Very pleased to learn that two of my favourite products of the moment have won their categories in this year’s Outdoor Industry Awards, announced a couple of days ago. Did you vote?
The Outdoor Industries Association (OIA) is the trade body for manufacturers, retailers and other organisations that provide products and services for the outdoor leisure pursuits market in the UK. The Awards are designed to celebrate the best in outdoor product innovation – stuff that makes outdoor adventure easier or more fun.
This year’s finalists were selected from 120 new and innovative products that were entered by manufacturers and distributors from across the outdoor industry. And while the shortlist is chosen by a panel of experts including retailers, journalists and gear testers, the winners are decided thanks to a public vote. The winners of the UK Outdoor Industry Awards were announced at the OIA Annual Conference earlier this week.
All the finalist’s products were on display at the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show at the NEC in February (which I visited and wrote about here), giving more than 100,000 outdoorsy members of the public an opportunity to see each shortlisted product and vote for their favourite. Voting was also available online via a number of websites.
The OIA Winners
There are ten categories in the Outdoor Industry Awards, and without wanting to eek this out amy further, the winners are as follows:
- Accessories – Klean Kanteen TKPro
- Backpacks/Travel Luggage – Craghoppers 40L Hybrid
- Camping Equipment – Primus Firestick
- Climbing – Edelrid Swift Protect Pro Dry 8,9MM
- Clothing – Mountain Hardwear Ghost Shadow Jacket
- Digital Product – OS Map (Mobile App)
- Family – Kidunk Suit
- Footwear – On Cloudrock Waterproof
- Sleeping – Rab Mythic Ultra
- Tents – Vango Project Hydrogen Air
There are a couple of things in this list I’ve been wanting to try out, and so winning might well encourage me to part with my cash. But of the list of ten, the two I am particularly pleased to see in the list are the Klean Kanteen TKPro, an absolutely brilliant insulated flask, and (of course) the OS Maps app.
Klean Kanteen TKPro
The Klean Kanteen TKPro is an insulated flask to keep your hot drinks hot and your cold drinks cold. Completely plastic free, the screw lid has been redesigned with an internal thread with a silicone gasket to ensure leak-free travel. It has an integrated cup, which is traditional with flasks like this, and a useful twist-and-pour cap which means you can get at your drink without taking the lid off fully. It comes in three sizes – I have the 32oz (1 litre), there are also 25oz (750ml) and 16oz (500ml) available. The cup sizes vary depending on the size of the flask, but each provides a decent sized cup of tea on the move. And it just looks really nice; everything about it is a traditional flask, except the lack of plastic.
Every time I have used my Klean Kanteen TKPro I have been extremely pleased with how well it does its job. It truthfully is a great piece of hot-drink engineering. It is super smooth to hold, incredibly easy to pour my tea, provides a decent sized cup of tea in the built-in cup and enough tea to go around when I’m out with friends, and really does keep hot drinks hot for a long time. And being fully metal it just takes a bit of hot soapy water when you’re back home to clean it up and get it ready for the next use. A truly fantastic flask that I highly recommend.
OS Maps App
Mapping in Great Britain is awesome. This is almost solely down to the people at Ordnance Survey as, even if you choose another map provider for your digital or paper mapping, the chances are that you are making use of their data. From all that data we are blessed with great digital mapping, and while you might be using a paper map that was printed several years ago and so has inevitably become out of date, the digital version is updated at least every three months so you always have the most up to date version of where you are possible. Thanks to companies who make smartphones putting powerful technology in our pockets, we can have all that mapping with us as we walk. I personally use the OS Maps app, which I’ve had since it first became available. For around £25 a year I have access to all the Explorer and Landranger maps in print, which is significantly cheaper than buying them all, and means I have access to mapping wherever I find myself without having to head into a shop for a map before I go walking, providing one less barrier to spending time outdoors when I’m away from home.
Using this digital mapping tool on both my phone and computer, I can plan my day hike, or download one someone else has already created, and have my day out organised in no time at all. I can also import my own GPX files for challenge hikes to follow, for when I’m joining a group walk (or running one). If I’m in a National Park I can use the “snap” feature which means I can choose my start and end point and the system will work out the best path for me to walk along, making it even quicker. I can zoom in so I can read all the little numbers along the contour lines with ease (always a bit of a problem on the paper version!), and I can draw, remove and re-draw my route again without damaging the map surface. While I would always use a paper map (invariably printed out from the OS Maps desktop version) when I’m out and about, OS Maps is a great planning and backup tool.
Get yourself OS Maps here (affiliate link – thank you) | Here are some things I love about maps | Here are some more words on digital versus paper maps
Find out more about the awards and the winners over on the OIA website.
I’m not affiliated with the OIA but thought you’d be interested to see the winners of this year’s Outdoor Industry Awards. The Klean Kanteen TKPro was a gift and I am an Ordnance Survey GetOutside Champion.The OS link is an affiliate link.