Greenville, SC – Dagger has made available to the retail market the Jitsu freestyle kayak and the Contour Ergo Outfitting System. The 5.9 size of the Jitsu is now available for purchase, with the 6.0 to come January 29, 2013 and the 5.5 April 25, 2013. For more details on the Jitsu and Contour Ergo Outfitting System, visit www.dagger.com.
Santa Rosa, CA – Mindshift Gear has launched a Kickstarter campaign to generate revenue for the production of the new rotation180 professional backpack. The rotation180 is a rotating waist pack that allows quick access to photography equipment on the go. Visit the Kickstarter campaign page here.
Seattle, WA – K2 is adding to their ski boot offering two new collections of ski boots in eight SKU’s—an All-Mountain line in both men’s and women’s styles, and a Freeride line for men. The All-Mountain line touts energy efficient engineering in three features. Energy interlock is a rivet-free technology producing a more efficient load transfer for a natural flex and dynamic performance; Powerfuse Spyne provides fore/aft flex and lateral stiffness with a Y-shaped design; and K2’s Fit Logix offers a customized fit through a combination of a diverse last offering, a navicular punch built into the mold to alleviate pressure during flexion and a collection of Intuition liners. Six new boots comprise the all-mountain line, with three for men and three for women.
Wave Sport—the Confluence Water Sports kayak brand—is releasing the Recon 83 and the Core WhiteOut Outfitting System as part of its new 2013 whitewater offering. The Recon and WhiteOut are designed for intermediate and advanced paddlers who want high performance and maximum safety features on multi-day river trips and when tackling class IV & V+ rapids.
The WhiteOut comes with two seating options: the Creeker Seat and the Play Seat. Both the Recon and WhiteOut are available for purchase now, with additional sizes hitting retail markets at a later date. The Recon 93 will be available January 1, 2013, and the 70 will drop May 15, 2013.
Kansas City, MO – A new collaboration between GE (NYSE: GE) and Italian laminate and fabric maker VEGAM will allow customer brands to create unique footwear laminates for the European outdoor market.
The collaboration will bring GE’s eVent waterproof membranes together with a wide range of VEGAM laminates, and is part of GE’s strategy to give customers the freedom and flexibility to pair eVent with other materials.
Ventura, CA and Phoenix, AZ – Patagonia now offers a plant-based wetsuit developed in partnership with Yulex Corporation, a manufacturer of agricultural-based biomaterials. The new material is a guayule-based renewable biorubber that is more environmentally friendly than traditional neoprene.
Lawrence, MA – Developed for the U.S. Special Operations Forces, Polartec’s latest insulation technology, Polartec Alpha, will appear at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2013, SIA and ISPO, and will be available to consumers by September 2013.
The Illuminati Series is Jackson Kayak's response to a demand from anglers who paddle in low-light conditions typically at dawn or dusk. The solution is a glow-in-the-dark color option that can be added to the price of Jackson fishing kayak models—the Coosa, Cuda 12, Cuda 14 and Big Tuna—for an additional $200.
The Banff Tour, which travels across Canada and the U.S., showcases select films, photography and literary works that capture the outdoor experience and test the limits of human endurance. Therm-a-rest is set to sponsor the festival for a second year.
This is good timing as the brand launched a new line of sleeping bags for Spring '13 this summer. Therm-a-rest will host a product display table during screenings of the films at Banff festivals. The Spring '13 launch includes seven new models: the Antares, Navis, Alpine Blanket, Saros, Centari and Regulus Blanket.