Outdoor Industry Compass Editorial Team

Outdoor Industry Compass Editorial Team

The Outdoor Industry Compass editorial team is made up of both full-time and freelance editors and writers, experts in the outdoor industry and lovers of the outdoors.

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    Study shows several PFAS are absorbed into human skin


    A new study from researchers at the University of Birmingham has shown that 17 commonly used PFAS (perfluoroalkyl substances), also referred to as “forever chemicals,” can readily be absorbed through human skin.

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    WNDR Alpine launches all-season outdoor gear made with 100% biobased materials


    Salt Lake City-based WNDR Alpine makes outdoor gear and apparel with materials derived from microalgae oil. The brand is refining and expanding its hard and soft goods in celebration of its fifth anniversary this July.

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    Mammut reduces carbon footprint by 17%: 2023 Sustainability Report


    The Swiss Mammut Sports Group AG has published its Sustainability Report for 2023, saying that it represents a significant milestone in the company’s ongoing commitment to environmental and social responsibility. Measurable achievements include reducing its carbon footprint by 17 percent and repairing 13,000 products. In addition to reducing emissions and ...

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    Outdoor Retailer Summer in the books


    Outdoor Retailer (OR) kicked off summer last week at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, along with the Outdoor Design + Innovation Sourcing Show, which made its debut this year. OR introduced several new features, including the all-new Hosted Buyer Program, limited booth sizes (max. 185 ...

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    Biciclick ventures outside Spain


    Biciclick (biciclick.es), a buying group with a specialty in e-bikes (not to be confused with bibiclick.co, an apparent bike-rental service), has been operating a multichannel business exclusive to Spain. This year, however, as we learn from CMDsport, the group has opened its e-commerce to nine other European countries: France, Italy, ...

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    US outdoor participation reaches record levels for ninth consecutive year


    The US Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) and its philanthropic arm, the Outdoor Foundation, released the results of its 2024 Outdoor Participation Trends Report this week. The report provides outdoor industry members with exclusive participation and activity data that will inform business strategies for the coming year.

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    Ellen MacArthur Foundation calls for stricter EPR policies for the textile industry


    The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s report “Pushing the Boundaries of EPR Policy for Textiles” highlights the urgent need for robust extended producer responsibility (EPR) policies to reduce the textile industry’s environmental impact. The report outlines several key objectives, strategies, benefits and challenges associated with implementing effective EPR policies.

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    Surprise drop in FY23 sales at Rotor


    Rotor, the Spanish producer of bicycle components, had projected record sales for the full year 2023 but has ended up posting a 20 percent decline in revenues to €17.5 million, according to CMDsport. The company is now projecting a reversal of the reversal for the current year, hoping to achieve ...

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    A growing market for cycling apparel


    Technavio, the consultancy and market-research firm, is forecasting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.02 percent, to a value of $1.81 billion, in the worldwide market for cycling apparel over the next four years, from now to 2028.

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    EOCA: Conservation fundraiser returns to OutDoor by ISPO


    The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) is gearing up to present its work and successes at OutDoor by ISPO in Munich (June 3-5). The association is looking to raise further money for its vital conservation work through a fundraiser on its stand, alongside its involvement in several meetings and presentations ...

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    Women in alpine sports: How do they train and regenerate differently?


    German outdoor retailer Bergzeit hosted a panel discussion with Gela Allmann, an endurance athlete, sports scientist and mental coach, at its store in Gmund in southern Germany at the beginning of May. Topics such as mental health, mental strength and training principles were discussed intensively. Three experienced Bergzeit sales consultants ...

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    The US bans more importers of Xinjiang cotton


    The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has added some 26 Chinese textile companies to the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA, enacted in December 2021) Entity List. Importing their goods into the US is now banned.

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    Join us at OutDoor by ISPO 2024


    Join us at OutDoor by ISPO. Stop at our booth for a chat and listen to our consumer trends panel talk.

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    EU’s new directive for the right to repair


    On April 23, after about two years of negotiation, the EU adopted a directive establishing common rules for the right to repair. Member states must be compliant with the directive within 24 months of its entry into force. The rules relate to the New Consumer Agenda and the Circular Economy ...

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    Patagonia forging ahead with recyclable wetsuits


    In 2014 Patagonia changed the material in its wetsuits from neoprene, a synthetic derived from petroleum, to a natural rubber produced by Yulex – at least for about 85 percent of each wetsuit. Six years later, it built what it calls the Wetsuit Forge, which combined its design and repair ...

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    Orbea’s revenue down for the first time in 8 years


    Orbea closed out full-year 2023 with its first drop in revenues in eight years, according to Palco23. Although the Basque cycling brand does not disclose them in full, sales appear to have come in at around €374.4 million, down by 6.4 percent from the previous year’s €400 million or so.

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    Wolfbike effects a shift to distribution


    Business has been brutal as of late for Wolfbike, according to CMDsport. The manufacturer of bicycles has been operating in Valencia, Spain, for 14 years and has in that time put together a catalogue of 180 models. Because of the cycling industry’s boom and bust since the lockdowns, however, the ...

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    Snowleader raises €15 million


    Thomas Roualt, founder and CEO, has announced on his LinkedIn page that Snowleader has raised €15 million in a fourth round of financing in 15 years (the company turned 15 years old last year). According to Fusacq and others, half of the funds stem from equity capital and half from ...

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    TNF presents Paris 2024 climbing uniforms for USA, Japan, South Korea and Austria


    Earlier this week, The North Face (TNF) unveiled the official sport climbing competition uniforms to be worn by athletes from the US, Japan, South Korea and Austria in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

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    Bike-flipping: to boost sales and encourage sustainability


    Alejandro Pons sees great potential for reconditioned bicycles both in his company’s domestic market of Spain and abroad. Pons is the founder and CEO of Tuvalum, an online platform for the sale of second-hand bicycles, and has expounded his views to CMDsport.

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