Before we jump into the next year, it’s important to reflect on the good that has come from the 2018. Here are a few of our favorite professional and personal memories.
Earlier this month we were once again in Denver for Outdoor Retailer and, as usual, we’re left with new friends, to-do lists and excitement about all things Outdoor Industry. This year was the first time this tradeshow was held in November, previewing what’s coming down the pipeline for Fall 2019.
Now entering its fifth season, the Thru-Hike Syndicate is a brand partner-powered program supporting a select and diverse group of thru-hikers attempting to complete some of the most iconic long trails throughout the United States. We’re proud to highlight 2018 THS Ambassador Grizel Williams who is hiking the Pacific Crest Trail this year.
BioLite, an innovator in off-grid energy solutions, is proud to debut the BioLite HeadLamp, a 330-lumen, rechargeable headlamp that delivers top-tier functionality with an unparalleled fit thanks to proprietary 3D SlimFit construction. Now live on Kickstarter, HeadLamp’s crowdfunding campaign will run through October 19th with delivery to backers in time for Holiday 2018.
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Osprey Packs, a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, is pleased to announce that it has been named REI’s 2017 Vendor Partner in the Camp division. REI recognized Osprey in 2007 as its overall Vendor Partner of the Year, and in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015 as the Camp division recipient.
“It is an honor to be recognized by REI with this award,” said Layne Rigney, President of Osprey Packs. “Our relationship has flourished over the years and is built on shared goals of fostering a community of inclusivity in the outdoor industry, ultimately resulting in success for our brands.”
The Vendor Partner of the Year awards program was established by REI in 1993. Each year, companies are nominated by the co-op’s three merchandising divisions – Camp, Action Sports and Outdoor Wear – for partnering with REI to meet customer needs, raise the bar for product quality and drive sustainable business practices.
Winners were announced at the Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show Winter Market last month in Denver, Colorado. NEMO Equipment was presented with the overall annual Vendor Partner of the Year award, while NRS and Oboz were named divisional winners along with Osprey Packs.
About Osprey Packs
Independent since 1974 and still anchored by the design genius of company founder, Mike Pfotenhauer, Osprey Packs is the global leader in exceptional, high-performing, innovative packs for outdoor, cycling, travel and urban adventures. Osprey’s dedication to create innovative, high performance gear reflects the brand’s love of adventure and devotion to the outdoors.
All Osprey products are backed by the brand's All Mighty Guarantee. Osprey will repair any damage or defect for any reason free of charge – whether it was purchased in 1974 or yesterday. If Osprey is unable to perform a functional repair on a pack, they will happily replace it.
Osprey Packs can be found online at osprey.com and in outdoor specialty retailers in over 60 countries worldwide. To learn more about Osprey and its products, visit osprey.com. Follow all brand updates on Instagram (@ospreypacks), Facebook (/ospreypacks) and Twitter (@ospreypacks).
Vasque footwear, a family-owned company with over 50 years of experience in the outdoor footwear sector, is extremely proud to announce it has appointed JAM Collective as its PR and Social Media agency of record beginning December 1, 2016. JAM Collective is a versatile and accomplished boutique agency specializing in public relations, social media, brand communications, and strategic partnerships.
JAM Collective will work to collaboratively build and support Vasque’s communications strategy using traditional and emerging public relations outreach as well as heading up the brand’s social media marketing and execution.
“We couldn’t be more excited to work with JAM Collective and their team that offers creative energy for storytelling and a deep understanding of building brands. JAM is the perfect partner to help us share our heritage and next generation of products,” said George Curleigh, vice president of Vasque. “We’d also like to offer our sincere gratitude to the team at Darby Communications for all they’ve done over the last nine years.”
Founded in 1964, Vasque is a performance-based outdoor footwear brand rich in heritage and deeply rooted in the outdoors. Vasque understands the outdoors is a state of mind. It is this understanding that motivates Vasque to focus on world-class fit and quality in every performance backpacking, hiking and trail running shoe they create. Vasque’s authentic footwear is designed and built to withstand harsh conditions, rugged wear and the tests of time while delivering the best fit and all-day comfort on the trail.
“We are thrilled with the opportunity to work with Vasque, an incredible company with deep roots in the outdoor industry and a reputation for building the most trustworthy product for the trail,” said Julie Atherton, founder of JAM Collective. “As Vasque continues to grow, we look forward to creating unique and powerful communication strategies that introduces the brand to new markets.”
Working alongside Atherton will be JAM’s Amy May, director of outdoor at JAM, and Sara Murphy, director of digital communication, who have a combined 17 years of experience in outdoor, consumer and cause marketing.
Vasque joins the constellation of JAM Collective clients representing some of the world’s best active lifestyle, outdoor, bike and fashion brands including Osprey Packs, Leatherman, Mountain Hardwear, Vuarnet, Yakima Products, Inc. and Snow Peak.
Since 1964, Vasque has been making the best backpacking, hiking, insulated and trail running shoes on the market. Trust on the trail represents everything Vasque does, from their product design to their products performance. www.vasque.com
About JAM Collective
Founded by Julie Atherton and based in San Francisco, California, JAM Collective focuses on strategic planning, effective social media networking and influential product placement to initiate brand visibility and further connect its clients with consumers. Over the past 15 years, JAM Collective has evolved into a versatile and accomplished public relations and media agency with an impressive roster of nationally and internationally recognized clients, all the while maintaining a deep level of client involvement. Current clients include: Osprey Packs, Leatherman, Mountain Hardwear, Vuarnet, Yakima Products, Inc. and Snow Peak. www.jamcollective.net.
Osprey Packs, a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, is pleased to announce the launch of their new website featuring enhanced, mobile-friendly navigation, improved product information, a vastly improved dealer locator as well as rich branded content.
“We believe that this new site will allow our visitors to have a very informative, educational and entertaining experience as we continue to grow and increase our market presence,” said Kurt Metternick, Osprey Packs Web Manager. “With rich brand content and a compelling new interface, the new Osprey site offers our customers exactly what they have been asking for.”
Key to the redesign is Osprey’s product presentation highlighting the brand’s robust product offering. Product information will include detailed product descriptions, 360-degree product views with feature call-outs, product videos, carry information as well as product specs. The versatile design allows a customer to deep dive into a specific product or search quickly for key product features.
Beyond product, the Osprey Stories section will feature dynamic content about the brand and will be continually refreshed to invite the growing Osprey community into what makes Osprey unique including its Brand Ambassadors, behind the scenes glimpses, non-profit partners as well as at which events to find Osprey nationwide.
To see what’s new, visit www.ospreypacks.com.
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