L.L.Bean Stowaway Dog Kennel Wins Outdoor Canada’s Prestigious Best New Hunting Gear Award
Outdoor Canada recently announced the winners of its annual Best New Hunting Gear Awards, and one of the winning products was L.L.Bean’s Stowaway Dog Kennel.This is the third consecutive year L.L.Bean has won this award.
“This is an honor and a great tribute for a great product, and we’re thrilled, especially considering that Outdoor Canada is the country’s oldest and most widely recognized sporting publication,” says Mac McKeever, L.L.Bean spokesperson.
“We set out to offer a compact, easy to use and stow, pet-friendly kennel, and a ton of work went into its design,” says Rick Downs, developer of the award-winning product. “Sure, there are other kennels on the market, but none as thoughtfully designed or as dog friendly. Ours incorporates an external frame that makes it easy to set up and provides a safe, pinch-free environment for the pet. Plus, it’s easy to keep clean and very convenient to stow in your vehicle, closet or garage.”
The inspiration for this innovative product came when Rick was shown a prototype at last year’s Outdoor Retailer show by a folding chair manufacturer. Rick then worked with them to obtain two separate product samples and made approximately 12 modifications before he and the Hunt/Fish team were completely satisfied with the kennel.
The Stowaway Kennel was subjected to rigorous testing to ensure the design was up to the job of keeping tough dogs and their discerning owners happy. In fact, one tester trains German shepherds for the Michigan State Police. He (and his canine companions) thoroughly tested the Stowaway Kennel for 10 weeks and he was overjoyed with how easy it was to set up, use, break down and clean – the perfect solution for the dog-toting family on the go.