Alpkit is pleased to announce the winner of its National Outdoor Innovation Award as Kevin Beeden for the Squeezebox stove.
The Squeezebox Stove is a lightweight replacement for the heavy fully integrated cooking systems and is used as both pan support and windshield. Made from a single component it not only saves weight but increases fuel efficiency and reduces burn time. Close second was John Martin with his White out torch and Simon Masters with his SOS Mat.
The award was shortlisted to nine by an expert panel but the winner was chosen by some of the 40,000 enthusiasts who attended The Outdoors Show, at the NEC in Birmingham. The finalists spent three days trying to encourage as many public votes as they could and gained a huge amout of interest over the course of the show. The Award was presented at the show by Graham Thompson Technical Gear Editor of Trail Magazine.
We would like to say a big thank you to all of the contestants, and special thanks to Graham Thompson, Mark Taylor and Andy Kirkpatrick for all the time and effort they put into the judging. Although for many contestants this is just a way of having fun and of sharing their ideas, for some it could be an important step into the industry. Many of the contestants are now bringing their products to market, with several having been approached by companies wanting to develop them further. It was great to see how many people are interested in the competition and even though we were tucked away we still got nearly 1000 people voting with many more taking the time to look over the entries.
The award promotes innovation and design talent for products used in the adventure sports environment.