Johnson Outdoors Sweeps ICAST 2016 Fishing Industry Awards

RACINE, Wis., July 19, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Johnson Outdoors Inc. (Nasdaq:JOUT), a global leader in innovative outdoor recreation equipment products, today announced an unprecedented performance at the fishing industry’s largest tradeshow, ICAST 2016, held this past July 13-15 in Orlando, Florida.

Johnson Outdoors brands Minn Kota®, Humminbird®, and Old Town® Canoes & Kayaks were all voted “Best of” in their respective product categories by industry media and buyers.

The revolutionary Minn Kota Ultrex™ trolling motor was voted “Best of Boating Accessories” and also “Best of Show.” The new Old Town Predator PDL pedal-drive was voted “Best Boat” and Humminbird took its sixth consecutive “Best of Electronics” award for the ultra-bright and easy-to-use Helix 10.

“Continued innovation is what consumers demand, customers expect and Johnson Outdoors has delivered consistently for nearly 50 years. We are innovation leaders in fishing electronics, – from electric trolling motors…. to wireless remote steering and navigation… to revolutionary Side Imaging® sonar… to our new watercraft pedal-drive technology,” said Helen Johnson-Leipold, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Our continued focus on delivering new products that enhance the outdoor recreational experience is critical to our long term success. The fact that products and technologies from Minn Kota®, Humminbird® and Old Town® have been voted best-in-class by fishing industry media only serves to further validate that our core philosophies, strategies and goals are on target. We are proud and honored to be the recipient of this year’s ICAST awards.”


JOHNSON OUTDOORS is a leading global outdoor recreation company that turns ideas into adventure with innovative, top-quality products. The company designs, manufactures and markets a portfolio of winning, consumer-preferred brands across four categories: Watercraft, Marine Electronics, Diving and Outdoor Gear. Johnson Outdoors' familiar brands include, among others: Old Town® canoes and kayaks; Ocean Kayak™ and Necky® kayaks; Carlisle® paddles; Extrasport® personal flotation devices; Minn Kota® motors; Cannon® downriggers; Humminbird® marine electronics; LakeMaster® electronic charts; SCUBAPRO® and SUBGEAR® dive equipment; Silva® compasses; Jetboil® outdoor cooking systems; and Eureka!® camping and hiking equipment.

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At Johnson Outdoors Inc. David Johnson VP & Chief Financial Officer 262-631-6600 Patricia Penman VP – Global Marketing Services & Communication 262-631-6600

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