Top Outdoor Industry News Headlines

Outdoor Retailer Announces New Sales Hires Ahead of Summer Shows

Steve LaRoche, Melissa Dowd, and John Krause join the OR sales team, and Ryan Yelverton will sell for the new Outdoor Design & Innovation (ODI) sourcing show.

Merrell, Saucony Aim to Ramp Up Style, Lifestyle Component

Parent company Wolverine Worldwide detailed financial results and go-forward strategies for the two brands during an earnings call Wednesday as the company strives to execute a turnaround.

Oboz Sales Down On Tough Prior-Year Comp, Market Conditions

Parent company KMD gave more details about challenges for the outdoor footwear brand in its preliminary half-year results.

How Swedish Sportswear Brand Houdini Puts Sustainability at the Forefront

The Daily spoke with CEO Eva Karlsson about her plans for the company and with an outdoor specialty retailer in Colorado about why they carry the brand.

Industry Executives Forecast Steady Hiring in 2024

Noto Group surveyed over 100 top-level executives across the athletic and outdoor, apparel and footwear, recreation, and retail consumer segments about the challenges, opportunities, leadership priorities, and trends shaping their business.

Outdoor Retailer Launches Expansive Hosted Buyer Program

OR has listened to its exhibitors and is making a substantial investment to bring more buyers to Outdoor Retailer Summer and future shows.

Outdoor Retailer Summer – Sampling of Brands Coming So Far

Some new and notable brands that have already signed up to exhibit include ATWYLD, COAL Headwear, GCI Outdoors, Klymt, Maine Outdoor Brands, Stansport, Westfield Outdoors, and many more. 

Yeti Execs Comment on Mystery Ranch Acquisition and Plans

Yeti leadership has hired Layne Rigney, former CEO of Osprey Packs, to lead its softgoods division, which includes Mystery Ranch. Plus, how Yeti performed in Q4 and the full year.

The Danger in Chasing the Outdoor Lifestyle Surge: Opinion

Just about every entity that sells something to outdoor consumers has a choice to make this spring, according to retailer Wes Allen. That choice is going to set the course of their organization for the next few years.

VF Extends Olive Branch to Activist Investor with Board Changes

An activist investor’s influence on the VF board will come in the form of two new appointments after a disappointing December quarter and continued pressure about VF's underperformance.

La Sportiva Takes Aim at U.S. Market with Colorado Store

The Daily visited the Italian brand's new brick-and-mortar space in Boulder and talked to brand executives about La Sportiva's retail strategy and more.

Sponsored: Why Brand Managers and Marketers Should Embrace Fan-Centric Festivals

Delve into the distinction between customers and fans, understanding the pivotal role of consumer facing events in converting casual buyers into enthusiastic advocates, driving lasting brand loyalty.

Industry Executives Forecast Steady Hiring in 2024

Noto Group surveyed over 100 top-level executives across the athletic and outdoor, apparel and footwear, recreation, and retail consumer segments about the challenges, opportunities, leadership priorities, and trends shaping their business.

Outdoor Retailer Launches Expansive Hosted Buyer Program

OR has listened to its exhibitors and is making a substantial investment to bring more buyers to Outdoor Retailer Summer and future shows.

Outdoor Retailer Summer – Sampling of Brands Coming So Far

Some new and notable brands that have already signed up to exhibit include ATWYLD, COAL Headwear, GCI Outdoors, Klymt, Maine Outdoor Brands, Stansport, Westfield Outdoors, and many more. 

Yeti Execs Comment on Mystery Ranch Acquisition and Plans

Yeti leadership has hired Layne Rigney, former CEO of Osprey Packs, to lead its softgoods division, which includes Mystery Ranch. Plus, how Yeti performed in Q4 and the full year.

The Danger in Chasing the Outdoor Lifestyle Surge: Opinion

Just about every entity that sells something to outdoor consumers has a choice to make this spring, according to retailer Wes Allen. That choice is going to set the course of their organization for the next few years.

VF Extends Olive Branch to Activist Investor with Board Changes

An activist investor’s influence on the VF board will come in the form of two new appointments after a disappointing December quarter and continued pressure about VF's underperformance.

La Sportiva Takes Aim at U.S. Market with Colorado Store

The Daily visited the Italian brand's new brick-and-mortar space in Boulder and talked to brand executives about La Sportiva's retail strategy and more.

Sponsored: Why Brand Managers and Marketers Should Embrace Fan-Centric Festivals

Delve into the distinction between customers and fans, understanding the pivotal role of consumer facing events in converting casual buyers into enthusiastic advocates, driving lasting brand loyalty.

Positioning Your Brand for Success in 2024: Opinion

Andrew Barone of Rosenthal & Rosenthal takes a look back at 2023 and shares his views on the 2024 business outlook for the outdoor market.

Moosejaw CEO Comerford Leaves Post

Dick's Sporting Goods acquired Moosejaw last year and subsequently formed one team for Moosejaw and Public Lands in Dick's home base of Pittsburgh.

Prana Records 21% Revenue Drop in 2023

Under Columbia Sportswear's ownership, Prana’s revenue hit a high of $157 million in 2018, but since has struggled to find consistent growth, according to SEC filings. Columbia hopes new leadership can help turn Prana around.

Introducing the New Outdoor Retailer

The Daily spoke with Outdoor Retailer Show Director Sean Smith about the upcoming changes to the summer show, including the hosted buyer program, capped booth sizes, and a new, co-located sourcing show.

Positioning Your Brand for Success in 2024: Opinion

Andrew Barone of Rosenthal & Rosenthal takes a look back at 2023 and shares his views on the 2024 business outlook for the outdoor market.

Moosejaw CEO Comerford Leaves Post

Dick's Sporting Goods acquired Moosejaw last year and subsequently formed one team for Moosejaw and Public Lands in Dick's home base of Pittsburgh.

Prana Records 21% Revenue Drop in 2023

Under Columbia Sportswear's ownership, Prana’s revenue hit a high of $157 million in 2018, but since has struggled to find consistent growth, according to SEC filings. Columbia hopes new leadership can help turn Prana around.

Introducing the New Outdoor Retailer

The Daily spoke with Outdoor Retailer Show Director Sean Smith about the upcoming changes to the summer show, including the hosted buyer program, capped booth sizes, and a new, co-located sourcing show.

VF Reports ‘Disappointing’ Quarter; Strategic Review of Portfolio Underway

The North Face's results were worse than expected during the quarter, with the Americas region particularly challenged. All of VF's large brands reported double-digit revenue declines.

Sorel 2024 Revenue Expected to Fall Double Digits

Industry footwear brand Sorel, owned by Columbia Sportswear, is experiencing weak sell through this season, which is weighing on future wholesale orders, according to Columbia executives. The brand has been a growth story for Columbia in the past.

From Nature. For Nature.

Teflon EcoElite™ is a finish containing 60 percent renewably sourced raw material derived from plant-based sources that offer durable water-based stain repellency on a range of fabrics.

Alterra to Acquire Popular Arapahoe Basin Ski Area in Colorado

The Daily spoke with A-Basin's Chief Operating Officer Alan Henceroth about what the acquisition could mean for the iconic ski resort.

Columbia Brand Aims to Grow by Targeting Younger Consumers

The brand’s sales declined in Q4, but grew for the full year as leaders vowed to continue focusing on innovation.

Mountain Hardwear Q4 Revenue Down On Lower Wholesale Shipments

Details on how the outdoor apparel and gear brand performed for parent company Columbia Sportswear.

Revelyst Announces Layoffs, Office Closures

The headquarters of Fox Racing in Irvine will become the hub of parent Revelyst’s Adventure Sports division. In addition, more office closures and layoffs are impacting the broader Revelyst organization.

Deckers CEO to Retire; Momentum Continues for Ugg, Hoka

Dave Powers, who helped propel the success of star brand Hoka among other accomplishments, is set to retire Aug. 1, the company said in an earnings update Thursday.

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How Yeti, Mystery Ranch Acquisition Could Impact Both Brands

The Daily connected with outgoing Mystery Ranch President Alex Kutches, a financial analyst who covers Yeti, and a veteran outdoor industry consultant to get their insights about the deal.

Outdoor Industry Press Releases

Gregory Launches Alpaca Gear Organization Collection

The collection is designed around accessible, long-lasting gear organization solutions to match your outdoor life.

REI Co-op Adventure Travel Adds 10 New Trips

The brand also buys property near Grand Canyon to build signature camp.

MYSTERY RANCH Partners with Vallfirest

Two industry leaders join forces to increase availability of wildland fire management solutions in the EU.

June 17-19, 2024

Outdoor Retailer Summer is the national business-to-business commerce event at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center at the front of the summer buying season.

November 6-8, 2024

Outdoor Retailer Winter takes place at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City at the start of the seasonal sales cycle.