Latest Issue - January 2020

Technically Speaking

A look at standout jackets for Fall 2020, with innovative designs and techy fabrics aplenty.

Apparel brands are going all out in 2020. From sustainability stories to attempts at building the perfect breathable performance piece for the backcountry to designs ideated with travel and packability top-of-mind, outerwear pieces for Fall 2020 will blow your mind. Here are some of the top stories catching our eye. Read the full story.


All-Around Performers

The line between performance and lifestyle continues to blur in the outdoors as stylish boots are packed with tech details and core performers flash a fashionable aesthetic. Versatility — in style and performance — is often the No. 1 trait consumers are seeking in outdoor boots. Read the full story.

Grassroots Perspectives

The Mountaineer 2.0

When thousands of fervent outdoor recreationalists descended on the Adirondacks’ hamlet of Keene Valley in mid-January for the 24th Annual Mountainfest, they surely saw many familiar people and landscapes. Including the staff of expert associates at The Mountaineer.  Read the full story.


It’s Always Sock Season...

Tis the season for hosiery that warms the hooves. Consumers are snapping up winter socks that regulate temperature, have soft fibers, boast adequate cushioning and protect a lot of leg. Summer socks are different in that moisture-wicking, anti-microbial properties and breathability are of utmost importance. For every season, there is a sock... Read the full story.


Retro Vibes

Culturally, the 1990s are characterized by music — grunge, the rave scene and hip hop — and technology, including cable television and the World Wide Web. The Cold War was over and the dot-com bubble brought wealth. It was a diverse period, and fashion followed suit. Read the full story.

The Great 8: Outdoor retailers who use special events to take their business to another level.

Archive - December 2019
Retail Forecast

Hot Topics 2020

4 Outdoor Specialty Retailers Sound Off on Key Issues for the Year Ahead.

What Retailers Are Excited About: The in-store experience, brand collaboration, sustainability. Retail Challenges in 2020: Brands selling DTC, online competition, rising rents, and how to make sustainability practices viable. Retail Opportunities Ahead: Engaging more closely with consumers, building better brand relationships, connecting with their community and more. Read the full story.


Fast & Furious:
On The Trail

A sneak peek at standout new trail running and hiking footwear to watch for in Fall/Winter 20/21. Featuring Topo Athletic, ECCO, Altra, Brooks, Skechers, 361, Salomon, Twisted X, Bearpaw and more. Read the full story.

Grassroots Perspectives

The Merkel Family Ties: Community & Connections

Sisters Jennifer and Marinna Merkel love everything about Big Sky Country and the great outdoors, including competing against one another with dueling outdoor specialty stores some 14 blocks apart on Main Street in Bozeman, Montana. Read the full story.


The Buzz About Fishing

Fishing is having a moment. And beyond equipment, categories such as apparel and footwear are being impacted. According to the Outdoor Industry Association’s 2019 Special Report on Fishing, female fishing participation reached an all-time high...  Read the full story.


The Euro Scene: Munich

In Munich you don’t have to venture far to find the great outdoors. A cluster of top-notch sports shops dot the Old Town district of the city, a hugely popular pedestrian shopping destination centered by Munich’s historic clock tower in the area known as Marienplatz. Read the full story.


Trends to Watch: Plant-Based Fibers

3 Key Things to Know Right Now. #1: Hemp Processing Progress. The use of hemp by outdoor apparel brands has been growing over the past few years. And while the opportunity for hemp is on the rise, what’s still... Read the full story.

In The News

Another Trade Show on the Horizon

A new trade show is set to launch this July. The Big Gear Show, from the team behind Paddlesports Retailer, will take place July 21-25 in Salt Lake City and will feature hardgoods only. It will also have a consumer element. Read the full story.