Polartec The Latest Big Brand To Drop ‘OR Show’

The list of big brands dropping the Outdoor Retailer convention in Salt Lake City continues to grow. Three major brands have now dropped out to protest recent political action by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert.

Polartec drops outdoor retailer trade show

Herbert signed a resolution last Friday urging the Trump administration to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. Since then, Patagonia, Arc’teryx, and other brands boycotted the upcoming trade show in protest.

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Outdoor Retailer is one of the largest gatherings of outdoors brands in the United States. It brings an estimated $45 million annually in direct spending to the state of Utah.

Polartec Drops Utah’s Outdoor Retailer Trade Show

Polartec, a manufacturer of textiles and fabrics used by many brands, announced today that it will withdraw from the Outdoor Retailer trade show.

The move was made in solidarity with Polartec customer Patagonia, the brand said.

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“Outdoor recreation is vital to our existence, and public lands conservation is essential,” said Gary Smith, Polartec CEO. “That’s why we’re proud to join with those willing to invest in doing the right thing, in standing up for the unique and finite resource that is our public lands.”

Smith continued, “It’s never been more important to demonstrate that collaboration and conservation, not domination and extraction, will determine the quality of our future.”

Polartec maintains plans to exhibit at other trade shows the brand said in a press release.

GearJunkie will continue to monitor this story. We are currently interviewing brands and the company behind the Outdoor Retailer trade show for more information as this develops.

Sean McCoy

Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.