ParksByNature Brings Apps to National Trails Day

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pocket ranger phonesSilver Springs, Md. – Mobile developer ParksByNature has partnered with the American Hiking Society to make its apps available for National Trails Day on June 1. The AHS hopes that trail-goers will use the apps to document and share their experiences.

ParksByNature has developed a total of 26 different free apps, collectively called Pocket Ranger, and shares AHS' dedication to promoting and protecting America's trails and their surrounding natural areas. The apps allow hikers to track and record trails, mark specific points along the way, and view the time elapsed and distance traveled since the beginning of the hike. They also download cached park maps and trail information, so hikers can access guides without cell reception.

Drift HD Ghost Camera Can Now Dive Deeper

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drift innovationEagle, Colo. – While action camera manufacturer Drift Innovation’s HD Ghost can already be submerged to a depth of nine feet out of the box, the company has increased the device’s submersion depth to 197 feet with the release of its new Waterproof Case.

The extended depth and extra protection provided by the accessory allow the camera to be used for a broader range of activities including deep-water diving, big wave surfing and wakeboarding, among others.

Nemo Wants Everyone to Get On Board With Tent Topographics

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Nemo EquipmentDover, N.H. – Outdoor equipment manufacturer Nemo is working with the Outdoor Industry Association’s (OIA) ASTM Working Group to change the way tent manufacturers communicate product specs.

Typically the only information available to consumers when purchasing a tent are the weight, floor area and peak height. However, the folks at Nemo believe this doesn’t fully capture the livable space of a tent.

Would you pay almost $1,000 for a Gucci bike helmet?

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gucci-bike-helmet-1It's not entirely new for high-fashion labels to court the outdoor industry. Chanel has made ski boots for a few years now. Kate Spade designs bicycles. And Gucci started the trend in 2001 with a line of athletic surfboards, so the designer is no stranger to the outdoor world. The $960 helmet (pictured right) is part of Gucci's latest line. It's a collaboration with Italian bicycle maker Bianchi, and you can get it in - get this - black OR white.

So does an industry that prizes performance above everything really care about fashion? Especially when adding said fashionable label also adds hundreds of dollars? Before you make up your mind, check out the rest of the collection, hosted in a slideshow here by The Active Times.

New Balance and Gore-Tex Hit the Trail

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New Balance Minimus 10 GTXW. L. Gore & Associates (“Gore”), inventor of Gore-Tex and athletic brand, New Balance, are expanding on previous collaborative efforts to launch three new styles this fall: the Minimus 10 Trail, Minimus 80 Multisport and 910 Trail, each featuring the Gore-Tex patented waterproof-breathable technology.

Dagger Kayaks Revives Retro Favorite

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DG RPM FuelRed Top webGreenville, SC – Dagger, the Confluence Watersports kayak brand, is bringing back one of its most popular whitewater models, the RPM. It was first released in 1996, and quickly became the brand's best-seller.

Dagger designed the boat to be versatile and easily maneuverable, a solid option for paddlers getting their first taste of whitewater kayaking. Retailers can now get their hands on the old-school RPM, which is currently in production and will continue for a limited time.

Kammok Updates its Hammock Line With Two New Products

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Kammok Roo camping hammockAustin, TX – Launched two-and-a-half years ago with a successful Kickstarter campaign, socially conscious adventure brand Kammok released its first products, including the Roo camping hammock, to much fanfare. Now the brand is updating that iconic item with two new accessories: the Kanga Claw wire gate carabiner and Racer Slings.

Sync Trail Runner by Treksta Receives Accolade

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Treksta SyncThe new Sync trail running shoe by Treksta, the outdoor footwear brand, has been recognized as Editors' Choice by Trail Runner magazine. The lightweight, breathable mesh fabrics and 4mm heel-to-toe differential combine minimalist qualities with more traditional components like a sturdy upper, thick outsole and midsole differential of 10-12mm—the industry standard. The upper, insole, midsole and outsole construction are based on the brand's trademark technology, NestFIT, which is intended to provide a cradling effect with a natural motion.

Cherry Cola Flavor With a Cherry Cola Caffeine Kick

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Honey Stingers Cherry Cola ChewsSteamboat Springs, CO – Honey-based nutritional product producer Honey Stinger has added to its line new caffeinated cherry cola flavor chews. Consumer feedback led to the addition of a caffeinated option to the line. The caffeine content of the chews is derived from white tea and the product is gluten-free and 95 percent organic.


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