Travel outfitter Eagle Creek is introducing RFID blocking technology to its Undercover line of travel accessories. The technology prevents hi-tech thieves from accessing personal information like credit cards, passports and other currencies using embedded RFID chips. The Undercover line, which includes pocket wallets, waist belts and a neck wallet will hit stores 5/1/13. Prices for the accessories range from $18 to $26.50. For more info visit: eaglecreek.com
Snow sports safety equipment provider Ortovox is introducing a new line of avalanche packs in partnership with ABS, who has over 28 years experience in avalanche airbag systems.
The new packs come in five models (3 mens, 2 womens) and feature the removable M.A.S.S technology (modular avalanche safety system). This is a twin-bag release that can be adjusted for both left-handed and right-handed users. The mens 24, 26 and 24 womens Freeride models include an SPS pro back protector. For retailers, Ortovox will be selling ABS Activation Units in conjunction with the Ortovox ABS pack program to retail partners, independently.
Woolrich, PA – Woolrich’s 2012 wool blanket collection is now available through an online catalogue and digital storybook at WoolrichUSA.com, displaying photography, narrative and a few hidden Easter eggs.
The site details historical tales such as the company’s founding in 1830, Civil War stories and manufacturing insights. To make blanket selection process easier, the site also features a “Blanket Rating” system consisting of a warmth rating from 1 to 10 as well as use recommendations.
Now available for download from iTunes and Google Play is Salomon’s completely rebuilt Powfinder app. The app provides real-time snow forecasts with user-generated weather reports in which users can snap pictures of snow, define the amount of snow and share with other skiers and snowboarders using the app. Other features include indications of where to go, snow maps, the ability to add favorite freeride resorts and access to Salomon Freeski TV and products.
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.