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 at the OIA Conference Dinner earlier this week.
The rapid-fire awards ceremony, rattled through winners across ten categories, with Katadyn’s BeFree chosen as the overall Product of the Year. It is a collapsible drink bottle with a filter in the head and a high flow rate which means you can get clean water from streams and lakes wherever you are.
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
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).