UK Outdoor Industry Awards 2018

Following finalist products being on display to 90,000 consumers at the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show and over 1,200 votes being placed, the winners of this year’s UK Outdoor Industry Awards were announced on Wednesday 14th March at the OIA Conference Dinner.

The winners across the ten categories are as follows:

  • Accessories – Katadyn – BeFree
  • Backpacks– Osprey – Levity 60
  • Camping Equipment – JetBoil – Flash
  • Climbing Equipment – Edelrid – 3D Lap Coiling
  • Clothing – Jack Wolfskin – Sierra Trail Jacket
  • Digital Product – Sat Map – Active 20
  • Family – Lifeventure – OS Map Towel
  • Footwear – Garmont – Sticky Stone GTX
  • Sleeping – Rab – Mythic
  • Tents – Backpacker – Flying Tent

 

From these ten winning products, the panel of expert judges, selected Katadyn’s ‘BeFree’ as the overall ‘Product of the Year’.

The BeFree is a collapsible drink bottle with a filter in the head. Simple really, but the high flow rate means you can get clean water from streams and lakes wherever you are on the hill. Ideal for runners and walkers, just fill up the bottle and let the EZ-Clean Membrane do the work. Easy to clean; remove the filter and swish in any lake, river or stream. For storage, the collapsible bottle packs down small. Available in 600ml, 1L and 3L versions.

About the bottle, Outdoors Magic Editor, Will Renwick said: “It’s a remarkably lightweight, compact and simple filter that is mightily effective. A product lightweight backpackers and long distance runners will really benefit from.”

Prior to the public vote, all 102 products entered were on display to 1,000 trade visitors in July 2017 at the Outdoor Trade Show (OTS), the UK’s largest outdoor trade exhibition.

The 31 finalist products were shortlisted by a panel of judges, including Lee Bagnall (JD Sports), Will Parkhouse (Cotswold Outdoor), Anthony Greasby (Countryside Ski & Climb) from retail, and Ben Weeks (Trail), Tom Hutton (OE Retailer), and Will Renwick (Outdoors Magic) from the media, as well as Claire Carter (Writer; Filmmaker; Artistic Director – Kendal Mountain Festival; Engagement Officer – OIA).

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All of the finalists were on display to over 90,000 consumers within a dedicated area at the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show in February, with the opportunity for them to vote for their favourite products in person:

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All votes received were entered into a prize draw to win an OS Maps 12-month subscription – the ten lucky winners have now been informed by email.

The 2019 Awards will be open for entries in April.

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2018 Finalists:

 ACCESSORIES

  • Katadyn – BeFree
  • MSR – TrailBase Water Filter Kit
  • Petzl – Bindi

BACKPACKS/TRAVEL LUGGAGE

  • Berghaus – FastHike 45
  • Terra Nova – Laser Velo 30
  • Osprey – Levity 60

CAMPING EQUIPMENT

  • BCB Adventure – FireDragon Folding Cooker
  • JetBoil – Flash
  • MSR – Windburner Group Stove System
  • Snugpak – Basecamp Air Mat

CLIMBING EQUIPMENT

  • Edelrid – 3D Lap Coiling
  • La Sportivia – Otaki
  • Petzl – Ouistiti

CLOTHING

  • Berghaus – GR20 Storm Jacket
  • Jack Wolfskin – Sierra Trail Jacket
  • Rab – Alpha Flash Jacket

DIGITAL PRODUCT

  • Forestry Commission – Gruffalo Spotter
  • Sat Map – Active 20
  • ViewRanger for Android Wear

FAMILY

  • Craghoppers – Daintree Long Sleeved Shirt
  • Lifeventure – OS Map Towel
  • Vango – Serenity

FOOTWEAR

  • Garmont – Sticky Stone GTX
  • Hanwag – Tatra Light GTX
  • Tecnica – Forge

SLEEPING

  • Mountain Hardwear – Ghost Whisperer
  • Rab – Mythic
  • Therm-a-Rest – Parsec

TENTS

  • Backpacker – Flying Tent
  • Terra Nova – Laser Pulse 1
  • Vango – Santo