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    ​HeiQ unveils anti-odor technology for feather and down products


    Swiss ingredients brand HeiQ is introducing a new anti-odor product addition to its HeiQ Fresh range to eliminate persistent malodor on feather and down products. Biobased HeiQ Fresh for Feather & Down utilizes a novel combination of pre- and probiotics (synbiotics) which helps to break up the smelly components. The ...

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    BlackYak and Korean chemical companies develop sustainable trekking shoe


    Source: SK Chemicals The South Korean companies SK Chemicals, Dongsung Chemical and BlackYak jointly announced that they have developed sustainable footwear materials using the naturally derived material Ecotrion and applied it to BlackYak’s trekking shoe 343 Max. The new shoe was presented on April 18 after a ...

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    TNF presents Paris 2024 climbing uniforms for USA, Japan, South Korea and Austria


    Earlier this week, The North Face (TNF) unveiled the official sport climbing competition uniforms to be worn by athletes from the US, Japan, South Korea and Austria in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. TNF explained that each piece was meticulously constructed, pattern making was analyzed with 3D soft-wear, and garments ...

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    TNF and Icebreaker collab on plastic-free Merino capsule


    The North Face (TNF) and Icebreaker, two outdoor performance brands under the VF Corp. umbrella, have collaborated on a Merino blend adventure wear capsule for spring/summer 2024. According to the brands, the collection ”redefines comfort and performance” and is ”meticulously crafted with fabric made from 100 percent plastic-free fibers.” Offered ...

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    How to bring innovative materials into the supply chain


    Ambercycle, an innovative company using novel molecular regeneration technologies to transform used textiles into decarbonized, circular materials for brand owners, and womenswear brand Ganni have worked together to launch Cycora – the first commercially viable regenerated alternative to virgin polyester from Ambercycle. Textile Exchange has published a best practice case ...

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    Sympatex presents new Sherpa laminate at Techtextil


    At Techtextil Frankfurt, April 23–26, 2024, Sympatex will present Sherpa, a new laminate concept that combines the advantages of the classic quilted jacket with those of a membrane jacket. Source: Sympatex The Sympatex Sherpa Modular Parka consists of the new Sherpa laminate, designed with respect to ecodesign ...

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    Cirql launches fully recyclable midsole made from 30% recycled TPU


    US-based insole specialist OrthoLite, the company behind Cirql, a provider of sustainable material solutions for the global footwear industry, has launched a new midsole foam called Cirql rTPU30. According to Cirql, the patented innovation consists of 30 percent recycled TPU material and is manufactured through a chemical-free, supercritical foaming process. ...

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    Patent protection for OrthoLite Hybrid Technology line expanded


    US-based insole specialist OrthoLite announces that, as of April 2, 2024, patent protection has been expanded for the speckled design of its Hybrid Technology line, including Hybrid, HybridPlus-Bio and HybridPlus Recycled. The patents protect the colored foam-speckled design that represents “quality, comfort, and the inclusion of at least 20 percent ...

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    Kith and Columbia Sportswear team up again - this time for camping gear


    Source: Columbia x Kith After an outdoor lifestyle collection in 2022 and a fishing collection in 2023, Kith is continuing its partnership with Columbia Sportswear and presents the brand new Kith for Columbia 2024 collection – this time a comprehensive range of apparel, accessories and footwear designed ...

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    Outdoor Research drops first dedicated MTB apparel line


    As outdoor apparel manufacturer Outdoor Research (OR) releases its first dedicated collection of technical mountain bike gear for Spring 2024, the Seattle-based brand is expanding its athlete roster with four riders who will provide product category expertise and feedback as OR fully embraces the category. Trail and freeride athletes Georgia ...

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    Polartec’s Eric Yung: Leading the charge in outdoor apparel innovation and sustainability


    In this exclusive article, Polartec’s Eric Yung shares his journey within the company, his principles as a leader and his thoughts on the current strength and growth opportunities within the sporting and outdoor goods industries.

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    Terrex launches trail running mentoring program with intro of Agravic Speed Ultra


    Source: Adidas Terrex Following the success athletes celebrated in a prototype last summer, Adidas Terrex announced that the Agravic Speed Ultra is now available for all trail runners. The brand said that every element of the new shoe has been optimized “to help trail runners experience speed ...

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    Nilit’s new Sensil Flow enables circularity in nylon


    Israel-based Nilit, the manufacturer of high-quality nylon 6.6 for apparel now celebrating its 50th anniversary and owner of the Sensil brand, has launched Sensil Flow, a new approach to the circularity of nylon 6.6 that enables the recycling of yarns, fabrics and ultimately garments to eliminate waste and further reduce ...

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    Keen and Namuk collaborate on kids’ sandals


    Oregon-based footwear brand Keen announced its collaboration on the limited edition Seacamp sandal with Swiss sustainable outdoor apparel brand Namuk. This latest limited-edition collaboration is in line with Keen’s commitment to promoting access to nature and inspiring the next generation of conservationists. 1 percent of each sale will go to ...

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    ​Noble showcases Ionic+ innovations with ‘Planet Positive’ campaign


    Noble Biomaterials, a biotec company based in Pennsylvania, announced upgrades to its Ionic+ product portfolio and will be supported by a new “Planet Positive” communications campaign. Noble says its latest advancements with Ionic+ Botanical and Ionic+ Pro presents a new era in bacterial and odor control fabrics. Both delivery ...

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    Vittoria tire technology in trail running shoes from Craft Sportswear


    Swedish brand Craft Sportswear and Italian bicycle tire firm Vittoria have teamed up to create the Craft Xplor, a running shoe that utilizes Vittoria gravel cycling technology. The Craft Xplor, inspired by the versatility of gravel bikes, is meant to provide the same hybrid capabilities, feeling like a road shoe ...

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    The winners of the UK Outdoor Industry Awards 2023


    The OIA has announced the winners of the UK Outdoor Industry Awards 2023, which were presented at the 2024 OIA Conference at Drayton Manor Resort, Tamworth. The awards process began at the Outdoor Trade Show (OTS) 2023, which took place in Liverpool in June. There, a panel of judges made ...

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    Thermore introduces new, partially recycled stretch insulation


    Milan-based Thermore Group has unveiled its new Freedom stretch insulation, which it describes as its most dynamic stretch insulation in the company’s five decades of innovation. According to the manufacturer, Freedom is made from 50 percent recycled polyester and offers ample stretch while providing warmth for a variety of applications, ...

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    Manitobah launches “Rooted” brand campaign


    Canada-based Indigenous footwear brand Manitobah introduced Rooted, a global brand campaign showcasing seasonal artist Mikailah Thompson and affirming its commitment to elevating Indigenous artistry. Rooted in Thompson’s vision, the campaign emboldens all to dream of the infinite possibilities that lie ahead, rooted in the past, while guided by the hope ...

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    REI to offer non-gendered own-brand products to promote inclusivity in the Outdoors


    US retail chain REI Co-op announced the launch of its new spring line of gear and apparel, which also includes the brand’s first non-gendered apparel assortment for adults. Additionally, REI shared plans for its in-house brand to move beyond a gender-specific designation where it makes sense. As part of this ...