December 21, 2020: Outdoor Industry News - SNEWS

Industry Buzz: A tragic loss, Helly Hansen jacket drive, an emotional Deb Haaland, a bike heist, new hires

Nuggets of industry news you needs to know

Tragedy: Writer and adventurer Roy Wollack died in a mountain biking accident last weekend. [LA Times]

13 Helly Hansen stores across the country are hosting jacket drives to support local organizations supporting homeless, at-risk youth, and disabled populations. Stores are accepting gently-used donations through the end of the year.

Deb Haaland accepted Joe Biden's nomination for Secretary of the Interior. If approved, she will be the first Native American to serve in the cabinet.

 "A voice like mine has never been a cabinet secretary or at the head of the Department of Interior," said Deb Haaland, 60, a tribal member of the Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico, said in a news conference accepting Joe Biden's nomination as Secretary of the Interior. Watch her emotional speech below.

The Nice List: Oboz has launched a fun retailer contest. Nominate your favorite Oboz dealer for "The Nice List" and two winners will be chosen to receive 10 pairs of staff shoes and a $500 account credit.

Bike heist: Thieves swiped $160,000 worth of bikes—museum pieces and those owned by employee—during a daytime break-in at Specialized Bicycle Components in Morgan Hill, California. [BRAIN]

Resilience: The Outbound Collective hosted a panel discussion (watch below) with BIPOC leaders about a new film featuring Lesford Duncan and Outdoor Outreach team members as they strive to connect youth with the transformative power of the outdoors and work to foster our industry's next generation of leaders and advocates.

Outdoor Research has hired Brett Kruse as Vice President of People and Culture. According to the announcement, Kruse will lead Human-Relations initiatives, including growing upon a strong company culture through transparency, proactive communication and inclusion.

Backbone Media has announced a slew of new hires.

Retailer Survey Results: Check out part 5 of our in-depth Retailer Survey. This week, we're diving into men's apparel.



Plastic and trash on the beach

Industry Buzz: Plastic ban, KAVU in Europe, Blizzard/Tecnica, Backbone Media, Hayter Communications, and more

Keep up by reading Industry Buzz. Here are today’s top headlines: Have a news tip? Email us at [email protected]. Going to Outdoor Retailer Snow Show? Connect with us and grab a copy of The Voice at our booth and launch parties. Bye-bye plastic: European Union member states …read more

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Industry Buzz: Lindsey Vonn’s TV show, bike recall alert, death in Great Smoky Mountains, support indigenous outdoor groups, diversity in mountain biking

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Lindsey Vonn’s new show: The retired skiing icon is now hosting a reality TV show on Amazon called “The Pack,” about the bond between humans and dogs. [Outside Online] Bike recall: Santa Cruz Bicycles has recalled some of …read more


Industry Buzz: Rock and Ice publisher resigns, Trump appoints climate denier, rival bike conferences, Vail harnesses wind, TGR’s new location

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Rock and Ice publisher steps down: A shocking admission by the publication’s leader precipitated the resignation. Anti-environmentalist heads Bureau of Land Management: William Perry Pendley, a noted climate denier, was …read more

Man standing on a giant log looking up at towering Sequoias.

Industry Buzz: Fresh leadership at Patagonia, Selena Gomez to play mountaineer in upcoming film, new GOA members, plastic use during the pandemic, small business giveaway

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web New leadership at Patagonia: The company has hired Beth Thoren as its new environmental action and initiatives director. A mountaineering icon on film: Selena Gomez has signed on to play the mountaineering legend Silvia …read more

A rocky mountain peak covered in snow and fog

Industry Buzz: New Warren Miller film, helping outdoor employees vote, a paid residency for outdoor writers, Latria Graham speaks, the first dog to reach 7,000 feet in the Himalayas

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Warren Miller’s new flick: Check out the preview for “Future Retro,” the latest film from Warren Miller. Helping employees vote: Outdoor leaders describe why and how they’re helping their teams get to the polls next month. …read more

Inge Perkins

Industry Buzz: Inge Perkins Scholarship, Rich Hill’s letter, an airstream hotel near Yosemite, gear-lending library for kids, and more

Keep up by reading Industry Buzz. Here are today’s top headlines: Have a news tip? Email us at [email protected] In honor of the climber who died last year in an avalanche on Imp Peak, Mystery Ranch established the Inge Perkins Scholarship to celebrate the life and …read more

Purple canyon formations against a hazy sky.

Industry Buzz: TNF’s climate work, Outdoor Research earns FDA authorization, Columbia sponsors NASCAR, plus-size gear, Outdoor Retailer launches design series

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web The North Face’s climate efforts: How TNF is stepping up to challenge Patagonia as the leader in business-backed climate advocacy. [CNBC] Outdoor Research earns FDA authorization: The Seattle-based brand is one of only four …read more

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Industry Buzz: TNF rejects jacket order from oil company, Burley recalls bike seats, how Biden should approach environmental issues, Tecnica Group hires new exec, a new law helps veterans access the outdoors

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web The North Face rejects order from oil company: The brand has refused to fill a large jacket order from a Texas oil and gas company, citing environmental principles. [19 News] Recall alert: Burley has recalled about 780 …read more

A Joshua Tree standing in the middle of a desert landscape with smoky mountains in the background.

Industry Buzz: Climbing chalk virus transmission, Patagonia’s new film, TGR opens new shop, Yvon Chouinard’s advice, Oboz expands team

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Climbing chalk is safe: A new study suggests powdered climbing chalk is unlikely to transmit the coronavirus. [Climbing] Patagonia’s new film: Don’t miss “Public Trust,” premiering September 25, about the ongoing battle for …read more