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After five years of product development, market research and outreach to more than 4,000 search and rescue (SAR) agencies and professionals, the TracMe Personal Locator Beacon is now available for outdoor adventurers as their 11th essential. Only $150 MSRP and 1.6 ounces, this lightweight and easy-to-use personal locator beacon uses the same Channel 1 FRS/GMRS frequency as more than 100 million trail radios currently in use in the United States.
NALGENE® Outdoor Products, the leading hydration container brand, is proud to announce that they have been chosen by American Benchmark Press, publishers of ICONS OF THE AMERICAN MARKETPLACE: Consumer Brand Excellence as one of America's most loved and respected brands. The book acknowledges brands that have come to resonate in the American consumer consciousness as the best in their category.
Wednesday, 08 August 2007

Namekagon River Arrests

Things are getting crazy on the Namekagon River in Wisconsin. In July 28, National Park Service Rangers coordinated a sweep looking for violations and in the 12 hour period they found quite a few. "The operation resulted in a felony arrest and one misdemeanor arrest, 20 violation notices, and 26 warning notices on federal and state charges, including felony battery, disorderly conduct, interference with law enforcement officers, underage possession of alcohol, allowing underage to consume alcohol, possession of marijuana, open container of alcohol in a vehicle, vehicle equipment violation, possession of fireworks, excessive speed, failure to use a seatbelt, failure to comply with traffic control devices, littering and various miscellaneous violations." [Link: haywardwis.com]
Wednesday, 08 August 2007

ICOM IC M34 VHF Radio

I'm really excited because my new VHF radio arrived yesterday. Last week my Standard Horizon radio got water in it and shorted out. I promptly shipped it off to the repair facility only to discover that it isn't repairable this time. You see this was the second time in three years that the radio had leaked so I gave up and decided to switch over to ICOM. I decided to order the ICOM IC-M34. What a beauty. I was really excited that it was both submersible as well, it floats! It has got all the regular features you would expect from a handheld radio including a lithium ion battery and the AquaQuake draining function. The AquaQuake draining function emits a vibrating sound that clears water away from the speaker grill. Thanks so much to ICOM for getting it shipped out so quickly. Their support for professionals in the industry is greatly appreciated.
Mion® Footwear's new Spring 2008 Satguru Trail shoe was honored with an OutDoor Industry Bronze Award at the OutDoor trade show in Friedrichshafen, Germany July 19. Recognized for its innovative design, material and performance, Mion's Satguru Trail was one of 30 products from a total of 204 entries from 21 countries to receive an award. An international jury of industry professionals, including designers, retailers and journalists selected the award winners. The products in the different competition categories were evaluated using the following criteria: degree of innovation, design quality, workmanship, choice of materials, environmental compatibility, functionality, utility, safety, trendsetting character and brand value/branding. Mion's Satguru Trail is the amphibious footwear brand's first multi-purpose, three-season performance shoe. Meaning "true guru or true teacher" according to Hindu philosophy, the guru is the sacred conduit to self-realization, inner peace and enlightenment. The Satguru Trail is designed for the amphibious athlete whose path to enlightenment is a journey over trails, rivers, creek beds, and back again. The Satguru Trail is loaded with many performance features, including Miōn's removable ErgomorphicTM footbed, made with a proprietary EVA compound that has a 20-percent recycled content known as, "Round 2 EVA" or "R2E." The footbed molds to the shape of the wearer's foot after approximately 12 hours of use, resulting in a customized fit. The non-wicking, fast drying mesh bootie is outfitted with a gusseted tongue to keep out debris. The webbing in the upper is made with a 100-percent recycled PET material. The upper bootie is housed in Miōn's light and protective injection molded EVA (IMEVA) Super Structure that sculpts itself around the wearer's foot. The brand's patent pending 360-degree lacing system offers full adjustability with a climbing grade cord (tensile strength = 106kg/233 lbs) and an integrated low profile lace lock. The bootie and super structure are stacked onto an (IMEVA) midsole, which generates less than three-percent waste as a result of a pellet to parts manufacturing process. Both the upper and midsole are protected by abrasion resistant rubber panels in the heel, medial and lateral regions. A sculpted, protective toe design is reinforced with an abrasion…

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