K2 Adds to Backside Tools Collection

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K2 Rescue Shovel Plus Ice AxeSeattle, 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.

Vasque Technical Backpacking Boot Introduced

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Vasque St. Elias GTXAt 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.

Cocona Launches Insulation System

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CoconaBoulder, 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.

Black Diamond Apparel Debut Integrates Leading Ingredient Brands

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Black Diamond EquipmentSalt 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.

Avex Adds New Bottles to Line

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AvexChicago, 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.

Deuter USA Expands Snowsports and Alpine

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Deuter USALongmont, 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.

Fall 2013 Partnership Between Polartec and Sugoi

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SugoiLawrence, MA – Polartec has partnered with Canadian bike and run apparel brand Sugoi to launch a global line of outerwear and insulation pieces featuring Polartec fabrics.

Sugoi’s RSE and RSX jackets will feature Polartec Neoshell, while the RSR jacket will feature Polartec Power Shield. The RSR Race Top and Race Tight will feature Polartec Power Stretch.

Body Glove Winter Line Launch Comes to Outdoor Retailer

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Body Glove SurgeRedondo Beach, CA – Body Glove’s new winter product lines will be unveiled at this year’s Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City, Utah. Body Glove Winter includes protective gear; compression shorts and long underwear; and a complete line of winter hats, gloves and facemasks for skiers and riders. The brand will also debut Body Glove Surge, an all-natural energy gel product.

Zuke’s Reassures Consumers of the Safety of its Made-in-the-USA Treats

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Zuke'sDurango, CO – In response to the New York Department of Agriculture and Market’s findings of unapproved antibiotics in Chinese-produced jerky treats, Zuke’s has reiterated that it sources the protein for its pet treats from U.S. suppliers and other reputable countries with high quality standards like New Zealand, where Zuke’s gets its rabbit and venison. For more information about Zuke’s products, visit zukes.com.

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