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UK Outdoor Industry Awards 2016

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The winners of this year's UK Outdoor Industry Awards were announced at the OIA Conference Gala Dinner on 16th March, which were selected from 31 finalist products by members of the public.

The finalist products were displayed within a dedicated area at The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show in February, which allowed consumers to vote for their favourites in person, as well as online.

The winners in the 10 categories are as follows:

  • ACCESSORIES: Frio - Zipper Cooling Wallet
  • BACKPACKS / TRAVEL LUGGAGE: Mountain Hardwear - Rainshadow Outdry Pack
  • CAMPING EQUIPMENT: Jetboil - MiniMo
  • CLOTHING: Berghaus - Hyper Smock 2.0
  • DIGITAL PRODUCT: Suunto - Traverse GPS Watch
  • FAMILY PRODUCT: Vango - Starwalker Junior
  • FOOTWEAR: Hoka One One - Men's Tor Ultra Hi WP
  • SLEEPING: Therm-a Rest - Neoair Camper SV
  • TENTS: Terra Nova - Southern Cross One

From these ten winners, the panel of expert judges (including specialist outdoor retailers and journalists), selected Frio's Zipper Cooling Wallet as the overall product of the year. With an estimated one in 16 people in the UK having diabetes, FRIO Sports & Leisure has developed the FRIO Zipper Cooling Wallet - this new patented insulin cooling wallet provides freedom to medication dependents from being tied to refrigeration. Featuring a water-activated crystal inner liner, the wallet keeps insulin, anaphylactic shock pens and other temperature sensitive medication cool for days, simply recharge with water for continual use.

Candy Evans, Test Editor for The Camping and Caravanning Club magazine comments on the winning product: "Much of what I do is about promoting the outdoors for everyone, regardless of age, creed or ability. It seems to me the Frio Wallet is a simple device that can make getting outside that bit easier for those who rely on temperature-sensitive medication, which must be a good thing".

This was the final stage of the awards process, where over 100 entries in ten categories were previously shortlisted by a panel of expert judges (including specialist outdoor retailers and journalists) at the Outdoor Trade Show (OTS 2015), the UK's largest outdoor trade exhibition, in September. The brand new UK Outdoor Industry Awards have been launched by the Outdoor Industries Association (OIA), in association with the Outdoor Trade Show (OTS) and The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show.