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Outdoor Retailer Announces Finalists For Annual Innovation Awards

Published December 18, 2022

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Finalist products and services will be on display during Outdoor Retailer Snow Show, and winners will be announced live at the awards ceremony on January 11

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, California – (December 15, 2022) – Outdoor Retailer unveiled the finalists today for the fifth annual Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards. An independent panel of expert judges evaluated all 132 entries to determine the 30 finalists, which include innovative new outdoor and winter sport products, fabrics and materials, digital and retail services. All finalists will be on display in the Innovation Gallery during Outdoor Retailer Snow Show from January 10-12, 2023 in the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, and the winners will be announced during the awards ceremony on Wednesday, January 11, in the new Hyatt Regency Salt Lake. 

“Congratulations to the finalists of the fifth annual Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards! It's exciting to see how your innovations can improve the outdoor experience for more people,” said Marisa Nicholson, Outdoor Retailer senior vice president and show director. “Through testing, experimenting, and bringing concepts to life, the companies and the people behind these cutting-edge new products and services are finding solutions and inspiring others to get outside. It’s this innovation that’s moving our industry forward and you’ll discover it first-hand throughout the aisles of Outdoor Retailer. We're looking forward to celebrating all of the finalists and seeing the winners unveiled on Night 2 of Snow Show.”

The judging panel rated all entries based on four criteria to determine the finalists: Spark: concept, design, appeal; Desire: opportunity, differentiation; Function: innovation, functionality, insight; and Impact: cultural, environmental, business. The panel will now reset their scoring to evaluate the finalists and determine this year’s winners. 

The finalists for the fifth annual Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards are:

ALLIED Feather + Down — ExpeDRY Ultra Dry Down
BLUEVIEW Footwear — BLUEVIEW Pacific
Born Outdoor — Badger Bed
Burlington — Natural No Fly Zone
Cardo Systems — Packtalk Outdoor
Db — Snow Pro Vest 8L
Fischer Sports — Fischer TWO
G3 — R3 - Ride. Repeat. Recycle.
Garmin International, Inc. — Edge 1040 Solar
Geartrade — Geartrade Consignment Service
GOES (Global Outdoor Emergency Support) — GOES&#65279.&#65279health App
Jack Wolfskin — Tapeless Jacket
LAND Energy — Connected CORE Battery Power Platform
Loose Cannon Systems Inc — Milo - The Action Communicator
MADE Apparel — Custom Made-to-Measure Hard Shell Jacket
Nix Biosensors — Nix Hydration Biosensor
On — Cloudneo
Opolis. — StokedSnow Goggles made with Opolis’ patent-pending blend StokedPlastic®
OrthoLite — OrthoLite Cirql
Paka — PAKAFILL® — Open source lost item/person return and authentication IDs
RightOnTrek, Inc. — Backcountry Meals
Safeback — Safeback SBX
SheFly Apparel — Go Free Legging
Split Skis Ltd — Split Skis Freetour
Steeped Coffee — Peak State Guatemala Medium Roast Coffee (Steeped)
Stoko — K1 Summit
WNDR Alpine — Intention 108
WoolAid Limited — WoolAid Adhesive Bandages

Returning as host for the awards ceremony is Harvard-trained designer, photographer, and climber L. Renee Blount. Working simultaneously in innovation, brand consulting, and storytelling, Blount is helping make the outdoors more accessible through joy. She will announce the winners in a live ceremony in the new Hyatt Regency Salt Lake adjacent to the Salt Palace on the second night of Snow Show, Wednesday, January 11, 2023. Doors open at 6 p.m. MT. 

Attendees at Snow Show can learn more about each finalist up close and in person at the Innovation Gallery. Finalists will be on display in the gallery on the show floor throughout the show from January 10-12, 2023.

The full Snow Show education and events schedules are available online and are filled with ideas, inspiration, and networking opportunities to support business and the industry. Attendees can register to attend and access lodging options at

The day prior to Snow Show, Monday, January 9, retail buyers and media can enjoy a day on the snow at The Summit by Outdoor Retailer with professionally curated winter sports activities and guided classes. Additionally, all registered Outdoor Retailer attendees have access to lift ticket discounts for full mountain access, and an evening Media Preview event gives journalists early access to the latest trends. 

Brands interested in connecting with the industry at Outdoor Retailer through exhibiting, experiences, advocacy programs, sponsorships, speaking, and more at any future event can contact an Outdoor Retailer account executive. The exhibitor listfloor plan are live for Snow Show, and sales are underway for The Summit by Outdoor Retailer and next summer’s Outdoor Adventure X consumer festival.

About Outdoor Retailer
Outdoor Retailer, the largest U.S. business event for the outdoor industry, brings together retailers, manufacturers, industry advocates and media to conduct the business of outdoor recreation, publications, product demo events, media events, and web-based business solutions. Outdoor Retailer shows provide platforms for critical face-to-face business initiatives, line previews, innovations, product launches, networking, and retailer education. Visit for more information.

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