TGO headed to the 22nd OutDoor European trade show in Friedrichshafen to witness this year’s Gold Award ceremony. The prestigious awards celebrate the best of the latest gear and innovation – here’s the list of those who won and what the judges thought of them…
Power Sphaerio 3P by Vaude
The extremely wind-stable, geodeSic Power Sphaerio 3P tent by Vaude won the judges over with its complex and intelligent technical design. Its excellent wind stability, use of new materials and good space-to-weight ratio convinced the panel, as well as the fantastic quality and workmanship. This completely new design of tent also has high UV-resistance.
All-in-one sleep system by Polarmond
“The all-in-one sleep system by Polarmond embraces the best of research and development from the last 20 years,” explained the OutDoor Industry Award judges. “Innovative and extremely functional” – is how they described the ultra-light, modular sleeping system, which consists of a sleep shell, sleep mat and liner with a one-person tent or bivouac shelter. It’s the first system to consider all factors affecting sleeping outside in all weather conditions and adapt them to each other accordingly.
Gift Your Gear
Here, the award was not given to a product, but to a system, emphasized the judges. Gift Your Gear a system by the industry that’s for the industry. “Reusing old products is extremely good for the environment and more sustainable that recycling,” argued the judges. The panel felt that the concept could lead to a real change in behaviour.
Naturetexx Plasma Wool by Südwolle
This technique by the Südwolle Group, Germany, produces wool without using chlorine or other chemicals. The judges saw this as a significant advance. Naturetexx Plasma Wool represents a very environmental-friendly solution. “After down, wool is set to become the next hot topic,” said the panel.
Guardian Purifier by MSR
“This is the first filter that mechanically eliminates bacteria from water,” said the judges when evaluating the MSR Guardian Purifier. Further outstanding features include its user-friendliness, long lifespan and compatibility with standard drinking bottles. In addition, the filter cleans itself while pumping.
Kala Dress by Icebreaker
“Fantastic fabric – excellent design,” was the judges’ verdict on the new product by Icebreaker. This longer cut dress, which can also be worn as a tunic or shirt, is made from new Cool-Lite® fabric, consisting of 56% merino wool, 42% Tencel® and 2% Lycra®.
Terrex Agravic Down Jacket by Adidas
This jacket by Adidas impressed the judges with its innovative, well thought-out down chamber construction. The seams overlap to minimize development of cold bridges. The panel also liked the freedom of movement, collar solution and excellent fit of the jacket.
UNEEK 8MM by Keen
This new take on the outdoor sandal by Keen has already been selling well. “With its unique look, super comfortable fit and new material, Keen has further improved this great product. A superb solution for traveling, outdoor activities and everyday use,” said the judges in their comments.
Natural Balance Bodypack by Aarn Design
The judges panel said: “This is the most innovative backpack submitted for the award”. The Natural Body Pack by New Zealand’s Aarn Design Ltd. convinced them with its unique carry system, well thought-through details and effective back ventilation. It allows great freedom of movement, yet still provides a stable carry. By distributing weight to the pack and front pockets it ensures good load distribution and greater carry comfort.
Ally Davey: New Zealand – adventure racer and founder of “Girls on Top”
Mia Tapio: Sweden – founder Eternal Mindset, a consultancy firm advising companies on sustainability issues
Piotr Drozdz: Poland – editor-in-chief, “GÒRY” mountaineering magazine
Jens Holst: Germany – store manager, Globetrotter Munich
Frank Wacker: Germany – equipment expert and product review editor, outdoor magazine