PLUS Compound Technologies Team Up With Vans to Produce the Nexpa Sandal

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Nexpa SandalNewport 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.

New Guide Book for Pacific Crest Day and Weekend Hikes

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Guide_BookThe 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.

Delorme Announces Major Inreach Upgrade

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delormeDelorme has released a firmware upgrade for their Inreach two-way satellite communication device. Among the new features are extended battery life and access to their Digital Atlas of the Earth (DAE). The new topographical maps will include ground cover information, major roads, points of interest and detailed river and stream data.

A New Kind of Eyewear Retainer from Croakies

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croakies arcThe original eyewear retainer company has announced its new Endless ARC. The unobtrusive design allows the user to adjust the retainer to hold itself up off the neck or rest on the neck. The Endless Arc features buds that can be adjusted to change the length of the cable to fit most temple widths.

Gramicci Natural Fabrics Set New Industry Standard

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GramicciGramicci introduced its organic Natural Performace Technology (NPT) fabrics with a selection of men’s and women’s separates in 2010. The company recently received independent testing confirming that its NPT apparel performs as well, or better than, chemically-treated cottons and petroleum-based synthetics. Test results conclusively established that Gramicci products excelled in areas of moisture absorption, breathability, dry time, comfortable body-temperature maintenance and odor elimination.

Skora Launches Women's Collection for Fall/Winter

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SkoraFollowing the debut of Skora's men's performance running footwear, the company has announced the launch of a women's collection for Fall/Winter '12. The collection will feature two models for women, Base and Form. Both models feature an elastic heel strap, reflective details and stitch-down construction with a removable Ortholite antibacterial minimal sock liner.

Aqua Introduces Eco Swim Line

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Aqua Green Eco SwimGreensboro, NC – Aqua Green introduces Eco Swim, swimwear made with eco-friendly Repreve recycled fibers. The Eco Swim line comes in many styles featuring bikinis, tankinis, maillots, sport styles and swim dresses with design by Jenni Saylor, a veteran of the swimwear industry. For more information visit

GE Introduces Event DVL Waterproof Fabric

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GE Event DVLKansas City, MO – GE expands its Event fabrics collection with the introduction of the Event DVL waterproof fabric. Event DVL (direct venting lite) is a new textile technology and fabric line to be used in high performance rainwear for outdoor and aerobic activities.

Event is an unlined laminate that allows direct venting of the body’s heat and moisture while remaining 100% waterproof on the outside. It does not have a polyurethane coating over the membrane but rather the individual fibers of the membrane are themselves coated.

Eldorado Climbing Wall Custom Built in CO Home

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eldoradoA Silverthorne, Colorado home highlighted on HGTV's Million Dollar Rooms features a three-story custom climbing wall system designed and built by Eldorado Climbing Walls of Boulder.

Outfitted with two Trublue auto belays, the 27 foot L-shaped climbing wall is hand-sculpted using Eldorado's rock realistic Shotrock compound. The wall, which can be seen throughout much of the house, is a focal point in the home and used by all three generations of the family.

 For pictures of the residential rock wall, visit Eldorado's webpage.

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