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Outdoor by ISPO opening preview June 3-5 Munich, Germany


Think Outdoor – OutDoor by ISPO the global platform for the outdoor community.  

From June 3-5, 2024, the most exciting brands and retailers of the outdoor community will congregate in 3 halls,  A1, A2 and A3 at the Trade Fair Center Messe München. This is the original home of the exhibition which moved to the smaller MOC for a couple of years after covid.

Under the motto “Think Outdoor”, numerous renowned exhibitors such as Vaude, Rab / Lowe Alpine, Mountain Equipment, Lowa, Meindl, Nordisk, Icebug, Marmot, Montura, Scott and Skechers  will be there. The global trade fair brings together leading companies, manufacturers, retailers, industry experts and outdoor enthusiasts. The event offers a unique platform for networking, business opportunities and knowledge exchange in an inspiring atmosphere.

Especially in the current situation with high inventory levels and consumer restraint, it is of great importance to know and understand the latest market trends in order to set the direction for successful business development. In recent years, OutDoor by ISPO has successfully proven that it is the leading platform for the outdoor industry to showcase brands and innovations, make valuable business contacts and promote collaboration within the community.

With 50% more exhibition space this year and a spacious outdoor area of over 5,000 square meters, OutDoor by ISPO offers an ideal environment for experiencing and discovering new products and trends.

Within each hall the areas are divided into specialist hubs which are central focus points with exhibiting brands and chill out areas. In hall A1 you will find the trail running test track and the climbing hub, in A2 its the watersports hub and in A3 its the sustainability hub,

The Sustainability Hub is a central point of contact for anyone interested in sustainability in the outdoor industry. Innovative and sustainable solutions are presented and discussed here in order to shape a more environmentally friendly future. Exhibitors have the opportunity to present the entire life cycle of their products and show how they actively contribute to conserving resources.

As one of these main highlight areas, the Watersports Hub features a 100 m2 pool for brands to test and showcase their products. The pre-built options around the 350 m2 designed hang-out area give brands the option to bring new designs, innovations, and ideas to a topic curated audience. Surfing, SUP, kayaking, canyoning, life vests – the focus is watersports adventure and life by the ocean .

From partnering with Blue Earth Summit, giving the stage to Sail GP, and inviting former athlete Bjørn Dunkerbeck, to surf movies at the outdoor cinema – OutDoor by ISPO approaches watersports holistically introducing a home and meeting point for brands and all industry players alike.

Various countries have collected their brands into national hubs with the Italian village in A1, the Scandinavian village run by the SOG in A3 and the French Village run by the OSV also in A3.

There will also be the opportunity to visit brands authentically presented in the great outdoors . Under the open sky, the Atrium area not only offers a huge lounge and exhibition area surrounded by greenery, but will also be the place-to-be to connect and celebrate.

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As always at ISPO much is made of the best new products out there. The ISPO Award winners represent the finest in innovation and design within the sports industry, show casing remarkable products. Check out the winners’ products to stay up to date with the latest developments and trends in sports. These are all on display at the ISPO awards in A2. Several awards will be presented at the show. The established ISPO Award for pioneering products with outstanding innovation and design achievements in the sports industry will be presented to over 30 products.. The  award ceremony will take place on Monday evening from 5 pm.  An inspiring adventurer will also be honoured. The 21st Century Adventurer Award of the EOFT (European Outdoor Film Tour) will be presented for the fourth time and will be awarded Tuesday afternoon. This year’s nominees include climber and human rights activist Nasim Esqhi, alpinist Simone Moro and sailor and climate activist Boris Herrmann.

ISPO Textrends platform in A3 is now in its 10th year. With ISPO Textrends you can discover the most cutting-edge garments, accessories, fabrics, fibers, and components for the sports and outdoor industries, all in one place. The Textrends awards is handed out twice a year and honors trends in the textile and apparel sectors which are set by experts two years in advance. The winners are presented at ISPO Munich and the OutDoor by ISPO Textrends exhibition.

The large green area in front of the halls serves not only as an exhibition space, but also as a meeting point for the industry and a place where the community comes together in the evening to celebrate  and be inspired by the latest OutDoor movies at the outdoor cinema. The world-famous EOFT Film Tour and the EOFT Ocean Tour will also be making a stop at OutDoor by ISPO in Munich  showing cinematic outdoor highlights from Monday to Wednesday under the open sky in the OutDoor Cinema at the trade fair.

From June 2nd to the 6th you can also experience the event in the open air and camp on a guarded site. You can have an authentic camping experience and be close to the outdoor community.

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The main topics covered by the comprehensive program of talks and presentations include: the impact of the EU Green Deal on your business, The purchasing behaviour of the new eco-consumers, important regulations that affect your business and successful strategies for the circular economy and carbon reduction. Full program below

Selected highlights include The Future of Outdoor: Trend Forecast in Sports/Outdoor by WGSN (Worth Global Style Network) provides a glimpse into the future. Jon Takao, WGSN Director of Sports & Outdoor, discusses the 100-year-old outdoor athlete of the future, his attitudes, and priorities, as well as the polarizing topics of eco-responsibility and consumption that are currently at the forefront of our discussions. Top athlete and writer Kimi Schreiber will also address this topic from an athlete’s perspective in her keynote “Sustainability in Trail Running – from the perspective of a professional runner”, discussing how the growing popularity of the sport and competitions can be lived out sustainably.

On the Green Stage, Michaela Kaniber, Bavarian Minister of State for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Tourism, will be part of the panel discussion on the contentious topic of how leisure tourism aligns with nature conservation. Adding to the excitement is a panel discussion featuring mountaineer Stefan Glowacz, professional climber and human rights activist Nasim Eshqi, trail runner Kimi Schreiber, and fitness coach Chase Tucker. The latter also invites attendees to take a deep breath in his breathing session and reveals how personal performance can be improved while hiking, climbing, and skiing, .

And on the EOG stage sustainability is the focus: Bowie Miles will explain the complexity and intricacies of ecological assessments, Giulio Piccin from Aku will present the “Impacto” study on the carbon footprint of outdoor footwear, and Elliot Bland from the Microfiber Consortium will discus the environmental impact of fiber fragmentation in textiles. Also On Tuesday morning, all visitors to OutDoor by ISPO are invited to the EOG Breakfast.

Key side events include the Run & Trail Summit organized by Runner’s World and of course  the legendary OutDoor by ISPO Party on Monday and the VAUDE Party on Tuesday evening.

The show is easily visited by visitors from abroad with Munich Airport close to the Messe halls and the city is also the center of the motorway and rail systems in Bavaria. The messe site is connected to the city by S and U bahn’s so no need to rent a car. So pack your bags and join the outdoor community. With the global outdoor market currently facing many challenges Outdoor by ISPO is the place to network and meet industry people to find solutions at what is the largest global platform for the outdoor community.

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