Kicking off our Straight Talk series of laid-back, free-wheeling conversations with outdoor industry leaders, SNEWS Editor-in-Chief Kristin Hostetter connects via video with Eric Henderson, founder of Meteorite PR, which represents brands like Salewa, Dynafit, Sweet Protection, Rab, Teton Gravity Research, Purist, and others.

Topics covered include the challenges of sell-through during and after the great pandemic pause of spring 2020, the future of trade shows, public relations' big pivot, scavenger hunts, and more.

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Video: Straight Talk with Jeremy Jones

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Straight talk with Rich Hill

In this edition of Straight Talk, Editor-in-Chief Kristin Hostetter sits down for a free-wheeling conversation with Rich Hill, president of Grassroots Outdoor Alliance.  Hill, known as one of the straightest shooters in the outdoor industry, gives us insights on which outdoor ...read more

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In the wild with Eric "Hende" Henderson

I'm riding a Stromer e-bike that goes up to 30 mph, yet Eric "Hende" Henderson biking with a trailer full of packrafts and gear is still hard to keep up with. We're pedal pushing along a 10-mile stretch from his office to the Boulder Reservoir for a mellow morning of paddling ...read more

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Straight Talk: Video interview with Patagonia CEO Ryan Gellert

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Video: Why Salewa's Mountain Trainer Lite GTX is sure to be a best seller

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