Industry Buzz: Inspiration Awards, Nikwax, Cotopaxi, Lightheart Gear, Kai Jones, and a new outdoor shorts company

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Inspiration Awards summer 2019

The deadline to apply for an award is Friday.

  • Outdoor Retailer announced the accomplished list of Inspiration Awards Judges: Steve Barker, co-founder of Eagle Creek; Kareemah Batts, founder of Adaptive Climbing Group; Rachel Davidson, Outdoor Research copywriter; Kenji Haroutunian, independent consultant and board member with outdoor industry nonprofit organizations; Lisa Hennessy, co-founder of; Diane Kay, marketing manager for adidas Outdoor; Terry Lee, founder of Gear Coop; Kai Lightner, pro rock climber; Jamie Logan, climbing legend and architect; Rue Mapp, founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro; Peter Metcalf, founder and former CEO of Black Diamond Equipment; Elyse Rylander, founder of OUT There Adventures; and Dieter Tremp, U.S. spokesperson and market contact for all ISPO tradeshows and projects. The deadline to apply for the award is Friday.
Rinord Shorts

Rinord Founder Nicolas Prevot is making technical shorts for outdoor adventurers.

  • Kai Jones, 12-year-old freeskier and son of Teton Gravity Research's Todd Jones, has signed a partnership with AEXOS, the design and technology company behind HALO: protective compression equipment designed to reduce whiplash and concussion-related injury.
  • In other TGR news: Their film Mountain in the Hallway won Most Inspiring Film at the 5Point Adventure Film Festival. Watch the trailer here and watch the movie here.
  • Svein-Erik Helle and Jan Steffen Helle, grandsons of Helle of Norway's founder, are renewing the 87-year-old heritage knife brand, making them the third generation of ownership.
  • Cotopaxi named industry veteran Evie Moe as its new VP of design. Moe has with 17 years of experience in the apparel industry, having held multiple positions in categories ranging from swimwear to lifestyle.