31/05/2014

Converse Celebrates the New Fall 2014 Converse CONS Weapon Collection

Performances by Vince Staples, El-P, and Ghostface Killah

On Thursday, May 29, Converse celebrated the launch of the highly anticipated Converse CONS Weapon Sneaker Collection with a special launch event at Goodfellas Gallery in downtown Toronto, Canada.

Converse’s very own Canada Vice President of Marketing, Marciano Lobo, and Converse CONS Design Director, Chris Law, introduced the new collection, a compilation of five premium, lifestyle and skate sneakers that encapsulates the spirit of creativity.

Crafted with a modern shape and striking color palette, each new Converse CONS Weapon carries a streamlined silhouette with fabrications and design details that are enhanced by the sneaker’s light and edgy look.

The collection launches throughout the summer in anticipation of a more expansive Converse CONS sneaker collection in August.

Following the Converse CONS Weapon presentation, guests enjoyed performances by rapper Vince Staples, hip-hop artist El-P, and legendary rapper Ghostface Killah with Sheek Louch from The Lox, as well as additional music by local Canadian DJ’s Law and Skillmore.

Notable guests in attendance were Converse Skate Ambassadors Eli Reed, Tom Remillard and Nick Moore, hip-hop duo The Airplane Boys, and band BADBADNOTGOOD.

Held alongside the culmination of CONS Project: Toronto, which took place the week prior, Friday, May 23 – Sunday, May 25, the CONS Weapon launch instigated creativity from the product to the streets.

The first CONS Project ever held in Canada and third in North America, CONS Project is a series of global community projects designed to inspire the next generation of creative spirits through music, art, style and sport. The exhibition event showcased the creative output created from the CONS Project workshops, which included screen-printing, wheat pasting and typography.

ABOUT CONVERSE

Converse Inc., based in N. Andover, Massachusetts, is a wholly owned subsidiary of NIKE, Inc. Established in 1908, the Converse brand has built a reputation as “America’s Original Sports Company”™ and has been associated with­ a rich heritage of legendary sneaker such as the Chuck Taylor® All Star® sneaker, the Jack Purcell® sneaker and the One Star® sneaker. Today, Converse offers a diverse portfolio including men's, women's and children’s footwear, apparel and accessories. Converse product is sold globally by retailers in over 160 countries and through 83 company-owned retail locations in the U.S.

For more information, visit Converse on the web at converse.com.


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Ducati announces the brand new Monster 821

BORGO PANIGALE (Bologna), ITALY – 28 May, 2014 – Ducati announced the brand new Monster 821, a mid-size entry for the third generation of the iconic naked model and the latest chapter in the Bologna-built motorcycle’s famous story.

Underlining Ducati’s strong association to the Bologna region, the company has chosen to release the first images of the new model portrayed in typical Bolognese ambience

  • Brand new Monster 821 powered by 112hp water-cooled 821cc Testastretta 11°
  • Available also in Dark version, Monster 821 ready for delivery July 2014
  • First images of the iconic new naked model underline Ducati’s Bologna roots

Following the successful unveiling of the new generation Monster 1200 at the Milan International Motorcycle show in November, Ducati now introduces the Monster 821, a mid-size version of the exciting new model and the latest entry to the world of Monster.

Having delivered over 290,000 Monsters since the original concept more than 20 years ago, the essential new model maintains its stylish character using the new chassis and muscular styling of the Monster 1200, designed with premium components fully integrated with Ducati’s latest technologies.

Powered by the latest edition of Ducati’s highly successful 821 Testastretta 11° engine, the highly accessible new Monster combines 112hp and 65.9ft-lb of torque with an impressively lightweight 179.5kg – 395.7lb (dry weight) overall package. This stylish mix of minimalism and performance paves the way back to the original essence of the Monster concept, where less-is-more and made-in-Italy combine to create a motorcycle lifestyle.

High-spec brakes, excellent suspension and stylish componentry merge with Ducati’s best-yet ergonomics to offer the Italian manufacturer’s most attractive mid-range Monster ever. Super comfortable and with an innovative adjustable seat height, the model also combines 8-level traction control, 3-level ABS and 3-level Ride-by-Wire into Ducati’s user-friendly, press-button Riding Modes.

The Monster 821 uses next generation technologies to create an enhanced rider/motorcycle relationship, delivering a high-adrenaline experience while constantly reassuring with the feeling of complete control and ergonomic integration.

Available in Ducati Dealerships from July 2014 onwards, the Monster 821 Dark is presented in dark stealth with black frame and black wheels, while the Monster 821 is dressed in Ducati red with red frame and black wheels or star white silk with red frame and matte red wheels. Both red and white liveries are equipped with colour-matched single-seat covers.

The brand new model is also made available to restricted license holders with the specially regulated power versions of 25kw for Switzerland and 35kw for other participating countries.

New Monster 821: essentially Monster



About Ducati: 

Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. is an Italian company that designs and manufactures motorcycles. Headquartered in Bologna, Italy, Ducati is owned by Audi through its Italian subsidiary Lamborghini


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Two Chosen Brand Ambassadors Will Join Arnette on the Mad Decent Block Party 2014 Tour

Los Angeles, CA - Arnette Eyewear has joined forces with Mad Decent (the record label founded by the acclaimed producer & DJ, Diplo) to host the opportunity of a lifetime. As part of the “Block Party Ambassador” Program, two candidates will be selected to represent the Arnette team on the road as part of this summer’s Mad Decent Block Party tour.

The selected Ambassadors will work on-site with Arnette at 19 tour stops, spearheading on-site interactive activations, coordinating interviews with key artists, and more.

“We are excited to give our fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join Arnette on such a massive scale as the Mad Decent Block Parties,” says Joe Freitag, Global Brand Director of Arnette. “We have a lot of great things lined up for our soon-to-be Ambassadors. We look forward to all of the submissions rolling in.”

This program, created alongside one of the world’s leading eyewear brands and one of the most progressive international music labels, is the coolest way to spend the summer. Arnette is asking potential candidates to submit their application through an entry form. Once chosen, they’ll spend two weeks with the Arnette team in their offices in Southern California before kicking off the tour. Ambassadors will then spend almost two months on the road with Arnette and Mad Decent. Full details on the application process can be found at www.live.arnette.com.

On the road, “Block Party Ambassadors” are responsible for building creative content for Arnette, as well as helping to ensure that fans at the day-long events have the best experience possible. They will interview artists, capture concertgoers rocking Arnette shades and post the best content to Arnette.com and Arnette’s official social media profiles, using the hashtag #ArnetteMDBP. In addition, they will help promote Arnette’s latest products from the A.C.E.S. Collection. Arnette Creative Exchange System sunglasses are provided with a second set of interchangeable arms for personal customization. A highly exclusive third set with “Mad Decent Block Party” branded arms will be available for purchase throughout the tour.

While the tour is underway, Arnette and Mad Decent are set to release a special mini-mixtape online featuring a soon-to-be announced artist.

The tour will feature the likes of Diplo, Outkast, Dillon Francis, Fatboy Slim, Riff Raff, Sleigh Bells, Action Bronson, Wolfgang Gartner, Zeds Dead, and many more. The full lineups, tour information and tickets can be found at www.maddecentblockparty.com

About Arnette

Arnette Eyewear came to life in 1992 in an Orange County garage. Guided by the principle that doing things your way, is the only right way, Arnette sunglasses quickly became the de facto badge for a new generation. Twenty years later, Arnette is found on an eclectic group of personalities from the music, skate, surf and art communities worldwide. Arnette.com / Facebook.com/arnette / Instagram.com/arnette / Twitter.com/arnette



About Mad Decent

With six years of wildly successful Block Parties under their belt and a 2013 tour that saw an expansion to 13 cities from eight the previous year, the incredibly popular expedition that is the Mad Decent Block Party has now grown to 22 cites for the 2014 tour. Kicking off July 26th in Ft. Lauderdale and wrapping up September 21st in Vancouver with stops in DC, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Brooklyn and many more in between (full cities and dates below), the 2014 Mad Decent Block Party tour is setting off on its largest festival undertaking yet. The festivals will bring a full day of musical performances, food, drinks and tons of fun onsite activities for attendees. $25 early bird tickets go on sale today at maddecentblockparty.com and are limited to 250 per city. With a year that already saw the block parties expand internationally - where Major Lazer, Dillon Francis and Flosstradamus performed with local artists at The Mad Decent Block Party Cape Town and The Mad Decent Block Party Johannesburg in South Africa last February - it's going to be another monumental year for Diplo's Mad Decent label.

Tour Dates:

7/26 – Fort Lauderdale, FL
7/27 – Atlanta, GA
8/1 – Washington, DC
8/2 – Norfolk, VA
8/8 – Philadelphia, PA
8/9 – Brooklyn, NY
8/10 – Boston, MA
8/15 – Toronto, CA
8/16 – Detroit, MI
8/17 – Las Vegas, NV
8/22 – Denver, CO
8/23 – Nashville, TN
8/29 – New Orleans, LA
8/30 – New Braunfels, TX
8/31 – Dallas, TX
9/12 – Phoenix, AZ
9/13 – Los Angeles, CA
9/14 – San Diego, CA
9/19 – Berkeley, CA

Media Contact: Michele Angeloni / Azione / 323-462-6600 / Michele@azionepr.com


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Moji Partners with Chicago Area Runner’s Association, Inc.

Glenview, IL, May 30, 2014 – Popular massage and recovery brand, Moji, is pleased to announce its continued partnership with the Chicago Area Runner’s Association, Inc. (CARA). This is the 6th year the Chicago-based lifestyle company will sponsor CARA, the largest running club in the Midwest and third largest in the nation.

For over 35 years, CARA has devoted itself to supporting and celebrating the running community in the city of Chicago and surrounding area. The not-for-profit association includes over 2,500 members as part of the CARA Marathon Training Program and over 4,000 members who participate in the CARA Ready to Run 20 miler each September.

In support of CARA’s popular on-going marathon training program, Moji will provide its innovative pain relief massagers as well as offer recovery resources and tips. Attendees of the Magellan Ready to Run 20 Miler will also receive free post-race massages.

“CARA has become an incredible resource for the Chicago running community, so we’re very pleased to continue our six year relationship with the association” said Samantha Cook, Marketing Manager for Moji. “It’s a privilege to be CARA’s exclusive recovery provider this year and we look forward to keeping runners pain-free and feeling good with our products.”

Moji will officially kick off their sponsorship on June 1st for the 2014 CARA Super Clinic at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. The one day event will provide information and resources for novice and experienced marathoners.

For more information on Moji’s products visit www.gomoji.com or contact Spencer Naar at Spencer@OutsidePR.com.

ABOUT MOJI

Moji was founded in 2007 with the goal of keeping people active and pain-free. Founder, Victor Viner, has put together a team that brings industry expertise in the areas of product design, sports medicine, material science, manufacturing and content development. Moji designs and sells its premium products for post-activity recovery and warm-up, post-operative and rehabilitating patients, and will continue to innovate into active recovery products consisting of sports massage, ice and heat therapy. Moji is a registered trademark with patents and patents pending on multiple products, and is headquartered in Glenview, Illinois.

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Nihilo Concepts Frame Grip Tape for all Makes & Models

STUART, FL – May 28, 2014 – You have seen it on the Factory bikes now it’s available to you. Nihilo Concepts has been making Factory Frame Grip tape for KTMs for many years. Grip tape helps the rider grip the bike in perfect riding style while at the same time protecting the frame from scratches and damage.

With the popularity of the KTM Grip Tape it was a natural fit to expanded the line up to include all modern day motocross machines. Nihilo now makes pre-cut Grip Tape for Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, and Husqvarna in black, grey and custom matching colors for each brand. No other company offers the quality and options that Nihilo does.

At Nihilo we use the best materials available in the industry to manufacture our Grip tape with aggressive glues, super flexible shapes and a strong textured surface, Nihilo Factory Grip Tape is the perfect add on for your bike.

The inner layer of Nihilo Grip Tape is made from a very flexible material that allows our tape to roll over the edges and corners without creasing or kinking. This keeps your boots from catching the edge and tearing it off. The outer layer is made from an aggressive grip material that insures a secure and natural feel to the rider.

Features:
  • Super sticky glue
  • Flexible enough to roll around corners without kinking
  • Super tough grip insures secure natural feeling to the rider
  • Custom cut to fit perfectly
  • Easily trim able for customization
  • Available in Black, Gray and matching colors to your brand
Look for Nihilo Factory Grip Tape on your favorite pro’s bike and pick up a set for your personal machine!


About Nihilo Concepts

The name Nihilo comes from the Latin EX-NIHILO meaning “Something from Nothing” At Nihilo we create products every day from a raw piece of aluminum-Something from Nothing. We focus on developing parts that are not available anywhere else. Nihilo Produces parts for the full line of KTM’s as well as other top brands. We focus on KTM because of our relationship with the brand and our ability to test and see the machines first hand under race conditions.

Many of the parts made by Nihilo can be found on the new line of KTM SXS race ready bikes. We are also a proud sponsor of the Orange Brigade and work with the KTM Off Road and Motocross teams in the US and Canada. These relationships give us the ability to be the leader in aftermarket products for the brand. You will find Nihilo Concepts parts on the fastest KTM riders throughout the world.
Liability

All products manufactured and/or distributed by Nihilo Concepts Products are offered and designed for use with standard machines. Nihilo Concepts makes no claims as to the products effectiveness on modified machines. Nihilo Concepts is the sole determiner of abuse, misuse, installation errors and modifications. We assume no liability for any errors in listings, specifications, part numbers, prices or model applications. Nihilo Concepts reserves the right to change specifications, product descriptions, product quality, pricing and model applications at any time without prior oral or written notice and without further obligation.

Adding new components to your motorcycle (especially to the engine, suspension or braking system) may radically alter the acceleration, deceleration, handling and braking characteristics of your motorcycle.  Ensure that all parts are installed and properly torqued per the instructions supplied with the part or to the motorcycle manufacturer’s original specifications. Test the motorcycle with the new part(s) on level ground, at low speed, without any other vehicles or obstacles nearby, to ensure that it is working properly. Periodically recheck, adjust or replace the parts as may be necessary depending upon the terrain, use, mileage and rider input. Consult the instructions supplied with the part, or the motorcycle manufacturer’s original specifications for further details.

The failure to properly install, maintain, or familiarize yourself with the new part’s use, and proper operation, may result in damage to the motorcycle, and/or a loss of control, resulting in serious injury or death. Buyers assume all risk for any and all damage caused to themselves, a third party and/or property by virtue of failure of these products. By installing and/or using a Nihilo Concepts product, you hereby accept and understand these stated terms and conditions.

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Gfeller Attends Concussion Summit at White House

Represents Son, Matthew, that Sustained Traumatic Brain Injury Playing Football

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., May 29, 2014 -- Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma Executive Director Robert J. "Bob" Gfeller, Jr. and his wife, Lisa, attended President Obama's Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit at the White House today. The Gfellers lost their younger son, Matthew, after he sustained a traumatic brain injury during a high school football game.

"My wife and I are honored to be included in the Concussion Summit and hope the President's support will raise awareness about sports-related brain injuries and save the lives of injured children," said Gfeller. Since critical injury to children is a deeply personal issue for Gfeller, he recently left an executive vice president position at a Fortune 500 company to become the executive director of the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma.

The Childress Institute, founded through the generosity of NASCAR team owner Richard Childress and his wife Judy, helps fund research to improve the treatment for critically injured children in the U.S., including an ongoing study to measure head impacts in youth football. Study results found that in high school players a single season of football can produce brain MRI changes in the absence of a diagnosed concussion, which demonstrated that these impact-related changes in the brain have a strong association with a post-season change in cognitive function.

More than 70 percent of the football players in the United States are under age 14, so more research is needed to study the effect of repeated blows to the head in young players. The Childress Institute hopes further results will allow equipment designers, researchers, and clinicians to prevent, mitigate, identify and treat injuries to help make football a safer activity for millions of children.

For more information about serious injuries to children, visit www.InjuredKids.org, www.twitter.com/injuredkids, www.facebook.com/ChildressPediatricTrauma, or www.savinginjuredkids.blogspot.com.

About the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma

The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma helps injured kids get the best care, when they need it the most. Life-threatening injury is the No. 1 killer of kids in America causing nearly 10,000 deaths each year - more than all other causes combined. The Childress Institute invests resources in research, education and awareness to improve the treatment for critically injured children in the U.S. The Childress Institute was founded at and receives considerable support from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and was established through the generosity of Richard and Judy Childress.

For more information, please visit www.InjuredKids.org.

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Tilly’s Q1 Sales of $111.1 million; Comp Store Sales Decreased 6.8%

IRVINE, Calif. May 28, 2014– Tilly’s, Inc. (NYSE:TLYS)  announced financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 ended May 3, 2014. See the entire balance sheet at the Tilly’s Investor Relations page.

“Earnings results were in line with our expectations and reflect the continuation of a tough retail environment and the planned reduction in our clearance merchandise, which put pressure on our comparable store sales. We delivered strong product margin improvement through careful inventory management and operating discipline, and our inventory is well positioned for the summer selling season. We also advanced our strategic initiatives including the opening of our new dedicated e-commerce fulfillment center,” commented Daniel Griesemer, President and Chief Executive Officer.

“We remain focused on maintaining the continued health and relevance of our brand, and are confident in our ability to capitalize on the long-term opportunities to grow our business.”

For the first quarter ended May 3, 2014

Total net sales were $111.1 million, an increase of 1.8% compared to $109.1 million in the first quarter of 2013.

Comparable store sales, which include e-commerce sales, decreased 6.8% compared to the same 13-week period in 2013. E-commerce sales were $12.7 million, an increase of approximately 1.2% compared to the same thirteen-week period in 2013.

Gross profit was $31.3 million compared to $31.8 million in the first quarter of 2013. Gross margin was 28.2% compared to 29.1% in the first quarter of 2013. Product margins increased approximately 60 basis points, offset primarily by deleverage in occupancy costs as a result of the negative comparable store sales.

Operating income was $1.1 million and compares to operating income of $3.9 million in the first quarter of 2013.

Net income was $0.6 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, based on a weighted average diluted share count of 28.2 million shares and an effective tax rate of approximately 45%, reflecting a discrete item related to stock option forfeitures. This compares to net income in the first quarter of 2013 of $2.3 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, based on a weighted average diluted share count of 28.0 million shares and an effective tax rate of 40%.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

As of May 3, 2014, the Company had $52.4 million of cash and marketable securities and no borrowings or debt outstanding on its revolving credit facility.

Second Quarter 2014 Outlook

We continue to experience weak traffic trends and a highly promotional environment in teen retail. If these trends continue, we would expect second quarter comparable store sales to decline in the high single digits, and net income per diluted share to be in the range of $0.03 to $0.07. This assumes an anticipated effective tax rate of 40% and a weighted average diluted share count of 28.2 million shares. Second quarter 2013 net income was $4.3 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, based on a weighted average diluted share count of 28.1 million shares.

Conference Call Information

A conference call to discuss the financial results is scheduled for today, May 28, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. ET (1:30 p.m. PT). Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial (800) 239-9838 at 4:25 p.m. ET (1:25 p.m. PT). The conference call will also be available to interested parties through a live webcast at www.tillys.com. Please visit the website and select the “Investor Relations” link at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to register and download any necessary software.

A telephone replay of the call will be available until June 11, 2014, by dialing (877) 870-5176 (domestic) or (858) 384-5517 (international) and entering the conference identification number: 7837315. Please note participants must enter the conference identification number in order to access the replay.

About Tilly’s

Tilly’s is a fast-growing destination specialty retailer of West Coast inspired apparel, footwear and accessories with an extensive assortment of the most relevant and sought-after brands rooted in action sports, music, art and fashion.

Tilly’s is headquartered in Southern California and, as of May 28, 2014, operated 201 stores and through its website, www.tillys.com.

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Stamina Products Develops Residential Outdoor Fitness Equipment

The exercise and fitness equipment manufacturer now offers the residential market an affordable, high-quality outdoor fitness equipment line, engineered for UV protection and produced with corrosion-resistant paint. 

Springfield, Mo.May 29, 2014
A leading supplier of innovative exercise and fitness equipment for sporting goods dealers and retail stores, Stamina Products, Inc.® has developed an innovative outdoor fitness equipment line for residential use.

The heavy-duty equipment features weather-resistant materials and attractive design to allow permanent placement outdoors, filling a void in the residential exercise equipment industry. The absence of quality fitness stations for outdoor use led the company to engineer an entire new product line, which is now available to order.

The company’s director of marketing, Taylor Hutchens, said Stamina Outdoor Fitness Equipment answers consumer demand for a home gym stationed in the backyard: “Training outside is proven to provide both physical and mental health benefits, and our customers have been clamoring for an equipment line that lets them workout in the privacy of their own yards. Today, we can fulfill that request. Stamina engineers have produced a better solution for the residential market, and it’s built to stand strong against both nature and time.”

The Private Outdoor Workout for Fitness Enthusiasts

As Taylor noted, Stamina’s outdoor products not only allow convenient and private outdoor workouts, they are manufactured with materials that have been proven to withstand the elements. Stamina Products personnel carefully coat each heavy-gauge steel component with a unique paint that is specially formulated to protect the equipment from chipping, corroding or losing its color due to harmful UV rays. With stainless steel hardware complementing the equipment’s clean design, the products offer fitness enthusiasts an attractive backyard alternative to the crowded gym.

An Outdoor Fitness Product for Every Need
Stamina V.P. of Sales Brent Swanson discussed the range of options available in the company’s Outdoor Fitness line: “We recognized that before leading the residential fitness equipment industry into the backyard, we needed to first develop solutions for our customers’ varying preferences. For example, people who want obstacle course or mud run training need a comprehensive routine, so we developed the Stamina Outdoor Fitness Multi-Station to provide a serious workout for serious competitors. Other people simply want to tighten and tone while enjoying the benefits of the shining sun. So we developed one-of-a-kind outdoor equipment for every need.”

Stamina Outdoor Fitness Equipment includes the following products:

  • Multi-Station for dips, push ups, incline push ups, inverted rows, knee raises and stretching
  • Strider for low-impact cardio, upper- & lower-body workouts or lower-body-only workouts
  • Bench for sit ups, crunches, back hyperextensions, step ups and free-weight arm exercises
  • Power Tower for push ups, pull ups, sit ups, various types of chin ups, tricep dips and vertical knee raises
Asked what customers can expect from Stamina Outdoor Fitness, Swanson summed things up succinctly: “Challenging workouts and the opportunity to embrace stronger physical and mental health—all waiting right outside the back door.”
For more information on outdoor fitness equipment or the benefits of exercising outside, contact Stamina Products at 417.889.7011 or by email at presscontact(at)staminaproducts(dot)com.


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Teton Gravity Research Announces Brand Spanking New TetonGravity.com

Jackson Hole, Wyo. – Action sports media company Teton Gravity Research (TGR) announces a total redesign of TetonGravity.com. The new site will showcase ski, snowboard, bike, surf, and adventure content 365 days per year.

In addition to featuring TGR’s athletes and films, the website offers original editorial content and action sports videos, stories, and photos contributed by fans and partners. TetonGravity.com will also continue to showcase TGR’s legendary Forums, home to some of the most in-depth and authentic conversations in action and adventure sports.

“TetonGravity.com was carefully redesigned to provide a dramatically improved online experience,” says Todd Jones, TGR co-founder. “Being at the forefront of film production, new media, and outdoor and adventure culture allows us to inspire, entertain, educate, and communicate with our fans while offering the most engaging action sports content.”

Click here to visit the new TetonGravity.com

About Teton Gravity Research

Founded in 1996, TGR works with the top athletes in their respective disciplines to capture, celebrate, and bring to life the passion and enthusiasm associated with action sports. Known for its media and lifestyle products, TGR has significant production experience on all seven continents including commercial work, branded entertainment, original television programming, and 32 award-winning feature films. TGR is a proud member of 1% For The Planet, BICEP, Surfrider Foundation, and Protect Our Winters.

For more information on TGR, please visit TetonGravity.com, one of the leading online destinations and communities in action sports.



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Dorel Industries Announces Election of Directors

MONTREAL, May 28, 2014-- Dorel Industries Inc. (TSX: DII.B DII.A) is pleased to announce that all of the nominees listed in its management proxy circular dated April 24, 2014 were re-elected as directors at the Company's Annual Meeting of Shareholders held today in Montreal.

At the meeting, a ballot was conducted for the election of directors. According to proxies received and ballots cast, the following individuals were re-elected as directors of Dorel, with the following results:

Name of Nominee   Votes For   % For   Votes
Withheld
  % Withheld
Martin Schwartz   61,758,224   98.39   1,013,344   1.61
Alan Schwartz   62,186,052   99.07   585,516   0.93
Jeff Segel   62,188,693   99.07   582,875   0.93
Jeffrey Schwartz   60,227,983   95.95   2,543,585   4.05
Maurice Tousson   61,823,888   98.49   947,680   1.51
Harold P. Gordon   62,449,425   99.49   322,143   0.51
Dian Cohen   62,547,731   99.64   223,837   0.36
Alain Benedetti   62,454,567   99.49   317,001   0.51
Rupert Duchesne   62,447,477   99.48   324,091   0.52

Director biographies are available in the Corporate Governance section of Dorel's website at www.dorel.com.

Profile

Dorel Industries Inc. (TSX: DII.B, DII.A) is a world class juvenile products and bicycle company. Dorel creates style and excitement in equal measure to safety, quality and value. The Company's lifestyle leadership position is pronounced in both its Juvenile and Bicycle categories with an array of trend-setting products.

Dorel's powerfully branded products include global juvenile brands Safety 1st, Quinny, Maxi-Cosi, Bébé Confort and Tiny Love, complemented by regional brands such as Cosco and Infanti. In Recreational/Leisure, brands include Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, Caloi, IronHorse and SUGOI. Dorel's Home Furnishings segment markets a wide assortment of both domestically produced and imported furniture products, principally within North America.

Dorel has annual sales of US$2.4 billion and employs approximately 6,400 people in facilities located in twenty-five countries worldwide.

Caution Regarding Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements included in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Except as may be required by Canadian securities laws, Dorel does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Forward-looking statements, by their very nature, are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties and are based on several assumptions which give rise to the possibility that actual results could differ materially from Dorel's expectations expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements and that the objectives, plans, strategic priorities and business outlook may not be achieved. As a result, Dorel cannot guarantee that any forward-looking statement will materialize.

Forward-looking statements are provided in this press release for the purpose of giving information about Management's current expectations and plans and allowing investors and others to get a better understanding of Dorel's operating environment. However, readers are cautioned that it may not be appropriate to use such forward-looking statements for any other purpose.

Forward-looking statements made in this press release are based on a number of assumptions that Dorel believed were reasonable on the day it made the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements include: general economic conditions; changes in product costs and supply channel; foreign currency fluctuations; customer and credit risk including the concentration of revenues with few customers; costs associated with product liability; changes in income tax legislation or the interpretation or application of those rules; the continued ability to develop products and support brand names; changes in the regulatory environment; continued access to capital resources and the related costs of borrowing; changes in assumptions in the valuation of goodwill and other intangible assets and subject to dividends being declared by the Board of Directors, there can be no certainty that Dorel's Dividend Policy will be maintained.

These and other risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements are discussed in Dorel's annual MD&A and Annual Information Form filed with the applicable Canadian securities regulatory authorities. The risk factors outlined in the previously mentioned documents are specifically incorporated herein by reference.

Dorel cautions readers that the risks described above are not the only ones that could impact it. Additional risks and uncertainties not currently known to Dorel or that Dorel currently deems to be immaterial may also have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition or results of operations. Given these risks and uncertainties, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results.

Except as otherwise indicated, forward-looking statements do not reflect the potential impact of any non-recurring or other unusual items or of any dispositions, mergers, acquisitions, other business combinations or other transactions that may be announced or that may occur after the date hereof. The financial impact of these transactions and non-recurring and other unusual items can be complex and depends on the facts particular to each of them. Dorel therefore cannot describe the expected impact in a meaningful way or in the same way Dorel presents known risks affecting the business.

SOURCE Dorel Industries Inc.

Nike launches Summer 2014 Football Equipment Innovations

Custom bag and ultra-light shin guard use 3D printing technology to create the best equipment for the game's best players.

This summer, Nike launches its first 3D printed bag and a new shin guard built specifically for speed.

Nike Football Rebento Duffel: The world’s first 3D printed performance sports bag 

State-of-the-art innovation meets traditional craftsmanship in the Nike Football Rebento duffle bag. The 3D printed base combines with a premium leather upper in a bold expression of technology and style.

Designed for the game’s best players, only three bags have been created and will be carried by Neymar Jr., Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo this summer in Brasil. Each bag features custom gold hardware with the player’s name.
“We wanted to create something that was truly special for the game’s greatest players,” said Martin Lotti, Creative Director for Nike Football. “We did this by utilizing one of the most cutting-edge technologies – 3D printing – to make a bag that is unlike anything else.”
Rebento is Portuguese for “explode,” an apt verb to describe today’s game. The Nike Rebento bag references the stud plate of two groundbreaking Nike football boots – the Magista and Mercurial – with a unique graphic on the base of the bag.

Taking cues from the Nike Flyknit pattern of the Magista and Mercurial, the laser-sintered nylon creates an intertwined weave on the bag’s 3D printed base.  The 3D print also gives the bag body and creates a lightweight, yet durable structure that allows for flex.

Handcrafted, premium leather is used on the bag’s upper and straps, which seamlessly fits into the 3D printed base without the use of glue or adhesive. 3D printed hardware allows for unprecedented levels of customization and opens new possibilities for integrated individuality.

Mercurial FlyLite Guard:  Revolutionary design and built for speed
“Players such as Neymar recognize the need for a guard and want that protection, but they tell us they want it without sacrifice,” said Martin Lotti.  “So we sought to give them just that – our best protection without sacrificing, speed, fit or comfort.”
The combination of engineered materials and a new design provides premium protection with a barley-there feel.

A specially engineered shock system at the back of the guard combines with an outer shell that work together for optimal impact protection with increased flexibility and breathability.

The Mercurial FlyLite Guard replaces traditional foam backing with a new webbed shock system that, gram for gram, provides more consistent impact absorption hit after hit than foam. The innovative webbed backing utilizes pips, which come into contact with the outer shell to help absorb and disperse impact, protecting the shin while removing excess materials.
“We found that the more material you took away, the better the guard protected the shin,” added Lotti. “Reducing material also allowed for unprecedented flexibility, creating a fit that was unlike anything players had experienced.”
The FlyLite Guard provides the most anatomical fit to date.  In addition to the increased flexibility, allowing for a more customized fit, the pips cover a larger surface area along the shin bone to help distribute force over a greater area and  absorb impact. The honeycomb structure also delivers optimal airflow and breathability, while the thin profile offers the ultimate in lightweight strength.
Nike’s equipment design team also utilized 3D printing technology to experiment with hundreds of impact patterns.
“With 3D printing, we were able to quickly innovate, experiment and test hundreds of patterns and prototypes for the engineered shock system,” said Lotti.
The Mercurial FlyLite Guard will be available at nike.com beginning July 1.

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O2X Summit Challenges debuts national mountain running series at Sugarbush Resort, September 13-14

Inaugural four-race season in New England & New York blends natural challenges, local environmental commitments and exhilarating summit finishes

BOSTON, May 29, 2014 -- A new kind of race for runners, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, the O2X Summit Challenge Series (www.O2X.com) will debut on Mt. Ellen at Sugarbush Resort on September 13-14, 2014.

A mountain running experience that blends trail running and creative natural challenges with a summit finish, the O2X Summit Challenge at Sugarbush will feature two distinct race courses – a Single Diamond route gaining 1,000 net vertical feet, and a Double Diamond route gaining 2,000 vertical feet. The course routes will blend single-track trails, access roads, glades and open slopes, and will be unveiled 90 days prior to the race start.

"O2X Summit Challenges are crafted mountain experiences that are fundamentally different from simple uphill running races," said Gabriel Gomez, co-founder of O2X Summit Challenges. "We've worked with local mountain managers and national performance experts to create challenging and enjoyable adventures for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts."

The launch venue of Sugarbush's Mt. Ellen (4,083 feet) is one of four peaks in Vermont over 4,000 feet, and is known for spectacular summit views, proximity to the Long Trail, and a colorful history of year-round alpine adventure.

At the Mt. Ellen O2X Summit Challenge – as with all O2X events – a weekend-long "BaseCamp" will blend on-site camping, scheduled nature hikes for friends and spectators, training-and-performance exhibits, and a farmer's market-inspired gathering of local fare. It will also include a first-of-a-kind "remediation commitment" from race organizers to leave each venue better than they found it, and the introduction of an innovative partnership with 1% for the Planet (www.onepercentfortheplanet.org), a spotlight advocacy partner of O2X Summit Challenges.

"We are very excited to bring the debut event of O2X Summit Challenges to Sugarbush and the Mad River Valley. The combination of an enjoyable outdoor adventure, a strong environmental commitment, and a causal setting for friends and spectators is a perfect addition to our year-round calendar of events," said Win Smith, president of Sugarbush Resort (www.sugarbush.com)

Founded by three former Navy SEALs (Gomez, Adam La Reau, and Paul McCullough) and a recovering attorney (Craig Coffey), O2X Summit Challenges are centered on the core belief that natural terrain is both the most challenging and the most beneficial for athletic performance – a near-vertical hill for strength, a fallen tree for balance or a rock field for dexterity.

The course concepts were refined with the input of the O2X performance advisory board, a group that includes an elite Paralympic athlete, a professional sport nutritionist, a professional sport science expert and an Olympic trainer.

Designed to provide a healthy challenge for a variety of fitness levels, from weekend hikers to elite trail runner, every O2X race venue will showcase unique, unexpected and memorable features of the host mountain, and will conclude with an exhilarating summit finish.

"Whether you're in the Himalayas or the Green Mountains, the reality is that nothing is more satisfying than overcoming a physical and mental challenge at the summit of a mountain. That experience, that sensation, and that feeling is what we're trying to give everybody at the O2X Summit Challenge Series," added Gomez.

The transparent, all-inclusive registration fee of $120 per event includes parking, insurance, processing fees and bag drop. Camping is the sole option, with a $60/night charge for a four-person tent rental ($15/camper), or a $30/night charge for campsite only.

The 2014 O2X Summit Challenge calendar includes events at Sugarbush, Vermont (Sept. 13-14), Sunday River, Maine (Sept. 27-28), Loon Mountain, NH (Oct. 18-19) and Windham NY (Oct. 25-26).

For more information, please visit O2X.com or go to facebook.com/O2Xchallenges.

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Industry Veteran Ben Wallace Returns to K2 to Lead U.S. Sales

Seattle, Wash. (May 28, 2014)— K2 Sports has announced the appointment of Ben Wallace to Vice President of U.S. Sales. Wallace will be responsible for leading sales management teams for K2’s portfolio of brands, K2 Skis, K2 Snowboarding, K2 Inline skates, Ride Snowboards, Line Skis, Full Tilt Boots, Madshus Nordic and Atlas and Tubbs snowshoes. Wallace will focus the majority of his efforts on K2 Skis’ domestic sales and will report directly to Tim Petrick, President and CEO of K2 Sports.

“I am thrilled to have Ben Wallace return to lead K2’s sales efforts in the U.S. market,” said Petrick. “Ben was a key member at K2 from 2002-2011, where he progressed from Ski Product Manager to U.S. Sales Manager for Line/Full Tilt, and ultimately to U.S. Sales Manager for K2 Skis. His knowledge of the internal workings of K2 and understanding of the needs of our retail partners will allow him to hit the ground running.”

Ben Wallace graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in business and a minor in economics. A lifelong skier, Wallace coached ski racing at Sugar Bowl, Calif., for a season following graduation and then worked at Sony Electronics for two years in the Creative Services Department. Prior to returning to K2 Sports in his new role, Wallace was U.S. Vice President of Sales for POC helmets and protective gear.

“K2 has played a major part in my life, personally and professionally, for well over a decade, and I am thrilled to be returning to lead their domestic sales efforts,” said Wallace. “K2 has world class products, people and a brand heritage with an undeniable spirit that I am very happy to be a part of again. I’m looking forward to working with our retailers across the United States to provide the products and service they need to be successful.”

About K2 Sports

K2 Sports, based in Seattle, Wash., has achieved unparalleled success through innovative product offerings, marketing programs and multiple brand acquisitions. The company operates 14 brands and is globally renowned for its non-traditional advertising, graphics and high performance products throughout its portfolio. With wholly owned subsidiaries in Canada, Central Europe, Japan, Korea and Scandinavia and distribution in more than 60 countries, K2 Sports continues to assert its position as a global leader across multiple categories of sporting goods.

For more information, visit k2sports.com. K2 Sports is a part of Jarden Corporation (NYSE: JAH).

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Honey Stinger Launches Into Summer with New Products

Steamboat Springs, Colo. (May 22, 2014) - Honey Stinger, the leading manufacturer of honey-based nutritional products, will kick off the summer of 2014 with three new products. The brand will expand the popular Organic Stinger Waffle line with a new Gingersnap flavor and the certified gluten free Organic Energy Gel line will now contain two caffeinated options, Chocolate and Strawberry Kiwi.

These three new products will hit stores in the coming weeks and will available for purchase online at www.honeystinger.com on Wednesday, May 28.

“We are excited to offer up three new products to fuel our customers as we get ready for the summer months,” states Rich Hager, chief operating officer at Honey Stinger. "Our caffeinated products have been very popular and we’re excited to support our organic gel line with two new flavors caffeinated naturally using green tea. Our Stinger Waffles remain our most unique product and gingersnap is a perfect fit for our newest offering."

Honey Stinger Organic Gingersnap Stinger Waffles will be sold in boxes of 16 individually wrapped waffles. Each waffle is 160 calories and contains no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup or trans fats. A box of 16 waffles will retail for $22.24 and retailers have the option to sell waffles packaged for individual sale at $1.39. Chocolate and Strawberry Kiwi Caffeinated Energy Gels will be sold in boxes of 24 and will retail for $33.36. Individual gel packets can be purchased for $1.39. Each gel will contain 32 milligrams of caffeine derived from green tea.

About Honey Stinger

Located in Steamboat Springs, Colo., Honey Stinger makes convenient, nutritious and great tasting honey-based foods including energy bars, protein bars, organic energy gels, organic waffles, organic chews, and now Kids’ Organic Snacks. Fueling some of the country's top cyclists, runners, triathletes and teams, Honey Stinger products may be found at specialty sporting goods retailers, natural food grocers and www.honeystinger.com.

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Back9Network Acquires Top Golf GPS App Firm, Swing by Swing Golf

HARTFORD, Conn., May 29, 2014-- Back9Network announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Swing by Swing Golf. The acquisition gives the upstart golf lifestyle and entertainment network the top-ranked free golf GPS app on both iOS and Android mobile platforms as well as an engaged audience of over 2 million users.

"We are excited to add Swing by Swing and its top-notch management team to the Back9 family," said Jamie Bosworth, Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder of Back9Network. "Swing by Swing's proven ability to create a large, loyal audience of active golfers is a tremendous fit for our network and grassroots marketing strategies. The combined companies will strive to build the top digital media offering in golf."

The Swing by Swing golf GPS app has been downloaded over 3 million times and provides GPS mapping for over 35,000 golf courses in 130 countries. Golfers use the app to play hundreds of thousands of rounds each month. The Swing by Swing team will join Back9Network but remain in its offices in Palo Alto, California.

"This is a great match for both companies, and we plan to double Swing by Swing's user base over the next year or two," said Charles Cox, CFO & Head of Business Development at Back9Network. "It is a tremendous advantage for a young network to have a large, highly engaged online audience to whom we can introduce new, early content from our network in addition to generating feedback, community interaction, and brand awareness. The 26 million active golfers in the U.S. are our primary demographic, and Swing by Swing's GPS product is loved by active golfers."

About Swing by Swing Golf:

Swing by Swing's free Golf GPS & Scorecard app is used by more than three million golfers in 130 countries to master the world's golf courses, get distance information, play games, stay connected with golfing buddies, and maintain personal stats.

Learn more and download the free app at www.swingbyswing.com.

About Back9Network:

Back9Network, based in Hartford, CT, is a lifestyle multiplatform television network and media company. Back9Network was developed as a complementary alternative to traditional media's focus on professional golf tournament coverage. Focused on compelling storytelling, interesting personalities, features and fashions, interviews and instruction, travel, gear and much more, fans of all kinds will want to hang with the Back9Network. Back9Network.com, its online clubhouse, delivers a fresh perspective on the golf lifestyle and its worldwide influence. Back9Network's leadership includes respected and outspoken executives from the golf and media industries. Back9Network recently moved into its new corporate Headquarters and TV/Video Production Studio in Hartford, joining ESPN, NBC Sports and YES Network in Connecticut.

For further information, visit www.back9network.com.

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Nike P-ROD 8: Pure Progression

Starting with the Air Jordan I, legendary skateboarding icons Lance Mountain and Paul Rodriguez discuss skate innovation and introduce the Nike SB P-ROD 8.

In 1985, an airborne star on the ascent and his signature sneakers changed the way basketball shoes looked forever. Just as skateboarding is rooted in re-appropriation — using objects and surroundings differently — the Nike Air Jordan I found popularity on and off the court and became the platonic modern skate shoe on the feet of innovators like Lance Mountain.

That legacy is intact in today's technical performance pieces, which provide the coveted cushioning, support and resilience of the Air Jordan I, along with the latest innovations honed specifically for skate. The Nike SB P-ROD 8 is the latest expression of time-honored form and pioneering performance.

Past informs the Present

As the Nike SB line was forged, the Air Jordan I was the blueprint, leading to the launch of the Zoom Air assisted SB Dunk, which mimicked the iconic color and shape. The Nike SB team formed soon after and would include Paul Rodriguez, who grew up as a diehard fan of the basketball legend's achievements and his iconic series of silhouettes.

Rodriguez was the first Nike rider to get a Nike SB signature shoe, and the Paul Rodriguez Zoom Air and its successor, the P-ROD 2, were given special makeovers based on the Air Jordan III, representing Rodriguez’s respect for the iconic basketball sneaker. The P-ROD collection has continually evolved in line with his legendary career as he masters more height, more air and more speed. At the core, the P-ROD line maintains a wearable simplicity that connects to the pure form of skateboarding.

P-ROD 8 Performance Upgrades

The Nike P-ROD 8 brings 360 degrees of Nike Lunarlon impact protection to the design, delivering lightweight, responsive cushioning plus the board feel that skaters need. The Hyperscreen+ traction layer amplifies durability, and the dynamic Nike Flywire cables are the ultimate solution for an adaptive fit. The P-ROD 8’s outsole traction pattern was created to provide great grip during flicks and flips.


The P-ROD 8 will be available beginning June 21 — International Go Skateboarding Day — at select Nike SB retailers and online at nike.com.


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Vans Raises The Content-Meets-Commerce Bar with All-New Vans.com

CYPRESS, Calif. (May 29, 2014) – Vans, in partnership with digital agency Huge, today announced the launch of a fully redesigned Vans.com. The new website is a consolidated, responsive platform that works smoothly across multiple devices and provides an engaging, immersive experience for users including Vans loyalists and those just discovering the brand.

“The new design reflects our approach to building a site for today’s consumer,” said Sarah Crockett, Vans vice president of global consumer marketing. “Vans.com is now the home for all things Vans, be it our latest videos, products or social media content. Allowing our consumers to shop how they want and where they want whether it be online or at their local shop,” she added. “Partnering with a talented design firm, in addition to enlisting a world-class Vans team, we have realized our dream and are excited to see how our brand fans respond to it.”

With a mission to streamline Vans’ online presence and increase consumer engagement, Vans and Huge collaborated on vision, research, strategy, interactive design, visual design, and prototyping.

The team developed an approach intertwining brand and product storytelling throughout the shopping experience, utilizing user-centered design to increase engagement, raise product awareness and encourage cross-channel sharing. Vans consumers will now enjoy a seamless experience when visiting the website.

They can engage with Vans original content, check out product curated by Vans athletes and extended family, find their local shop and ultimately purchase their own apparel and footwear selections. Consumers can also expect to find their unique social media on the site, as it is built to showcase user-generated content from sites such as Tumblr, Instagram and Vine.

“It was imperative going into the new site development that we merge Vans storytelling and brand content while showcasing all of our product categories in the most comprehensive way for our consumers,” said Vans President Kevin Bailey. “The new Vans.com allows consumers to engage with our brand, find the product they want and from there, locate a store, buy online or purchase however they choose.”

The new site will continue to roll out in phases over the coming months and has successfully launched in Canada and Mexico. Additional regions including EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), APAC (Asia Pacific), Central and South America will be adopting the design for their platforms in the near future.

About Vans

Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear and apparel brand. Vans collections include authentic footwear, apparel, accessories and snowboard boots that are sold globally in more than 170 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and foreign offices. VF Outdoor, Inc. owns and operates more than 300 stores of the Vans brand in the United States and internationally, each offering a wide range of Vans footwear and apparel while communicating the brand and athletes’ rich stories. The Vans brand promotes action sports lifestyle and youth culture through support of athletes on boards and bikes all over the globe and through progressive events such as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, the Vans Downtown Showdown, the Vans Pool Party, the Vans Warped Tour® and surfing’s most prestigious contest, the Vans US Open of Surfing.

More information about the Vans brand can be found at www.vans.com, Twitter @vans_66 and www.facebook.com/vans

About Huge

Huge is a digital agency that provides business strategy, design, marketing and technology services to some of the world’s largest businesses and best-known brands. The company is known for successfully harmonizing user needs and business goals to create industry-changing digital experiences for its clients. Huge has offices based in the United States, Europe and Latin America, and is part of the Interpublic Group of Companies.

For more information, please visit: http://www.hugeinc.com/


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RockyMounts Partners with GSD Global, LLC, Invests in Product Development

BOULDER, CO (MAY 29, 2014) – Boulder-based car-rack systems manufacturer RockyMounts announced  a new partnership with GSD Global, LLC—a product design consultancy specializing in the cycling industry—in order to help drive innovation in product development and increase product offerings.

"As a team we’re focused on innovation. Bobby Noyes and I continue to preach the mantra of continuous improvement; we're committed to producing great products that enhance the RockyMounts brand,” said Bruno Maier, President of RockyMounts, Inc.

“To meet our growth strategies, we need to be working with the best design and engineering talent available. That is why we’re excited to work with GSD Global. Their combined experience and understanding of the bike industry will help us create the best products for the market.“

As part of RockyMounts' accelerated growth plan, the company has made significant changes to its engineering and design team during the last six months with a goal of driving future business through innovation and category expansion. As part of that initiative, the brand has restructured its product team and added the expertise of GSD Global, LLC.

“RockyMounts is a sleeping giant,” said Aaron Bethlenfalvy, chief designer of GSD Global, LLC. “And GSD has the tools and experience to wake its full potential. The real winner will be the consumer.”

About GSD Global, LLC.

GSD Global is a product design and engineering consultancy specializing in the bicycle industry. Over the past four decades its work has helped many of the industries most popular global brands achieve best in class status in nearly every category. GSD offers clients a broad range of development services including conceptual development, mechanical, structural, electrical and production engineering, kinematic and CFD analysis, product management, graphic development and collateral development. With locations in Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Taiwan and Germany, GSD is positioned to meet the development needs of any brand no matter the size and scope.

About RockyMounts, Inc.

Locally owned and operated in Boulder, CO, RockyMounts designs innovative, rock solid, quiet and fuel-efficient rack systems colorful enough to fit any style. RockyMounts engineers its rack systems to safely carry your most prized possessions to and from your next epic outdoor adventure. No one has ever been this stoked to carry your stuff.

For more information, visit RockyMounts.com.

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GlobeLongboards.com Reviews Globe Sterlz Hesh Goddess Longboard

The latest and most exciting longboard to hit the market has been reviewed by Globe Longboards. The Globe Sterlz Hesh Goddess Longboard was rated the ideal board for strolling around school, college, and city streets. 

May 29, 2014
GlobeLongboards.com has completed an extensive review of the Globe Sterlz Hesh Goddess longboard. This has become a very popular longboard in the short time that it has been on the market, but there are some features that prospective buyers should be aware of before spending their money.

GlobeLongboards.com understands that reviews matter, especially when it comes to choosing the right longboard. Boards can seem identical to people who are unfamiliar with brands or styles, but there are significant differences highlighted on the website.

The Globe Sterlz Hesh Goddess longboard has a metallic body with a gold-flake dip and an incredible level of detail on both the top and bottom. There are only 666 of these boards in existence, which makes them unique and desirable. At 31.5'', the Sterlz Hesh Goddess Longboard is perfect for people who want to cruise at a reasonable speed, along with performing basic tricks on the roadside or at skating parks.

Along with identifying the board's main features, the review provides details regarding the pros and cons of the Sterlz Hesh Goddess Longboard. The advantages mentioned were the thickness of the board, the concavity, and the stainless steel hardware. These features ensure the board is suitable for beginners and advanced skaters alike, with the thickness and material ensuring this board is extremely durable.

There were several negatives brought up as well. These cons include the grip (which tends to wear down fairly quickly), the small nature of the wheels, and the kicktail's shape and size.
Overall, the reviewers shed a positive light on the limited edition board.

For more information about this board, along with other expert reviews, beginner tips, and much more, visit GlobeLongboards.com.

About GlobeLongboards.com:

GlobeLongboards.com was established to provide unbiased reviews, information and buying tips regarding popular longboards and related gear. Contributors at GlobeLongboards.com are experienced longboarders, which gives them a unique ability to provide quality reviews. Everything from in depth reviews, beginners tips, and discounts on sought after boards are available through the website.

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PumpUp Introduces Its Health and Fitness Social Network

More Than 1 Million Users Join PumpUp Community in Less Than Six Months

TORONTO, ON--( May 21, 2014) - PumpUp  announced the introduction of the first photo-based health and fitness social network, designed to inspire people and keep them motivated to live and maintain an active lifestyle. After releasing their beta version, the PumpUp app has grown to more than one million users in less than six months.

PumpUp combines photo sharing, community, and fitness coaching to provide a complete health and fitness platform. The PumpUp social platform immerses users into a comfortable and positive community where they can share photos around their health, fitness and wellness.

In addition to PumpUp's social component, users have access to custom workouts, fitness coaching and activity tracking, and can share post-workout selfies, healthy recipes, inspirational photos and more. Scrolling through the newsfeed, users motivate each other through likes, positive comments on other users' posts and following like-minded individuals.

"We've combined health and fitness tools with a positive community that motivates more than 1 million people to improve their daily lives. Each photo shared has real accomplishment behind it, whether it be a selfie after a workout, a delicious (yet nutritious) meal, or a stroll in the park on a sunny day," says Garrett Gottlieb, co-founder of PumpUp. "With PumpUp, people motivate others to join them and accomplish their goals. It's truly contagious, and it's beautiful."

PumpUp also offers the ability to easily keep track of weight, calories burned, reps and time spent exercising. Users can build and store custom exercise plans, track their activity, sports and weight, and receive coaching through their workouts. By tracking activity, users can also monitor calories burned, reps and time spent exercising, in addition to progress over time.

"We've found that providing users with a comfortable community to share photos and selfies around their fitness is an amazing way to maintain an active lifestyle," added Phil Jacobson, co-founder of PumpUp. "We see this first hand with the PumpUp app; users who share photos are 5x more likely to stay on track with their goals. This proves that community is a truly driving influence when it comes to both getting active and staying active."

Join the community and download PumpUp on the iOS App Store or Google Play Store for Android.

To find out more about PumpUp, visit www.pumpup.co.

About PumpUp:

PumpUp is a mobile software company on a mission to help improve the health, fitness and lives of people across the globe. PumpUp is the first photo-based social network for health and fitness. Harnessing the power of the social networking and selfies trends, PumpUp motivates and inspires people to live and maintain an active lifestyle.

To find out more about PumpUp, visit www.pumpup.co.

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GForceTracker's Head Impact Monitoring System Now Available for Soccer Players of All Ages

Device records impacts that could possibly lead to concussions.

TORONTO, May 22, 2014 -- GForceTracker Inc. (GFT) announced  that its industry leading head impact monitoring system is now available for soccer players of all ages. Weighing less than one ounce, the impact sensor can be worn directly on the head using a stylish elasticized headband. It utilizes the same GFT technology that is already proven and widely used in helmeted sports such as football, hockey and lacrosse.

"The topic of sports-related concussions has taken center stage in the media, but limited attention has been directed specifically towards soccer," stated GFT Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Gerry Iuliano. "We have reviewed the available scientific literature and the concussion rates in soccer is very alarming, especially for female players. Therefore it's a natural extension to expand our product line to this market."

According to the American Academy of Neurology, the risk of sports-related concussions for young women and girls is greatest in soccer. For men, soccer ranked fourth. The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) estimates there are 265 million soccer players worldwide, including slightly more than 27 million in the United States and Canada.

The GFT for soccer uses sample rates three times faster than any device currently on the market today which enables true recording, reporting and recreating of all head impacts in real time. It sends instant notifications of impacts to the sidelines allowing coaches or athletic trainers the ability to assess the athletes immediately.

The device utilizes the same Hit Count® certified electronics incorporated in other GFT products and will be submitted for Hit Count® testing and certification.

About GForceTracker

GForceTracker is a Hit Count® Certified, advanced linear g-force and rotational impact sensor monitoring system that accumulates a lifetime of head impacts. The detection device monitors, measures and provides vital statistics such as number of impacts, severity of impacts, local alarming when the impact exceeds an acceptable threshold and accumulates this data to provide key metrics that determine whether its user has suffered a possible head injury. The GFT is currently the only Hit Count® Certified head impact sensor on the market and can be used by individual players or entire teams in both helmeted and non-helmeted sports.

To learn more about GForceTracker visit www.gforcetracker.com.

Contact:
GForceTracker Inc./ 905-470-0109/ sales@gforcetracker.com

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Pacsun Trims Q1 Loss

Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. reported that its loss narrowed slightly from continuing operations in the first quarter. Comparable store sales grew 3 percent. Gross margin were up 100 basis points.

Sales from continuing operations for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 ended May 3,, were $171.1 million versus net sales from continuing operations of $166.4 million.

The company ended the first quarter of fiscal 2014 with 618 stores versus 638 stores a year ago.

On a GAAP basis, the company reported a loss from continuing operations of $10.4 million, or 15 cents per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2014, compared to a loss from continuing operations of $24.1 million, or 35 cents per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2013.

The loss from continuing operations for the company's first quarter of fiscal 2014 included a non-cash gain of $1.2 million, or 2 cents per diluted share, compared to a non-cash loss of $9.3 million, or 13 cents per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 related to the derivative liability that resulted from the issuance of the Convertible Series B Preferred Stock (the "Series B Preferred") in connection with the term loan financing the Company completed in December 2011.

On a non-GAAP basis, excluding the non-cash gain (loss) on the derivative liability, and assuming a tax benefit of approximately $3.8 million, the Company would have incurred a loss from continuing operations for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 of $7.4 million, or 11 cents per diluted share, as compared to a loss from continuing operations of $9.5 million, or 14 cents per diluted share, for the same period a year ago.

"I believe that in a tough marketplace we are continuing to attract new customers and great brands to PacSun, which has been key to achieving our ninth straight quarter of positive comparable store sales," said Gary H. Schoenfeld, president and chief executive officer. "While we anticipate continued growth in our Men's business, the promotional environment that we are seeing in the mall coupled with underperformance in a couple of categories in Women's is resulting in a more cautious outlook for the second quarter."



Financial Outlook for Second Fiscal Quarter of 2014

The company's guidance range for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 contemplates a non-GAAP loss per diluted share from continuing operations of between $(0.08) and $(0.02), compared to $0.02 in the second quarter of fiscal 2013.

The forecasted second quarter non-GAAP loss from continuing operations per diluted share guidance range is based on the following assumptions:
  • Comparable store sales from -5 percent to flat;
  • Revenue from $200 million to $210 million;
  • Gross margin rate, including buying, distribution and occupancy, of 26 percent to 29 percent;
  • SG&A expenses in the range of $56 million to $58 million; and
  • Applicable non-GAAP adjustments are tax effected using a normalized annual income tax rate.
  • The company's second fiscal quarter of 2014 guidance range excludes the quarterly impact of the change in the fair value of the derivative liability due to the inherently variable nature of this financial instrument.
Discontinued Operations

In accordance with applicable accounting literature and consistent with the company's financial statement presentation in its fiscal 2013 annual report, the Company has reclassified the results of operations of its closed stores as discontinued operations for all periods presented, as applicable.

Derivative Liability

In fiscal 2011, as a result of the issuance of the Series B Preferred in connection with the company's $60 million senior secured term loan financing with an affiliate of Golden Gate Capital, the company recorded a derivative liability equal to approximately $15 million, which represents the fair value of the Series B Preferred upon issuance. In accordance with applicable U.S. GAAP, the Company has marked this derivative liability to fair value through earnings and will continue to do so on a quarterly basis until the shares of Series B Preferred are either converted into shares of the Company's common stock or until the conversion rights expire (December 2021).

As of May 29, 2014, the company operates 619 stores in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.


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Princeton Tec Brings Custom Headlamp Program to GoPro Mountain Games

BORDENTOWN, N.J. (May 29, 2014) - Princeton Tec, a New Jersey-based manufacturer of headlamps and handheld lights for the outdoor, bike, tactical, industrial, and SCUBA industries, is bringing its one-of-a-kind Spectrum custom headlamp program to the GoPro Mountain Games June 5-8 for another year of interactive headlamp creation.

“It’s exciting to bring our Spectrum headlamp customization program back to the Mountain Games for another season,” said George Chevalier, Marketing Manager at Princeton Tec. “The onsite re-creation of our production line not only helps educate consumers, shop owners, and shop employees in a real-time setting, but it also immerses our brand in the passionate outdoor culture featured at the event.”

The custom headlamp program instills creativity in its participants and enables individuals to create a customized Fuel headlamp using a 10-color pallete for six different headlamp parts – plus two headstrap options. The program uses Princeton Tec’s 70-lumen Fuel headlamp, which can be purchased for a discounted price of $25 at the Games.

The GoPro Mountain Games attracts professional and amateur athletes from across the globe to celebrate life in the outdoors. The Princeton Tec custom headlamp program will be located in ‘Gerber Gear Town,’ where fans and athletes can convene to both enjoy food and beer gardens, as well as a collection of outdoor brands and gear giveaways. Make sure to make your way to the Princeton Tec tent to build your own, custom headlamp step-by-step.

Just think, no one else in the world will have a headlamp like yours.

For more about the Princeton Tec Spectrum custom headlamp program, please visit: http://spectrum.princetontec.com/.

About Princeton Tec:

Since 1975, New Jersey-based Princeton Tec’s goal has been to support the outdoor community by building lighting products for the people who need superior illumination for any situation. Out products are designed to enhance all outdoor activities, crossing the boundaries from SCUBA and water sports; to camping and backpacking; to snow sports; alpine sports and road/commuter biking.

For more information on Princeton Tec, visit http://princetontec.com/.

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