The winners of the UK Outdoor Industry Awards 2021 were announced as the final touches were added to Outdoor Trade Show 2021, reports Bob Morrison.
Last night we visited Exhibition Centre Liverpool as the trade stands of many of our friends in the outdoor industry took shape ahead of today’s official opening, where we will get a chance to see all the Finalists in the running for the 2021 UK Outdoor Industry Awards and then discover who this year’s outright winner is. The accompanying photos, taken before all the floor coverings were laid and the final details were added to stands, will hopefully give you a flavour of some of the scope of the trade expo.
Press Release, Liverpool, 28 June 2021: We are very pleased to announce the winners of the UK Outdoor Industry Awards 2021, which will be officially presented and displayed at the Outdoor Trade Show (OTS) from tomorrow.
The awards process this year took place online; with over 2,000 outdoor enthusiasts voting for their favourite product in each category, and then being judged by a panel of outdoor industry experts. Criteria including innovation, functionality, choice of materials, environmental friendliness, safety and commercial viability were used by the judges to decide on the outright winners.
The judging panel comprised experts from the outdoor industry and includes key journalists and retailers. Will Renwick ( Editor, Outdoorsmagic) Sian Lewis (Freelance writer and magazine editor, The Girl Outdoors) Andy Green (Commercial Director, SportPursuit), Matt Jones (outdoor writer and editor) John Thynne (Deputy Editor, Caravan and Motorhome Club Magazine) Jon Doran (Gear Editor, Trek & Mountain).
The winners across the nine categories are as follows:-
- Accessories ~ Petzl IKO CORE
- Backpacks/Travel Luggage ~ Osprey Talon Pro 30
- Camping Equipment ~ Vango Radiate DLX Chair
- Climbing ~ Petzl Switch System
- Clothing ~ Helly Hansen Odin 9 Worlds Infinity Shell Jacket
- Family ~ Keela Puddlebug Suit
- Footwear ~ Craghoppers Locke Packaway Shoe
- Sleeping ~ Sierra Designs Night Cap
- Tents ~ Robens Chinook Ursa S
From these nine winning products, the panel of expert judges selected the overall ‘Product of the Year’, which will be announced on the first day of OTS tomorrow [Tuesday 29th June].
The UK Outdoor Industry Awards is an initiative launched by the Outdoor Industries Association (OIA). Entries for the UK Outdoor Industry Awards 2022 will open soon in the run-up to the OIA Conference (15th & 16th September 2021), please keep a lookout for more information on the OIA website and social media.
[images © Bob Morrison]