Olympic Gold Medalist Kristin Armstrong Among Idaho's Outdoor Entrepreneurs
Boise, IDAHO – Lauded as one of America’s best outdoor towns by national publications such as Outdoor Magazine, National Geographic and Men's Health, the Boise Valley will be at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City on January 23-26 to showcase Idaho’s recreation companies and opportunities for recreation product businesses.
Boise’s outdoor entrepreneurs include two-time Olympic Medalist Kristin Armstrong and her husband Joe Savola, co-founder of K-EDGE Cycling Solutions. Armstrong has two Olympic Gold Medals in the Time Trial (2008, 2012), two World Titles, five National Championships and is the most decorated female cyclist in US history.
From high-end bike components to outdoor apparel, river gear to eyewear, Boise and Sun Valley are home to dozens of companies focused on enhancing the outdoor lifestyle, including:
2Moto| Snow bike conversion kits for off road motorcycles and dirt bikes
Aire Rafts | Inflatable rafts, catarafts,kayaks and accessories for whitewater rafting and touring
Asana Climbing | Manufacturer for everything needed for bouldering
BounceBoard | Trampoline cross-training accessory for extreme board sports enthusiasts
Buck's Bags | Bags and accessories for fishing, hunting, archery, rodeo and tack, golf and athletics
Club Ride | Performance cycling jerseys, shorts, and pants
Core Concepts |Outdoor and winter sports apparel
Eberlestock| Lightweight biathlon rifle stocks, hunting rifle stocks, tactical gun stocks and backpacks
First Lite Next to skin and base layer products in camouflage patterns
K-EDGE Cycling Solutions | Cycling Chain Catchers, computer and camera mounts
Lucky Bums | kids hiking, camping, fishing, hunting and snow gear
MTN Approach 3-piece foldable backcountry approach ski for snowboarders
PowerCordz | Synthetic fiber control cables for elite cyclists
Proof Eyewear| Wooden eyewear handcrafted from sustainable materials
Salamander Paddle Gear | Kayaking, rafting and paddle gear
Scott-Sports | High end performance products for wintersport, motosport and biking
Smith Optics | High performance sunglasses, goggles and helmets
Terox Shoes| USA-made, anatomically-designed footwear
Verde Fulfillment | 3PL eco-friendly fulfillment and warehousing business
Per the Idaho Department of Commerce, the outdoor recreation industry generates about $154 million in annual tax revenue for Idaho, produces about $2.2 billion a year in retail sales and services and employs 37,000 Idahoans in the rec-tech sector.
In addition to being ranked year to year as one of the best places to live and do business in the U.S. by publications like the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Outside Magazine, the Boise MSA is the third lowest-cost place to do business among the 15 largest cities in the Pacific U.S. and Canada (source: KPMG). The Sun Valley Area was recognized this month in the Huffington Post as one of the top 10 ski towns in the country.
Proximity and access to the outdoors lifestyle makes Idaho an optimum headquarters for recreation product businesses due to the R&D facilities out their back door. Recreational assets include:
• The Boise Foothills, with more than 135 miles of acclaimed hiking and mountain biking trails
• Bogus Basin Mountain Resort, 16 miles north of Downtown Boise
• Nearly 2,000 acres of parks
• A 25-mile greenbelt along the Boise River
• The new Boise River Park featuring two state-of-the-art waveshapers
• Water activities such as kayaking, whitewater rafting and fly fishing can be found throughout the Boise Valley and all across the state on the Boise, Payette, Snake, and Salmon River systems
• World-famous Sun Valley ski resort, a three-hour ride to the northeast
• Incredible mountain biking, hiking, skiing and fishing in the mountains around Sun Valley
To learn more about the above companies and the Boise/Sun Valley region as a home for recreation-focused businesses, visit the Boise Valley contingent at Booth #68 during The Outdoor Retailer Winter Market or contact Jana Jones for more information at 208-921-4686 | email@example.com.