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In an upcoming story in The Voice, two industry experts engage in a lively debate about the health and future of outdoor specialty brick-and-mortar retail. What’s your hot take?

The issue drops on June 18. We’re tackling a slew of big topics, like: 

  • Is Your Paycheck Big Enough?
  • Sex & Power, Part 2
  • Anger, Bullying, & Progress on DEI
  • The Next Generation of Specialty Retailer
  • Sales Rep Confidential
  • Are all Gear Reviews Pay to Play?
  • Plastic Impact Alliance and getting rid of plastic at OR
  • Are Pro Deals Killing the Industry?


The Mountaineer in Keene Valley, New York, is an outdoor specialty shop. Green and blue shingles building with snow on the roof

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