Seattle, Wash. – Outdoor apparel brand, Rab, is partnering with Nikwax to offer Nikwax hydrophobic down in its apparel and sleeping bags. The Nikwax Hydrophobic Down treatment is applied to raw down in the cleaning process and allows the insulation to absorb less water and retain more loft and warmth under normal conditions. The company also claims its treated down does not contain fluorocarbon compounds, an issue that has been brought to the industry's attention by multiple Greenpeace reports.
Seattle, Wash. – Stanley is targeting microbrew enthusiasts with its new line of pint glasses, flask sizes and a shot glass set. The move will allow campers to replace disposable cups with a durable, reusable solution. The new offerings are: The Classic Vacuum Steel Pint (16 oz.) which comes with a built-in bottle opener, a press fit lid, and keeps beer cold for 4.5 hours; The Adventure Insulated Stainless Steel Pint (16 oz.) which comes with a press-fit lid and a neoprene insulating wrap; and The Adventure Stainless Steel Shotglass Set (2 oz.). Stanley is also adding two new sizes to its Adventure Stainless Steel Flask Collection: the XL Steel Flask (12 oz.) and the Pocket Steel Flask (5 oz.).
Austin, Texas – Kammok is introducing a new sleeping bag system that's designed to give consumers more control over size and temperature rating. The Thylacine works with a series of changeable insulated baffles, which can be filled with down, synthetic, or a hybrid of both types of insulation. Removing or changing baffles will give the desired heat rating. The baffles themselves are made of a lightweight, quilted fabric created to minimize insulation migration.
Vancouver, British Columbia – Westcomb is foraying into expedition-weight apparel with its new line of parkas, which it's bringing to Outdoor Retailer this year. The Subzero line will use Primaloft Down Gold Blend insulation, which features 70 percent, 750-fill power goose down and 30 percent Primaloft fibers. Other technologies included in the line are: Schoeller, Polartec and Pertex.
Tarrytown, N.Y. – For the next season Terramar will update and expand its new ClimaSense Technology line. Debuted in 2013, ClimaSense features odor control and smart thermal regulation that retains moisture to warm the body up, or sheds it to cool the body down. ClimaSense also assigns all its base layers a "warmth factor," a quick rating system for consumers to pick the right base layer for the right activity.
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.