New 2018 Thule bag

New 2018 Thule bag

Built to support a day hike, a short backpacking excursion, camping or a weekend away, the Thule AllTrail collection provides unmatched versatility to survive the elements through any activity and every season.

An all-new collection of Thule hiking backpacks is being introduced, specifically designed for the needs of any outdoor enthusiast looking to simplify their pack options. The Thule AllTrail is a collection of two gender-specific sizes, 35L and 45L, with 10 cm/4 in of torso adjustability for the perfect fit. The collection of Thule AllTrail packs will be available in February 2018.
Built for the avid outdoor enthusiast who wants a singular pack for all of their pursuits, the Thule AllTrail is the one pack that does it all. From its integrated rain cover and dedicated hydration sleeve, to the pack's breathable shoulder straps, hipbelt padding and back panel, the Thule AllTrail has it all.

 

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Darn Tough Factory Tour

Darn Tough Factory Tour

Positioned among the quiet, rolling hills of Northfield, Vermont—a stone’s throw away from some of finest ski areas in New England like Mad River Glen and Sugarbush—some of the best socks on Earth are being knit by the good folks at Darn Tough Vermont. It’s here, in a massive and impressive mill, that up to 20,000 pairs of top-notch socks are produced every day by hundreds of passionate employees who keep the Darn Tough boat afloat. - See more at: http://freeskier.com/stories/we-took-a-tour-through-darn-tough-vermonts-sock-mill-and-it-was-incredible#sthash.5T25M4LB.dpuf

Left: Co-Owner Marc Cabot. Right: Co-Owner and CEO Ric Cabot. Photo courtesy of Darn Tough Vermont. - See more at: http://freeskier.com/stories/we-took-a-tour-through-darn-tough-vermonts-sock-mill-and-it-was-incredible#sthash.5T25M4LB.dpuf

Left: Co-Owner Marc Cabot. Right: Co-Owner and CEO Ric Cabot. Photo courtesy of Darn Tough Vermont. - See more at: http://freeskier.com/stories/we-took-a-tour-through-darn-tough-vermonts-sock-mill-and-it-was-incredible#sthash.5T25M4LB.dpuf

Each of Darn Tough’s knitting machines (nearly 200 of ’em total) creates 1,141 stitches per square inch. Talk about precision. Source: http://freeskier.com/stories/we-took-a-tour-through-darn-tough-vermonts-sock-mill-and-it-was-incredible

Each of Darn Tough’s knitting machines (nearly 200 of ’em total) creates 1,141 stitches per square inch. Talk about precision. Source: http://freeskier.com/stories/we-took-a-tour-through-darn-tough-vermonts-sock-mill-and-it-was-incredible

Source: http://freeskier.com/stories/we-took-a-tour-through-darn-tough-vermonts-sock-mill-and-it-was-incredible

Source: http://freeskier.com/stories/we-took-a-tour-through-darn-tough-vermonts-sock-mill-and-it-was-incredible

Keep in mind that the photos above provide just a glimpse of the insanely complex and commendable process Darn Tough goes through to make its socks. This is a company that exemplifies hard American work—resulting in some of the best ski socks we’ve ever slipped our feet into.

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Team Giro's Winning Year

Team Giro's Winning Year

For us at Giro, enjoying the ride isn’t all about racing and winning…but winning sure is fun, and our team did a whole lot of that in 2016. We are honored to work with such an amazing group of professional athletes who ride to victory in every discipline. With over 240 total wins this year, there are too many great results to list, but there are a few that deserve to be highlighted:

  • Enduro World Series Overall Champion – Richie Rude (Yeti / Fox Shox Factory Race Team)
  • World Cup Downhill Overall Champion – Aaron Gwin
  • World Cup Cross Country Overall Team Champions – Clif Pro Team
  • World Cup Cross Country Overall Champion – Catharine Pendrel (Clif Pro Team)
  • Alexander Kristoff (Katusha Cycling Team) – 12 wins, 3 green (points) jerseys, 1 Giro visit & helmet development meeting

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Review: Giro Zone MIPS Helmet

Review: Giro Zone MIPS Helmet

WHAT THEY SAY: "The all-new Zone MIPS features an innovative Hybrid Construction blending a durable ventilated Hard Shell upper with an In-Mold Construction lower shell. Additional sidewalls add protection and style. Zone MIPS is packed with amenities including the new In Form 2 Fit System, a quick-fit Vertical Tuning adjustment system for proper helmet positioning, MIPS technology, fully adjustable venting, an integrated POV camera mount, and Fidlock® magnetic buckle closure."

WHAT ALF SAYS: The Zone is Giro’s top-end helmet and you can tell from the feel and fit. It was one of the most comfortable and user-friendly helmets we tested. The Zone uses MIPS technology along with ‘Hybrid Construction’ which blends the hard shell upper with an in-mould construction lower, to offer excellent protection.

You get both vertical and horizontal fit adjustment, hence the excellent, comfy feel of the Zone, while being able to keep things warm or cool thanks to eleven vents, the upper five of which are adjustable.

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First Look: Thule’s 2016 Technical Backpack Line

First Look: Thule’s 2016 Technical Backpack Line

People know Thule for its vehicle racks. But the Swedish brand has a burgeoning backpack line.

“Light in weight, but heavy in features.” — That is a no-fuss tag line for Thule’s new backpack collection. We put two models to the test this summer, hiking and backpacking in Utah and the woods of northern Minnesota.

In total, Thule unveils a half-dozen new models this year with its Versant Backpacking line and the smaller and lighter Stir Hiking line. Upgrades include better fit, adjustments, a revamped overall design, and interesting features throughout.

Can the company carve out a section of the crowded technical-pack market? They look on the surface like many other offerings seen on the outdoor-shop shelf. But a focus on adjustability and usability make Thule packs stand out.

Review: Thule Stir 35 Backpack

I got my first test of the Stir 35($140) in the Utah desert on a long, rugged day hike. I also used it for a day of canyoneering (see my story on the trip, “Canyoneering Utah’s Capitol Reef“).

Available in unisex 15- and 20-liter capacities, as well as men’s- and women’s-specific 35-liter versions, the packs’ colors and materials stand out. The main body is a smooth and water-resistant nylon. YKK zippers and sewn pulls finish off the closures.

On the outside is a simple dump pocket with a snap closure, with a daisy chain of nylon tape on each side and loops at the bottom for additional attachment points. Side pouches with some elastic and rigid tape provide storage for poles, tripods (or trail beers).

For me, the real magic is on the backside of the bag. A large movable panel gives a user 4 inches of torso height adjustment – a feature rarely seen in a pack this small. It’s an important improvement for short-torso, long-leg folks like me.

An internal wire frame gives the bag some structure. Main straps have adjustable load lifters up top and ladder adjusters on the bottom. One strap has a stretchy zipper pouch big enough for an iPhone 6, the other a hydration hose keeper. A long side zipper gives instant access to the guts of the bag.

Thule adds waterproof fabric to the bottom of the pack and includes a stowed rain cover. The bottom is always water-tight, so you don’t have to worry about the occasional puddle or wet canoe floor.

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Review: THULE’S T2 PRO BIKE RACK

Review: THULE’S T2 PRO BIKE RACK

Thule's a very familiar name in the world of products with which you can adhere expensive play toys to your vehicle. 15 years later, I'm still trying to find screws at Ace Hardware to secure my Thule ski rack to the roof of my car, as it's still going strong despite having lost all the small parts over the course of multiple summers of haphazard off-season storage. 

Their T2 Pro hitch rack is a stupid easy bike rack with a flexible enough setup for anything from kids' bikes to big 29" wheels to monster 5" fat bike tires. Somewhat larger and burlier than other racks we've tested, likeYakima's HoldUP rack, the T2 Pro works best with cars that have some ground clearance (i.e., not my Volkswagen Jetta), since protective bits of the frame stick out below the main hitch. 

It's also got some of the cleanest and most user-friendly mechanisms for securing and locking the rack to your car, with a fish hook hitch bolt that tightens down to eliminate side-to-side play with a twisting mechanism that can then be locked with a provided key. Also highly convenient is the pull handle at the end of that rack with which you open it up or drop it down and away from the car to access the trunk. 

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Thule to launch new product collections at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market tradeshow, August 3-6, in Salt Lake City, Utah

Thule to launch new product collections at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market tradeshow, August 3-6, in Salt Lake City, Utah

Seymour, Conn., July 26, 2016. From traditional products like the industry leading vehicle solutions, to award winning child carriers and recently added technical backpacks, Thule will unveil new products across all of their categories. 

Among the highlights for Thule at this year’s event, an all new line of travel luggage, updated outdoor bags and packs, the next generation of multisport child carriers for active parents, and a completely redesigned cargo box line for all four seasons will be on display. 

Held in Salt Lake City, Utah each year, Outdoor Retailer Summer Market is the largest outdoor sports show of its kind in the Americas and offers retailers, media, sales representatives and manufacturers a chance to come together to showcase products and learn about innovations in the industry.  This tradeshow is especially important to Thule, as the wide range of products and categories offered by the brand are showcased in one place for the more than 28,000 attendees from 53 countries from around the world.
The Thule booth can be found in the main hall, booth 32112.


For more information about Thule: 
Chris Ritchie, PR Communications Manager
E-mail: Chris.Ritchie@thule.com
Phone: 617-435-2014

For more information on Thule products, visit: www.thule.com

About Thule
The Thule brand was established in 1942. Under the motto Bring your life, Thule globally offers a wide range of premium products for active people that allow them to bring what they care most for – safely, easily and in style. Thule offers roof racks, bike-, water- and winter sport carriers, roof boxes, computer-, and camera bags, sports bags and backpacks and kid-related products like baby joggers, child bike seats and bike trailers. The products are sold in more than 140 countries worldwide. Thule is the largest brand in Thule Group. For more information, please visit www.thule.com 

Darn Tough Vermont Continues to Inhale Market Share

Darn Tough Vermont Continues to Inhale Market Share

Northfield, VT. – Darn Tough Vermont, the American manufacturer of the fastest growing collection of performance outdoor and lifestyle socks, is proud to announce it has again achieved high double-digit growth, this time during the second quarter of 2016. Darn Tough points to increases across all categories and strong international sales, each contributing to the 53 percent gain. The Vermont-based company maintains focus on their mission to make the world’s best sock in Vermont, USA without compromise to comfort, durability and fit, and the brand’s growth isn’t slowing.

“We continue to distance ourselves from the flurry of newcomers while at the same time earning more and more market share from the market leader,” remarks Ric Cabot, President and CEO of Cabot Hosiery Mill/Darn Tough Vermont. “The biggest thing we bring to the table for our customer is the quality of our product and the value we provide by making our own socks. We aren’t buying and reselling product from other mills. We do it all ourselves, which means we can offer the highest quality raw materials and unparalleled finished product at the best value to the customer. Our continued growth reflects this.”  

Darn Tough launched the brand with an unconditional lifetime guarantee tied to every pair of socks knitted. Owning total oversight of the sock manufacturing process at its mill in Vermont, Darn Tough still maintains and honors this promise thirteen years later.

Cabot goes on to question the credibility bubble he’s seeing, not only in socks, but in many other product lines in the outdoor channel. “Those that don’t make their own product, outsource the production, may market that their product is designed in Colorado or designed in California or where have you, only to learn that the product is made in China, Vietnam or someplace else. The consumer is smarter than that. We’ve never hidden the fact that our socks are made in Vermont.” .

Category Growth

Darn Tough saw strong growth across all categories: Lifestyle, Hike/Trek, Endurance and Vertical. Notable numbers were posted in men’s Lifestyle, which grew over 300 percent, and women’s Vertical, which grew over 180 percent.  In addition, the Hike category saw incremental increases due to new styles and colors while the Endurance category – which includes the new Vertex running sock collection – also continues to grow. Also of note, the company opened more than 90 new accounts in the US alone during the second quarter of 2016.

About Darn Tough Vermont: 

Darn Tough Vermont is an American manufacturer of premium, all-weather outdoor and lifestyle socks for every activity and every day. The company offers both Specialty and Tactical product lines. Darn Tough Vermont’s Specialty line offers footwear in six active wear categories including Ski/Ride, Hike/Trek, Run/Bike, Lifestyle, Hunt, Work and Kid’s styles – all of which carry the industry’s only unconditional lifetime guarantee.

Darn Tough’s product is distinguished from industry competitors by 100 percent USA manufacturing; exceptional comfort, durability and fit; True-Seamless™ technology; and an exclusive blend of either ultra-fine, premium Merino wool or Coolmax®/Thermolite®.  Founded by Ric Cabot in 2004, a third-generation sock maker, Darn Tough Vermont operates out of Cabot Hosiery Mills. For more information about Darn Tough Vermont socks, please visit: www.DarnTough.com.