Blanket Statement: Insect Shield Repels Insects!

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MosquitoSeattle, WA – With 2012 being one of the worst years for Lyme disease and West Nile virus as well as a new tick-borne disease on the large this year, insect repellent apparel company Insect Shield Repellent Technology stresses that protective measures are needed for the spring and summer seasons.

An EPA-registered outdoor blanket is the company’s newest offering to fight the bugs that will be coming out. The Insect Shield technology is built-in and odorless, and yet machine-washable with no special care required. At 18 oz., the 56” x 74” blanket’s MSRP is $29.95.

See-through Yoga Pants...Oops Says Lululemon

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See-through Yoga Pant...Oops says LuluLemonFor some a dream come true and for others a disappointing purchase; see-through yoga pants have hit the market reports the Wall Street Journal, but not on purpose.

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.”

Expanded Keen Sock Line Guaranteed for Life!

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Keen OlympusPortland, 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.

Slytech Taps Into Hydrapak

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Slytech 2nd Skin Hydrapro XTOakland, 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.

Wandertours and Overland Equipment Team Up to Outfit Wanderers in 2013

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Overland Equipment DonnerSeattle, 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.

A New Platform for Domestic Factory Sourcing

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Maker's RowA recent TechCrunch article features Maker's Row, a new resource that connects deisgners to manufacturers here in the United States. 

"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.

New Base Layer Technology from Terramar Sports Mimics Body's Natural Systems

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Terramar SportsPort 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.

K2 Adds to Backside Tools Collection

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K2 Rescue Shovel Plus Ice AxeSeattle, 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.

Vasque Technical Backpacking Boot Introduced

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Vasque St. Elias GTXAt 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.

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