Woolrich, Pa. – The outdoor clothing company Woolrich has announced a long-term, global licensing deal with Portland Product Werks to launch its debut footwear lineup for fall 2014. PPW is a group of veterans from the footwear industry who have worked with brands such as Nike, Columbia Sportswear, Sorel and Korkers.
Oakland, Calif. – Hydrapak announced the retail introduction of its new SoftFlask in five different lightweight sizes for recreational activities. In addition to the 5 and 8 oz. models, the line now boasts 12, 17 and 25 oz. models with a wider cap that features a shut-off option and a silicon bite valve. The new packs will be available in late October.
San Mateo, Calif. - Outdoor video amateurs have it easier than ever, thanks to GoPro's new editing software. The free program, Studio 2.0 is available on the company's website, and utilizes a series of templates and pre-loaded music. Intelligent features, like automatic music-syncing, one-click settings for fast and slow motion, and image correction can shave hours off of the editing process. And non-GoPro owners don't need to feel left out; the editor supports any video taken in mp4 and .mov formats.
Vancouver, B.C. – Zerogram, a Korean-based camping equipment maker, announced that it will be using Insotect's Flow Insulation system in its 2014 line of sleeping bags. Specifically, it will be included in the Sierra, White Wolf, and Cholatse designs.
Insotect uses vertical thermal channels instead of horizontal ones, a move designed to reduce the weight of the sleeping bag and facilitate head-to-toe heat distribution. The company's insulation is already used by big brand names like Marmot and EMS.
Asheville, 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.
Hickory, 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.
Cincinnati, 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.
Brooklyn, 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.
Rohnert 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.