SNEWS best outdoor reads from around the web

Find out about an opportunity to reach out to outdoor workers during the cold-weather months and learn about the rise of “glamping.”
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What did the SNEWS team read this week that other industry insiders might find interesting? Read on to find out!

  • Those of you attending Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City next week will get to check out work wear from companies like Carhartt, Woolrich and Purnell on the show floor. It seems like there’s a growing opportunity to attract outdoor workers to your store as subzero temperatures across the country. Check out this story on the struggles outdoor workers face.
  • Winter Market show goers also will be able to check out our beautiful Outdoor Retailer Daily magazine next week. It’s so beautiful because our designers are artists. They recently were recognized by the Society of Publication Designers for creating a publication design that exudes individualism.
  • So what if it’s RV and cabin camping, winter camping is becoming more popular. A lot of people are starting to be attracted to cabins and RVs to spend time in nature during the cold-weather months, according to this story. The good news is RV and cabin campers still need cold-weather, hunting, fishing and hiking gear from your stores.
  • In addition to RV and cabin camping, a lot of folks in New Zealand are taking to “glamping,” which is somewhat of a luxury camping experience. Outdoorsy folks want to get out there, but they don’t want to deny themselves modern comforts like iPads and kitchen sinks, according to this story. Our version of “glamping” is snowshoeing up to a yurt near our hometown to cook fajitas and play Yahtzee all night. What’s yours?
  • But we know the people who come into your doors aren’t always about glamping it up in a cabin or RV. That’s where this Section Hiker post on how to prevent condensation in winter comes in handy. Some of the top tips include not cooking in your tent, venting your tent and keeping snow out of your tent.
  • This is a wonderfully positive article for the industry that we found in the Lancaster Eagle Gazette about how winter is a prime time to get involved in outdoor recreation. Don’t be tempted by your warm couch and a mug of hot cocoa, the story said, get outdoors in Ohio to experience the many opportunities the state offers. What’s your favorite outdoor spot, Ohio retailers?
  • Is it acceptable to access the backcountry on your snowmobile? Casey Flynn and Dana Allen of Elevation Outdoors debate the case in this article, "Slednecks Vs. Lungbusters." It’s an interesting read and both writers, who are skiers, make good arguments.
  • Massachusetts retailers: We just read a story on the WWLP 22 News website that said icy bike paths are making it difficult for people to do their workout outdoors. We know you probably sell some Stabilicers or YakTrax or some other types of equipment to help these people! This story said the bike paths, while closed, remain available for people to use at their own risk, so help people get out there.
  • Because people who exercise outdoors are diehard, and they’re not going to stop for a little bit of ice, snow or cold, according to this Beloit Daily News story. The story features a few locals who advise those who want to get their outdoor workout on to invest in some good footwear and learn how to dress in layers.
  • Oh, Lance. We’ve been following the Lance Armstrong doping story, as most of you are, and we thought you might find this ESPN story by Rick Reilly interesting. A few days ago, Armstrong sent Reilly an email saying he was sorry. That’s it. He said he was sorry to the man who spent 14 years defending him.

Have you read anything interesting you'd like to share with us? Send a link to the story to us and we’ll check it out.

--Compiled by Ana Trujillo

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