Talking chalk (bags) with Chase Anderson

Utah State's unique outdoor design program took to the show floor.
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We’re sitting down with Outdoor Product Design and Development Program Coordinator Chase Anderson to talk student accomplishments, upcycled chalk-bags, and the future of the OPDD program.


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Talking plastics with backcountry queen Pattie Gonia

Bringing inclusivity, positivity, and heels into the outdoors, backcountry queen Pattie Gonia and SNEWS reporter Ronald V. E. Griswell talk mindfulness around plastics and how we each have a responsibility to make the world a cleaner place. more

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Industry Buzz: Wisconsin OREC, Hala Gear, recyclable hangers, Outdoor Product Design graduates, Chouinard's new book, and more

Keep up by reading Industry Buzz. Here are today's top headlines: Have a news tip? Email us at OIA Global and Ditto Sustainable Brand Solutions created a program called Garments On Ditto that makes removing plastic from retailers simpler. The program more

United By Blue Cleanup

Industry Buzz: Nalgene at OR, United By Blue, Grassroots awards, 'Unpacked' podcast, a Louis Vuitton chalk bag, and more

Outdoor Retailer has partnered with Nalgene to get a 32-ounce plastic Nalgene bottle into every set of hands attending Summer Market next week. And there will be no shortage of places to fill them, either. With more refill stations in common areas and scores of Plastic Impact more

Live from OR

Going greener as an industry

One of the biggest themes at this year’s Outdoor Retailer show has been sustainability—in gear, in booth design, and in the choices attendees are making on the trade show floor. Amy Horton, the Outdoor Industry Association's Senior Director of SUSTA, sat down to talk with us more

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What's next for the Plastic Impact Alliance?

We talk with one of the leaders of the Plastic Impact Alliance, Michelle Fleming of Stanley, about the industry’s cohesive mindfulness around single-use plastic at Outdoor Retailer and what’s next for the Alliance. more

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Meet the next generation of outdoor gear makers

Reinvented clipless pedals, women’s fly-fishing waders, and zipper hammock hanging systems took center stage at Utah State University in Logan on April 12 for its first-ever Senior Showcase for the Outdoor Product Design & Development program. This four-year-old program is more

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Getting a degree in the outdoors

A workshop at a Utah school is ablaze with sparks as a young designer welds together the skeleton of a burly roof rack meant to sit atop an even burlier overland vehicle. The idea is that the rack will lug equipment or will be the mount for a rooftop tent—perfect for four-wheeled more

Jose Gonzalez and James Edward Mills

Talking diversity with Latino Outdoors founder José González

Writer James Edward Mills of The Joy Trip Project sat down with Latino Outdoors founder José González at Outdoor Retailer Snow Show to explore this question. They talk about the state of diversity and inclusivity in the outdoors, why exposure is not the right way to pay more

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Industry Buzz: Mountain Khakis, Allied Down, Icebreaker, Jonathan Degenhardt, United By Blue, state parks, and more

Could backpacking insurance increase your time outside? More and more people are cutting down on their time outside to avoid the high healthcare costs often associated with the industry. After being injured himself, Charles Merritt developed an on-demand accident insurance more