access to the mountains, and an evening media preview event will give journalists early access to the latest trends.

Brands interested in engaging with the Outdoor Retailer industry through exhibits, experiences, advocacy programs, sponsorships, speaking engagements and more at a future event may contact an Outdoor Retailer Account Executive. The exhibitor list and floor plan are live for the Snow Show and sales are ongoing for The Summit by Outdoor Retailer and the Outdoor Adventure X consumer festival next summer.

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