It was another busy month for the industry. 

We can't deny it—some of the biggest news in November was quite tragic. We lost a beloved member of our community, Jim Ramey, and saw one of our favorite gear shops, Townsend Bertram & Company, say goodbye after 32 years in the business. But there was also good news. We witnessed one of the country's most forward-thinking retailers become the first specialty outdoor shop to hire a full-time diversity manager. We checked in with store owners across the nation about inventory challenges during the pandemic, and found that most are rising to meet this difficult moment with courage and grace.

In case you missed any of last month's important headlines, we gathered our top stories in one place to revisit. Here are the articles that drew the most attention in November.

1. The Backcountry trademark fiasco, one year later

2. 2020 SNEWS Retailer Survey results, part 2: The industry's best manufacturers

3. The Trump administration undercuts the Great American Outdoors Act

4. Betsy Bertram reflects on the bittersweet closing of her family’s beloved shop

5. Which outdoor company makes the best face masks for all-day wear?

6. Straight Talk: Patagonia CEO Ryan Gellert

7. The puzzle of retail inventory during the pandemic

8. 2020 SNEWS Retailer Survey results, part 2: Sales volume during the pandemic

9. The industry remembers Jim Ramey

10. The first specialty retailer to hire a full-time diversity manager


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In case you missed them, here are the top stories we published this month

A lot happened in the outdoor industry this month. Our own parent company, Pocket Outdoor Media, acquired a group of legacy media properties including the longstanding climbing mag Rock and Ice. Another group of magazines—including Bike, Powder, and Surfer—effectively folded. The more

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In case you missed them, here are the top stories we published in December 2020

We made it: the end of 2020. The last month of the year was filled with some exciting previews of things to come in 2021. The buzziest development was the announcement by Dick Sporting Goods that the company will open a new chain of outdoor stores called Public Lands late next more

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Industry Buzz: Kind Bars acquired, hiker returns from the brink of death, the case for a new CCC, Sea to Summit expands leadership, analyzing outdoor rec spending

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web KIND acquired: Mars, the maker of Snickers, has announced plans to buy Kind North America, the company responsible for Kind Bars. [The New York Times] Back from the brink of death: A hiker rescued from Mount Rainier this more

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Industry Buzz: REI's new location, air changes on Everest, holiday sales predictions, support the outdoor places you love, oppose drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web REI’s newest location: The retailer plans to open its first store in central Pennsylvania next year. [Penn Live] Oxygen levels on Everest: How global warming is altering air composition on the world’s highest peak. more

A rendering of REI's new campus in Seattle.

Our most popular stories from August 2020

August saw lots of big headlines, from the passing of a beloved colleague to the announcement that REI's brand-new headquarters was up for sale before a single employee had stepped onto the campus. Here are the stories that drew the most attention this month, ranked from highest more

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Industry Buzz: National Forests close, racism on the trail, bike assembly fees, OIA needs your input, the shift toward lower-priced gear

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web A tragic loss: Janette Heung, former deputy director at the Colorado OREC office, died in a climbing accident in Wyoming this weekend. Our hearts go out to her family, friends, and colleagues. Fires ravage California: The more


Our most popular stories from September 2020

September was another eventful month in the outdoor industry, with big news breaking about the sale of MEC to an American investment firm, the announcement of a new CEO at Patagonia, the first public release of VF Corporation's annual diversity report, and much more. Here are the more

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Industry Buzz: Camber, Backcountry, SIA, Mickey Mouse, B-Corps, and lots of new hire news

Keep up with all the important outdoor news by reading Industry Buzz. Here are today's top headlines: Have a news tip? Email us at [email protected]. Stay up to date and get Industry Buzz delivered to your inbox by signing up for our newsletter. New blood at Camber: Meet more


Industry Buzz: Rossignol changes leadership, Trump undercuts the Great American Outdoors Act, Vista Outdoors boosts sales, Colorado reintroduces wolves

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Rossignol gets new CEO: The company will transfer its leadership from 16-year chief executive Bruno Cercley to Vincent Wauters in Q1 of 2021. GAOA threatened: The Trump administration is already undercutting the more