As always, the jury is made up of three industry experts and three consumer experts from the ISPO Collaborators Club, with the latter being newly selected for each meeting. This time, the six jury members met at Lake Achensee in Tyrol, Austria, to spend two days reviewing the more than 60 products that had made it into the final selection. The mountain backdrop was a perfect match for the task at hand, as the majority of products submitted came from the outdoor category and reflected the diversity of outdoor activities: from camping to trekking, from high-altitude mountaineering to long-distance swimming, and from trail running to biking.
Between the sessions, the team went up the surrounding mountains on bikes, which was rewarded with a magnificent view over the valley and a rapid descent.
Which trends did the jury spot this time? The range of new fabric and material developments was more than impressive. Even lighter yet robust and durable fabrics for backpacks, shoes, jackets and pants were presented, as well as new, extremely thin laminates for waterproof down jackets, and jackets with woven-in body mapping. In the area of protective equipment, too, there was a real material innovation with even lighter, flexible protectors.
Buy one - get more! Whereas in recent years product development was primarily concerned with gearing products to a clearly defined activity, the focus is now increasingly on multifunctionality. The products once again showed the creativity of the industry. The highlights included rain capes that can be converted into a tarp or hammock with clever details, sleeping mats with removable seat cushions, or swimming buoys with a cell phone compartment and camera adapter. In addition, headlamps, which are offered in a modular system to adapt to all needs.
Outdoor is a growth market that has shown itself to be enormously crisis-proof. The need for outdoor experiences has increased even further in recent years, which is also evident from the fact that new target groups have emerged. And they have new demands. Young people in particular, who have had little exposure to the outdoors, are often looking for gear with a more urban look. For example, jackets and pants were presented that are ideal for microadventures and don't have the classic outdoor look. There were also functional mountain boots in a sneaker style.
Camping and vanlife are another facet of the ongoing outdoor trend. Here, the main focus is on increasing comfort with new products, such as new bags or coolers.
Above all this is a mega-trend that plays an important role in almost every product: Sustainability. While textile brands have led the way with more sustainable products in recent seasons, the footwear category is now following. More and more footwear manufacturers are taking a critical look at their own carbon footprint and have started to convert their bestsellers to more climate-friendly products, thus reducing their impact. Recycled materials are often used for this purpose, but also new, plant-based materials. Circular shoes are still a long way off, but there are already initial suppliers in the case of bags. Even more exotic, and a real novelty in this field, are trekking poles whose shafts are made of hemp. The conclusion of jury member Sandra Spörl from the ISPO Collaborators Club: "It's great to see how sustainability is reflected more and more strongly and visibly in the products. Compared to just a few years ago, it's really striking!"
The concentrated sports power of the jury was once again complemented by the internationally recognized textile expert Louisa Smith, who is a jury member of the ISPO Textrends Award. To prevent greenwashing, she supported the panel with her expertise in the increasingly important and complex topic of sustainability.
These are the winners from the second round of the ISPO Award 2023
The award-winning products are shown in segments here for a better overview, but there are no winning categories for the ISPO Award.
The North Face has reimagined its iconic Himalayan Suit from the ground up, taking a women's perspective. The suit was developed by a female-led team of athletes, designers and product experts.
The ultra-light, down-filled Lodur jacket for women is designed as a shell jacket and offers full weather protection. Thanks to the ultra-thin NorTech 0.5 membrane, it is even waterproof.
Nordisk has developed the Sol Jacket, an ultra-light, down-filled shell jacket for men that offers full weather protection. Thanks to the ultra-thin NorTech 0.5 membrane, it is even waterproof.
The new outdoor stove from Primus is designed for extreme conditions: The Ulti Stove System is the most wind-resistant, stable, reliable and powerful cooking solution Primus has ever produced.
With the iconic Dragontail Tech Geo, Garmont has developed a hiking and approach shoe that emits 28.8 percent less CO2 than the previous model while maintaining the same performance.
Ocún introduces a sustainable climbing harness for sport climbing, mountaineering and via ferrata. 82 percent of all materials used in the production of the TwistTech Eco are of recycled or bio-based origin.
The waterproof and breathable hiking boot Dachstein SF Trek combines the latest technologies - such as a new outsole unit - and recycled features with a modern, progressive design.
Leki has developed the Hemp One Vario, the first trekking pole made of hemp. The renewable raw material was grown just six kilometers from Leki's headquarters in Germany.
The midlayer jacket thinks versatility further: with its two sides, the reversible jacket serves different demands for comfort and is suitable for various sports activities.
8BPlus has developed a boulder brush made from marine plastic waste with the Swiss company Tide Ocean Material. It helps clean up our oceans and avoids the production of new plastic.
The Moab Speed 2 combines a sporty ripstop fabric reinforced upper and a GORE-TEX® waterproof membrane providing exceptional breathability and waterproof performance. The perfect shoe for protection and comfort.
The Bergkomfort 2.0 is a comfortable shoe with a wide toe box. The new patent-pending Firmoflex sole technology has integrated horizontal struts in the forefoot area of the midsole for optimum stability.
The agile and lightweight 26-liter hiking backpack has a streamlined design and a comfortable, ventilated carrying system for demanding day hikes. The fabric is made from recycled fishing nets.
The Adidas Terrex Xperior Light Windweave Jacket features woven-in body mapping zones. This innovative lightweight technology has succeeded for the first time with recycled yarns.
This long distance trail running shoe is extremely lightweight and durable thanks to a Kevlar and high strength polyamide fabric. A thermoregulation keeps the feet cool.
The Nomad Cape is a surprising and space-saving 4-in-1 product for a variety of outdoor adventures. It can be used as a hammock, rain poncho with hood, rain tarp or ground tarp.
Silva Free is a modular headlamp series consisting of three different lamp units, four batteries and three mounting options. All parts and accessories are interchangeable.
The waterproof Bach Dr. Expedition Duffel has a large opening in the style of a doctor's case with an independent mechanism. It is made of a durable outer material of 100 percent recycled polyester.
The D3O Ghost back protector is super flexible, low profile and breathable thanks to the D3O Impact Print technology and provides CE 1 level protection for mountain bikers and winter sports enthusiasts.
The Adidas Terrex Xploric Wind Jacket is made of cotton with two percent elastane. Its functionality is based on a particularly robust fabric construction with water-repellent finish.
The Adidas Terrex Xploric Pants are made of cotton with two percent elastane. Their functionality is based on a particularly robust fabric construction and a sophisticated pocket system.
With the waterproof barefoot shoe Tallustelu from Reima, children's feet can grow healthy and still feel optimally protected from wind and weather.
The Carezza WP is a lightweight, everyday shoe made entirely from recycled materials: the knit upper, the sole, the laces, the footbed and even the waterproof lining.
Troubadour has developed an urban bag collection made of recycled polyester mono-material that can be recycled again. All previous PU components have been removed.
Fits on any keychain: The Fenix E03R V2.0 key chain flashlight emits up to 500 lumen to a distance of 90 meters. The top switch operates on/off and allows selection between white and red light.
Hugo Boss launches the world's first performance shirt made from the new cellulose filament yarn HeiQ AeoniQ. The cellulose fiber achieves similar performance to a polyester fiber.
The NeoAir XLite NXT is a comfortable, lightweight and warming mattress. It is 83 percent lighter than the original "Xlite" and features a new WingLock valve that speeds inflation and deflation. More about the product
The Bach reLAY 3R Split sleeping pad is a 2-in-1 solution that provides a comfortable, inflatable sleeping pad with an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio and a removable seat pad.
This cooler is one of the ones with the longest battery life in the world. It charges quickly and flexibly in just four hours and keeps food cool for up to 42 hours.
Nordisk has equipped a tent with an NFC chip that makes it easier to track the product through the supply chain and allows customers to engage with the product digitally.
The Swim Buoy increases the safety of swimmers in open water. It can also be used as a dry bag and offers a waterproof cover for the cell phone and a holder for an action cam.
This recyclable, lightweight and versatile Surfboard is perfect for beginners to intermediates riders. It is completely made in France and Europe.
This custom 3D printed cycling shoe is made from recycled and bio-based materials without the use of adhesives. Its innovative feature is the 3D printed outer shell made with SLS printing technology.
With the MIK Side Basil has developed a simple and universal luggage rack system with a frame adapter that allows easy attachment of bicycle bags to the side of a luggage rack.
This lightweight merino wool and Tencel cycling jersey from Devold of Norway is knitted in a camouflage pattern. It ensures a high wearing comfort, as it offers natural moisture transport.
Read the review article of the Devold of Norway: Standal Merino Tee Zipneck
The compact, space-saving dumbbell set from Ativafit is designed for training at home. It consists mainly of metal and three main parts, a handle, weight plates and a base.