Following the public voting, which opened in February, the winners of the 2019 UK Outdoor Industry Awards were announced last night at the Outdoor Industries Association’s (OIA) annual conference and AGM.
This year’s awards saw 90 products being entered for the 10 different categories. The 90 products entered were on display to 950 trade visitors in July 2018 at the Outdoor Trade Show (OTS), the UK’s largest outdoor trade exhibition.
The 30 finalist products were shortlisted by a panel of judges that included retailers, journalists and gear testers; Steven Reynolds, (International Manager, Alpine Trek), Jamie Shepherd(General Manager, Gaynor Sports) and Paul Casey(Managing Director, Hooked on Granite Ltd. T/A Joe Brown Shops and The Climbers Shop), as well as Chris Townsend(Gear Tester, TGO), Rob Ganley(Editor, The Camping & Caravanning Club), Will Renwick(Editor, Outdoors Magic).
The public voting was first opened online via the OIA’s website at the start of February and then saw all 30 finalist’s products being displayed at the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show (CCMS). This combined activity brought in 1,054 consumer votes and exposed to over 91,000 people to the awards at CCMS
The winners across the ten categories are as follows:
Accessories-Pyramid – Lyme Disease Test Kit
Backpacks – Lowe Alpine – Altus 42
Camping Equipment– Hydra-Light – Supercell Lantern & Charger (SC1C-L)
Climbing Equipment– Petzl – Meteor
Digital Product– Ordnance Survey – New OS Map Features
Family– Ordnance Survey – OS Picnic Blanket
Sleeping– Therm-a-rest – NeoAir UberLite
Tents– Terra Nova – Laser Compact 2
From these ten winning products, the panel of expert judges selected Therm-a-Rest’s NeoAir UberLiteas the overall ‘Product of the Year’.
The NeoAir UberLite is the lightest insulated air mattress ever, weighing just 250 grams (regular size) it allows for unencumbered movement on multi-day expeditions. The UberLite shrinks down smaller than any other NeoAir has before, while still providing 6.3cm of cushion to offer some fast and light luxury. Therm-a-Rest have managed this space and weight saving advancement through their Triangular Core Matrix design.
The UK Outdoor Industry Awards is an initiative launched by the Outdoor Industries Association (OIA).
Entries for the UK Outdoor Industry Awards 2020 will open soon in the run-up to the Outdoor Trade Show (OTS) 2019, please keep a lookout for more information on the OIA website and via email and social media.
- @OIA_UK – Twitter
- @OIAUK – Facebook and Instagram
For further information and updates, please visit theoia.co.uk/awards.