Being outdoors can be fun, calming, exhilarating, challenging, and so many other things. One thing is for certain though, we have remembered that above all else, it is important.
People, young and old, are rediscovering their love of the outdoors, whether to breathe in some fresh air and get their bodies moving or to challenge themselves through new and exciting outdoor sports.
If you’re thinking of setting up a business selling outdoor products, there has never been a better time to do it. After multiple lockdowns, health and the freedom to roam are at the forefront of everyone’s mind in a way that it has never been before. So, let’s get started and break down the 8 best outdoor products to stock in 2023.
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Outdoor products come in a huge range of categories, from those needed for adventure sports to family-friendly activities.
Outdoor products also vary in quality and price, as well as based on the time of year they are used. This means changes in components, structure, fabric, color, and shape — not to mention general usage. Outdoor products for winter might include skiing equipment and thick sleeping bags designed for freezing temperatures, while outdoor products for summer might include masks and wetsuits, canoes, and stand-up paddle boards.
Despite this variety, there are also many outdoor products that can be used all year round. These should make up the core offering of any outdoor products store — whether B2B or B2C, and whether at home or internationally.
Outdoor products have shot up in value since the lockdown, with individuals rediscovering the importance of the great outdoors. Worldwide revenue in the sports and outdoor segment is expected to reach $75.24 billion in 2022, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.24% from 2022 to 2025, resulting in a market volume of nearly $101 billion by 20251.
Additionally, consumers are beginning to value their time above all else, meaning less time going into town to go shopping, and more time with family and friends. This has meant huge increases in e-commerce, with global online shopping expected to grow at a CAGR of 11.35% from 2022 to 20252.
Selling outdoor products online has never been more profitable than today.
Outdoor products in 2023 are set for great sales, but some will sell better than others. Before we jump into which outdoor products are the best to sell in your store, let’s look at the general trends.
Here is a list of the best old and new products for people looking for adventures and outdoor fun in 2023:
A good tent is the first thing that comes to mind when many think of outdoor adventures — and this will not change this year or next. When stocking tents for your store consider the season and activity.
Buy winter tents that use double lining to retain heat and have fortified poles to keep tents up in high winds. For summer tents, ensure breathable materials are used for good liveability and that they pack up small to ensure portability. For festivals and summer campsite trips, luxury, compostable bell tents will also be a big seller in 20235. For the more adventurous, fold-out tents installed on the top of cars are already huge sellers.
A partner to the tent is the sleeping bag. In 2023, there will be a rise in sleeping bags made to shape — such as female-focused sleeping bags6, which are cut widest in the hip area, instead of in the shoulder area.
Remember too, that sleeping bags differ for different seasons. Stock down sleeping bags for lower temperatures and thinner, rectangular sleeping bags for summer months. Never forget portability when choosing your sleeping bag offering.
Whether winter or summer, camping stoves are a core outdoor product. For hikers, long-range cyclists, and other outdoor sports enthusiasts, portability will remain of primary importance in 2023 — after all, who wants to carry a heavy gas bottle or camping stove up a mountain?
Small camping stoves that can be dismantled and use light gas bottles and cans will be the top choice for these consumers. For those looking to buy a camping stove for more sedentary camping trips or festivals, stock camping stoves with more capacity — such as bigger camping stoves for BBQs. Don’t forget to stock camping pots, pans, and utensils too!
A portable luxury that will be seeing higher sales in 2023 is the outdoor solar shower. These are great for many outdoor activities, from campervan trips to festivals, and serve as a practical additional water carrier too — thereby hitting multi-purpose trends7.
Outdoor portable solar shower products usually store 10 to 20 liters of water and come as easily foldable black bags with a water spout, or as free-standing pump showers for additional pressure. A solar shower’s black color attracts the sun’s heat, meaning warm showers when left outside for 1 to 3 hours.
Backpacks have long been an essential item for outdoor activities and will remain so in
2023. One of the trends to look out for in this category is backpacks that are durable and multi-usage8 — a backpack that easily translates from life to hiking to traveling.
Waterproof duffel bags and hiking backpacks with supportive straps will be big this year thanks to their convenience for many types of activities — from adventures in the mountains and camping trips, to days running errands in bad weather or simply hitting the gym.
With the rise of remote work, many people are combining their outdoor activities with work projects. This means a need for constant electricity in a lightweight form.
Portable solar chargers for mobile, cameras, and laptops are increasingly popular and will be a great high-value asset to offer in your outdoor store. Stock easy-to-fold ones that can be placed on top of backpacks when walking or laid out on the ground.
It goes without saying that outdoor products cover both day and night activities. This means that a good torch or head torch is essential. In 2023, consumers are looking for durability and multi-purpose usage, so be sure to stock torches with a high number of lumens and a long battery life.
Traditional hand-held flashlights will still be good sellers in 2023, as these usually have better power and battery life than smaller options9. However, be sure to stock handy head torches for hikers as well as torches designed for bicycles and other sporting equipment.
Last, but not least, is that being outdoors is about fun. For that reason, outdoor games will be great items to stock in your outdoor store for 2023.
Trampolines will be sought after by many families as easy-to-put-up, guaranteed fun and exercise in any environment — from the back garden to a campsite. More portable and economical outdoor games, such as throwing disks, ball games, bean bag toss challenges, and tennis-style games10, will also be sought after by your customers. Additionally, new and exciting outdoor games, such as slacklines, will see a rise in sales in 202311.
When selling outdoor products online it is important to consider a few factors:
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