Beaverton, Ore. – Kayak enthusiasts now have two new options to carry their kayaks, from Whispbar. The Oregon-based manufacturer introduces two new boat mounts this week—the WB400 J-Cradle Kayak Carrier and the WB401 Saddle Roller Kayak Carrier. Both have characteristics that make it easy to load a kayak onto cars for transport. They also integrate with the Whispbar rack system.
In response to customers’ comments about how much kids love the original honey waffles, the company will offer two flavors in a smaller serving size. Available in honey and chocolate flavors, the waffles will be available in boxes of six individually-wrapped waffles. The smaller serving size is good, company executives say, for snacks in school lunches or family outings.
These 80-calorie waffles contain no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. There is no high fructose corn syrup or trans fat in Honey Stinger’s Kids’ Organic Waffles, which are certified organic.
For Spring '14, Redington will add three new premium waders in the Super Dry series. All three are constructed with SurgeShell waterproof fabric outside and Cocona treated fabric inside. Seams are sonically welded and taped to keep water out.
Super Dry Fly Waders come in a zip-front style with a snap tab and will be available in a range of sizes from medium to XX, selling for $499.95. The Super Dry Pants feature a dual Velcro waist closure and removable suspenders. Available in five sizes, these will retail for $279.95. Super Dry Waders are a zipless version of Super Dry Fly Waders. These are available in sizes from small to XXL and will sell for $399.95.
Old Town, Maine – Old Town Canoes & Kayaks, a Johnson Outdoors brand, is launching the new Predator kayak. The Predator design brings anglers closer to the water and enables consumers to install features like rod holders, GPS units, fish finders and cameras without having to drill into the hull.
The three-stage Element seating system can be lowered for paddling, raised for fishing or even flipped out of the way for stand-up mode; great for casting, poling and sighting. Other features include tri-hull construction for stability and also a proprietary Exo-Ridge deck to allow sure-footing and drainage.
Greensboro, N.C. – Textile manufacturer Burlington Worldwide has adopted the Bluesign system. Products that are Bluesign certified are made in factories that adhere to strict codes of conduct, and use only raw materials, chemicals and dyes that are also Bluesign certified.
Portland, Ore. – Gerber Legendary Blades, Inc. has issued a product recall for its Bear Grylls Parang Machete with stitched sheath. According to the recall notice, the Parang machete has been found to be able to cut through the stitching of the sheath, posing a laceration hazard. Eight incidents of lacerations to users’ hands and fingers have been reported. Three of those injuries required stitches.
Delemont and Ibach, Switzerland – Wenger and Victorinox, both makers of Swiss Army Knives, will merge into one company starting in 2014. The two brands have been under the same umbrella company for 10 years, and most consumers have no idea of the differences between either one, according to Victorinox CEO Carl Elsener.
Seattle, Wash. - Gnu is recalling several of its 2012/2013 snowboard bindings after it was discovered that the ankle straps can crack, creating an unsafe fall hazard. The bindings were sold at retailers and online between August 2012 and March 2013, and include men's, women's and youth sizes. In total, 13 styles were affected, but only the 2012/2013 versions of those styles. Gnu has a full list of affected styles and SKU numbers on its website, along with instructions for getting replacement bindings. About 6,800 pairs of the faulty bindings were sold in the US, and 1,200 in Canada. Gnu hopes to replace all bindings by September 2013.
Lawrence, Mass. – Performance textile company Polartec, LLC has teamed up with contract fabric company C.F. Stinson, Inc. in its return to the contract upholstery business. The fruit of this partnership, C.F. Stinson’s “Fit by Polartec” collection utilizing Polartec fabrics, will be debuted at NeoCon in Chicago this June.