Vote for the very best of the outdoors in the GO Outdoors Awards
As the year draws to a close, it’s time to celebrate the very best of 2018. At this time of year, the GO Outdoors End of Year Awards launches in search of the very best outdoor brand, outdoor bloggers, products and more.
What a year it has been for the outdoors. Records were smashed by enduring athletes, in Shetland GP’s were starting to prescribe nature to their patients and walking became the hip new workout on everyone’s lips.
As we look back over the last 12 months, we at GO Outdoors wanted to encourage our customers and colleagues to think about what rocked in 2018, and the vote to find out for sure is now open!
So what are the categories?
Best Outdoor Brand
Each year the headline category is the search for what customers and colleagues believe has been the absolute best outdoor brand of the last 12 months. We ask voters to think about which brand has made leaps in tech development, who has created their favourite products over the last year – or simply, which brand do they love.
2017 saw Berghaus take the brand crown – can they repeat in 2018?
Best Outdoor Blog
The outdoor community is one of sharing ideas and knowledge, and this is no more evident than in the vast #outdoorblogger community. Each year we keep an eye out for new and established blogs to shine a light on at the end of the year.
This year we’ve shortlisted 14 blogs that we love. Written by enthusiastic adventurers in their own right as they look to share their stories, advice and help to inspire others to head into the outdoors.
The nominees are:
A Woman Afoot – https://awomanafoot.com/
Adventures of Kate – http://adventuresofkate.co.uk/
Almost Definitely Outside – https://almostdefinitelyoutside.com/blog
Come Walk With Me – http://www.comewalkwithmeuk.co.uk/
Get Out With The Kids – https://www.getoutwiththekids.co.uk/
Hannah Outside – https://hannahoutside.com/
Laretour – https://laretour.com/
Lisa and the Beast – https://lisawells7.wixsite.com/lisaandthebeast
The Outdoor Dad – http://theoutdoordad.co.uk/
The Urban Wanderer – https://theurbanwanderer.co.uk/
Two Blondes Walking – https://www.twoblondeswalking.com/
Two Dogs & an Awning – https://twodogsandanawning.co.uk/
Yorkshire Tots & Teens – https://yorkshiretots.com/
Zo Outdoors – https://zooutdoors.wordpress.com/
Favourite UK National Park
The right kit is always the most important part of any adventure prep, but a big part of getting people outdoors is having fantastic places for them to explore. In the UK we’re blessed with 15 National Parks which means you’re never that far away from some green breathing spaces.
This category is new for 2018 where we look to shine a light on your favourite National Park. Have you been somewhere new in 2018? Perhaps you live close to a favourite National Park and you want to show them some love? All 15 parks are available to vote for. We’re intrigued as to who will win!
Hall of Fame Product
This special category is all about recognising outdoor products and ranges with a legacy. With new kit coming out each year, there aren’t many lines that stand the test of time as tried and true favourites that evolve with changing technologies.
We introduced this category in 2017 with Craghoppers Kiwi Trousers, arguably the nations favourite outdoor trouser taking the crown. Which product will join them in the Hall of Fame in 2018?
The nominees are:
Rab Microlight Alpine Down Jacket
Berghaus Mera Peak Waterproof Jacket
Scarpa Terra GTX Walking Boots
Vango Icarus Tent
Montane Prism Insulated Jacket
Mountain Equipment Lhotse Waterproof Jacket
Favourite GO Outdoors Store
Obviously many people who shop with us at GO likely starts by speaking with some of our experts at their local store. In this category, we welcome customers to vote for their favourite GO store to recognise which store has given them some great help and advice through the year.
The top kit of 2018
To round out our end of year awards we ask all GO’s store and support centre colleagues to pick out their absolute favourite pieces over a selection of categories that have arrived at GO Outdoors in 2018.
These categories include:
Best Clothing Product
Best Footwear Product
Best Camping Product
Best Cycling Product
Best Outdoor Gadget
Voting is open now and closes December 10th! We can’t wait to find out who the winners are.