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- Outdoor apparel and gear were spared from the Trump Administration's initial list of imports from China that will see additional tariffs. But the machinery and tools to make those goods were targeted. Find out what that means for the outdoor industry.
- In case you didn't hear, the Interior Department backed off their idea of imposing massive fee hikes at 17 of the most popular national parks. They said the extra funds would help with infrastructure improvements and the backlog of $12 billion in upgrades. More than 100,000 Americans opposed the plan, and it seems like they were heard.
- TGR is getting ready to drop its latest movie, which is a distinct departure for the action sports film company. Andy Irons: Kissed by God follows the life, career, and demise of the supremely talented and equally troubled surfer, who died at age 32 of an overdose. “I watched a rough cut of this movie last summer,” reports our own Editor-in-Chief, Kristin Hostetter. “I’ve never surfed in my life, but I was blown away by this guy’s story, and the masterful telling of it. It’s full of archival footage and emotional interviews with Irons’ friends and family, all woven together in a powerful, moving, and ultimately tragic film.” The movie will premier in select locations beginning in May.
- We lost another patriarch of American skiing. First Warren Miller in January, now Bob Beattie. The Aspen Valley resident and former University of Colorado coach, died at 85. He was known for co-founding skiing's World Cup tour in 1966, creating the concept of the U.S. Ski Team, and commentating ABC's "Wide World of Sports."
- Sharon Houghton, managing director of AIM's Outdoor Group, which oversees SNEWS, was chosen as one of the 2018 Folio: Top Women in Media honorees in the Industry Trailblazers category. She's named among a well-regarded list of other women as well as Martha Stewart, who's being honored for the 2018 Lifetime Empowerment & Achievement Award.
- Grassroots Connect, the national buying show for independent specialty retail scheduled this spring for June 14 to 17 at the Knoxville Convention Center, is welcoming five first-time vendor exhibitors: Cotopaxi, Helinox, Meridian Line, Simms Fishing Products, and tasc Performance.
- Later this month, Sierra Trading Post is opening its new Grand Rapids, Michigan, store in a 20,000-square-foot space. The off-price outdoor retailer has two existing locations in Michigan, along with others in Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, and 14 other states.
- The North Face announced a huge new initiative centered around women yesterday. Yes, it’s part marketing campaign and will feature content about its athletes. But the program also involves a hashtag awareness campaign, a partnership with Girl Scouts of America, a grant program through Camber Outdoors, and more.
- Backcountry.com announced that its launching its own branded line of gear (in partnership with brands it also carries).
- French retailer, Decathalon, opened its first U.S. shop in San Francisco this week. Decathalon makes and sells its own brands of bargain-priced gear, like this 10-liter pack for just $3.50.
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