Patagonia Triples Down and Invests in AeonClad Coating

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Patagonia claims its new water-repellant down technology not only delivers an unparalleled, industry-topping fill power of 1000 cubic inches per ounce, but achieves this without the use of fluorocarbons. The technology is trademarked under the name Encapsil.

In 2010, Patagonia partnered with AeonClad Coatings, a performance materials manufacturer based in Austin, Texas. AeonClad is a portfolio company of Emergent Technologies, Inc., who specializes in turning scientific discoveries into market driven products. In September 2012, Patagonia converted its initial investment to a 15% equity stake in AeonClad. Why?

Clean Ethics Creates Drinking Container Cleaning Tablet

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bottle brightClean Ethics, manufacturer of eco-friendly cleaning products, has created an effervescent tablet to clean drinking containers from mugs to water bottles. Without the use of harsh chemicals, the Bottle Bright formula removes stains and odors; it is non-toxic, biodegradable and chlorine-free. Bottle Bright is packaged with recycled, recyclable and biodegradable materials and retails for $11.95.

Kokatat Takes Edgy Product Line to Paddle Expo—Why the Bright Colors?

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The Kokatat/Jackson collection debuted at OR and most recently at Paddle Expo in Germany. Renowned whitewater athletes E.J. and Dane Jackson of the Kokatat athlete team are behind the bold style. Why such bright colors?

Sales and Marketing Director Jeff Turner explains, “The designs reflect E.J and Dane's big personalities, but we wanted to introduce something new and loud. The goal was to create the ultimate whitewater outfit, and we anticipate that the style will appeal to a younger consumer. We definitely plan to expand the line in the future to reach a broader market.”

New Kayak Outfitting for Wilderness Systems

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Wilderness Systems is launching the Phase 3 AirPro, a new outfitting for the kayak brand's Wildy models. The seating system is designed with varying foam densities to provide extra cushioning along the spine and under the legs. New features include a central control for adjusting the seat-back and leg lifter height and a breathable layer covering the seat's perforated foam. This layer should allow the seat to dry more quickly.

Exxo Armwear Releases Youth Outdoor Arm Sleeve

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exxo arm sleeveExxo Armwear has released an outdoor arm sleeve designed for young athletes to eliminate the hassle of long-sleeve base layers under jerseys. The arm sleeve is flexible and moisture-wicking. It provides UPF 40+ sun protection and keeps the user warm during any sort of physical activity or sport. A set of Flow arm sleeves, made of 92 percent Nylon and 8 percent Spandex, retails for $21.

Torch Apparel Launches at Interbike with LED Products

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torch apparelTorch Apparel debuted at Interbike 2012, showcasing its line of LED cycling helmets and backpacks. The company grew from a Kickstarter campaign with 641 backers bringing in more than $68,000 in funding.

The Torch collection consists of two products: the Torch T1 Helmet and the Torch Backpack, both of which feature button cell battery-operated projection LED technology with a four hour run-time. The adjustable steady or blinking lights can be recharged with a USB 2.0 port.

Sustainable Bamboo Speakers for Smartphones

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iBam2With all the hubbub surrounding the release of the iPhone 5, it seems fitting to feature an accessory for mobile devices that is significantly more low-tech: the iBam 2 bamboo speakers.

A tube of bamboo channels sound out and away from the phone, amplifying it for an electricity-free musical experience. The iBam 2 is an update from the original iBam released in 2011 by the Sustainable Living Lab and featured at TEDxBled. Each sale of an iBam 2—at $63.22—supports disadvantaged women, traditional craftsmen and at-risk youth. The bamboo speakers can be purchased on pasargora.net.

Tern Unveils Bicycle Multi-Tool

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tern toolTern, the manufacturer of folding bicycles and bike accessories, debuted the Tern Tool, a bicycle multi-tool designed to be the only tool you need on a ride. The tool features a high-leverage 15 mm wrench for axle nuts and pedals along with 19 other tools for all parts of a bike. Some of these tools include various sizes of hex keys, spoke keys and screwdrivers.

An included neoprene cover can be put on the body handle for a more comfortable grip. The Tern Tool has dimensions of 3.5” x 2.1” x 1.1” and weighs 11 oz. The recommended retail price is $40.

Vasque Footwear Sponsors the U.S. National Snowshoe Team

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snowjunkieIn conjunction with the launch of its new insulated collection, Vasque announced sponsorship of the 2012-2013 U.S. National Snowshoe Team, which is comprised of 16 endurance athletes.

As part of the collection, the Snow Junkie and Snowblime boots employ 200 grams of 3M Thinsulate Ultra, an insulator used in outerwear, and UltraDry, Vasque’s proprietary waterproof membrane.

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