Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Outdoor Trade Show Gear Awards

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.”


  1. How is this the first I'm hearing of Force Ten? Looks like they have some nice stuff, though pricey.

    Did you get much time to play around with the gear? I don't suppose you had the chance to actually go and get dirty with any of this stuff? :)

  2. Vango produced tents from their Greenock base for years. My MK3 Standard is 36 years old and is still going strong with only one re-proofing of the flysheet. Just hope the quality is maintained now that production has moved to the Far East.

  3. Stu, I didn't get to use any of the gear. Some of it isn't in production yet. I only saw it for the first time at the show. I will be testing items for The Great Outdoors over the next year.

    The first Vango Force Ten tent came out in the late 1960s. Now Force Ten is being run as a separate brand to Vango, though part of the same company.

    Quality looked good Ian. It has been on other recent Force Ten tents I've tested.

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