Timberland introduces three new offerings with Cordura fabric technologies. These include water resistant denim jeans, a men's cargo canvas short and a men's waterproof marine jacket. The marine jacket is constructed with Cordura Naturalle, one of the brand's most recent product innovations. The Naturalle fabric is designed to have a matte appearance similar to the look and feel of cotton while still providing the abrasion, tensile and tear strength of nylon 6,6. The jeans feature Cordura Denim, which is a blend of cotton and high-tenacity nylon 6,6. Finally, the cargo shorts are made with Cordura Nyco fabric, designed for increased durability.
This year Backcountry Magazine conducted its annual product test at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, where boards from top manufacturers were put to trial by thirty independent shredders—the Euphoria split board came out on top. This is the fourth consecutive Editors' Choice award Venture has received from Backcountry Magazine.
Inspired by a classic surfboard design, the board emerged from the company's experimental category. It includes rocker, reverse sidecut and a swallowtail for deep powder conditions. The judgement highlights the fact that riders are responding to a surf-like style and feel to backcountry boards. The Venture Euphoria retails between $595 and $895 respectively.
For Spring '13 Five Ten is releasing a new line of climbing shoes, the Stonelands series. They are built from an entirely new last and feature a split-grain leather upper, midsole stiffener and a newly designed heel cup. The shoes come in a VCS model, slipper and lace-up.
Also new for Five Ten is the Ascent, an all-around shoe for hiking to climbing to biking to cruising on a longboard. Trail goers can look forward to the Guide Tennie (pictured), a climbing and hiking shoe with internal rocker to improve stride. Finally, the Line King was designed with slacklining, free ride and BMX in mind.
Boardworks Wake SUP line consists of 2 models (7’6” and 8’) that are designed with newly modeled foils and rockers to fit a boat's wake. The boards were introduced to retailers at Surf Expo in Orlando, Florida.
There are several things that differentiate wake SUP from traditional wake surfing and perhaps the biggest one is the length of rides people can achieve. This is due to the fact that the rider can SUP surf a longer section of the wake, in the pocket or out on the shoulder, and the rider can paddle back into the steeper section if he starts to fade off.
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.