Concept III Introduces New Merino Blends

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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 Innovates in Trail Running Category

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Salomon S Lab SenseSalomon 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.

WL Gore and Associates Launch New Online Brand Platform

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GoreW.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.

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.

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