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Five Maine brands to exhibit at Outdoor Retailer Snow Show in Denver, Colorado

By January 20, 2022No Comments

MAINE (January 20, 2022) – Maine Outdoor Brands (MOB) and the Maine Office of Outdoor Recreation are set to attend Outdoor Retailer Snow Show 2022 in Denver with an exciting line up of MOB members, showcasing innovative gear and heritage industry products.

The outdoor industry in Maine is steeped in history and tradition and it still captures popular imagination as the wholesome, unspoiled place to escape, unplug and unwind. And for good reason – there is virtually every fresh-air adventure can be found there — from hiking, biking, fishing and skiing, to paddling, surfing and sailing.

Maine is also well known for its enduring legacy brands, and now, for the fresh, innovative brands making their mark in the state. These companies are consciously choosing Maine, drawing inspiration from our natural beauty and hardy spirit to create game-changing products.

With four distinctive seasons, diversity of recreation opportunities, and a closely connected and highly collaborative outdoor industry, Maine offers an environment that supports and nurtures innovation.

Maine was one of the earliest states to establish an Office of Outdoor Recreation; was one of the first 13 members of the Confluence of States; and Maine Outdoor Brands is the largest outdoor business alliance in the U.S. – all working together to help drive Maine’s outdoor recreation economy.

Attendees at Outdoor Retailer will have the opportunity to meet representatives and view products from the following businesses at the MOB booth (#46061-UL). These businesses exemplify all those in Maine’s outdoor industry who contribute to our robust outdoor economy by creating high-quality products made responsibly and with skilled craftsmanship.

  • Brant & Cochran – maker of heirloom quality axes and who educate on their use and care, and curate the rich history of axe making in Maine. The axes are handmade using U.S.-made 1050 carbon steel, hung on a high-quality Amish-turned hickory handle and honed wicked sharp.
  • Foothill Fuels – manufacturer of sustainable camping fuel. Made from used vegetable oil and agricultural waste, Foothill Bio-White Gas has the same energy density as conventional white gas and identical cold weather performance.
  • Mainers – handcrafted and built from 99% U.S.-sourced fabrics and materials, and packed with the most insulation of any consumer glove or mitt available. Mainers Extreme Cold Mitts are perfect for everything from ice climbing, backcountry ski trips, and shoveling the driveway.
  • Opolis – sunglasses made from plant-based and recycled plastics. Opolis is intentional about the sourcing of the plastic to be reused through creating jobs in Kenya, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Eventually, the rPET will be able to be used in other durable goods to put plastic to use instead of garbage.
  • Tree Free Brands – All-natural portable campfires that are easy-to-use and scentless. The portable fires are sourced from all-natural materials and containers are from recyclable steel. The compact size means this campfire goes just about anywhere.

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About Maine Outdoor Brands:

Maine Outdoor Brands continues to work to unite, grow, and give a voice to the state’s outdoor recreation industry, supporting knowledge sharing, collaborative marketing, and commerce efforts and access to professional resources. MOB is committed to seeing Maine-based products, services, and retail brands thrive, and today has over 150 member brands that are a part of the mission.

About the Maine Office of Outdoor Recreation:

The Maine Office of Outdoor Recreation (OOR) is charged with leveraging Maine’s assets and outdoor heritage to grow the outdoor recreation economy and build Maine’s outdoor brand as part of a coordinated effort with partners from the public and private sectors. The office serves as a central point of contact for the outdoor industry in Maine, monitoring emerging trends and issues that may potentially impact outdoor assets and experiences in the state. Its areas of focus include communicating the interconnective nature of the outdoor recreation economy, developing strategies to create outdoor industry employment, to enhance business growth and to coordinate with state economic development leaders to integrate the outdoor industry into their efforts. The sector makes up 3.3% of Maine’s economy, more than double the national average, and supports more than 28,000 jobs in Maine.