More than 90 products were put forward, and retailers were encouraged to pick their favourites using an online voting system. The top three most popular products in each of the seven categories were then put through to the finals before industry experts chose the winners.
Judges opted for the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Venture from Proagencies as the winner for the camping equipment category, the Paramo Men’s Enduro Jacket for the clothing section and Lowa’s Mountain Expert GTX boot as the top footwear item for 2013, while Vango’s Khumbu Rucksack was voted the best in travel luggage. The sleeping bags category saw the Therm-a-Rest Mira from Proagencies snag the top spot, with the AMG Group’s Force Ten MTN Tent named best in the tents and awnings section. In addition to winning Product of The Year, the Brunton Hydrogen Reactor came top in the accessories category.
OTS Organiser, Marta Williams commented: “The standard of all entries was incredibly high. We are delighted that these seven winning products have been recognised by retailers and the judges for their innovation, and can now be officially promoted as OTS Novel Award Winners.”