Highlights From Outdoor Retailer: Summer Market 2019

From apparel to kayaks and skateboards, our picks from the annual exhibition

At this year’s Outdoor Retailer: Summer Market, there was plenty of buzz around all kinds of gear. Whether it be the consensus shift toward sustainability or the CBD boom (the cannabinoid had its own wing this year), the 2019 show had a different feel. Brands—eager to appeal to new consumers, but to also show a sense of accountability—showed less than usual. For instance, The North …

Utah State University’s Outdoor Product Design Program

With their first graduating class out the door, the next generation of designers enter the industry with hands-on experience

It’s no secret that the outdoor industry is booming—look no further than the consistent enthusiasm for Patagonia, The North Face, Peak Design and others—not to mention the US government’s $373 billion valuation of the industry. It’s a hotbed for innovative material development, massive collections of utilitarian yet activity-specific gear, and preaches sustainability and resourcefulness. To have designers equipped to handle all of this, programs continue to …