Celebrating innovations in local sourcing and onshore production

Submission Fee: $350     |     Deadline: August 31st, 2020

Early Bird Pricing Ends June 30th, 2020 – Sign up today!

About the Awards: It’s arguably one of the hardest things to do in today’s competitive environment. Indeed, domestic manufacturing and sourcing can put companies at a competitive disadvantage. At the same time, the environmental and societal benefits of “Made in USA” are well documented. So Inside Outdoor is proud to acknowledge the extra efforts of those outdoor brands that have taken this less-trodden trail. And what better way than by spotlighting the innovative outdoor gear and apparel that represent the sweetest fruits of their labor.

Winners of IO’s inaugural “Made in USA” awards will be announced in the Fall 2020 issue of Inside Outdoor and the winners recognized throughout IO’s multiple media properties – reaching tens of thousands of outdoor retailers, brand executives and industry members. Our team of editors and judges will assess the nominated outdoor products based on a set of evaluation criteria that could include innovation in design or function, potential industry impact, sell-through, uniqueness in resource utilization and feature set or marketplace differentiation.

Qualifications: The 2020 “Made in USA” awards is open to all companies. Products submitted must be mostly sourced and entirely manufactured in the U.S. (according to generally accepted parameters), and products entered must be available to retailers on or before December 31, 2020. Companies headquartered outside the U.S. are eligible if the submitted product(s) are manufactured in the U.S. Companies may enter multiple categories (entry fee is per submission). Entrants are solely responsible for all claims made in submission applications.

Entering: Completely fill out the “Made in USA” form. Winners will be awarded across several product categories and areas of intended use. Additional honors will be named for products/components Sustainably Made in the USA”, as well as ourLocal Impact Honors” for companies whose decision to produce locally has had a positive impact on a local town, community or family.

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Following June 30th, 2020 Early Bird pricing deadline, entry fee will change to $500.

Submission deadline is August 31, 2020.


Online Nomination Form

  • Apparel: Activewear
  • Apparel: Base Layer
  • Apparel: Casual/T-Shirts
  • Apparel: Children’s
  • Apparel: Outerwear
  • Apparel: Paddling/Swimwear
  • Apparel: Socks
  • Apparel: Headwear
  • Backpacking/Camping Accessories
  • Backpacking/Camping Cookware
  • Backpacking/Camping Tents
  • Backpacking/Camping Sleeping Bags
  • Canoes/Kayaks/Rafts/Boards
  • Canoes/Kayaks/SUP Paddles & Oars
  • Canoes/Kayaks/SUP Apparel & Accessories
  • Climbing Equipment & Accessories
  • Components: Fibers, Fabrics, Fills
  • Components: Fasteners, Films, Coatings, Treatments, Dyes
  • Components: Recycled/Eco-Friendly Materials
  • Cutlery/Tools
  • Electronics/Sport Watches
  • Eyewear
  • Fishing Gear/Supplies
  • Flashlights/Headlamps/Lighting
  • Food/Nutrition & Drinks
  • Footbeds/Orthotics
  • Footwear: Trail/Mountain
  • Footwear: Casual/Après
  • Footwear: Running/Fitness
  • Footwear: Sandals/Water Sports
  • Natural/Organic Products
  • Packs & Bags: Backpacks & Daypacks
  • Packs & Bags: Dry Bags
  • Packs & Bags: Fanny Packs/Pouches
  • Packs & Bags: Travel
  • Pet Products
  • Retail Fixtures/Displays
  • Retail Software/Technology
  • Snowshoes
  • Snowsports Equipment & Accessories
  • SPF/Skin, Lip Treatments
  • Survival/First Aid/Rescue Gear
  • Water Filtration
  • Travel Goods
  • Trekking Poles