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Outdoor Retailer Parent Company, Emerald, Acquires Consumer Event Specialists, Lodestone Events

Thursday, January 12th, 2023

We are excited to announce the acquisition of consumer event specialists Lodestone Events, producers of the hugely successful Overland Expo series of adventure travel consumer shows. Lodestone is also Outdoor Retailer’s strategic partner on Outdoor Adventure X, Emerald’s first outdoor consumer event. Emerald and Lodestone share a mission to promote, encourage, and celebrate outdoor recreation. 

All Lodestone employees will join the Emerald team, with Lodestone founders Lindsay Hubley and Jessica Kirchner joining Emerald’s management team and continuing to lead the Overland Expo series. In addition, they will oversee Outdoor Adventure X, debuting this June 17-18, 2023, at Snowbasin Resort in Huntsville, Utah. 

Overland Expo is the world’s premier event series for adventure travel enthusiasts and stages four consumer shows annually, one each in Arizona, Oregon, Colorado, and Virginia. Last year, the events attracted nearly 80,000 consumer attendees, 1,300 exhibitors, and 250 journalists. In addition to a wide variety of camping and product demonstrations, attendees had access to 1,700 hours of classroom-style education, roundtable discussions and hands-on instruction across 1,380 sessions.

“Bringing the Overland Expo series of four premier events and Outdoor Adventure X together creates an expansive offering of consumer experiences not seen before in the outdoor community,” said Jeff Davis, group vice president, Emerald. “We look forward to the synergy these iconic gatherings bring to our collective events while creating even greater value for the entire outdoor ecosystem, from manufacturers to retailers and consumers. With the growing demand for outdoor experiences, we are excited to increase the opportunities for consumers to engage directly with their preferred products and brands, as well as discover new gear and opportunities to support their outdoor pursuits.”

“Overland is a growing market segment, recognized and valued by the outdoor industry at large. Overlanders are outdoor enthusiasts and explorers who outfit their vehicles for backcountry adventures, which often include hiking, camping, paddlesports, cycling, and climbing,” said Lindsay Hubley, Managing Partner of Lodestone Events. 

“We’ve spent the last four years enhancing the attendee and client experience at Overland Expo events, developing the brand’s daily digital content offerings, and syndicating the event series into high-demand markets. Our team is more than just consumer event experts; they are passionate about gathering communities of enthusiasts to get trained, outfitted, and inspired for their outdoor adventures. In addition, we are inspired by Emerald’s commitment to connecting enthusiasts with the brands they love in live event environments. We look forward to continuing to enhance the client and attendee experience at events and applying the core business philosophies that have made Overland Expo successful in developing Emerald’s B2C properties,” Hubley added.

Overland Expo joins Emerald’s action and outdoor portfolio of events that includes Outdoor Retailer Winter, Outdoor Retailer Summer, The Summit by Outdoor Retailer, Outdoor Adventure X, Surf Expo, and Shop-Eat-Surf. 

The Outdoor Retailer Team

Outdoor Retailer Announces Finalists for Annual Innovation Awards

Saturday, December 31st, 2022

Finalist products and services will be on display during Outdoor Retailer Snow Show, and winners will be announced live at the awards ceremony on January 11

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, California – (December 15, 2022) – Outdoor Retailer unveiled the finalists today for the fifth annual Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards. An independent panel of expert judges evaluated all 132 entries to determine the 30 finalists, which include innovative new outdoor and winter sport products, fabrics and materials, digital and retail services. All finalists will be on display in the Innovation Gallery during Outdoor Retailer Snow Show from January 10-12, 2023 in the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, and the winners will be announced during the awards ceremony on Wednesday, January 11, in the new Hyatt Regency Salt Lake.

“Congratulations to the finalists of the fifth annual Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards! It’s exciting to see how your innovations can improve the outdoor experience for more people,” said Marisa Nicholson, Outdoor Retailer senior vice president and show director. “Through testing, experimenting, and bringing concepts to life, the companies and the people behind these cutting-edge new products and services are finding solutions and inspiring others to get outside. It’s this innovation that’s moving our industry forward and you’ll discover it first-hand throughout the aisles of Outdoor Retailer. We’re looking forward to celebrating all of the finalists and seeing the winners unveiled on Night 2 of Snow Show.”

The judging panel rated all entries based on four criteria to determine the finalists: Spark: concept, design, appeal; Desire: opportunity, differentiation; Function: innovation, functionality, insight; and Impact: cultural, environmental, business. The panel will now reset their scoring to evaluate the finalists and determine this year’s winners.

The finalists for the fifth annual Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards are:


ALLIED Feather + Down — ExpeDRY Ultra Dry Down

BLUEVIEW Footwear — BLUEVIEW Pacific

Born Outdoor — Badger Bed

Burlington — Natural No Fly Zone

Cardo Systems — Packtalk Outdoor

Db — Snow Pro Vest 8L

Fischer Sports — Fischer TWO

G3 — R3 – Ride. Repeat. Recycle.

Garmin International, Inc. — Edge 1040 Solar

Geartrade — Geartrade Consignment Service

GOES (Global Outdoor Emergency Support) — App

Jack Wolfskin — Tapeless Jacket

LAND Energy — Connected CORE Battery Power Platform

Loose Cannon Systems Inc — Milo – The Action Communicator

MADE Apparel — Custom Made-to-Measure Hard Shell Jacket

Nix Biosensors — Nix Hydration Biosensor

On — Cloudneo

Opolis. — StokedSnow Goggles made with Opolis’ patent-pending blend StokedPlastic®

OrthoLite — OrthoLite Cirql

Paka — PAKAFILL® — Open source lost item/person return and authentication IDs

RightOnTrek, Inc. — Backcountry Meals

Safeback — Safeback SBX


SheFly Apparel — Go Free Legging

Split Skis Ltd — Split Skis Freetour

Steeped Coffee — Peak State Guatemala Medium Roast Coffee (Steeped)

Stoko — K1 Summit

WNDR Alpine — Intention 108

WoolAid Limited — WoolAid Adhesive Bandages

Returning as host for the awards ceremony is Harvard-trained designer, photographer, and climber L. Renee Blount. Working simultaneously in innovation, brand consulting, and storytelling, Blount is helping make the outdoors more accessible through joy. She will announce the winners in a live ceremony in the new Hyatt Regency Salt Lake adjacent to the Salt Palace on the second night of Snow Show, Wednesday, January 11, 2023. Doors open at 6 p.m. MT.

Attendees at Snow Show can learn more about each finalist up close and in person at the Innovation Gallery. Finalists will be on display in the gallery on the show floor throughout the show from January 10-12, 2023.

ORSM 22 – US Camo Corps

Tuesday, June 21st, 2022

With a name like US Camo Corps you’d think this company has something different going on than offering German made “shammies” and sponges. They offer several models which can be reused, pick up water even when wet, and dry quickly.

ORSM 22 – Bridgford

Tuesday, June 21st, 2022

I’m a big fan of Bridgford’s shelf-stable, ready-to-eat sandwiches which are found in US military rations. One of their latest additions to their commercial offerings is the whole wheat fig bar.

If you like fig newtons, you’ll love these.

ORSM 22 – Camelbak

Tuesday, June 21st, 2022

New for 23 is the Camelbak Chillbak Cube 18, a follow up to the popular 30 L model currently in the market.

It will keep cold for uo to 70 hours and retain ice for more than 48 hours.

These coolers not only keep your be staged cool, they also incorporate a 6 L Fusion Group Reservoir with TRU Zip waterproof zipper.

ORSM 22 – Geyser

Tuesday, June 21st, 2022

The Geyser system is a convenient portable hot shower.

With just 3L of water it is 10x more efficient than other portable shower units thanks to the sponge delivered water. It can be powered via vehicle 12v or portable charging stations beingibg the water to 95 deg F.

ORSM 22 – Mystery Ranch

Tuesday, June 21st, 2022

The High Water Flip is part of a line of waterproof packs and duffels for outdoor pursuits.

It features RF welded construction of TPU coated 840D Ballistic Nylon for 22.9 L of carrying capacity.

BearVault Launches Two Smaller Bear Canisters

Friday, June 17th, 2022

Louisville, Colorado – BearVault, the leading outdoor brand in portable bear canisters, today unveiled two smaller bear canisters, the BV425 Sprint and the BV475 Trek. The BearVault product line now has four sizes, allowing backpackers to make efficient packing choices for any length of trip or size of group. 

Since BearVault’s classic bear canisters first hit the trails in 2004, backpacks have become more compact, while access to dehydrated food options has improved hikers’ food packing efficiency. Demand for smaller canister options has grown even stronger with the recent boom in outdoor participation, a wider diversity of users, and a broader range of adventures.

“We are excited to now offer a full suite of bear canister sizes for every hiker, every trip, and for the sake of every bear,” said Tracy Twist, BearVault’s president. “With four perfect fit options to choose from, it is easier than ever to safely store food away from bears and wildlife.” 

The new models passed the official Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) grizzly bear testing standards in May of 2022. Made in the USA of specialty polycarbonate and other durable resins, they will be available to ship by mid June. 

New model details:

BV425 Sprint (MSRP $73.50): 1.3 Gal capacity, weighing 1.75 lb, standing 6” tall. The smallest in the BearVault family of canisters, the BV425 Sprint is designed for overnight trips, for youth or smaller backpackers, and for groups who share the food load among all hikers. This compact model also solves the food storage quandary for day trippers who leave their lunch at a base while enjoying nature – fishing, hunting, or climbing. 

BV475 Trek (MSRP $86.95): 2.5 Gal capacity, weighing 2.3 lb, standing 10.5” tall. A mid size canister in between the classic BV450 and BV500 sizes, the BV475 Trek is well suited to families or groups, a couple backpacking for a few days, or to long distance hikers who prioritize compact food storage and high volume to weight ratios.