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Should Outdoor Retailer be cancelled?: We asked you if the OR Summer Market should go on as planned, be postponed, or be cancelled all together. Sixty percent agreed on one definitive answer. What do you think?

Eddie Bauer and Flowfold lead the charge: Many outdoor companies have started manufacturing medical equipment like masks and face shields in the last few days, but these two companies were among the first

Beyond body positivity: Doing away with aspirational content and "inspiration porn" will allow the industry to better reflect the lived experiences of its customers. [Sponsored]

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Outdoor companies to the rescue: Across the industry, outdoor businesses are making sacrifices for the greater good. L.L.Bean is using a distribution center to pack food for pantries. Kitsbow Cycling Apparel is making face shields and masks for medical workers. Vermont Glove has paused glove production to focus on sewing masks. VOORMI has donated neck gators to the local hospitals and also donated enough of its proprietary fabrics to make roughly 25,000 masks. Merrell has donated 1,200 pairs of our shoes and boots to local hospitals in Michigan. Mystery Ranch has donated material that can be used to sew masks for hospital workers. Salewa has spent $1 million converting its factory to be able to produce personal protection equipment for healthcare staff. And Simms is making masks and exploring the option of producing other medical equipment as well. [News Center Maine, Bicycle Retailer]

The heroes at Vermont Glove have shut down glove production to focus on masks. 

The heroes at Vermont Glove have shut down glove production to focus on masks. 

Everest might be open, after all: Following news of an Everest shutdown, it turns out China may allow its own citizens to summit the mountain this spring, according to a source at the China Tibet Mountaineering Association. [The Himalayan Times]

Three national parks (finally) close: Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks have closed to prevent the spread of the virus. [ABC News]

A plea to close the rest: This letter from Adventure Journal founder Steve Casimiro to the secretary of the interior makes a case for shuttering all national parks immediately. [Adventure Journal]

Outdoor quarantine: Programs in Georgia and Louisiana are experimenting with quarantining COVID-19 patients in park cabins and RVs. [Outside Online]

A loss of millions: A new estimate shows that the coronavirus pandemic could slash millions of dollars from Michigan’s outdoor industry revenue. [Great Lakes Echo]

RockyMounts closes its doors: RockyMounts, a premium bike rack manufacturer in Grand Junction, Colorado, has made the hard decision to temporarily close its business during the coronavirus crisis.

The carbon footprint of outdoor rec: The North Face and Protect Our Winters have released a CO2 calculator to help adventurers understand the climate impact of their outdoor recreation. [Sierra Club]



Industry Buzz: Great American Outdoors Act, national park updates, National Trails Day, rewilding Patagonia

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Outdoor companies speak up: Patagonia, L.L. Bean, The North Face, and others publicly joined OIA in calling for the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act. [The Hill] Support the effort yourself: Sign this letter from more

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Industry Buzz: Retail shutdowns, ski closures, virtual product launches, state park restrictions, pandemic panic buying

Coronavirus news Outdoor brands shutter stores left and right: Many companies are closing all retail stores to prevent the spread of the virus, among them Merrell, REI, VF Corp., and Columbia. Some, including Patagonia, are halting ecommerce as well. End of the line: Ski resorts more

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Industry Buzz: Murder charge, Jeremy Jones, Everest, climate innovators, United by Blue, cutting plastic

Accused of murder: Dean Cummings, a celebrated skier and peer of Doug Coombs, has been charged with the murder of a man in New Mexico. [Outside Online] Jeremy Jones’ brilliance: The pro snowboarder is using political tactics typically associated with right-wingers to help fight more

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Industry Buzz: National parks, TGR up for two Emmys, Fjällräven, supporting Sherpas, creative social distancing

Close the parks! Astoundingly, the National Park Service still has not committed to nationwide closures. What will it take? [Fast Company] The North Face steps up to help: The company is committing $1m through the Explore Fund to "support the outdoor communities all over the more

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Industry Buzz: OIA resources, national park closure, Vail pay cuts, ski goggle donations, Protect Our Winters speaker series

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Join the discussion: Outdoor Industry Association has started a private LinkedIn forum for “OIA members to connect and collaborate directly with each other and OIA leadership, receive answers to business questions directly more

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Industry Buzz: Shop owners take a stand against hate, a lawsuit that might change Everest travel, man stalked by mountain lion, the value of reps, Zappos/L.L.Bean partnership

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Taking a stand: Sunlight Sports in Cody, Wyoming, posted an admirable and unequivocal message on Facebook this week. Customers who exhibit intolerant, hateful behavior will no longer be welcome in the store, the owners more

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Industry Buzz: Everest rules, Jeremy Renner, POW, OutsidePR, deadly rockfall, and more

Keep up by reading Industry Buzz. Here are today's top headlines: Have a news tip? Email us at Potential new rules on Everest: Nepal’s Ministry of Tourism announced proposed changes for guiding and climbing Everest during the spring 2020 season, Alan more

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Industry Buzz: Coronavirus and the environment, national park closures, 10 helpful webinars, social distancing tech

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Plastic waste on the rise: The pandemic has helped the environment in some ways and hurt it in others. Join the Plastic Impact Alliance to help combat the problem. [Wired] How park closures affect different communities: more

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Industry Buzz: Breaking news, fee-free National Parks day, L.L.Bean's summer-long relay hike, and more.

If you read anything today, make it Industry Buzz. Here are the latest headlines: Do you have buzzworthy news tips? Email us at We have breaking specialty retailer news. Chattanooga-based Rock/Creek Outfitters was sold to Uncle Dan's Outfitters, a more