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.

New Predator Kayak from Old Town

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OldTown Predator131 webOld Town, Maine – Old Town Canoes & Kayaks, a Johnson Outdoors brand, is launching the new Predator kayak. The Predator design brings anglers closer to the water and enables consumers to install features like rod holders, GPS units, fish finders and cameras without having to drill into the hull.

The three-stage Element seating system can be lowered for paddling, raised for fishing or even flipped out of the way for stand-up mode; great for casting, poling and sighting. Other features include tri-hull construction for stability and also a proprietary Exo-Ridge deck to allow sure-footing and drainage.

Burlington Worldwide Earns Bluesign Certification

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Greensboro, N.C. – Textile manufacturer Burlington Worldwide has adopted the Bluesign system. Products that are Bluesign certified are made in factories that adhere to strict codes of conduct, and use only raw materials, chemicals and dyes that are also Bluesign certified.

Laceration Hazard Forces Gerber to Recall Bear Grylls Machete

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parang machetePortland, Ore. – Gerber Legendary Blades, Inc. has issued a product recall for its Bear Grylls Parang Machete with stitched sheath. According to the recall notice, the Parang machete has been found to be able to cut through the stitching of the sheath, posing a laceration hazard. Eight incidents of lacerations to users’ hands and fingers have been reported. Three of those injuries required stitches.

Swiss Army Knife Brands to Merge

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victorinox ranger 625x640Delemont and Ibach, Switzerland – Wenger and Victorinox, both makers of Swiss Army Knives, will merge into one company starting in 2014. The two brands have been under the same umbrella company for 10 years, and most consumers have no idea of the differences between either one, according to Victorinox CEO Carl Elsener.

Gnu Recalls 2012/2013 Snowboard Bindings

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gnu agro greenSeattle, Wash. - Gnu is recalling several of its 2012/2013 snowboard bindings after it was discovered that the ankle straps can crack, creating an unsafe fall hazard. The bindings were sold at retailers and online between August 2012 and March 2013, and include men's, women's and youth sizes. In total, 13 styles were affected, but only the 2012/2013 versions of those styles. Gnu has a full list of affected styles and SKU numbers on its website, along with instructions for getting replacement bindings. About 6,800 pairs of the faulty bindings were sold in the US, and 1,200 in Canada. Gnu hopes to replace all bindings by September 2013.

Polartec Partners with CF Stinson, Comes Full Circle

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fit by polartecLawrence, Mass. – Performance textile company Polartec, LLC has teamed up with contract fabric company C.F. Stinson, Inc. in its return to the contract upholstery business. The fruit of this partnership, C.F. Stinson’s “Fit by Polartec” collection utilizing Polartec fabrics, will be debuted at NeoCon in Chicago this June.

Kuat Racks Offers Larger Sizes for Popular Dirtbag Model

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Kuat-Dirtbag-Bike-RackSpringfield, Mo. – Kuat Racks announced two new sizes for its economical bike rack, the Dirtbag. The traditional 9mm model fits standard road and mountain bikes. The two new sizes are 15mm and 20mm for bikes with bigger forks.

The Dirtbag is a $13, simple metal rack that can be bolted anywhere from moving vehicles to garages. The rack works by taking the place of the front wheel of a bike. Users remove the front wheel, then mount the bike's fork to the Dirtbag, using the bike's skewer to clamp the frame onto the rack.

ParksByNature Brings Apps to National Trails Day

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pocket ranger phonesSilver Springs, Md. – Mobile developer ParksByNature has partnered with the American Hiking Society to make its apps available for National Trails Day on June 1. The AHS hopes that trail-goers will use the apps to document and share their experiences.

ParksByNature has developed a total of 26 different free apps, collectively called Pocket Ranger, and shares AHS' dedication to promoting and protecting America's trails and their surrounding natural areas. The apps allow hikers to track and record trails, mark specific points along the way, and view the time elapsed and distance traveled since the beginning of the hike. They also download cached park maps and trail information, so hikers can access guides without cell reception.

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