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.
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.