Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sea Otter 2015 - SRAM GX 11-speed Drivetrain

SRAM GX Drivetrain

SRAM was showing off their recently announced GX drivetrain group, which is a more reasonably priced 11-speed set up. The group was engineered at their German design facility and comes in a wide expanse of gearing options, including a 1x11, 2x11, and 2x10. Prices range from $511 for 2x10, $573-584 for 1x11 and $677-681 for 2x11.

Sea Otter 2015 - Life Elements Action Wipes and Healing Honey Body Care Products

Actions Wipes Packs

Life Elements from San Luis Obispo has returned to the marketplace and is relaunching their excellent Action Wipes product. I first became aware of Action Wipes when owner and inventor Martha Van Inwegen were giving out free samples at Interbike Dirt Demo several years ago.

Action Wipes


I fell in love with the item and made great use of them on multiple occasions while out on the trail mountain biking. Action Wipes are a body wipe made with plant based ingredients, including Tea Tree and Eucalyptus. What I liked about the wipes is they're formulated with therapeutic, gentle and safe ingredients, so I am not worried about the harsh chemicals and other unsavory products in the typical baby wipes. The Action Wipes are 9”x10" in size and use a durable fabric, which provides an adult sized wipe for cleaning your hands, face and the rest of your body. The gentle suds help remove dirt, odor, and bacteria, leaving your skin clean, soft and smelling good. They come in 15 and 25 single pack kits and 30 sheets soft pack dispenser, the latter should be an excellent item for the car, camping, and picnics.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Introducing the TUDIA Klip - Protective Cover for the Apple Charging Cables

TUDIA klip

Introducing Klip: Protective Cover Snaps Over
Charging Cable To Prevent Fraying and Splitting,
Extends Life of Lightning and 30 Pin Cables

St. Paul, MN - May 19, 2015: Aplars announces the launch of Klip, a 2-piece plastic clip that snaps onto lightning or 30 pin Apple charging cables, protecting the sensitive area of the cable that most frequently frays and splits. The clip works by creating a cage around the cable, preventing wear and tear and limiting how much the cable can bend, dramatically extending its life. Klip comes in 5 different colors, and its simple design complements the current styling of Apple charging cables. Coming in at 0.59 inches in length and .08 oz, Klip’s minimalist structure adds very little bulk to the cable. Ultimately, Klip is designed to save users the hassle of repeatedly purchasing $25 replacement cables that can’t keep up with on-the-go charging.


They're running a Indiegogo crowdsourcing campaign in support of the launch of Klip, refer to www.indiegogo.com/projects/tudia-klip. Backers can preorder the early bird Klip pack for as low as $5.00. The campaign runs from May 19, 2015 through June 8, 2015, and they're trying to raise $25,000. 

Winson Teh, the creator at Aplars LLC states: “There have been way too many occasions where I have needed to charge my phone right before it dies - but the charger is frayed and won’t charge the phone. The low quality charging cables that come with devices just don’t last, so I made a solution.”



Grams Thoughts =>  The Klip is a simple device that can save the dreaded fraying cables issue on those expensive Apple charging and connection cables. My family has lot's of iPhones and iPads around the house. and it's such a bummer when one of those required cables dies on you when you need it most. Looking forward to some real world testing on this minimalist and functional device.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Moots Announces Butch Boucher as New President

Butch Boucher - new Moots President  

Steamboat Springs, CO (May 1, 2015) -- Moots Cycles today announced Butch Boucher, a 19-year veteran of the company, has been named the new President of Moots Cycles. Boucher will oversee all aspects of the company including strategic planning, product development, operations, finance, marketing and sales.

"Butch is a well-respected industry veteran who's played a key role over the years helping Moots emerge as a premier titanium brand," said Chris Miller Moots' Owner and Chairman of the Board. "With a deep background in Moots' product development, a wealth of experience, a clear understanding of our business, and solid industry relationships, Butch is an excellent choice to lead Moots going forward.'

Grams Thoughts =>  Congrats to Butch on a well-deserved promotion. I met Butch a little over five years ago during a Moots Press Camp. At the time, he was their CNC wizard and machine operator. He is a down to earth guy, humble, funny and an excellent craftsman, and his personality and knowledge are a superb asset to the company. Good luck! 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Wigwam Mills Chesbro-Newhard Named to Sporting Goods Business Top 40 Under 40

Wigwam Mills Chesbro-Newhard

May 6, 2015 (Sheboygan, Wisc.) – Wigwam Mills is pleased to announce the naming of Director of Product Management Margaret Chesebro-Newhard to its eighth annual Sporting Goods Business (SGB) Magazine Top 40 Under 40 list. Officially revealed by the SportsOneSource Group this past week, this year’s honorees represent all facets of the sporting goods and active lifestyle industry. The 40 recipients were selected by a panel of SportsOneSource analysts, editors and industry executives from more than 400 nominations received from around the active lifestyle industry. Each recipient is recognized as a leader making a difference in their respective category and market.

“I’m honored and humbled to be included with this talented group,” offers Chesebro-Newhard, “I consider this a team award to be shared with my amazing colleagues and I look forward to helping Wigwam maintain its incredible growth and position as a technology and quality leader in the sock category.”

Grams Thoughts => I met Margaret at the SIA show in January and she not only knew her knit count and materials for the socks but deeply understood the technology of their entire sock lineup. Congratulations on a much deserved award. On top of the Wigam makes some of the best and most durable socks on the market, using excellent craftsmanship, stitching, materials and technology. And of course, made proudly in the USA!