Liberating women's yoga brand, Lululemon, has accidentally taken liberation to a whole new level with its black yoga pants. A spokesman from the brand explains that due to a factory error, certain shipments of product available in store since March 1, 2013 do not meet “technical specifications.”
Portland, OR – Keen is adding more options to its Olympus line of socks. Adding ¼ crew and low cuts as well as an expanded range of weights and colors, the Olympus socks also come with a Guaranteed for Life Warranty. Keen will replace any worn out pair, no questions asked.
Oakland, CA – Action sports protection brand Slytech has picked Hydrapak, producers of active-lifestyle hydration equipment, for integration into its latest offering, the Slytech 2nd Skin Hydrapro XT. The offering will feature a Hydrapak one-liter hydration reservoir and was designed with input from alpine skier Ted Ligety. It will distribute in fall 2013.
Seattle, WA – Boutique travel company Wandertours, which specializes in women-only tours, has partnered with Overland Equipment to provide every Wandertour participant with a Donner bag of their color choice. Participants who book trips with departure dates at any date during 2013 will receive a bag.
"Co-founders Matthew Burnett and Tanya Menendez launched Maker’s Row in November to act as a sort of Match.com with Kiva.org-like profiles for factories and facilities. The site enables recognized designers and amateurs alike to partner with manufactures that are searchable on the site by state to create a range of items, from handbags to sportswear. It charges manufacturers a subscription fee to post.
Port Chester, New York—Terramar Sports, manufacturer of silk and microfiber thermal underwear, has developed a new technology to be included in its Fall '13 line of performance base layers. The latest collection, entitled Climasense, features a multi-level product design consisting of layers that are heat generating or thermal regulating.
The heat generating garments use hollow core yarn, which captures the body's heat and prevents warmth from escaping. The Climasense thermal regulating technology uses fabrics that retain warm air when the skin is cool and can release excess moisture when skin temperature raises to create perspiration—this attempts to mimic the body's natural temperature regulating mechanism.
Seattle, WA – K2 has added the Rescue Shovel Plus Ice Axe to its Backside tools collection. Featuring a removable handle with an interchangeable ice axe head, the Rescue Shovel Plus Ice Axe comes with a storage sleeve and rescue sled instructions and is certified to European Community (CE) standards for global distribution.
At the 2013 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, Vasque debuted the St. Elias GTX lightweight technical backpacking boot. At 3 lbs. 1 oz., the St. Elias GTX is a traditional all-leather boot featuring Vasque’s A.S.E. midsole. The A.S.E. midsole is composed of an EVA derivative that is lightweight with the compression and abrasion resistance of PU. Available in both men’s and women’s sizing, the St. Elias GTX has an MSRP of $189.99.
Boulder, CO – Cocona is now offering exclusively to its licensed brand partners its new Cocona Insulation System (CIS) for outerwear, gloves and sleeping bags. CIS removes moisture by converting sweat to vapor and accelerating evaporation. CIS is ideal for highly active sports including running, cycling, mountaineering and backpacking.