Astral Upgrades Outsoles on River Shoes

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astral-brewerAsheville, N.C. – Astral is debuting a new outsole on its Spring '14 collection of river shoes, made from Astral's own G.14 rubber. The new outsoles feature improved performance in the midsole, and additional siping to improve grip. It also sheds mud more effectively than the previous version.

Astral entered the outdoor footwear market in 2012 with the Brewer, which won Gear of the Year 2013 from National Geographic. It originally partnered with climbing gear company Five Ten, and is using Five Ten's proprietary Stealth Rubber on the Brewer. Astral's footwear line now includes two more shoes, the Porter and the Rassler, with a fourth, the Baker, coming soon.

Balega Sports International Supports Breast Cancer Fund With Sales of Limited Edition Sock

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8025 candy pink 0801 ldsHickory, N.C. – Balega International will donate $1 from each sale of a limited edition breast cancer awareness sock – candy pink in color – to the Beast Cancer Fund. The Breast Cancer Fund (BCF) is a nonprofit organization that focuses on public policy and education regarding chemical exposure and breast cancer. These socks feature messages like “Don’t Tell Me I Can’t,’” and “Mind Over Miles,” stitched into the socks. These socks sell for $12.50.

Independent Study Reveals Best Wash to Protect DownTek Technology

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DownTekCincinnati, Ohio – In July, DownTek commissioned a wash durability study with the International Down & Feather Testing Lab (IDFL) to find the right detergent to protect the company’s technology. UK-based Granger’s Down Wash detergent was best at maintaining durable water repellency, according to a DownTek news release.

BioLite Introduces the KettlePot for 2014

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BioLite-KettlePotBrooklyn, NY — BioLite, an energy solution innovator has added the multi-function KettlePot. The 5-inch by 10-inch KettlePot weighs just 465 grams and holds up to 1.5 liters. To improve efficiency, this product includes a heat skirt at the bottom of the pot that also protects flames in windy conditions; the L-shaped vertical handles make the entire unit easy to pour and easy to maneuver when boiling or cooking.

Marmot Introduces NanoPro Technology in Spring 2014 Line

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Marmot nanoproRohnert Park, Calif. – For Spring 2014, Marmot introduces NanoPro laminated and coated technology—a breathable and waterproof shell material that adds a third dimension to the waterproof/breathable equation, termed dynamic air permeability. The Spectra, Essence, Super Mica and Artemis jackets will all be updated with NanoPro technology and range in price from $175 to $250.

Dynamic air permeability allows moisture vapor to evaporate more quickly and does not compromise waterproof performance or wind protection. Marmot NanoPro uses micro-porous technology with pores that are 30% smaller. Marmot NanoPro fabrics are available in 2.5 layer lamination and coating in a variety of fabric weights. Marmot NanoPro is 43 percent more breathable than previous coating technologies utilized by the company.

Opsrey Streamlines Exos Lightweight Packs for 2014

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Osprey Exso front webCortez, Colo – In Spring 2014, Osprey Packs id introducing a remade version of the company’s Exos Series lightweight packs, first launched in 2008. The refined packs bring the company’s existing Superlight AirSpeed suspension with a newly-designed harness and hipbelt called Exoform. The harness and hipbelt components work together for greater comfort and support for the wearer.

Whispbar Presents Two New Kayak Carrier Models

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Whispbar WB401 carrier on carBeaverton, 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.

New Kids’ Organic Waffles from Honey Stinger

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Honey Stinger Kids Waffle Honey flavorSteamboat Springs, Colo. – Honey Stinger is expanding its line of honey-based products to hit the shelves in retail outlets and specialty stores across the country this summer: Kids’ Organic Waffles.

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.

Redington Announces Three New Waders

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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.

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