Three New Yakima Cargo Top Bags

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YakimaCargoPack webBeaverton, Ore. – Yakima is releasing three new cargo top bags for Spring 2015: The Cargopack, DryTop and SoftTop. 

The cargo top bags feature adjustable mounting straps that secure them to nearly all roof types, including naked roofs. This adds 13 to 16 cubic feet of storage. According to Yakima, they are easy to install, remove and store when not in use.

Their durable and weather-resistant construction includes sealed seams and zipper covers to protect gear from the elements. The DryTop and CargoPack both feature heavy-duty ballistic nylon for three to four-season travel, and the SoftTop is good to go during two seasons.

Other key features for the DryTop and CargoPack include interior compression straps that stabilize contents for improved aerodynamics, and padded, anti-skid bottom to protect the vehicle. The CargoPack also has EVA-molded panels for added structure and style.

Mountainfilm Director Steps Down to Follow Dream

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mountain film webPeter Kenworthy is retiring from his position of executive director at Mountainfilm, which he has held for the past eight years. In a letter announcing the news he expressed that he was happy to leave at a time when the organization was experiencing so much success. Mountainfilm founded the ever-growing Telluride film festival and also produces a world tour.

Kenworthy mentioned in his retirement letter that he was stepping down to pursue his lifelong dream to build his own house. “If you're in the area come by and a swing a hammer,” he said.

Super.Natural Bolsters Executive Team Before North American Retail Debut

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super.natural-logo webConshohocken, Penn. – Super.natural, maker of nautural and synthetic blended performance apparel, has made several new additions to its executive team. Troy Ballard will step into the director of sales position in the United States while Robbue Stevens will take on the same position in Canada. Fall 2014 is slated as the brand's North American retail debut.

ASICS on Pace After Continued Growth

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asics nimbusIrvine, Calif. – Overall, ASICS America Group achieved double digit growth in 2013 and seems to be on pace to show strong growth in 2014. In the first quarter of the fiscal year, which ended on June 30, 2014, globally, ASICS Corporation’s consolidated net sales increased 23.5 percent to $161.613 million, up 13.9 percent on a currency neutral basis. Additionally, ASICS Corporation’s operating income increased 21.5 percent to $20,123 million, up 14.0 percent on a currency neutral basis.

Grassroots Outdoor Alliance Announces New President

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Wes Allen This summer Roanne Miller announced she would be stepping down as the president of Grassroots Outdoor Alliance after leading the organization since 2009. She left in excellent standing to spend more time with her family and pursue other personal interests.

“You do not replace a Roanne Miller; you honor her by carrying her legacy forward,” said Dawson Wheeler owner of Rock/Creek in Chattanooga, Tenn. and also a Grassroots board member.

Black Diamond Taps Sony Exec as CEO Peter Metcalf's Successor

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Black Diamond HQBlack Diamond Inc. has appointed Zeena Freeman as the successor to the company's co-founder and CEO Peter Metcalf. Freeman was formerly the general manager of global retail for Sony Corporation responsible for Sony's worldwide store and e-commerce businesses. With Sony she also served as the senior VP of consumer business development and as a member of the global sales and marketing team in Tokyo. Most recently, she has been working as a consultant advising companies in areas such as omni-channel retail and digital innovation.

Canaima Exchanges Distribution from Gibbons to Slacklines Industries

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SlacklineIndustriesLouisville, Colo. – Canaima Outdoors, the Colorado-based distributor of outdoor and recreation products, introduced the Gibbon Slacklines brand to the U.S. Market in 2008.

Slacklining originated in the climbing world and has since evolved into an acrobatic sport and crosstraining activity. This summer Canaima announced an exchange of distribution from Gibbons to Slacklines Industries (SI). Following the change, SI has recruited an all-new pro team roster, which includes Felix Carreira, Justin Wagers, Martin Hernandez and several others. Canaima will also continue its relationship with 2014 Olympic Gold Medalist David Wise in developing new products targeting the adventure sports consumer.

New CEO Carrying the Load at Yakima

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RyanMartin webBeaverton, Ore. – Vehicle rack and cargo carrier brand, Yakima, has hired Ryan Martin as its new CEO. Martin was most recently the global director of strategy and business development with Whirlpool Corporation, the appliance manufacturer. He will oversee Yakima's portfolio of car rack and carrier brands: Yakima, Whispbar and Prorack.