Plus Compound Technologies, creators of Plusfoam—a 100 percent recycled material, has partnered with Scott Hawaii to create three sandals. The products, currently available for select retailers throughout the United States, include the Kula for women (MSRP $34), the Kai for men (MSRP $36) and the Kao for kids ($26).
A year after joining forces with Tri-Tronics, Garmin International Inc. has developed the Alpha GPS, a fully-integrated tracking and training system for hunters and their canine companions. Preloaded with 100k topo maps, the Alpha 100 handheld tracks as many as 20 dogs up to nine miles away, depending on terrain, and can also track fellow Alpha users. Whenever a dog trees quarry or goes on point, the Alpha will give an audible or vibration alert.
The Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act offers a 10 percent tax credit for companies whose payroll salaries increased in 2012 compared to 2011. The bill's maximum amount for that credit is $5 million. The Marketplace Fairness Act, or the “Internet tax” bill, is an amendment to the act that may pass in the U.S. Senate.
The bill would help streamline the collection of sales tax from Internet sales by individual states. In most states, online retailers are required to either collect sales tax or notify their customers of their liability due under a use tax, but many do not. The proposed legislation is not a new tax for the 45 states that currently collect tax on retail sales; it would merely provide a unified process for them to collect sales tax from online retailers selling into their states.
Two years ago NJ-based Concept III Textiles joined forces with Australian Merino State, a division of Charles Parsons & Co., to introduce a new fine micron textile collection to the outdoor industry in the U.S. and Canada. Some of these new blends include M-fleece, a hard wearing polyester jersey face with a brushed back and Therm-o-cool, a thermal regulator with a hybrid fiber mix providing evaporative cooling and thermo-buffering functions.
Salomon Sports announced the release of a new trail shoe, the S-Lab Sense. Developed in collaboration with mountain athlete Kilian Jornet, engineers and designers in Salomon’s Annecy, France-based research and development lab customized a shoe to reduce weight and gain more connection to the ground.
W.L. Gore and Associates announced the launch of a new online brand platform for Gore Bike Wear and Gore Running Wear. Using the Gore Bike Wear and Gore Running Wear Outfit System, the website is designed to help cyclists and runners find the optimal product for their needs. Also featuring a store locator, the site offers consumers the possibility to buy directly from Gore for the first time.
Newport Beach, CA—PLUS Compound Technologies announced a partnership with Vans, Inc. to produce a new product for Vans, the Nexpa sandal. The sandal is currently available through select retailers across the U.S. and abroad.
The Nexpa sandal is made with PLUS’s PLUSfoam, eliminating nearly all of the post-manufacturing waste that typically comes with footwear production, which can often yield approximately 30% scrap for each pair of sandals produced.
“It’s been great working with the team at Vans and we look forward to expanding the use of our materials into more sandal styles and other collections as well,” said CEO and Co-Found of PLUS Brett Ritter.
The Pacific Crest Trail was designated as one of the first National Scenic Trails back in 1968. It traverses the “high road” from Mexico to Canada, connecting six of North America’s seven eco-zones. The trail is well-known among serious backpackers and thru-hikers; however, the new guide book "Day & Section Hikes Pacific Crest Trail: Southern California" will attempt to broaden this audience, making segments of the trail more accessible for shorter day or weekend hikes.