Jackson Gives Anglers a Glow-in-the-Dark Kayak Option

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The Illuminati Series is Jackson Kayak's response to a demand from anglers who paddle in low-light conditions typically at dawn or dusk. The solution is a glow-in-the-dark color option that can be added to the price of Jackson fishing kayak models—the Coosa, Cuda 12, Cuda 14 and Big Tuna—for an additional $200.

Therm-a-rest Sponsors Banff Film Festival for Second Year

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The Banff Tour, which travels across Canada and the U.S., showcases select films, photography and literary works that capture the outdoor experience and test the limits of human endurance. Therm-a-rest is set to sponsor the festival for a second year.

This is good timing as the brand launched a new line of sleeping bags for Spring '13 this summer. Therm-a-rest will host a product display table during screenings of the films at Banff festivals. The Spring '13 launch includes seven new models: the Antares, Navis, Alpine Blanket, Saros, Centari and Regulus Blanket.

Big Agnes Downtek Sleeping Bag Wins 2012 Gear of the Year

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Big Agnes Mcalpin SLSteamboat Springs, CO – Big Agnes’ zero-degree McAlpin SL sleeping bag, featuring Downtek down insulation, has been named a 2012 Gear of the Year by National Geographic Adventure. The Brand, which is known for its integrated sleeping bag and pad systems, now offers traditional mummy bags.

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.

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