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Kokatat Presents American Made Outdoor Gear Awards at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market

January 14, 2014

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Michael Collin | Pale Morning Media
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Kokatat will recognize the winners of the 2014 American Made Outdoor Gear Awards at a presentation from 5-6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22 in the Liberty Bottleworks Booth (#56008) at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market.

Kokatat will award hand-carved wooden Sasquatch statues (Sassies) to the producers of quality American made products who presented the best “Made in America” story.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the companies, both large and small, that keep US manufacturing alive and well” said Jeff Turner, Kokatat sales and design manager.

The company with the best “Made in America” story will receive one-year ownership of ‘Sassy’ — a three-foot-tall Sasquatch hand carved of redwood from Humboldt County, CA. Category winners will receive miniature versions of the award.

As last year’s overall winner Liberty Bottleworks will be handing over ‘Sassy’ to this year’s overall winner Benchmade Knife Company.

Kokatat announced the winners on November 29, 2013.

Overall: Benchmade Knife Company

10 employees or less
Winner: Lincoln Canoe & Kayak
Runner-up: Voormi

10-50 employees
Winner: RAMP Sports
Runner-up: Dahlgren Footwear

50-100 employees
Winner: Sterling Rope Company
Runner-up: Diamond Brand

Over 100 employees
Winner: Polartec
Runner-up: C.C. Filson Co.

Conceptualized and hosted by Kokatat Inc., ( leading US manufacturer of technical apparel and gear for paddle sports, the American Made Outdoor Gear Awards were open to all American outdoor gear manufacturers with a compelling story.

For additional information on the American Made Outdoor Gear Awards visit

About Kokatat Inc:
Kokatat has been manufacturing paddling gear in Arcata, California for more than 40 years. At a time when many technical apparel brands were moving manufacturing offshore, Kokatat continued to invest in infrastructure in the United States. Kokatat founder Steve O’Meara was committed to the development of the finest and driest paddling apparel in the world and recognized the need to control and continually evolve the development of our dry wear. In the early days, Kokatat worked closely with W.L. Gore & Associates, makers of GORE-TEX®, to refine the sewing and sealing techniques required for full immersion suits and tops. Today, our hands-on approach to manufacturing continues to set the standard in paddling apparel. Into the water with Kokatat! Please visit and follow Kokatat on Facebook and Twitter “@kokatat”.