All winners from left- Jeff Turner of Kokatat, Stormy Kromer, Cilo Gear, Liberty Bottle Works. Photo credit: Michael Collin

The Outdoor Retailer Winter Market was in full swing last week. During the event last Thursday, January 24, Kokatat recognized winners of the 2013 American Made Outdoor Gear Awards, offering hand-carved wooden Sasquatch statues 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 U.S. manufacturing alive and well," Jeff Turner, Kokatat sales and design manager, said. "The first 'Sassy' Awards presentation is our opportunity to shine a spotlight on the best made-in-America story."

Conceptualized and hosted by Kokatat Inc., the 2013 American Made Outdoor Gear Award was open to all American outdoor gear manufacturers with a compelling story. The company with the best "made in America" story received one-year ownership of 'Sassy'—a three-foot-tall Sasquatch hand carved of redwood from Humboldt County, CA.

Category winners all received miniature versions of the award and all entrants received certificates of participation. They are listed below:

Overall: Liberty Bottleworks

10 employees or fewer
Winner: CiloGear
Runner-up: PahaQue Custom Shop, Inc

10-50 employees
Winner: Branches, LLC
Runner-up: Ibex Outdoor Clothing

50-100 employees
Winner: Stormy Kromer
Runner-up: Timbuk2

More than 100 employees
Winner: Jackson Kayak
Runner-up: Smith Optics