Meet the finalists of the Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards

In its inaugural year, the awards were created to recognize the best of the best.
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Nearly three dozen of the outdoor industry's most innovative products and technologies will be on display on the show floor at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market.

Outdoor Retailer yesterday released the list of 32 finalists of the Innovation Awards, recognizing design, innovation, and achievement in the outdoor industry. 

A panel of 12 judges will unveil the winners at a live ceremony 6 p.m. Day 1 (Nov. 8) in the Mile High Ballroom at the Colorado Convection Center in Denver. The event is open to all outdoor Retailer Winter Market attendees.

“The Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards aim to inspire, and this inaugural list of 32 finalists are doing just that,” Vice President and Show Director Marisa Nicholson said.

She continued, “The judges have had an incredible task in evaluating so many innovative products and services that are shaping our outdoor experiences. Now, we are looking forward to seeing the finalists in our Innovation Gallery at Winter Market and to celebrating the winners."

Judges will pick the winners based on various criteria including concept, design, originality, sustainability, and impact. All finalists will be on display on the show floor in the Innovation Gallery from Day 1 to Day 4.

Capital One Spark Business is the sponsor of the awards. A partnership with A+E Networks is also in place to develop short-form programming around the awards to air on networks including FYI and HISTOTY. A+E Networks Senior Vice President Christian Murphy will be the host.

For information on sponsorship opportunities around the Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards or in conjunction with the programming content, contact Krista Dill, director of sales, at or an Outdoor Retailer account executive.

Here are the finalists:

Allbirds - SweetFoam

Big Agnes - Insulated AXL Trail Boss pads

Black Diamond Equipment - JetForce Pro

Blackyak Co Ltd. - Niata Jacket

Cake - Kalk Electric Motorbike

Costa Sunglasses - The Untangled Collection (Baffin Sunglasses)

Crescent Moon Snowshoes - Eva Foam Showshoes

Dish and DUER - Performance Apparel

DPS - PHANTOM Permanent Waxless Glide

Drift - Drift Boards

EXPED - MegaSleep Duo 25

Fundbox - Fundbox Pay

G3 - ZED 12 Binding

GoLite - GoLite ReGreen Windshell

Hydra-Light International Ltd. - HydraCell Power Cube XS

iKamper - X-Cover

LEKI - Micro Vario Carbon Black Series CLD

LynQ - LynQ

Mad Rock Climbing - Haywire

Mammut - Wall Rider MIPS Helmet

Matador Packable Adventure Gear - FlatPak Toiletry Bottle

O.M.E Gear - The Wanderr

PrimaLoft - PrimaLoft Bio

SkiAK - Retail

SOLE - Jasper Chukka Wool

Summit Hut - Retail

Teamsworld Innovation Inc. - FOCANO

Tecnica - Plasma S

Therm-a-Rest - NeoAir UberLite Mattress

United By Blue - United By Blue Bison Puffer Jacket

United By Blue - 2018 Mission-Driven Event Series in UBB Retail Spaces

Yale Cordage - Forj Thermoplastic Tape - Ribbon


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