Showcase for the year’s smartest athletic products

Shortly before the opening of ISPO Munich, which will be held at the end of November for the first time, the lineup for the world’s leading sports fair is now set: 58 remarkable products and services were recognized with an ISPO Award during the jury’s final meeting this year. Visitors and journalists will be able to experience this group and many other ISPO Award 2022 winners live in the Future Lab at ISPO Munich.

“New Perspectives on Sports” is the motto of ISPO Munich 2022, which will be held from 28 – 30 November. The sports brands that submitted their innovations to the ISPO Award in the fourth quarter took this motto to heart: “We have rarely seen so many exceptional new products during the ISPO Award competition. All kinds of new perspectives open up,” said Christoph Beaufils, who co-chairs the ISPO Award with Christina Rabl, who added: “We’re talking about well-thought-out ideas that take innovations to a new level. We are in the midst of an evolutionary leap both in terms of the mindset of manufacturers and the materials and technologies they use.”

New level of sustainability and smart technologies

The jury consisting of trade journalists and the consumer experts from the ISPO Collaborators Club identified the following trends related to the winning products:

• Fewer compromises through individualization and enormous flexibility

• New level of sustainability through the use of long-lasting, recyclable materials

• Intelligent use of technology for more safety and comfort, including artificial intelligence

• High quality and simplicity for demanding use

And a large number of simple products that enable beginners to learn a particular sport faster. The jurors often had to do a double take while examining the entries. But it wasn’t surprising because the really smart innovations aren’t exactly eye-catching.

New concept for the ISPO award integrates consumer expertise “The fact that we had a significantly higher number of entries in the fourth quarter shows us that the new concept of the ISPO award with quarterly jury meetings was the right approach to take,” said Christoph Beaufils. Christina Rabl added: “Participating brands were very pleased with our decision to add the voice of sports enthusiasts to the jury by drawing on our selected Collaborators Club members.”

ISPO Award products – sustainable, smart and individual – A few examples of the winning products:

• Down jacket with seven-match black technology from Sundance: The stylish down jacket that includes an integrated massage unit is a good example of the healthwear trend.

• Ski boot liners for winter from UltimatefitLiners: This is the first boot liner that was developed around the foot and can provide significantly better biomechanical support for skiers’ feet.

• Optray sunglasses with photochromic lenses from react Switzerland: You could say that photochromic sunglasses are a dime a dozen. But the sports glasses made by react are really something special: the Shade tronic technology used in these sports glasses, which weigh only 36 grams, allows the lenses to change their tint within 0.1 seconds – perfect for outdoor sports that involve rapidly changing light conditions.

• Biodegradable winter socks from Lorpen: These are the first breathable socks designed for mountaineering carried out in extremely cold weather. The recycled material used in the socks is completely biodegradable.

• Techrock monoski jacket & pants from adidas Terrex: This is a monoski jacket specially made for monoskiers who are paralyzed from the waist down. It is perfectly designed to meet the special needs of these athletes.

• New type of snowboard from doubledeck: The company has reinvented snowboarding with this innovation – making it easier for beginners to get into snowboarding. The special design prevents snowboarders from experiencing such typical problems as catching an edge or falling when embarking on their first snowboarding trips. At the same time, beginners are better able to complete curves and cut up the snow.

Prize winners live at ISPO Munich 2022

A total of 95 winners of the ISPO Awards can be experienced live in the exhibition area of ​​the Future Lab at ISPO Munich 2022 (28 – 30 November, Hall B2). They were selected during four jury meetings during the year and were selected from more than 300 entries. Journalists are invited to experience the innovative power of the selected products and witness the celebratory presentation of the trophies (at 13:00 on the second day of the fair) in the award area of ​​the Future Lab. Here they will also have an opportunity to talk to representatives of the master brands.

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