Encinitas, Calif. – Skins' newest base layer, the S400, is a combination of its gradient compression technology and thermalwear. The line was inspired by the company's All-in-One suit it made for the Austrian Ski Federation, and is specifically designed to offer compression for coldweather activities. The line is made of both men's and women's long tights, 3/4 tights and a long sleeve top, along with a men's all-in-one suit. The garments feature articulated sleeves and knees, internal silicon gripper to prevent shifting during use, and combines warp knit compression fabric and thermal fabric with stretch airflow mesh to ensure breathability, compression and heat retention.
Lewisburg, Pa. – Vargo Outdoors came out with its first bladed tool, the Wharn-Clip Knife, a lightweight, full-size knife with a Wharnecliffe-shaped blade. The 2.7 inch knife blade is made from an ultra-light Japanese titanium alloy, which helps keep the full weight of both knife and sheath to one ounce. It also comes with an integrated clip for easy carrying.
British Columbia, Canada – As snow season ramps up, the Canadian Avalanche Center is warning backcountry users that a series of cell phone apps advertised as alternatives to avalanche rescue systems are nowhere near as effective as they claim. The main problem is that wireless and Bluetooth signals are significantly weakened by dense snow—a critical shortcoming when it comes to rescuing any friends trapped by an avalanche.
Ventura and Oakland, Calif. – Patagonia's Fall '14 apparel collection will be the first officially certified fair trade apparel from a major brand. The certification covers the international factories where Patagonia cuts and sews its clothes, ensuring they adhere to strict environmental and worker safety standards. The certification also ensures fair wages and worker input on their working conditions.
Oakland, Calif. – Hydrapak has added three new SoftFlask models to its flexible/collapsible water bottle offerings. The SoftFlasks are made of the same materials as Hydrapak's hands-free hydration systems, and they collapse automatically as water is consumed.
The first two models in the line, released earlier, are the SF150 (5 oz.) and SF250 (8 oz.). The company has added three more larger sizes, SF350 (12 oz.), SF500 (17 oz.), and SF750 (25 oz.), with wider caps and silicon bite valves. The line also includes optional accessories like carry straps and dust covers.
Currie will be demoing their bikes on a closed through test rides, and consumers will also be able to enter a drawing to win an eBike.
The XPO, which takes place in Riverside, Calif., brings in about 100,000 people over its six days. Through interactive exhibits and activities, visitors can learn about the broad spectrum of energy efficiency options in home design, transportation, consumer products, food production and education.
Denver, Colo. – Rudy Project's newest model of sunglasses, the Agon, features several adjustable components. Temple, tips and nose piece can all be altered to create a highly customizable fit. The rims are built with the company's QuickChange system, designed to make it easy to switch out lenses for different lighting conditions.
Other features include temples that are shaped to fit comfortably around helmet straps, and thin, adjustable ventilation slits attached to the lenses to keep them from fogging. Colors include Frozen Ash, Matte Black, White Gloss, Yellow Fluo, Green Fluo, and Graphite. MSRP starts at $234.99, and individual lenses start at MSRP $74.99.