ISPO names 2019 winners of best sports products for 19/20
The 2019 winners of the ISPO Award for the best sports products of 19/20 have been chosen. The award is a well-established seal of quality and approval for best products in the sports industry. An independent international jury of experts have chosen the winners in the five segments health & fitness, outdoor, snowsports, team & social sports, and urban.
Various trends are emerging in terms of the digital connectivity of sports products, the area of modern high-tech materials and the sustainability of functional clothing and footwear. A selection of the award-winning products will be showcased from February 3-6, 2019 at ISPO Munich in hall B1, according to a media statement by ISPO.
Snowboards, skis, and winter sports equipment were, for the first time ever, subjected to practical tests on the slopes as part of the ISPO Award 2019. As such, a core team travelled to Austria and France prior to the official jury meeting. The jury was composed of 43 experts from 12 countries, including retailers, designers, marketing experts, journalists, consumers and athletes. The best innovations in each segment were named ‘Product of the Year’.
The Platinum Club Series connected treadmill from Life Fitness won the award from the health & fitness category. The treadmill is not only capable of synchronising with an Apple Watch and streaming Netflix and Spotify, but with the RunSocial app from Life Fitness, training on this treadmill becomes a truly digital community event. On the Discover SE3 HD integrated LCD touchscreen, users can choose one of the international courses and see, in real time, which other users located all over the world are currently using the same track. In the form of avatars, users can also see other runners next to them and can even interact and communicate with them.
The natural sleeping bag Biopod DownWool Nature by Grüezi won the award in the outdoor category. From the packaging down to the last button, this sleeping bag is made entirely from 100 per cent natural materials. It is made of DownWool, an innovative high-end filling composed of 70 per cent down and 30 per cent wool. The material achieves perfect insulation and, as such, comparatively little filling material is required.
In the snowsports category, the SOTA HS hooded jacket from Mammut was named the winner. The SOTA HS hooded jacket, a fully equipped, three-layer ski jacket, features revolutionary technology: the 4-way super-stretch material made from coated knitted fabric and 3D surface is produced without any seams and is therefore extremely breathable and hard-wearing at the same time. For optimum temperature regulation, the special 3D knitting technology is supplemented with Primaloft insulation in areas of the body which are particularly sensitive to the cold.
The Ultimate iBall, the digital handball from Select was named the winner in team & social sports category. Ultimate iBall is the world’s first ever intelligent handball. During the game, the built-in Kinexon chip records data regarding ball speed, shot detection, shot position, and the position of the ball in the goal in real time. As part of live transmissions, spectators benefit from brand-new insights into the game and fans can get closer to the action than ever before. All captured data is also provided to television stations and digital channels in real time.
In the urban category, the Sordo boot from Berg Outdoor, a 100 per cent biodegradable footwear, won the award. The fully biodegradable Sordo boot from outdoor specialist Berg Outdoor is made from oak leather bionature, burel, and an Apinat outer sole. All the materials have been specially coordinated to ensure that the boot is biodegradable. Under favourable environmental conditions, the boot fully decomposes within just six months. (GK)
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