Inside the outdoor industry

OTS 2019 Preview

Get set for the UK's biggest dedicated outdoor business show

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After its successful debut in Manchester last year, OTS returns again with the sector fully behind a unified UK trade show, having incorporated both the KORS and ROKS shows, to produce what may well be the market’s strongest showing for some time.

Here’s a few of the highlighted firms at this show, which runs from 9th-11th July in Event City, Manchester, but if you want to look at the official full line up click here and to look at a floorplan go here


Burton McCall
Stand 50

Showcasing its huge portfolio of outdoor brands with product ranges and accessories ideal for camping, running, walking and more. Brands include; Aladdin, Adventure Medical Kits, Barska, Bridgedale, CamelBak, ENO, Goal Zero, Humangear, Jetboil, Maglite, NiteIze, Overboard, Rite in the Rain, Satmap, Stanley, Thermacell and Victorinox.


Ardblair Sports Importers
Stand 2

Three brands take centre stage on the Ardblair stand – AKU – High quality Italian footwear that will take you from the valley to the mountain;  CMP –  value for money Italian clothing, footwear and pack brand with something for all the family and the Leki pole brand for trekking, running and Nordic Walking.


Ledlenser
Stand 312

Ledlenser has added to its extensive range of outdoor adventure and sports headlamps with a new flagship model – the rechargeable MH11.

This will be the first headlamp in the series incorporating Bluetooth connectivity enabling it to be controlled and personalised via a “Ledlenser Connect” app. The app, available on both iOS and Android, provides the ability for users to set up to six individual light profiles to suit needs, as well as set timer, interval and SOS signals or activate the integrated automatic dimming Opti-sense Technology. Users who like to read before bed can use the slow-dim function to turn the light off after a certain time for battery-saving use when camping.

In Boost mode the MH11 will deliver 1000 lumens and in Power Mode 750 lumens. Each one of these lumens provide what Ledlenser calls an “Optimised Lumen Advantage” as they combine raw lumen power with precision German engineering and patented Advanced Focusing Optics to deliver flood (near) or spot (distance) illumination. An additional RGB LED also provides light in red, green or blue and two energy usage modes allow the MH11 to be optimised for either run time (Energy Saving Mode) or brightness (Constant Current Mode).

The head can be easily removed from the headband so that the light instantly becomes a hand-held torch. Secondly, recharging is via a magnetic contact charger on the lamp casing which ensures that there is never the need to remove batteries from the casing to be recharged. The charging cable and the contact charger connect instantaneously and without any fuss.

Embedded battery indicators help users keep track of how much battery charge is available in use and, whilst recharging, they indicate how much of the battery has yet to be charged.

Visit the stand for show deals, as well as the chance to win an iPhone XR.


Reima SS20
Stand 12 [with Hydro Flask]

Finnish childrenswear brand, Reima, is unveiling swimwear made from plastic bottles and recyclable jackets in its SS20 range. The Voyager jacket, made from mono-material, can be tracked from one user to the next, and finally regenerated into polymers, the raw materials of a new product. UV-protective SunProof products have been made from up to 80 per cent recycled polyester. Used PET bottles will make a Galapagos one-piece or Madagaskar swim shirt. Reima’s clothing allows children to experience “joy of movement” whilst retaining the principle that “what’s good for children is good for the environment.”


HJ Hall
Stand 188

Recently launching its exceptional new ProTrek range as part of its extensive outdoor collection, the range combines classic prints with the best fibres and attention to detail. Made using HJ’s lightweight, ultra-durable scientific cotton blend and Wooltech (HJ’s ultra-durable, moisture wicking, scientific wool blend) offers the wearer enhanced durability together with long lasting comfort. Socks are available from £10.50.

 


Storm
Stand 58

Cleaning and aftercare specialist Storm, is offering a range of high performance cleaning, waterproofing and after-care treatments developed and produced in the UK. Products can be used on a wide variety of outdoor kit including, waterproof jackets, mid and base layers, down jackets, leather, suede and synthetic footwear and backpacks. Key to the range and on show at OTS is Storm’s reduced plastic packaging aluminium bottle collection. The new range offers outdoor enthusiasts products that are not only good for their outdoor gear, but also great for the environment.  With many of Storm’s wash, proof and aftercare products now available in eco-friendly aluminium packaging, the range will help to reduce the amount of disposable plastic waste going into landfill or ending up in the ocean.


Craghoppers
Stand 112

With significant investment in new product categories for Spring/Summer 2020, Craghoppers has introduced high security luggage, technical travel footwear and anti-insect swimwear to its comprehensive travel clothing range. This enables Craghoppers to offer consumers complete top to toe travel solutions and positions it as the leading travel brand choice.


Maier Sports/Hej International

Stand 352

Maier Sports is the outdoor fitting specialist with 61 sizes available so customers can find their perfect fit.

At this year’s OTSUS sock maker Wigwam is introducing SynchroKnit, a completely new technology in sock construction, at the show. The design increases the non-slip fit by strategically reducing bulk and excess yarn, so the sock hugs the details of the foot, cradles the arch and provides just the right amount of room in the toe box.


GP Batteries UK
Stand 208

Having launched its award-winning range of professional grade torches to the outdoors last season, manufacturer of primary and rechargeable batteries, GP Batteries is back with a new range of prosumer and entry level torches, as well as a new range of head torches and new models in its Powerbank range. The company also recently launched its ‘Recharge the Outdoors’ campaign which challenges both retailers and consumers to switch to rechargeable batteries in order to reduce the 600 million batteries thrown away the UK every year.


Osprey Europe
Stand 46

Osprey’s SS20 range is focused on sustainable fabrics and chemistry.

The Archeon series combines recycled fabrics and a comfortable backsystem to produce a pack built for life in the outdoors.

The Arcane series provides fully equipped, stylish day packs with a paired back look, designed for an active-everyday lifestyle. With roots firmly grounded in the outdoors, the series boasts recycled, durable fabrics and metal components.

With a sunshade, raincover and toy loops, the Poco Child Carrier is equipped with the same innovative suspended mesh backsystem as some of the firm’s hiking and backpacking packs, the next generation Poco series ensures safety and comfort for both adult and child.

Ace, Jet and Daylite kids are inspired by the full-sized adult series, the youth packs range includes simple daypacks that are perfect for kids to fully featured backpacking packs for growing teens.


Buff UK
Stand 60

Buff will be showcasing its new SS20 collection which will be launching in March 2020.
New innovations include the brand new Pack Baseball Cap with packable technology which enables you to pack down the cap and take it anywhere with you on your travels and adventures. WIth an built-in inner band to wick sweat and water away and moisture management the new Pack Baseball Cap will be available in three designs.
The second new innovation in the SS20 collection is the new CoolNet UV+ Tapered headband. A comfortable and versatile product with an optimal fit, featuring transparent silicone inside and wearable in two ways. Ideal for all-year-round use: efficient forehead perspiration absorption during high and low intensity activities.
Buff will also be showing samples of its  upcoming AW19/20 collection launching on 1st August. Including the new Polar tubular, made from Primaloft fabric.

Tilley
Stand 70

For SS20 Tilley is going back to its roots and re-introducing The Iconic T1 – the first hat its founder developed within its Heritage collection –  alongside its whole SS20 collection at The Outdoor Show (OTS).

The classic bucket style hat is made from durable 10oz duck cotton, dubbed “Adventure Cloth” and is guaranteed for life, as are most of the Tilley hats, and is hailed as the ‘Goes with Everywhere’ hat.

Another highlight is the new Hyeto Bucket, Tilley’s first completely waterproof hat with taped seams and features Schoeller fabric with C_Change technology for temperature control. The downward sloping brim transports water away from the wearer and a DWR finish ensures water easily beads off and comes complete with all the added extras standard toTilley including being Guaranteed for Life.

Colour is the key theme elsewhere for SS20, with new colours across the collection including the popular T3 and T3 Wanderer ranges as well as across the exclusive Airflo family of hats


Bradshaw Taylor
Stand 142

The Bradshaw Taylor full portfolio of Black Diamond, Keen Footwear, Sherpa Adventure Gear, tentree and Icebreaker will be at the show – to exhibit the firm’s new SS20 ranges.


Haix
Stand 260

When you are hiking or trekking, blisters and sores are common foot injuries that can stop an enjoyable trek in its tracks meaning comfortable, well-fitted boots are essential. Products on display from Haix at the show include the newly launched CrossNature range, the Black Eagle Adventure range and Haix’s military boots.

The CrossNature range offers the right shoe for every activity. The Haix Black Eagle Adventure 2.1 GTX, in its brand-new colour “olive-rock”, is an ideal functional leisure shoe for the outdoors, with waterproof and breathable materials using Gore-Tex.

The Haix Nature One GTX is designed for hiking, providing wearers with a comfortable, impact-absorbing foot bed with wear resistant and non-slip traction. The shoe for hunting and game keeping, the Haix Black Eagle Nature GTX suits everyday life on the ground. Lightweight and sturdy with non-slip sole, the shoe has excellent grip on a variety of terrains, even in the cold.

The Black Eagle Adventure range is a multifunctional outdoor shoe range designed with a smart lacing system that provides a smooth and pressure free adjustment for the shoe to the foot.

The shoes have an athletic sole made of rubber that is resistant to extremes of heat or cold, providing comfort in any weather condition. Made with a 3-layer Gore-Tex inner lining, the shoes are breathable reducing the risk of the foot sweating creating blisters and painful sores. The shoes are available in a variety of different colours.

With black military boots, brown military boots and combat boots, Haix designs its military range with military professionals in mind. The range includes the Haix Scout, designed to offer elite protection, made with nubuck leather and mesh uppers offering the best in climatic comfort.

Haix’s military boots incorporate a Gore-Tex membrane for breathability and waterproofing, while offering excellent slip resistance. Boots are available a range of colours and can be worn as an outdoor leisure shoe.

Simon Ash, UK Sales Manager at Haix, explained: “We are incredibly proud of our extensive outdoor range, for both the professional and enthusiast. We truly believe we can offer boots or shoes for every demand. I will be on stand at the Outdoor Trade Show 2019, to meet visitors and discuss the foot concerns that prevent them getting outside and back with nature.”


Pyramid Travel Products
Stand 170

New for the 2019 season are Trek Sensitive Wipes. Trek Sensitive is a sensitive skin friendly mosquito repellent, providing up to 12 hours’ protection from one application. Although this product does not feature DEET, independent clinical trials have proven that it is as effective as repellents containing 50 per cent DEET. It is also suitable for pregnant women and children aged two-years plus.

The biodegradable wipes are supplied 15 to a pocket-sized pack and are ideal for air travel, day trips and excursions. Air travel because the wipes are not affected by the regulations regarding liquids in hand luggage, day trips and excursions because the pack is small and easy to carry, and repellent can be applied when it is needed, without the inconvenience of a spray bottle. Wipes can be disposed of in normal refuse and will biodegrade.

Also new for 2019 are Citronella candles. Supplied two to a pack with a burn time per candle of up to 12 hours, they are the perfect accompaniment to a summer evening outside. Candles include five per cent Citronella oil for a delicate, consistent fragrance.

Further new products include a larger size of travel soap, ideal for family adventures, a replacement filter for the SafeHydrate water bottle, and a refill for the Mosi-Kill Mosquito Killer plug in.


Healthy Back Bag Company
Stand 76

The Healthy Back bags’ unique teardrop shape is designed to distribute weight across the back which means you are perfectly balanced whatever you do and wherever you go. They are great for travel and an active lifestyle because they are lightweight, can be worn cross-body leaving your hands free, keeping contents secure and have multiple pockets for organising stuff. They also come in a range of colours, patterns and sizes.

 


Wilton Bradley
Stand 152

Wilton Bradley is targeting the outdoor market with a range of products for camping, festivals and the beach. Including: Osprey, Official Volkswagen and a co-branded VW/Urban Beach range and Bestway Airbeds which will all be showcased this summer.

The Official Volkswagen range includes pop up tents, cool boxes, camping chairs, family low chairs, as well as a range of dual brand VW/Urban Beach wear featuring wellies, t-shirts, shorts, swimwear and flip-flops.

International sales manager, Ross Bradley said: “We are very excited to be working with the iconic Volkswagen brand to create a unique and stylish range which both consumers and VW aficionados will love. From festival camping equipment to products designed for the beach, the Wilton Bradley VW range offers something truly unique from the rest of the market. This range was borne from VW’s renowned legacy for fun and adventure and matches perfectly with our expertise in producing leisure products.”

Wilton Bradley will also be showing its Osprey surf range which consists of a collection of best-selling wetsuits, foam surfboards, bodyboards and more. This year sees the introduction of a wide range of new products and designs for Osprey Surf.


Coast Torches
Stand 212

The extensive Coast LED Torch & Head-Torch program is set to expand with two key new products, both specifically addressing several key needs and preferences of serious outdoor enthusiasts.

Compact and lightweight at only 65 grams (including batteries) and fully Rechargeable with USB charger lead provided, the new FL13R Lightweight Rechargeable LED Head-Torch produces a super-bright light output of 270 lumens with an additional lower-light option of 85 lumens when less light is required such as for reading or wearing in crowded areas such as campsites etc.

Additional light modes of ‘Red’ for anti-glare and preserving night vision (avoiding ‘stars before your eyes’), and Flashing Red, used as an aid to personal safety and as an emergency signal, are also included.

It features a comfortable single head-band favoured by most outdoor enthusiasts along with an adjustable pivot for desired beam angle and additional clips for optional attachment to helmets.

Battery Run-Times range from five hours when used on the highest light output up to 10 hours when used on lower white mode, or on either red or red-flashing modes.

Launch Retail Price is £24.95 (inc vat) backed by generous dealer margins and a comprehensive five year  warranty.

The new HP7-XDL Lightweight, Long-Range, Focusing LED Torch features a specially designed lightweight plastic body version of the  popular HP7 model, specifically to reduce carrying weight in a rucksack or on long hikes.

it produces a super-bright light output of 240 lumens on High mode with an additional lower-light option of 70 when less light is required, extending battery life up to 17 hours.

The reference ‘XDL’ refers to ‘XD’ (Extra Distance) due to a patented long-distance optic producing an impressive 270 metres maximum beam distance, whilst the ‘L’ refers to its special (Lightweight) design.

Featuring one-handed slide focus adjustment from Long-Range Spot Beam for picking out people, pets, tracks or objects at longer distance to an Ultra-Wide Flood Beam when requiring a wider illumination of the general area at closer distance..

Again, launch retail price is £24.95 (inc vat) backed by generous dealer margins and a comprehensive  five-year warranty.

 


 

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