PrimaLoft confirmed as largest bluesign-certified insulation supplier

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primaloft-logoLatham, N.Y. — Insulation and fabrics manufacturer PrimaLoft has been confirmed as the largest supplier of bluesign-approved insulations. The company was the first branded synthetic insulation manufacturer to obtain the certificiation for its products in December 2010 and now offers 16 different bluesign-certified PrimaLoft insulations, including staple fibers and continuous filaments.

OutDoor show honors NikWax's innovative new down wash

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Down Wash DirectWadhurst, England — Nikwax's Down Wash Direct has won an OutDoor Industry Award in the Sustainable Innovations category recently in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The product, launched earlier this year, cleans and restores water repellency of both untreated and treated hydrophic down. The wash is water based and PFC free.

Balega to make 15% of its socks in US

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balega-sock-logoHickory, N.C. — Sock manufacturer Balega International is partnering with a North Carolina manufacturer to offer 15 percent U.S.-made products. The remainder of its products will continue to be manufactured in Cape Town, South Africa, where the company was founded.

Jackson Kayak to introduce new watercraft, cooler at OR

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Orion 85 coolerSparta, Tenn. — Jackson Kayak plans to introduce four platforms of Made-in-the-USA kayaks for kayak fishermen and outdoors people at Outdoor Retailer. At the same time, Orion Coolers — part of the Jackson Kayak family — plans to unveil the Orion 85, its largest cooler to date with dimensions of 17.8 by 36.7 by 15.5 inches. hires COO

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roots-ratedChattanooga, Tenn. --, a Zagat rating of sorts for the outdoors, has hired Jasdeep Garcha as chief operations officer. “As RootsRated enters a new stage of growth, Jas will play a critical role,” said RootsRated founder Fynn Glover. “With his background in engineering due to his time at Microsoft and venture-backed Lolli and Pops, Jas has developed tremendous operational understanding as it relates to building communication processes throughout an organization of developers, editors, marketers and sales.

CamelBak, Osprey Packs settle patent suit

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Camelbak Osprey PacksPetaluma, Calif. — Cortez, Colo.-based Osprey Packs and CamelBak Products LLC have settled a patent infringement lawsuit between the two companies filed on Feb. 27. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. CamelBak had sued Osprey in California Northern District Court claiming patent infringement of its hands-free reservoir hydration system.

Outdoor Research hires new marketing director

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Erika CanfieldSeattle, Wash. — Outdoor Research has hired Erika Canfield as director of marketing. In her new role, she will focus on continuing to differentiate the company in the marketplace and bring a strong brand-driven perspective to the company's leadership team. She joins Outdoor Research just ahead of Outdoor Retailer.