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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…
Committed to environmental responsibility, PrimaLoft® - Insulation Technology developed PrimaLoft® Eco, an earth-friendly insulation for performance and comfort to be used in sleeping bags, outerwear and footwear. Big Agnes and Sierra Designs have adopted the new insulation in their Spring 2008 lines of sleeping bags, sleep pads and accessories. PrimaLoft Eco will be introduced at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, August 9-12, 2007 in Salt Lake City, UT, booth # 40173.
  The Paddlesports Industry Association (PIA) and the Trade Association of Paddlesports (TAPS) have come together and developed an industry-wide marketing program to promote canoeing, kayaking, and rafting in North America.
Thursday, 02 August 2007

Surfango PowerKayak

The Surfango PowerKayak Take a peek at this speedy new item. Introducing the Surfango PowerKayak. It is basically a normal kayak with a 9.5hp, 4-stroke motor slapped on the back. According to the manufacture, it can reach speeds of up to 25 mph.  The gas tank is large enough to rip it up for 2 hours at full throttle. This little baby can be yours for the low, low price of $2899... if the price is right! [gizmag.com]
I love Nano Technology. No idea that it is but if a company slaps nano in the name, it has GOT to be good and I'm all over it. NanoHorizons Inc. and Faytex Corporation have announced a partnership to battle footwear odour. Faytex will now use SmartSilver antimicrobial/anti-odor nanotechnology in its Dri-Lex® shoe lining material. This new shoe lining material is "is engineered at the nanoscale to impart permanent high-performance anti-odor/antimicrobial properties to natural and synthetic fibers and fabrics without compromising fabric design or integrity." Wow, that has got to be good. If only they could work it into my neoprene booties. Now, that would progress... [Thanks to orinsider.com]

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