Yesterday the winners of the Outdoor Trade Show Awards were announced. I was one of the judges and took part in the decision-making earlier in the day. Some categories were easy to judge, others required a bit of discussion. All the products look good. Personally I'm particularly interested in the Hydrogen Reactor and the Paramo jacket.
Here's an edited official press release:
The winners of the prestigious OTS 2013 Novel Awards have been
announced at the Outdoor Trade Show (OTS), following close scrutiny by a
panel of industry experts.
This year, for the first time, there was an exclusive online voting
system for retailers to select their favourite from the 90 products
entered into each of the seven categories. The three products with the
most votes in each category were awarded finalist status, and the panel
of judges chose the following winners:
Accessories: Brunton Hydrogen Reactor
Camping Equipment: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Venture
Clothing: Paramo Men’s Enduro Jacket
Footwear: Lowa Mountain Expert GTX
Rucksacks/Travel Luggage: Vango Khumbu Rucksack
Sleeping bags: Therm-a-Rest Mira
Tents/Awnings: Force Ten MTN Tent
The overall Product of The Year Award was won by Brunton Hydrogen Reactor.
OTS Organiser, Marta Williams comments: “Almost 90 products were
entered into the Awards this year and the standard of all entries was
incredibly high. We are delighted that these seven winning products have
been recognised by retailers and the judges for their innovation, and
can now be officially promoted as OTS Novel Award Winners.”