Gerber: An American classic since 1939, Gerber is nationally renowned for building dependable knives that use the latest technology and highest quality materials. Featuring knives, multi-tools, more.
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Canari for Susan G. Komen: Infuse your rides with purpose. This collection of cycling jerseys, shorts, and more from Canari and the Susan G. Komen foundation raises money and awareness for breast cancer. Show your support here.
Sport Science: Do you ever feel like Superman changing into multiple high-performance outfits throughout the day? You can simplify with Sports Science’s versatile performance apparel. Shop now for great prices.
The One-Wheeled Wonder: Did you know? On October 13th (that’s today!), 2011, Mike Tierney, a ski-patroler in Aspen, Colorado, accomplished the most badass hill climb on a unicycle in history. For 11 hours, Tierney charged up Hawaii’s highest peak, Mauna Kea, (13,796 ft.). The route has been dubbed the world’s toughest hill climb. What sets Tierney’s accomplishment apart is that he did it all on a 29-inch wheel. He arrived at the summit triumphantly blasting Led Zepplin’s “A Whole Lot of Love,” and emotionally high-fived a park ranger before he hoisted the unicycle above his head in a moment that he described as Nirvana.
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Fresh on the menu today:
GORE RUNNING WEAR: GORE RUNNING WEAR sets the standard for performance and protection with skin-to-shell garment systems and sport-specific designs featuring GORE-TEX and WINDSTOPPER fabric technologies as well as other selected technical fabrics. Click through to shop this collection of Men’s and Women’s premium running gear with all the bells and whistles. Featuring jackets, tights, and more.
Emerica: Emerica’s premium skate-inspired footwear and apparel is designed and tested by professional riders. Each model is packed with as much personality and individuality as the riders themselves because, hey, that’s what skateboarding is all about. Speaking of what skateboarding is all about, Emerica is about more than just creating innovative skate gear. The company actively empowers youth through skateboarding by supporting organizations like Boards for Bros, which distributes refurbished skateboards to children that can’t afford them. Rodney Recloose would be proud. Click through now for member-exclusive pricing on Men’s Emerica footwear.
Hit the Trail: Men’s Footwear: Don’t let your perfect path turn into a trail of tears because of bad footwear. Click to shop now to shop hiking boots and performance trail socks by Vasque, KEEN, Columbia, Dahlgren, and more.
Hit the Trail: Women’s Footwear: Blisters and twisted ankles are for the ill equipped. With the right footwear you can go anywhere. Find the perfect pairing of trail socks and shoes here. Click through now to shop our collection of hiking shoes, boots, and socks by Columbia, Patagonia, Vasque, adidas, & more.
IN OTHER NEWS:
Champion of Champions: Did you know? To say that Italian professional cyclist Angelo Fausto Coppi was a prolific athlete would be an understatement. Between 1940 and 1953, he won the Giro d’Italia five times, the Tour de France twice, and the World Championship once. Italians knew him as the “Champion of Champions.” He was so good that organizers for the 1952 Tour de France had to double the prize money they were offering for second place just to generate interest. On July 20 (that’s today) that same year, Coppi won the Tour de France as expected. What wasn’t expected was by how much: the Champion of Champions came in nearly half an hour over his closest competitor. No one has won a Tour by that big of a margin ever since.
Welcome back, Clymbers. We’re excited about today. Not only are we welcoming Columbia Sportswear and SOREL to the ever-growing list of great brands we feature but we’re doing it in style, by donating a proceed of every Columbia Sportswear and SOREL order to our friends at Big City Mountaineers. There’s a lot of great products on the menu. Enjoy!
SOREL: Born from the desire to make a boot that would deliver explorers comfortably into the beauty of the great unknown, SOREL has been creating footwear for the fearless since 1962. As the company forges forward from the frozen tundra into city streets, it translates the stunning landscapes that inspired its founders into a new generation of footwear that is fashionably bold, unapologetically daring and beautifully brave. Click through now for member-exclusive pricing on Men’s & Women’s SOREL footwear.
Shells & Fleeces: Layer up for spring with Men’s & Women’sshells & fleeces from top brands, including Mountain Hardwear, Brooks-Range, Cloudveil, & more, available now at The Clymb for member-exclusive pricing.
Bad Grand-Mamma Jamma: Did you know? When she was 13-years old, Columbia Sportswear chairman Gert Boyle and her parents fled Nazi Germany for Portland, OR. Later that same year, the family bought a small hat distributorship. They re-named it the Columbia Hat Company after the river that inspired their new home. The company grew into Columbia Sportswear, which Boyle would one day lead. Over the years, the spirited matriarch served as CEO and the centerpiece of the company’s iconic “One Tough Mother” advertising campaign, which compared the toughness of its products to Boyle. And it turns out Boyle really is tough. In November 2010, the 86-year-old arrived at home to find a strange man in her driveway holding a fruit basket. But for the man, the real peach was Boyle, who he intended to kidnap and hold for ransom for $20,000. He pulled a firearm and demanded Boyle let him into her house. She did, but not before pressing the silent alarm. When police knocked at her door, the unsuspecting man instructed Boyle to answer it. With her wrists bound, she said hello to the officer and informed him that there was a man with a gun in her house. The man was later captured.
With the great outdoors as its playground, it’s no wonder the outdoor industry continues to lead the way in practicing corporate environmental sustainability, and their impressive efforts have not gone unnoticed. Last week, The White House honored the Outdoor Industry Association with the Champions of Change award, recognizing the association’s Sustainability Working Group and the group’s development of the Eco Index.
The Eco Index is an open-source, web-based software tool which allows product designers in the outdoor industry to input and evaluate source materials that reduce the environmental impact of their products. A few of our brand partners and Portland neighbors including Icebreaker, KEEN, Columbia, and Adidas have been early adopters of the software. The pilot program of the Eco Index evolved to become apparel specific with assessments for footwear and equipment in development.
What does this mean for the industry and its consumers? The program allows the designers to track and improve upon their products’ environmental impact considering material types and sourcing, labor practices, waste, and packaging while creating transparency between manufacturers and suppliers. While it’s still a few years off, the goal is to provide consumers with an eco-tag – much like nutritional facts listed on food products – so that they’re more conscious of their purchasing decisions and the brands they support.
While some brands already offer up transparency in what goes into their products (Icebreaker provides customers with a code enabling them track their merino wool back to the exact sheep who donated it), the effects of an eco-tag would go beyond consumer education. Outdoor gear and apparel companies would be challenged to consider the environmental impact of each step of their products’ development and competitors would be forced to step up their game, which is what we call a win-win for consumers.
For more information on the Eco Index visit here.