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.
British Columbia, Canada – As snow season ramps up, the Canadian Avalanche Center is warning backcountry users that a series of cell phone apps advertised as alternatives to avalanche rescue systems are nowhere near as effective as they claim. The main problem is that wireless and Bluetooth signals are significantly weakened by dense snow—a critical shortcoming when it comes to rescuing any friends trapped by an avalanche.
Ventura and Oakland, Calif. – Patagonia's Fall '14 apparel collection will be the first officially certified fair trade apparel from a major brand. The certification covers the international factories where Patagonia cuts and sews its clothes, ensuring they adhere to strict environmental and worker safety standards. The certification also ensures fair wages and worker input on their working conditions.
Oakland, Calif. – Hydrapak has added three new SoftFlask models to its flexible/collapsible water bottle offerings. The SoftFlasks are made of the same materials as Hydrapak's hands-free hydration systems, and they collapse automatically as water is consumed.
The first two models in the line, released earlier, are the SF150 (5 oz.) and SF250 (8 oz.). The company has added three more larger sizes, SF350 (12 oz.), SF500 (17 oz.), and SF750 (25 oz.), with wider caps and silicon bite valves. The line also includes optional accessories like carry straps and dust covers.