Top Outdoor Industry News Headlines

Additional Large Vista Outdoor Shareholder Doesn’t Support Sale to CSG

Gates Capital said in a letter to Vista's board of directors that the proposed $2.1 billion price for The Kinetic Group is too low.

VF to Sell Supreme to EssilorLuxottica

VF Corp., which owns 12 brands in total, including The North Face, Timberland, and Vans, is overburdened with debt, and has been racing to implement a turnaround plan while cutting costs and restructuring the business.

Outdoor Retailer Earns Its Name Back at Summer Show, Says Rock Fight Podcast’s Colin True

Outdoor Retailer's focus on bringing buyers to the show paid off, says True on the latest podcast episode featuring Show Director Sean Smith.

Pressure Mounts on Vista Outdoor to Reconsider Acquisition Offer

A large investor in Vista Outdoor and a shareholder advisory firm have publicly come out against Vista's plan to sell its ammo business and turn the remaining outdoor division into a standalone, publicly traded company.

Fireside Chat: Why Outdoor Brands and Retailers Need to Collaborate Differently

Engage in a discussion on what effective partnerships in the outdoor retail sector could look like.

Eastern Mountain Sports’ Future in Question as Bob’s Stores Slated to Close

Mountain Sports and its related entities declared bankruptcy in June. It owes millions to the bank, brands, landlords, and other creditors.

Product Picks from the Floor of Outdoor Retailer Summer

There was lots of great gear at the Outdoor Retailer Summer show. The Daily’s gear expert, Cameron Martindell, cruised the aisles to find the products that stood out.

Unexpected Slowdown in Global Outdoor Category Hurts Helen of Troy’s Osprey Packs Business

Helen of Troy executives were caught off guard by the abrupt slowdown in the packs business, which had been a strong performer for the company. Plus, how Hydro Flask is aiming to grow beyond the outdoor market.

Former REI Exec Chris Speyer Joins MEC as Chief Merchandising Officer

Speyer is returning to his Canadian roots, concluding a seven-year run at REI.

Grassroots Outdoor Alliance Announces 2024 Outdoor Specialty Awards Winners

The coveted Retailer of the Year, Vendor Partner of the Year, and Community Giveback Award winners were chosen in part by surveys completed by members of the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance.

Vista Outdoor Board Negotiates Higher Price from CSG for The Kinetic Group, Rejects MNC Offer

Vista Outdoor's plan to sell its ammunition arm could finally end this month after its board voted unanimously in favor of the sale to CSG. However, shareholders must still approve the move.

Gearhead Outfitters Expanding Store Count and Finding Success Despite Market Challenges

Gearhead has become a major retail player with 22 locations across seven states. We talk to owner Ted Herget about his winning retail and product strategies.

Fireside Chat: Why Outdoor Brands and Retailers Need to Collaborate Differently

Engage in a discussion on what effective partnerships in the outdoor retail sector could look like.

Eastern Mountain Sports’ Future in Question as Bob’s Stores Slated to Close

Mountain Sports and its related entities declared bankruptcy in June. It owes millions to the bank, brands, landlords, and other creditors.

Product Picks from the Floor of Outdoor Retailer Summer

There was lots of great gear at the Outdoor Retailer Summer show. The Daily’s gear expert, Cameron Martindell, cruised the aisles to find the products that stood out.

Unexpected Slowdown in Global Outdoor Category Hurts Helen of Troy’s Osprey Packs Business

Helen of Troy executives were caught off guard by the abrupt slowdown in the packs business, which had been a strong performer for the company. Plus, how Hydro Flask is aiming to grow beyond the outdoor market.

Former REI Exec Chris Speyer Joins MEC as Chief Merchandising Officer

Speyer is returning to his Canadian roots, concluding a seven-year run at REI.

Grassroots Outdoor Alliance Announces 2024 Outdoor Specialty Awards Winners

The coveted Retailer of the Year, Vendor Partner of the Year, and Community Giveback Award winners were chosen in part by surveys completed by members of the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance.

Vista Outdoor Board Negotiates Higher Price from CSG for The Kinetic Group, Rejects MNC Offer

Vista Outdoor's plan to sell its ammunition arm could finally end this month after its board voted unanimously in favor of the sale to CSG. However, shareholders must still approve the move.

Gearhead Outfitters Expanding Store Count and Finding Success Despite Market Challenges

Gearhead has become a major retail player with 22 locations across seven states. We talk to owner Ted Herget about his winning retail and product strategies.

The Top-Viewed Outdoor News Stories of 2024 So Far

A high-profile IPO, a notable acquisition, and a marketing miss are the most-viewed stories in a year marked by cautious optimism, and right-sizing inventory and personnel.

Product of the Year Winner Tick Mitt Tackles the Tick Problem Hands-On

After Steve Abrams sold Magnolia Bakery in 2021, he went into business with his entrepreneurial daughter, Olivia. So far, business is booming.

The Vista Outdoor Tortured Sale Saga – A Guide

The ambitious and complex plan to separate Vista Outdoor's outdoor and ammo businesses has dragged on for two years and has turned into a fascinating business, political, and national security tale with implications for the outdoor industry.

Scott USA Appoints Hap Seliga President

The longtime industry veteran joins the company following turbulence among management and the dismissal of CEO Beat Zaugg this past spring.

The Top-Viewed Outdoor News Stories of 2024 So Far

A high-profile IPO, a notable acquisition, and a marketing miss are the most-viewed stories in a year marked by cautious optimism, and right-sizing inventory and personnel.

Product of the Year Winner Tick Mitt Tackles the Tick Problem Hands-On

After Steve Abrams sold Magnolia Bakery in 2021, he went into business with his entrepreneurial daughter, Olivia. So far, business is booming.

The Vista Outdoor Tortured Sale Saga – A Guide

The ambitious and complex plan to separate Vista Outdoor's outdoor and ammo businesses has dragged on for two years and has turned into a fascinating business, political, and national security tale with implications for the outdoor industry.

Scott USA Appoints Hap Seliga President

The longtime industry veteran joins the company following turbulence among management and the dismissal of CEO Beat Zaugg this past spring.

Kent Outdoors Names Randy Hales CEO

Hales previously served as CEO at blank apparel company Next Level Apparel, kitchen appliance company Back to Basics, and mobile accessory company ZAGG Inc.

The Outdoor Industry’s PFAS Challenge

How the outdoor industry can approach the forever chemical problem.

L.L.Bean to Open Four Stores in 2024, More Planned for 2025

L.L.Bean is adding four more stores to its retail footprint in 2024 as part of its renewed emphasis on physical retail in its omnichannel growth strategy.

Opinion: What Independent Outdoor Retailers and REI Can Do to Create a Healthier Industry Ecosystem

Retailers – including me – bear a lot of the responsibility for our current difficult situation. With the buying season looming, it's time to discuss what retailers can do to create a healthier commercial environment.

Growing Outdoor Participation Will Take Creative, Customized Approaches, Say Experts at Outdoor Retailer Summer

Casual consumers and others who don’t fit the traditional stereotype of “outdoorsy” present new possibilities for brands and retailers, according to data and trends highlighted by Circana, OIA, Outdoor Foundation, and WGSN.

Mountain Hardwear Leverages New GTM Strategy for Retail Success

Mountain Hardwear’s adoption of ENDVR, a digital retail sales enablement platform that helps brands drive sell-through and brand engagement.

Outdoor Retailer Innovation Award Winners Named

Details about which brands won an Innovation Award, including the coveted Product of the Year honor.

Building Trust Through Expertise: How Expert Reviews Drive Success for Brands

Quality reviews are crucial for guiding purchase decisions. Recent findings show that 87% of consumers are selective about which reviews they trust.

Featured

Yeti Discloses Mystery Ranch Acquisition Price

Plus, details about Yeti's strong first-quarter results that included growth in every product category and sales channel.

Outdoor Industry Press Releases

Clarus Appoints Three Veteran Operating and Sales Executives

The company appoints Tripp Wyckoff as General Manager of Adventure Americas, David Cook as Global Head of OEM, and Daniel Bruntsch as Head of EMEA Sales.

Overland Expo Pacific Northwest Attracts Over 16,000 Attendees

Next gen gear and technology bring comforts of home to the outdoors; Women drive the category growth. 

HEST Launches Cooling Bedding for Outdoor Comfort

HEST’s jade-infused cooling bedding absorbs heat and ensures a consistently cool and comfortable sleeping environment.

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.