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.

Introducing New SUP Trailer and New Brand: Jax Trailer

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IMG_0588_webAfter nearly two years of development, a new SUP trailer enters the market under a new brand, Jax. Behind the Jax brand is SUP enthusiast and founder George Jax and son Kyle Jax, co-founder. The two innovators felt that many existing trailers on the market shared a common design flaw—they forced the paddler to carry the board horizontally.

George explains, “Carrying the the board flat forces the user to pull or push the board with his fingertips. Being paddlers ourselves, we found that type of carrying position to be quite uncomfortable. Transporting a SUP should be identical to carrying a surfboard under your arm; so we designed the trailer to fit the board vertically.” For more information visit: jax-trailer.com.

Timberland's New Offering made with Cordura Fabric

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Timberland_JacketTimberland 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.

Venture Splitboard Named Editors' Choice

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scottdwsmith_img_9410_webThis 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.

New Five Ten Climbing and Lifestyle Footwear

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FivetenFor 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 Launches New Line of Wake SUP Boards

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Boardworks WakeBoardworks 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.

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