Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web

Specialized sued: A former employee of the bicycle company is suing the brand for wrongful termination and alleging sexual harassment. [BRAIN]

Selling skis responsibly: This boutique ski brand in Oregon has a paradoxical yet responsible mission: selling fewer products than its competitors. [Outside Online]

Outdoor rec leader in Biden’s cabinet: Thru-hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis will join the President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition. [Backpacker]

Relief is coming: President Trump has signed a new stimulus bill, which promises assistance for struggling small businesses. [Forbes]

Biden and public lands: A close look at how Biden can undo the Trump administration’s harmful public lands policies over the next four years. [National Parks Traveler]

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Industry Buzz: Columbia share price plummets, Trump opens public lands for logging, the pandemic threatens New England skiing, how to build ethical corporations

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Columbia struggles: The brands’ share price plummeted 16 percent this week. [The Oregonian] New public land threat: The Trump administration has opened Tongass National Forest to logging. [Adventure Journal] Covid vs. the …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

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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 …read more

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Industry Buzz: REI anticipates shopping changes, preventing sexual assault outdoors, public lands funding deadline, bring back the CCC, Paddling Life gets a rebrand

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web REI braces for changes: The retailer is anticipating big shifts in how customers spend their dollars this winter and holiday season. [KHQ] The duty of the bystander: An examination of the ways men are responsible, as …read 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 …read more

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Industry Buzz: Gear inclusivity, improving safety on Everest, Trump nominee to be withdrawn, the gaiter debate, REVEAL conference announced

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web’ Goals for gear inclusivity: Women’s gear has come a long way since its earliest days, but we still have a long way to go to make it fully inclusive. [Condé Nast Traveler] Improving safety on Everest: A new piece of …read more

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Industry Buzz: MEC sale finalized, voting to protect the outdoors, free national park entry, ConnectHub opens to vendors and retailers, Pocket Outdoor Media expands

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web MEC sale finalized: Kingswood Capital Management, a U.S. investment firm, has completed its acquisition of Mountain Equipment Co-op despite a large grassroots effort to save the struggling retailer. Voting to protect the …read more

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Industry Buzz: Long-term DEI training, outdoor voting power, PeopleForBikes secures grant, crushing sales expectations, new business alliance

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Six-month inclusion training: Leaders at Snowsports Industries America have agreed to participate in a half-year program focused on improving DEI in the winter sports industry. The power of outdoor voters: A new …read more

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Industry Buzz: Tommy Caldwell says Trump will "ruin rock climbing," The North Face invests $7M in diversity, REI opens used gear pop-ups, virus outbreak at L.L.Bean

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Tommy Caldwell bashes Trump: The president is going to “ruin rock climbing,” the pro climber wrote in a recent op-ed. [Rock and Ice] The North Face invests in diversity: The brand has put $7 million into a new initiative …read more