Micro CHP Wins 2011 Energy Star Emerging Technology Award

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Energy Star AwardThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing two companies for innovative new products that capture wasted heat energy from self-generated electricity in homes and small buildings. Freewatt micro CHP system made by ECR International of New York and the Ecopower micro CHP system made by Marathon Engine of Wisconsin will receive the 2011 Emerging Technology Award at the Energy Star Awards Ceremony on April 12 in Washington D.C.

Hydrapak Customizes Reversible Reservoir II for German Pack Company

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Hydrapak logoHydrapak has signed an agreement as a key OEM partner for German pack manufacturer Vaude. Vaude's Aquarius 2.0 Reservoir will feature technology from Hydrapak’s Reversible Reservoir II. Redesigned with unique colors and a custom molded closure, the Reversible Reservoir II is easy to clean and the utilization of TPU material insures against health issues and leaking. The reservoir will be included standard in the Aquarius 5 and Aquarius 7+3 models and sold as a stand-alone accessory compatible with the rest of the Vaude backpack line.

Vaude joins Hydrapak’s growing list of global partners, including POC, DaKine, Nathan, EVOC, Oakley, Columbia, Fox, Ogio, Kriega, Scott, BMW, KTM, and Berghaus.

Wolverine Promotes New VPs for Merrell, Chaco

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MerrellJust weeks after Wolverine World Wide's reorganization (see previous story), which included the formation of an "Outdoor Group" consisting of the Merrell, Chaco and Patagonia Footwear brands, the company has made two key executive appointments to Merrell and Chaco. Seth Cobb has been named vice president and general manager of Merrell and Chip Coe will serve as vice president and general manager of Chaco.

Mountain Hardwear Moves PR In-House

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MHWMountain Hardwear has decided to move public relations into its corporate office, effective February 11. The new PR team can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Ocean Kayak Celebrates 40th Anniversary

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Ocean KayakOcean Kayak celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2011. As part of the celebration Ocean Kayak will launch multiple promotions March 1, as well as orchestrate contests and giveaways on its Facebook page throughout the year. The brand is also preparing to launch its 2012 collection at the Outdoor Retailer summer show in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Enters Outdoor Gear with Cuben Fiber

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HMGHyperlite Mountain Gear (HMG), a designer, manufacturer and supplier of Cuben fiber based equipment is entering into the outdoor gear market in 2011. Originally used in high-performance sailing, Cuben fiber is a 100 percent waterproof, non-woven laminate “fabric” that excels in demanding conditions, thereby enabling the production of outdoor gear with high strength-to-weight performance. HMG’s products are manufactured in the U.S. and include modular tent shelter systems, tarps, backpacks and stuff sacks.

CW-X Appoints Distributors for European Launch

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CW-XAfter achieving a 39 percent increase in sales from 2009 to 2010 and penetrating over 1,400 retail accounts in North America, CW-X conditioning tights will officially launch in Europe starting this year. The brand had formerly conducted a soft launch in the U.K., and is now appointing distributors for key mainland European markets.

C4 Waterman Partners with GreenWater Holdings

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c4C4 Waterman has partnered with GreenWater Holdings, an investment and brand development firm based in Newport Beach, California. GreenWater's capital investment, along with its operations, manufacturing and product design expertise, aims to strengthen the company's position in the outdoor and watersports industries.

Launched in 2007 by Hawaiian watermen with a line of stand up paddle boards and paddles, C4 has continued to break new ground with inflatable SUPs (see previous story) and surfboards, water rescue equipment and related soft goods.

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