W.L. Gore has collaborated with Armada Skis to revamp the Vector Series of outerwear, a line inspired by guides and athletes. The series will debut at SIA and ISPO tradeshows in 2012 and incorporates Gore-Tex fabric throughout.
The EPA has announced the winners of its Apps for the Environment challenge. Developers from around the country were encouraged to create apps that address environmental and public health issues from EPA data. Apps ranged from information about local air quality to games.Winners demonstrated their submissions at the Apps for the Environment forum in Arlington, Virginia. The forum will include panels on business, technology, government initiatives, upcoming developer challenges, and future directions about environmental applications.
Boardworks has announced a new inflatable SUP designed with patented Multi Chamber Inflatable Technology (MCIT) and the Axially Stabilizing Apparatus. Designer Phil Rainey says the new technology will allow the incorporation of elements usually reserved for hard boards, including tapered rails and enhanced rigidity. These features are included to make the MCIT accessible for all levels of SUP paddlers, from beginners and surfers to fitness paddlers and river runners. It is also easy to store and transport, great for instructional programs.
Kiwi Camp Dry Heavy Duty Water Repellent is designed to create a tough water barrier, keeping boots and gear dry in inclement conditions. The repellent will work on hiking, hunting, work and outdoor boots. Camp Dry Repellent is made to help boots last longer and keep feet dry so the wearer can focus on their activity.
Kaenon Polarized announces the launch of its 2011 Anniversary Collection, in celebration of reaching its 10 year milestone as a company.
Salomon and Atomic introduce a new backcountry binding for Fall/Winter 2012. To be sold as the Salomon Guardian 16 and Atomic Tracker 16, it is designed with a convenient system to transition easily from hiking to riding and enhance feel in downhill performance.
The binding's Low Profile Chassis features a lower stand height for stability and enhanced terrain feedback, and the Oversized Platform enables maximum power transmission and responsiveness for quick and more precise turns.
Sherpani has collaborated with New York based artist Cathy Nichols to create a lifestyle bag line with natural, eco-friendly fabrics. The Elements collection will feature vibrant artwork reflecting natural elements. The hand and sport bags will be constructed with natural cotton canvas, trimmed with animal-friendly vegan leather, and accented with snap and buckle closures made of recycled aluminum.
Timberland has entered the minimal footwear category, not with a runner but a multi-sport boot. The 12.5 oz. Timberland Mountain Athletic Litetrace Mid is designed to give the traction, durability and waterproof protection of a hiking boot in the lightness of a sneaker.
President Obama passed the America Invents Act earlier today, September 16th. This bill marks the first major change to patent law since 1952 and is designed to expedite the process to receive a patent.