Swiftwick, maker of compression socks for running, hiking, skiing, biking and other outdoor sports, offers up the following video to showcase its domestic production. Does seeing where, how, and by whom products are made make a difference to your buying decisions?
Judging by the quantity and variety of technical apparel shown at Outdoor Retailer last week, no outdoorsperson should complain that he or she can't find something appropriate to wear for their favorite backcountry activity. Here are a few clothing highlights, from head to toe, culled from the masses of wool, down, softshell, and other fabrics on display.
Gore-Tex promises the most breathable waterproof membrane yet with its new Active Shell fabric. Arc'teryx, Mammut, and Adidas are on board to offer fast and light alpine jackets with Active Shell for fall 2011.
Columbia's purchase of OutDry, the Italian maker of high-tech waterproofing fabric, raises the stakes in the race to develop waterproof/breathable fabrics.