Nalgene will give a bottle to every person at next week's OR.

  • Outdoor Retailer has partnered with Nalgene to get a 32-ounce plastic Nalgene bottle into every set of hands attending Summer Market next week. And there will be no shortage of places to fill them, either. With more refill stations in common areas and scores of Plastic Impact Alliance members hosting in-booth water stations, the only possible downside is longer lines to the bathrooms!
  • MEC announced the appointment of new Chief Executive Officer, Philippe (Phil) Arrata. Arrata will take over for David Labistour on July 2, 2019.
  • United By Blue launches #QuitSingleUse Pledge on World Oceans Day. By this time next year the brand has committed to completely eliminate major single-use plastics from their business, including plastic poly bags, plastic swift tags, plastic bubble wrap sleeves, plastic trim bags and more. In addition to their own pledge, they've also asked others to join in by pledging to go 24 hours without single-use plastics
  • In an effort to increase access to public lands, the Trump administration announced their plan for expanded hunting and fishing by opening 74 national wildlife refuges and 15 national fish hatcheries to outdoor sporting enthusiasts.
  • Outside Magazine launched 'Unpacked' podcast as an extension of its “What You Missed” newsletter. The podcast includes stories about the climate crisis, the latest in outdoor sports, the need-to-know about public lands, and more. 'Unpacked' is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Play. 
  • Need a new chalk bag? How about this one by Louis Vuitton for just $1,590?
Louis Vuitton Chalkbag

A $1,590 chalk bag for the bourgeois climber.

  • LifeStraw has partnered with Airstream to debut the "Clean Water Across America" cross-country campaign. Presenter and filmmaker Harry Yuan and his partner, private chef Andrea Loeffler will lead the campaign as they trek across the country for three months talking about best practices for water conservation, adventure travel, and ways to enjoy the outdoors.
  • Finalists for next week's Outdoor Retailer Inspiration Awards have been announced.
  • Issue 2 of The Voice drops on June 18 and features an in-depth look at salaries in the outdoor industry, a personal story by James Edward Mills on our industries path toward diversity, an inside look at the lives of sales reps. We also cover pay-to-play gear reviews, the problem with pro-deals, a debate about the future of specialty retail and lots more. Get in on the conversation and subscribe here


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Industry Buzz: Mountain Khakis, Allied Down, Icebreaker, Jonathan Degenhardt, United By Blue, state parks, and more

Could backpacking insurance increase your time outside? More and more people are cutting down on their time outside to avoid the high healthcare costs often associated with the industry. After being injured himself, Charles Merritt developed an on-demand accident insurance more

Plastic Impact Alliance members as of April 26, 2019

The Plastic Impact Alliance is now 96 brands strong. Will you join?

Last year, the Super Bowl, one of the largest events in the country with more than 100,000 attendees, sought to keep 90 percent of waste out of landfills and send 10 percent to a waste-to-energy plant. Due to its magnitude, some were skeptical. But they pulled it off. Now, it's more

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Industry Buzz: United By Blue, Mountain Khakis, Tecnica and Fjällräven, Big Hollow Designs, and a biodegradable cooler

Keep up by reading Industry Buzz. Here are today's top headlines: Have a news tip? Email us at The Plastic Impact Promise is catching real traction with more than 70 brands signed up as part of The Alliance. Teton Gravity Research recently wrote about the more

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Industry Buzz: Grassroots, Chris Burkard, free national park day, The Voice, ditching single-use plastic, Polartec & spiders, ACT Labs, and more

Keep up by reading Industry Buzz. Here are today's top headlines: Have a news tip? Email us at This Saturday, visit your favorite National Park for free. The entrance-fee waiver is in celebration of National Parks Week. Grassroots Outdoor Alliance more

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Industry Buzz: Yvon Chouinard's book, Everest summit, Sierra Designs, NEMO, and a murder on the AT

Keep up by reading Industry Buzz. Here are today's top headlines: Have a news tip? Email us at As part of his “Five Deeps” Expedition”, businessman Victor Vescovo dove 35,849 feet down the Mariana Trench—and found a plastic bag. In a study released in more


Industry Buzz: Outstanding Partnership Award winners, #HydrateLike, Outdoor Research, energy legislation, ANWR, and new media neighbors in Boulder

Keep up by reading Industry Buzz. Here are today's top headlines: Have a news tip? Email us at Outdoor Industry Association chimed in on the introduction of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act 2019: “America’s diverse and unique wildlife are not only more

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Industry Buzz: PepsiCo's cutting down on virgin plastic, RovR, DPS, Jerry Turner, River Network, and more

Keep up by reading Industry Buzz. Here are today's top headlines: Have a news tip? Email us at Amy Roberts is leaving Outdoor Industry Association and heading to The North Face to become the new senior director of communications and corporate social more


Industry Buzz: MSR 50th anniversary, DuPont, Oboz Footwear, a 10-year old on El Cap, and more

Smart marketing: In honor of MSR’s 50 anniversary this year, its PR company, Verde Brand Communications, dug deep into the archives and posted three press releases from 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. It’s a glimpse back in time to when the company was “an organization of persons more

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Industry Buzz: Old ORTOVOX beacons, Tentrr, Merrell and Hike It Baby, and more

Keep up by reading Industry Buzz. Here are today's top headlines: Have a news tip? Email us at As of today, 96 brands—Outdoor Industry Alliance, KEEN, KAVU, and more—have joined The Plastic Impact Alliance to make Outdoor Retailer a more sustainable trade more