After several outdoor tests, an international jury of outdoor journalists and equipment specialists selected the winners of the Scandinavian Outdoor Award (SOA) for the upcoming fall/winter season. Established in 2005, the SOA aims to support Scandinavian outdoor product and design innovation. Sustainability once again emerged as a key concept, and Norwegian manufacturer Alfa Sko wins the award with the Stad boot, a technical shoe with a focus on sustainability and comfort. The second prestigious award is the Sustainability Award, won by Silva with the new Terra Scout.

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Overall Winner of the SOA 22/23: Alfa Sko’s Stad boot

A total of five awards were granted, three of which went to footwear products:

Overall Winner: Stad by Alfa Sko (Norway) – A trendy and comfortable winter boot with an upper and lining made of Norwegian wool, which is more durable than the felt wool normally used for similar products; plus nubuck for reinforcement and a Vibram Megagrip sole.

Sustainability Award: Terra Scout by Silva (Sweden) – Using hemp instead of plastic in this headlamp means 90 percent less carbon footprint in a product that is already durable and of high quality.

Hardware Award: Pannier Rolltop 22L by Iamrunbox (Sweden) – A waterproof pack for everyday use made from 58 PET bottles that easily converts from a backpack to a pack bag.

Footwear Award: Classic Winter Boot by Polyver (Sweden) – Durable, well-priced winter boot with CLI Tech insulation that uses millions of tiny air bubbles to keep feet warm and provide maximum comfort.

Kids Award: Megapito by Reima (Finland) – Kids winter boot with PrimaLoft Gold insulation that is both recycled and keeps feet warm to at least -30°C; lightweight and equipped with Vibram traction lugs.

See all winning products and their detailed descriptions on the SOA website.