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UK Outdoor Industry Awards 2018

Deadline for entries extended to 28th June 2017

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The 2018 UK Outdoor Industry Awards are now open for entries - please click here to download the entry form.

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All entries will be on display at the Outdoor Trade Show (OTS) in July, where visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favourites in each category before the finalists are announced at the after-show party on Wednesday 12th July.

The awards will also be judged by a prestigious panel of leading experts from the industry, including Lee Bagnall (JD Sports), Pete Cole (Outdoor & Cycle Concepts), Anthony Greasby (Countryside Ski & Climb) from retail, and Ben Weeks (Trail), Tom Hutton (OE Retailer), and Will Renwick (TGO) from the media, as well as Claire Carter (Writer; Filmmaker; Artistic Director - Kendal Mountain Festival; Engagement Officer - OIA).

Who won the 2017 Awards?

Following finalist products being on display to 50,000 consumers at The Outdoor Adventure & Camping Show and voting for their favourite products, the winners of this year's UK Outdoor Industry Awards were announced on 15th March at the OIA Conference Gala Dinner in Harrogate.

Below are the winners across the ten categories:

  • Accessories - Trekmates: Mountain Pod
  • Backpacks/Travel Luggage - Lowe Alpine: Ascent Superlight
  • Camping Equipment - Aquaforno: Piccoloforno
  • Clothing - Rab: Kinetic Plus
  • Climbing Equipment - Edelrid: Bulletproof
  • Digital Product - OS Maps by Ordnance Survey
  • Footwear - Hanwag: Cameros Wide
  • Family - Vango: AirHub Hex Gazebo
  • Sleeping - Snugpak: Cocoon
  • Tents - MSR: Access 2 Backcountry

From these ten winners, the panel of expert judges (including specialist outdoor retailers and journalists), selected Lowe Alpine's Ascent Superlight pack as the overall Product of the Year!

The incredibly clean and modern looking zip entry pack has TriShield Superlight fabric panelling throughout offering the ultimate protection from the elements. The active shoulder harness allows full body movement with no loss in carrying comfort and the large bat wings aid stability. Weighing in at 0.54kg, the Ascent Superlight is believed to be the lightest alpine climbing pack of its type, allowing users to move faster, climb harder and tick every project.

One of the judges, Jon Doran of OutdoorsMagic said: "It's a pared-down distillation of everything Lowe Alpine has learned about pack-making over the past 50 years. Light and tough with some genuinely innovative touches, but not at the expense of real world usefulness. And it looks really cool too."

Online Voting was the final stage of the 2017 awards process, where over 100 entries in ten categories were shortlisted by a panel of expert judges (including specialist outdoor retailers and journalists) in September at the Outdoor Trade Show (OTS 2016), the UK's largest outdoor trade exhibition.

Not only were outdoor enthusiasts able to vote for their favourite finalists online, but the products were also on display at the Outdoor Adventure & Camping Show in February (16th - 19th) 2017, where the finalist products from all ten categories were displayed to over 50,000 consumers within a dedicated area at the venue, ExCel, London.

The 2018 UK Outdoor Industry Awards are now open for entries - please click here to download the entry form!

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