AUGUST 2021 Issue

Innovation for All

Outdoor participation is up, and brands are meeting the moment, remaining focused on performance and tech in new products, while keeping the needs of newbies and casual outdoor participants in mind.

Outdoor Insight

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Trending Up

Style and sustainability lead the charge in the latest outdoor apparel offerings. Eco-minded apparel brand Picture’s Expedition Line for Fall 2021 is pretty sweet, in more ways than one. Technical and sustainable, using Bio-Sourced polyester throughout the entire range, the shell fabric used in...

Shop Talk

We spoke to specialty retailers about the year that was and the year ahead. During a year defined by the COVID-19 pandemic, outdoor retailers saw high demand and scarce product across categories like paddlesports and cycling.

The Changing Landscape of Outdoor

For many years, the marketing of the “Great Outdoors” by industry brands focused on hardcore enthusiasts intent on climbing Everest or at least having the performance-features and fabrics in their garments and footwear to do so. In recent years, many brands shifted to a more inclusive message.

New Products 2021

The best new gear for everything from the mountain to the trail and beyond.

Gear Guide: Winter 2021

Special Advertising Section. The following pages highlight standout products designed to help consumers enjoy their time outside.

The Boot Book: Trail Blazers

Boots are ready to meet the moment in the new year. Amidst a challenging 2020, the work and outdoor categories kept their heads above water due to consumer demand. And for 2021, new boot styles across the board are hitting on all cylinders.

What's Trending in 2021

Brand execs weigh in on the key outdoor and work boot trends to watch for in 2021. "Versatility in footwear continues to be extremely important to consumers. More shoes for the outdoors are being purchased than ever before, as consumers continue to spend significant time there...

AntiViral Textiles Take Off

Innovation in anti-viral textiles in response to the COVID-19 crisis is taking off with ingredient suppliers around the world contributing new treatments to help protect from coronavirus. It will be a technology to watch in performance products in the upcoming seasons.

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Outdoor Insight is the one publication that delivers fresh content and visibility for advertisers before, during and after the winter and summer markets.

We believe in the foundation and success of independent specialty brick-and-mortar stores.

Shopping is not just about commerce. There’s something called the in-store experience. Product knowledge. The touching and feeling of product. The personal touch. The curated assortment and exciting impulse purchases. The trusted service after the purchase. And, the customer’s immediate gratification.  

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