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    Hövding continues trend towards profitability in Q3


    Swedish company Hövding, maker of an airbag collar for cyclists, remains on track for profitability with a further improvement in gross margin, up 11 percentage points year-on-year and 5 percentage points compared to the second quarter of the year, according to the company’s interim report for the third quarter. The ...

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    Norrøna launches ski collection


    For the first time in the company’s history, Norrøna is launching a limited-edition collection of handmade skis in November, with each model individually made in Norway. This first-ever hardware collection includes three models for ski touring, big mountain and powder (96, 104 and 112 mm underfoot) with very minimalist designs ...

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    PrimaLoft receives Derryck Draper Award for innovation


    PrimaLoft® has received the Derryck Draper Award from the OWPG (Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild) for its innovative and sustainable manufacturing process. The judges highlighted PrimaLoft® P.U.R.E.™ manufacturing technology, which reduces CO2 emissions by up to 70 percent during the production process. The award, named in memory ...

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    Belgian investor acquires Santos Bikes shares from Think2Act


    Belgian investment holding company Korys Investments acquired shares in Dutch bicycle manufacturer Santos Bikes on Oct. 19. No details were given about the number of shares or the sale price; all that is known is that Korys bought all shares that had been in the hands of previous Santos investor ...

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    Haglöfs reports global growth of 26% in H1, expands sales team for Germany and Austria


    Swedish outdoor brand Haglöfs reports well-received winter and spring collections and global growth of 26 percent in the first half of 2021 compared to the same period last year, citing continued investment in product development and design despite the pandemic. The brand says it’s committed to continuing to work closely ...

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    Program updates for Vertical Pro in Friedrichshafen


    Established companies and newcomers from the indoor and outdoor climbing industry as well as rope and belay technology will form the core of the new Vertical Pro trade show on Nov. 19 and 20 in Friedrichshafen. In cooperation with the German Alpine Association (DAV), the climbing hall meeting “Halls & ...

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    Wildberries expands to Baltics


    Russia’s largest online retailer Wildberries is entering Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, but the marketplaces are only available in English and Russian. The company also announced that iOS and Android mobile applications would soon be available in the three Baltic countries. Wildberries indicated that international logistics operators deliver orders in the ...

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    Sea Otter Europe 2022 will be held in autumn


    After the fifth edition of the bike show Sea Otter Europe Costa Brava-Girona was canceled last year due to Covid-19, this year’s event, held from Sept. 24 to 26, exceeded all optimistic forecasts. According to the organizers, 240 brands from 15 countries and around 45,000 visitors from 50 countries were ...

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    Pelican Products changes hands


    Pelican Products, a U.S. manufacturer of protective cases, has been sold by New York-based Behrman Capital to another private equity firm, Los Angeles-based Platinum Equity, on undisclosed terms. The transaction is expected to close by the end of Q4, 2021. In addition to outdoor equipment cases, Pelican also makes gun ...

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    Canada Goose’s Basecamp community is first to buy the brand’s new footwear


    Canada Goose announced a pre-sale for its first footwear collection available only to members of Basecamp, the brand’s (free) community platform. On Basecamp, fans are the first to hear about company announcements and product launches, including new collections and limited editions, plus they get exclusive access to experiences such as ...

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    Norrøna signs Chris Davenport


    Norwegian brand Norrøna has signed two-time world champion extreme skier and ski mountaineering pioneer Chris Davenport as the newest member of its mountain athletes team. Davenport is widely regarded as one of the best big-mountain skiers in the world. Among his ski mountaineering accomplishments, Davenport became the first person to ...

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    Teijin Frontier’s Thai subsidiary plans new facility for recycled polyester chips


    According to a press release published from Teijin Frontier Co. Ltd (the fiber and product processing company of Teijin Group), Teijin Polyester (Thailand) Ltd. (TPL), the company whose core business is the production of polyester fibers, is setting up a plant to convert used domestic plastic bottles into recycled polyester ...

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    Montane with new country manager and PR agency for the U.S.


    British outdoor apparel brand Montane has announced a new brand initiative for the U.S. market. Effective immediately, industry veteran Mike Downing of Boulder, Colorado, will assume the role of country manager for the U.S., overseeing all wholesale, professional and direct sales for Montane’s apparel and gear collection. Downing will work ...

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    Keen reorganizes German sales team


    Ralph Hermann, so far Keen’s representative in Baden-Württemberg with his agency “Die Berg Agenten”, will be Keen’s new country manager for Germany. Baden-Württemberg as well as Bavaria will be taken over from fall/winter 2022 by the agency Frotscher, which also looks after brands such as Havaianas, CMP, Inuovo and Hoff ...

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    Teva and Cotopaxi partner for capsule


    Source: Teva/Cotopaxi U.S. outdoor brands Cotopaxi and Teva have launched a new cooperative project featuring two footwear styles and a jacket that incorporates design language from two best-selling products, the ReEmber slip-on shoe by Teva and Cotopaxi’s Teca Cálido jacket. Merging both the looks and the sustainability ...

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    U.S. brand Softstar introduces zero-drop waterproof hiking boot


    Renowned since the mid-1980s for its in-house designed and hand-made, minimal, leather footwear featuring the “barefoot” feel and zero-drop soles, U.S. footwear brand Softstar is now launching a hiking boot. Privileging high-quality, flexible, responsibly sourced materials that allow for free and natural movement and comfort, the Switchback boot is due ...

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    Anta Sports’ sales grow in Q3


    China’s Anta Sports, which does not provide full financial results for odd-numbered quarters, announced in an operational update that retail sales of its core Anta brand grew in the low double-digit range in the third quarter compared to low single-digit growth in the third quarter of the previous year. Fila, ...

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    Kathmandu still sees H1 profits falling


    Kathmandu Holdings confirmed it still anticipates profits for the first half ending Jan. 31, 2022, to be lower than the year earlier, after the new financial year began with widespread lockdowns throughout Australasia and Covid-related strains for its supply chain. “The group’s brands are well-positioned to capitalize on growing participation ...

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    Keen receives award for PFC-free Detox the Planet initiative


    U.S. publication Good Housekeeping has honored Portland, Oregon-based brand Keen with the Good Housekeeping 2021 Sustainability Innovation Award for its Detox the Planet initiative, launched in 2014, which aims to ensure the brand completely eliminates perfluorochemicals (PFCs) and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from its footwear. These so-called “eternal chemicals” ...

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    Didriksons opens pop-up store and showroom in Paris


    Swedish brand Didriksons aims to expand its business in the French retail market. For this fall/winter season, the brand has opened a combined pop-up store and order showroom in Paris’ Marais district, which will be open until Dec. 31, 2021. The store is part of the expansion strategy of the ...