Seattle, WA – Boutique travel company Wandertours, which specializes in women-only tours, has partnered with Overland Equipment to provide every Wandertour participant with a Donner bag of their color choice. Participants who book trips with departure dates at any date during 2013 will receive a bag.
"Co-founders Matthew Burnett and Tanya Menendez launched Maker’s Row in November to act as a sort of Match.com with Kiva.org-like profiles for factories and facilities. The site enables recognized designers and amateurs alike to partner with manufactures that are searchable on the site by state to create a range of items, from handbags to sportswear. It charges manufacturers a subscription fee to post.
Port Chester, New York—Terramar Sports, manufacturer of silk and microfiber thermal underwear, has developed a new technology to be included in its Fall '13 line of performance base layers. The latest collection, entitled Climasense, features a multi-level product design consisting of layers that are heat generating or thermal regulating.
The heat generating garments use hollow core yarn, which captures the body's heat and prevents warmth from escaping. The Climasense thermal regulating technology uses fabrics that retain warm air when the skin is cool and can release excess moisture when skin temperature raises to create perspiration—this attempts to mimic the body's natural temperature regulating mechanism.
Seattle, WA – K2 has added the Rescue Shovel Plus Ice Axe to its Backside tools collection. Featuring a removable handle with an interchangeable ice axe head, the Rescue Shovel Plus Ice Axe comes with a storage sleeve and rescue sled instructions and is certified to European Community (CE) standards for global distribution.
At the 2013 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, Vasque debuted the St. Elias GTX lightweight technical backpacking boot. At 3 lbs. 1 oz., the St. Elias GTX is a traditional all-leather boot featuring Vasque’s A.S.E. midsole. The A.S.E. midsole is composed of an EVA derivative that is lightweight with the compression and abrasion resistance of PU. Available in both men’s and women’s sizing, the St. Elias GTX has an MSRP of $189.99.
Boulder, CO – Cocona is now offering exclusively to its licensed brand partners its new Cocona Insulation System (CIS) for outerwear, gloves and sleeping bags. CIS removes moisture by converting sweat to vapor and accelerating evaporation. CIS is ideal for highly active sports including running, cycling, mountaineering and backpacking.
Salt Lake City, UT – For Black Diamond Equipment’s Fall 2013 apparel debut, the brand will be partnering with ingredient brands Schoeller, Polartec, Primaloft and Pertex. Black Diamond is also including Recco embedded technology in its 2013 apparel collection and will be a bluesign system partner. An exclusive preview of the collection was given to retailers, media, investors and launch partners at the Natural History Museum.
Chicago, IL – Avex has added new larger capacity water bottles and insulated stainless steel bottles featuring patented Autoseal and patent-pending Autospout technologies to its offering. The new Brazos Autoseal Water Bottle and Wells Autospout Water Bottle now come in 32 oz. capacity, while the Brazos Autoseal Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle and Wells Autospout Stainless Steel Water Bottle now have 20 percent greater capacity. The new Brazos and Wells products will be available in February 2013 on avexsport.com.
Longmont, CO – Deuter USA is expanding its snowsports and alpine categories with five new backpacks and accessories. The additions to the snowsports category include the new Freerider 26, Freerider Pro 28SL for women, Freerider Pro 30 and Guide Tour 45+ backpacks. The new Climber backpack will be added to the alpine category.