In 1993, an idea for the first, whitewater-specific, ergonomic paddle was born. That idea grew into Adventure Technology (AT), a paddle maker who doesn’t seek to “balance” adventure with technology, but rather seeks to push both concepts to the outer limits. AT now delivers premium whitewater and touring paddles known for excellence in design, craftsmanship and innovation. In 2009, AT joined the rest of the Confluence Outdoor family to continue its legacy of dedicated research and development, all in the name of a good adventure. www.atpaddle.com
When choosing gear for your adventures, you look for a quality product and a name you can trust. When it comes to food, you seek great-tasting and nutritious ingredients that will sustain you. At AlpineAire Foods, our passion for food is only exceeded by our thirst for adventure. Since 1979 we have been dedicated to working with only the finest ingredients to deliver convenient, satisfying and nutritious meals. With an emphasis on quality, combined with the care that goes into every one of our products, you can count on AlpineAire Foods to fuel your next adventure.
The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit that inspires and supports a culture of American mountain craft. As the leading organization of America’s most vibrant, inspiring community of climbers and skiers, the AMGA offers cutting edge knowledge and hundreds of years of collective experience that you won’t get from any other climbing organization. AMGA guides and staff are the experts in the business of being a guide. The AMGA spent 30 years setting standards for American guiding, protecting the guiding environment, and organizing a powerful, unified community of climbers and skiers. And will spend the next 30 supporting future generations of guides and clients.
Balega is the number one selling sock brand in the American run specialty market, a designer and manufacturer of technical performance socks. Crafted for a superior fit and unbelievable comfort, Balega is committed to the technical excellence, quality and performance offered in Balega socks.
Based in Carlsbad, C.A., Boardworks is a leader in the surf and standup paddle industries offering innovative and award-winning surfboards, standup paddle (SUP) boards, paddles, and accessories. Boardworks commitment to building user-friendly performance products, that make your time on the water more enjoyable, is based on an understanding that there are many types of waterways in this world and many different ways to enjoy surfing and stand up paddling. This design approach ensures that you have the perfect board for your next surf or SUP adventure. Boardworks, part of the Confluence Outdoor family, also designs and distributes surfboards and SUP boards for some of the world’s premier brands including Infinity, Badfish Standup Paddle, Morrelli & Melvin, and Strive, using our proprietary construction technologies. www.boardworkssurf.com
Brooks-Range Mountaineering Equipment Co. offers an innovative, top-quality selection of backcountry and outdoor equipment, gear and tools for professional guides, recreational travelers and users alike for a safe and enjoyable mountain experience.
Chamois Butt’r® was developed in 1988 via collaboration between physical therapist and avid cyclist Steve Mathews and an experienced and passionate group of pro cyclists, physicians and chemists. In the years since its launch Chamois Butt’r has evolved from an individual product into a full suite of offerings developed to suit the individual preferences of a wide range of athletes, disciplines and conditions. The Chamois Butt’r line is featured on the shelves of most U.S. bicycle retailers and also distributed internationally. For more, please visit: chamoisbuttr.com.
The Conservation Alliance’s mission is to engage outdoor businesses to help protect and conserve threatened wild places for their habitat and recreation values.
Dagger doesn’t believe in going half-way, or giving “just enough.” In the world of paddling, Dagger is all in, and has been since 1988. From recreational moving water kayaks to whitewater boats bound for class V creeking and all water in between, Dagger designs and manufactures premier kayaks for all paddling styles in Greenville, S.C. From the mountains to the sea, Dagger represents the relentless pursuit of adventure. If your soul is also one with the water, join the Dagger Community and check out the kayaks at www.dagger.com.
Founded in 1994 by an avid skier and 20 year veteran of the aerospace industry, DryGuy™ sought to provide a solution to cold & wet extremities often experienced by people who work and play outdoors. While boots and gloves provide the necessary insulation for hands and feet during cold in winter months, they often become water logged and soaked with sweat rendering them uncomfortable and counterproductive. Acquired by Implus in 2014, DryGuy offers wide variety of boot / glove dryers and thermal layering products designed to keep you and your gear comfortably warm and dry in the outdoors.
FALKE International Fourth generation family owned German business, where luxury and performance is a way of life now available in the US market. From luxury legwear to the bodymapping Ergonomic Sport System, quality is a given and performance is unsurpassed. FALKE is committed to deliver the ultimate in technology and technical excellence.
Based in Vancouver, B.C., G3 Genuine Guide Gear is manufacturer of industry-leading gear for backcountry skiing. It has been making avalanche safety equipment since 1995. The G3 product line includes skis, alpine-touring and telemark ski bindings, climbing skins, avalanche shovels, probes and other ski accessories.
Gaia, originally Gaiam TV, is a streaming video subscription service offering exclusive streaming conscious-media content. Gaia’s library contains more than 7,000 films, documentaries and original programs to guide its viewers on their journeys of personal growth, spirituality and seeking truth. Gaia is currently available on the Apple TV, iPad, iPhone and Google Chrome.
GCI Outdoor™ was founded in 1996 after founder Dan Grace asked this simple question: “Why isn’t there a chair for this?” That question was answered when Dan, utilizing his engineering background, designed the Everywhere Chair®, the patented hillside adjustable chair. In 1998, Jeffrey Polke joined as co-owner bringing his sales, marketing and retail experience. Together they grew GCI Outdoor with innovative product designs and unsurpassed customer service. Today, Dan and Jeff continue to make it happen. They are building their team and adding more innovative products to their catalogs.
W. L. Gore & Associates is a global materials science company dedicated to transforming industries and improving lives. Founded in 1958, Gore has built a reputation for solving complex technical challenges in the most demanding environments — from revolutionizing the outerwear industry with GORE-TEX® fabric to creating medical devices that improve and save lives to enabling new levels of performance in the aerospace, pharmaceutical and mobile electronics markets, among other industries. The company is also known for its strong, team-oriented culture and continued recognition from the Great Place to Work® Institute. Headquartered in Newark, Del., Gore employs approximately 10,000 Associates and generates annual revenues that exceed $3 billion. www.gore.com
For nearly 40 years, Gregory Mountain Products has been the leader in expedition, backpacking, daypacks and travel gear. World renowned for fit, durability, and performance in all of its products, Gregory has won awards from such diverse media outlets as Outside Magazine, Backpacker, National Geographic Adventure, Popular Science, Men’s Journal, Consumers Digest and Alpinist Magazine. Responsible for many industry firsts in backpacking fit and design, the Gregory research and design team continues to lead the way in innovative backpack technology and performance. www.gregorypacks.com.
GU Energy Labs develops and innovates products that deliver the right nutrients, in the right amounts, at the right time for optimal athletic performance. The originators of the energy gel in 1993 (and current category leader), GU has expanded to include hydration, energy, and recovery products in a wide variety of flavors. In collaboration with Olympians and age groupers alike, GU continues to use both heart and science to make products with ingredients that help the body replenish, perform, recover, and repeat. Recommit to becoming your best athletic self! Learn more about GU products, and discover how nutrition planning can help you GU FOR IT: www.GUEnergy.com.
Harmony wants paddlers to be safer and more comfortable with a range of high quality accessories at an affordable price. The brand’s extensive selection of everything from paddles to fishing accessories to PFDs makes Harmony the first stop to outfit any canoe or kayak. The brand is based in Greenville, S.C., alongside its sister brands in the Confluence Outdoor family. Harmony gear is available at specialty retailers across the country and online at www.harmonygear.com.
Ibex is a designer of year-round merino wool and organic cotton outdoor clothing and cycling apparel, founded in the belief of the superior natural performance and properties of wool.
No matter how you ride, IZIP has a fun, fast, and efficient eBike for you. From commuters, cruisers, and cargo bikes to full-suspension, trail, and touring models, IZIP covers every riding option for leisure, trails, and pavement. With over 10 years of experience in the eBike industry, IZIP is now a veteran and a leader in eBike technology in the USA. A division of Accell North America, IZIP eBikes is supported by a network of authorized dealers and backed by the Electric Bike Competence Center of North America. Learn about all the models from IZIP eBikes at www.izipusa.com.
Founded in 2002 by Olympic medalist and World Champion freestyle skier Kari Traa, the brand that bares her name is a result of Norwegian heritage and the need for trustworthy women’s-specific active wear. Today, Kari Traa is Scandinavia’s leading sportswear brand and Europe’s fastest-growing women’s apparel brand. For strong and active girls who also want to express their femininity, style and individuality, Kari Traa inspires women to lead a happier, healthier and stronger lifestyle—made by girls, for girls. Kari Traa sportswear is available in specialty retail stores throughout Scandinavia, Europe, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada.
Katadyn is the Switzerland-based market leader for portable, personal water treatment systems and products for the outdoor and marine industries. Under the guiding principle, “Making water drinking water,” Katadyn develops and manufactures its portable water filters, desalinators and chemical disinfectants for camping, hiking or global journeys. With Katadyn products, clean drinking water is a given even in remote corners of the globe. As functionally multipurpose as a Swiss army knife, the finely tuned product portfolio offers diverse and personal solutions for water treatment. Still made in Switzerland today, the product line ranges from water filters and tried-and-true Micropur tablets to the smallest manual desalinator for marine applications. One thing all products have in common is our high standard of quality, reliability and easy operation. For that reason, many international aid organizations as well as the military rely on the survival aid and life-saving support from market leader Katadyn. Katadyn is a brand in the Katadyn Group portfolio.
We are about craft. About style. And about function. We believe that anything worth doing is worth doing with the best of what’s available. We believe anything out there can be made better, including our stuff. We’re obsessive and driven. It shows in how we build our bikes, how we ride, and how we make these clothes.
Some say that a mischievous rabbit founded Mad River Canoe (read about it here). We’re not saying for sure, but when Jim Henry built the first Mad River Malecite canoe in 1971, he was inspired by the Micmac Indian legend of a rabbit whose confidence was a powerful asset when backed up with innate abilities. Confidence, aptitude, and craftsmanship guided the beginning of Mad River Canoe and they persist in the brand and its boats today. As part of the Confluence Outdoor family, Mad River Canoe, continues to devote itself to the craft of building a better canoe. All made in the USA. Until you can get on the water to experience the legend of a Mad River Canoe yourself, check us out online at www.madrivercanoe.com.
Metolius has been innovating rock climbing gear since the company’s founding in 1983, and offers some of the best and leading gear and equipment for the toughest rock climbing challenges.
For more than a century, the Optimus name has stood for dependable outdoor stoves and clever accessories. Founded in Stockholm in 1899, the company has often set new technical standards over its lengthy history. Indeed, it has also earned numerous awards and has been a successful part of innumerable expeditions. For many demanding users, the gas, multi-fuel and hybrid stoves by Optimus are their first choice – and for good reason: Bound by the tradition of its name, Optimus products are continuously re-engineered for further improvement. Next to its high-performance models, one also finds true classics in the portfolio. For example, the Optimus Svea, among others, continues to sell successfully after more than 70 years and has achieved cult status among outdoor enthusiasts. No matter whether a proven longtime standard or a super-light newcomer, for camping or expeditions, the reliable and stylish outdoor cooking gear from Optimus is bound to quickly become a beloved favorite – and of course a reliable impetus for any upcoming adventure. Optimus has been a part of the Katadyn Group portfolio since 2007.
Outdoor Research® is Designed by Adventure®. We provide Innovation and Inspiration for the Relentless Adventurer. Based in Seattle – with in-house manufacturing and prototyping capabilities at our company headquarters – Outdoor Research was founded in 1981 after a failed piece of gear on an Alaskan climbing expedition inspired ideas for a better design.
Pearl Izumi is a world leader in the manufacture of high-performance, high-tech sports apparel and footwear for avid cycling, tri, and running enthusiasts. Based in Louisville, Colo., a suburb of Boulder, Pearl Izumi is a wholly owned subsidiary of Shimano American Corporation, located in Irvine, CA.
For over 30 years, Perception has successfully matched lifestyles and kayaks. Whether you like to discover new waters and play with the family, or embark on solo excursions for fitness and exploration, Perception has recreational and touring boats for a lifetime of fun. Located in Greenville, S.C., as part of the Confluence Outdoor family of brands, Perception builds on its own Made in the USA legacy of “fun on the water for everyone” with great design and top-notch quality.
Petzl’s roots lie in the desire of its founders to serve one passion: exploration. Since its beginnings in caving, the company’s mission has remained constant: to offer practical solutions that allow people to progress. Today that pioneering spirit, passion for exploration and ethic have not changed. More than forty years later, Petzl continues to invent products and provide solutions that allow sports enthusiasts and professionals to access some of the most inaccessible places, both day and night.
At Princeton Tec, we’ve been pioneering new technologies and building lights for four decades. And yes, you could say it’s been quite a ride. In our pursuit to be the world’s best, we’ve travelled the earth by ocean, by air, by bike and by foot. We’ve consulted great athletes, scaled mountains, traversed the poles, touched the ocean floors and rolled two wheels on every continent. We are constantly inspired by what our ever evolving environments have to offer and the human spirit that challenges us to tackle them. This spirit, our spirit, motivates us to push technology and design, so that we can ensure that you have, not only the best lighting solutions, but solutions where technology is applied and the performance makes sense for how you use them.
Raleigh Bicycles offers a broad spectrum of bicycles including road, mountain, cyclocross, and commuter for all ages and abilities. Raleigh focuses on supporting the commuter, the family and local cycling, and partners with numerous non-profits around the U.S. each year to help grow the sport, including Ride2Recovery. Raleigh also sponsors Raleigh UK and Raleigh/Clement competitive cycling teams.
Reynolds Cycling is situated at the base of Utah’s majestic Wasatch Mountains, a land of epic beauty that provides both inspiration and an ideal proving ground for new, innovative bicycle wheels. We test our road wheels on the same steep and winding mountain byways that play host to internationally contested UCI races, and the limitless miles of high-country trails are the perfect setting for validating our mountain bike wheels. It is with this backdrop that we have built the Reynolds Composite Studio whose sole focus is engineering the strongest, lightest and fastest premium wheels for road, triathlon, mountain bike and any other biking discipline in which top performance is the dedicated goal. Ride Hard. Ride the Best. Ride Reynolds. For more information, visit reynoldscycling.com.
The revolutionary RinseKit is a portable, pressurized shower that’s like having a garden hose at the beach or the trailhead. With no pumping, and no batteries, it fills in 20 seconds, storing the strength of a regular household spigot to deliver pressurized spray for up to four minutes. The only product of its kind, RinseKit’s patented design features the eon pressure system that holds up to two gallons of water with a spray nozzle that offers seven different settings from jet stream to soaking shower. RinseKit simply connects to any hose spigot, and stores the pressurized water for later use on the go. For additional information, visit RinseKit.com.
Rottefella has focused on ski bindings, and only ski bindings, since 1927. Based in Norway, Rottefella crafts superior bindings for Nordic and Telemark skiing.
Founded in 2016 and based in Boulder, Colorado, RovR Products crafts premium, made in the USA coolers and accessories that transport gear from the car to campsite as quickly and easily as possible. Offering the finest food storage performance available, RovR creates a new standard in the cooler market with all-terrain mountainboard wheels and a list of accessories that set them apart from the crowd. Available in the standard CampR and cyclist-friendly BikR, RovR coolers will go easily wherever your adventures take you. www.RovRProducts.com
Founded in 1968 by world-renowned climbers Royal and Liz Robbins, Royal Robbins is a leading designer, manufacturer and retailer of outdoor and travel apparel. The brand has gained worldwide recognition for its high quality active lifestyle clothing and commitment to innovation, style, and utility with a connection to the core customer. It has built a reputation of integrating technical features for consumers seeking performance-oriented garments, but with the style and comfort to cross over into everyday life. Royal Robbins’ collection of men’s and women’s products can be found in the most respected outdoor and specialty retailers throughout the U.S. and abroad. To view their new Fall/Winter line, please visit www.royalrobbins.com.
SCARPA North America Founded in 1938, SCARPA is the only company in the world that builds performance footwear for the full range of mountain sports – skiing to mountaineering, rock climbing to backpacking, trail running to hiking.
Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and produces over a dozen award-winning craft beers. Many of Ska’s creations are widely available in cans, including ESB Special Ale, True Blonde Ale, Modus Hoperandi IPA, Modus Mandarina IPA and rotating seasonal brews such as Bump N’ Grind and Mexican Logger. For information (a lot of it), music, and a good time, visit www.skabrewing.com.
For over 50 years Slumberjack has led the outdoor industry, creating new and innovative gear to enhance any wilderness experience. Offering a wide assortment of tents, sleeping bags, camp furniture, and a new tactical hunting line, Slumberjack continues to be the go-to brand for comfortable, functional, and easy to use outdoor equipment. Whether heading out on an overnight camping trip with friends and family, an epic week-long elk hunt, or anything in between, Slumberjack has your outdoor experience covered.
Based in the small village of Trysil, in the midst of the Norwegian mountains and forest wilderness, Sweet Protection have developed helmets, protection equipment and technical clothing since 2000. The company was founded by a group of friends with a passion for skiing and snowboarding in the winter and whitewater kayaking and mountain biking in the summer. The multi-award winning team of designers, skilled technicians and amazing team of riders have made it their mission to lead the industry in innovation – always on a relentless pursuit of perfection in every detail.
Telluride Venture Accelerator exists to create a stronger Telluride community through the promotion and support of philanthropy. It is a nonprofit, apolitical community foundation that provides year-round support for local organizations involved in arts, education, athletics, charitable causes, land conservation and other community-based efforts through technical assistance, education and grant making.
Founded in 2009, California-based Vapur, Inc. is on a mission to make hydration incomparably portable. As the leading designer, marketer and distributor of reusable, handheld, collapsible hydration products, Vapur’s Anti-Bottles® have been adopted by athletes, celebrities, activists and families alike. The ultra-durable Anti-Bottle is proudly manufactured in the USA, BPA-free, freezable and dishwasher-safe. Privately held, with products available worldwide, Vapur contributes a portion of all sales to water-related and environmental causes. For more information, visit www.vapur.us and as always, “Live Flexible.”
Innovative designs, premium outfitting, and an uncompromising attention to detail have made Wilderness Systems an industry leader since 1986. Today the brand continues to push the limits of technology, performance, comfort, responsiveness and aesthetics. Taking that same drive into the angling market with high-quality fishing kayaks, Wilderness Systems now offers the ultimate on-the-water experience for everyone from passionate anglers to recreational boaters and expedition paddlers. Explore Wilderness Systems, part of the Confluence Outdoor family of Made in the USA brands at www.wildernesssystems.com and join the Wildy Community.
Based in Kirby, Wyoming, Wyoming Whiskey has a simple goal: to create America’s next great bourbon. The company and product is a collaboration between its partners and 97,818 square miles of Wyoming. The Mead family first came to Wyoming as ranchers in 1890 and the state defines them, and their whiskey. They use the finest corn, wheat, barley, and water from the Big Horn Basin and promote Wyoming’s natural and human resources. Every drop of this bourbon is 100% Wyoming.
Yaktrax® is the ultimate winter solution for people of all walks of life, providing ice traction devices and hand warmers designed to keep you moving. Inspired by a Himalayan Sherpa, the original Yaktrax model features a spikeless coil design that grips the ice and snow with each step. Focused on innovation and quality, we strive to keep you confident and comfortable in any weather. With Yaktrax, nothing will keep you from enjoying the outdoors. Yaktrax was acquired in 2006 by Implus, and has led the market with its Walker and Pro devices since its creation in 2001.