South Korea – Baro Cook, a new company from South Korea, has developed a cooking system that uses tea-bag-like mineral packets to heat water (and therefore, your food). The system works like a double boiler: the water is heated in one (plastic) container, and you put your food into a second (stainless steel) container that rests on top.
Ontario, Canada – Baffin is re-releasing a version of its original boot, the Heritage, which will be available in a limited edition run for 2014. The boot is based on Inuit layering techniques and features leather sourced from Quebec and natural beaver trim from the West Coast. The bases will be molded in Canadian warehouses, using a similar mold as the 1997 model.
Cortez, Colo. – For the Fall/Winter 2014 season, Osprey Packs, Inc. has made improvements on some of its key travel backpack and duffel bag products: the Waypoint/Wayfarer as well as the Porter and Transporter series. These updates focus on enhancing comfort and usability, as well as providing storage for tablets and laptops.
Littleton, N.H. – Insect bite treatment brand After Bite will release in February an updated formula for its signature product, said parent firm Tender Corporation. The new version of After Bite will add baking soda to provide further comfort and relief from bites from insects like fleas, ticks, bees and mosquitos. The release of the new formula will be accompanied by point of sale marketing support, national advertising and social media efforts.
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.