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Tecnica’s unique custom-moldable footwear creates life-long customers for savvy brick-and-mortar shops

Outdoor industry leaders shine a light on the crux of the issue—that selling on the "cheapest retailer's” website changes consumer’s perception of brands, putting specialty retailers at risk

The North Face, JanSport, Eagle Creek, and Altra are moving to metro Denver, while VF's denim and outlet businesses will stay in North Carolina

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The apparel company known for its funky prints and the iconic Strapcap will always stay focused on fun, but founder Barry Barr has learned a lot about business since he stitched up his first hats on an old Singer sewing machine back in the late 80s

From providing access to clean drinking water to cleaning up thousands of pounds of trash, these brands are making a difference

From limited-edition products to establishing a multi-lingual customer service team, the lightweight collapsible furniture brand is all grown up

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Camp stoves were just the beginning for this tech company, which wants to improve off-grid lifestyles around the globe

Put your money where your heart is. If you like to play the stock market, and you believe in the economic strength of the outdoor industry, why not invest in one of these publicly traded outdoor companies?

According to the study, LifeStraw's single-stage and two-stage filtration systems remove the most

Ignoring the ecommerce behemoth isn’t an option anymore—but that doesn’t mean navigating this channel is easy

The brands are looking to introduce new categories and expand internationally

Customers still love brick-and-mortar retailers—so the smartest vendors make sure shoppers know where to get a premium touch-and-feel experience with their gear

Distributing too widely can spell trouble for a vendor’s brick-and-mortar strategy, but pairing up with the right retailers is a match made in sales heaven

What was it Abraham Lincoln said about a house divided? When a vendor’s internal channels compete, everybody loses—but when they work as a team, businesses thrive.

Managing multiple distribution channels takes finesse, but the payoffs of maintaining a robust wholesale business are worth it

Learn how these young adventurers maintain legit careers while living the dream on the road and building their business

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A new chapter for the beloved merino apparel brand

Everyone is talking about equality for women right now. But these five publications, podcasts, and blogs are doing more than chit chat — they're listening and propelling those conversations.

The Denver Merchandise Mart is a quirky venue that's the perfect place for reps to attract buyers to spend time with their entire lines in a cool, creative atmosphere

Startups fueled by passion keep the outdoor industry moving forward. Meet a few launched by industry vets, core users, and garage inventors.

The pioneering filmmaker, Warren Miller, passes away at 93

The legendary ski filmmaker and trailblazer died at 93

It will sell through remaining inventory and asks fans to support some of its favorite causes

On the road to becoming a $1 billion brand

Four-legged “employees,” a trail town vibe, and an obsession with maps are some of the things that make this store unique

Could personalized products change global manufacturing? Salomon says yes.

After three days working the sales floor at Sunlight Sports, NEMO founder Cam Brensinger walks away with some insights on how brands can better support their retail partners, and grow their own business in the process.

Not everyone has been as passionate about protecting Bears Ears as the outdoor industry has. What's the resistance? We tried to understand the opposition.

What started out as a simple way to keep sleeping bags from rolling off pads has morphed into one of the biggest tent, bag, and pad sellers on the market

Want to accelerate wool sock sales in your shop? Farm to Feet’s David Petri, VP of Marketing, has a few ideas to help.

If wool still conjures images of grandma’s itchy sweaters, you're missing the boat. These five facts will help you sell more wool.

How do you turn your customers into a family? In The Innovation Project's 17th episode, Rutabaga's owner Darren Bush talks about fostering his huge community of paddling die-hards.

Emerald Expositions started trading on the New York Stock Friday morning, with an opening price higher than expected

In The Innovation Project Episode 15, Elevation Sierra Outdoors' Jon Turner highlights the necessity of good customer service, especially for smaller shops

Outdoor companies are benefitting from opening their own retail brand stores across the country. But is their move into brick-and-mortar good for independent specialty shops, too?

Retail giant Walmart has purchased Moosejaw Mountaineering for $51 million

Shelley and Andrew Dunbar, owners of Sea to Summit’s North American distribution, have purchased the Boulder, Colorado, outdoor shop out of bankruptcy, and plan to bring it back to its former glory days as one of the most beloved, iconic, and authentic outdoor shops in the country

Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz posted on Instagram late Wednesday night that he has heard the message loud and clear: America doesn’t want its public lands to be sold. He plans to drop H.R. 621, which would have put up 3.3 million acres of land for sale. “I’m a proud gun…

In episode 8 of The Innovation Project, Chris Haunold, owner of Idaho Mountain Touring in Boise, discusses how his personal interest in gear drives what he sells in the shop

At a time when other established European brands are pulling out of the U.S., Salewa is jumping into North American specialty retail

In the 7th episode of The Innovation Project, we profile Mountain Hardware & Sports

In the 6th episode of The Innovation Project, Midwest Mountaineering founder Rod Johnson explains how his need for cheap gear led to Minneapolis' first outdoor shop

In the 5th episode of The Innovation Project, Summit Hut's Dana Davis explains why they pay their employees to go hiking

Episode 4 of The Innovation Project: CEO Eoin Comerford, of Moosejaw

Independent sales rep and owner of Top Gun Sales, Kurt Smith explains the sacrifice and dedication it takes to become one of the industry's most widely respect reps.

Amid competitive pressure and an attempt to diversify, Polartec is betting on a new, smaller scale manufacturing facility in Tennessee, leaving its union in Massachusetts behind. The pragmatic private equity approach is in stark contrast to the days that long-time employees remember, when former CEO Aaron Feuerstein led the company with his heart on his sleeve.

Manufacturers put tons of effort into predicting buyers' whims when it comes to color. Here's how gear designers peer into the crystal ball.

Tours aren't just for rock bands. With direct sales eating away at specialty shop bottom lines, road shows featuring retail events offer a symbiotic solution. Here’s how to do them right.

Tap into the adventure travel burst and market to frequent fliers with tips from the brands and retailers who do it best

Kristin Carpenter-Ogden on the history of Verde Brand Communications, her latest venture, and when you should start looking into partnering with a PR agency

These brands have been plying their wares since before the National Park Service gave everyone a place to play

Black and brown people are conspicuously absent in our parks, forests, trails and rivers, as well as in the aisles of our industry's trade shows and offices, says author James Mills. Here, he offers insights as to why it's vitally important to add more color to the natural world, and 5 things you can do to grow diversity.

After a turbulent period of restructuring, layoffs, an attempted sale and a major manufacturing shift, Black Diamond Equipment is refocusing on its core market

Stephan Aarstol’s appearance on ABC’s reality business show Shark Tank did not start out well. The founder of California-based Tower Paddle Boards found himself awkwardly silent after a problem with his slide show caused him to lose his train of thought. He swore. Kevin O’Leary, one of the “sharks,” as…

Women’s gear is niche no more. It’s hard to imagine a world in which women didn’t have access to outdoor gear that’s optimized for them. But that wasn’t always the case: Ill-fitting apparel and hard goods were the norm for women as recently as 20 years ago, and even now,…

Hydro Flask announced Monday it will be acquired by homegoods giant Helen of Troy for roughly $210 million. Helen of Troy owns Dr. Scholl’s, OXO, Revlon, Honeywell and dozens of other consumer brands. Hydro Flask is based in Bend, Ore., and is expected to have net sales revenue of $65…

Backcountry.com must pay a civil penalty for falsely marketing rayon products as “bamboo,” the Federal Trade Commission announced Wednesday. Backcountry.com LLC must pay $150,000 for continuing to break the law after receiving warnings from the FTC in 2010, according to a press release from the FTC. Other national retailers were…

It’s been a rollercoaster ride for Black Diamond Inc. (NYSE:BDE) and its public stockholders

New owner Vista Outdoor will add the hydration bottle, back and filter company to a collection of more than 30 outdoor and sporting goods brands

Partnering with TSG, Backcountry will expand into adjacent categories and international markets, as well as enhance marketing and brand building efforts

Among other things, Patagonia learned that some its suppliers in Taiwan were using labor brokers to bring in cheap, and potentially forced, migrant workers

As outdoor retail leader grows, it looks to maintain connection its with consumers. Can a larger REI also remain small and local?

More backpackers, fishers and hunters are meeting up at camp, and increasingly using the same type of gear. What's the crossover potential?

OBJ has the inside scoop and first look at the new Toad & Co. with CEO and owner Gordon Seabury.

Columbia Sportswear to pay $190 million for the yoga, climbing and lifestyle brand to expand categories and better balance seasonality

Rue Mapp talks to us about how the outdoor industry can overcome some its diversity shortcomings

No decision has been made, but company officials told investors they are giving a serious look at retail stores to promote the brand and sales

In reporting its quarterly results Friday, Johnson Outdoors (Nasdaq:JOUT) revealed previously undisclosed financial details of its recent Jetboil acquisition

Another day, another acquisition in the outdoor industry. On Wednesday, Jetboil became the latest of more than a dozen outdoor brands to be scooped up this year. Find out how the brand fits in with its new owner Johnson Outdoors.

Black Diamond lifted the veil on its closely guarded, initial line of apparel, giving its top dealers, investors and OBJ an exclusive first look at the products in Salt Lake City

Black Diamond Inc. continued in its acquisition mode, announcing plans Monday to acquire Austria-based Pieps, best known for its avalanche transceivers, probes and other winter safety gear. OBJ has the first interview with Black Diamond CEO Peter Metcalf, plus details on why winter safety is a top bright spot for the wintersports market.

How to pronounce Nau, Teva, Mammut, and 14 other commonly butchered outdoor company and brand names.

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The new Cirrus Ultralight represents the ultimate marriage of performance touring and lightweight packability

OBJ has the exclusive first look at Stio, a new outdoor apparel brand being launched by Cloudveil founder Stephen Sullivan this fall

The parent company of Black Diamond and Gregory Mountain Products added protective gear brand Poc Sports to its team Thursday, acquiring the Swedish business for about $43.5 million. Black Diamond Inc. CEO Peter Metcalf talks first to OBJ about the deal.

PrimaLoft will become its own independent company as its parent firm Albany International has agreed to sell the insulation brand for $38 million to its current management team in partnership with Prudential Capital Partners. Michael Joyce is the new company's president and CEO.

Wolverine Worldwide, parent to Merrell, Chaco and Patagonia Footwear, will add Saucony to its list of outdoor and running brands as the company announced a deal to acquire Collective Brands’ Performance and Lifestyle groups for about $1.23 billion

After more than four decades of bag and apparel innovation, Rab is getting into the sleeping pad game

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