Archive for August, 2006

Published by Jesse on 31 Aug 2006

The Sweet Neck of the Moon

From a base camp at 16,000′ above sea level, this is Dan Caruso’s first-hand account of his experience at Cotopaxi. Down on the equator in Ecuador, Cotopaxi rises high above the Amazon Basin in ‘The Avenue of the Volcanoes.’ This story is another classic and orginal publication from the GravityFed Network.

Cotopaxi

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Published by Jesse on 31 Aug 2006

Women’s North Face Denali Jacket

TNF Denali Jacket What a classic. This is one of the most popular fleece jackets in the world, period. Here is the bottom line as posted from the Backcountry.com product description: The North Face Denali Jacket is what other fleece jackets aspire to be…enough said. More from Backcountry: Abrasion-resistant supplex nylon at the elbows and upper body blocks wind and increases water resistance. Pit zips help you cool down when life heats up. The Denali jacket is The North Face’s best-selling fleece. Keep in mind this product does run a little bit large.

Suggested Retail Price: $164.95, Discontinued Colors: $123.71

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Published by Jesse on 31 Aug 2006

Johnny B’s Mexico Thrashing

Alta, Utah, skiing legend and surf ride charger ‘Johnny B’ (John Bernard) describes his Mexico Thrashing via GravityFed.com. This is another GravityFed classic! Re-published from back-in-the-day, Johnny B: “It was pulling me into the path of the next wave, the biggest, brownest, prick of a wave I’d ever seen.”

Johnny B

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Published by Jesse on 30 Aug 2006

We’re goin’ Technorati!!

Technorati Profile

Published by Jesse on 30 Aug 2006

A Tide of Aggression

This is a story that highlights how ski bums handle NO SNOW. Haha. A Tide of Agression was written by a senior editor at Powder Magazine before he was working for Primedia. Derek Taylor has a way with words, and GravityFed is proud to bring you this article…

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Published by Jesse on 30 Aug 2006

Final Markdowns at RockCreek.com!

Interesting timing! We just featured RockCreek.com with our last blog entry, and now today we get an email highlighting some incredible final markdowns! Here is the content of this email message:

Good afternoon (at least on the East coast!),

I wanted to send a quick note to let you know that our buyers have at long last released their final markdowns on a whole slew of products. Today we released price changes on hundreds of styles, and they’re priced to move. These will run until they have sold out.

Take a look at what we’re pushing to our e-mail list for ideas: CLICK HERE for killer deals!

It’s a bit cliche, but we literally have to make room in our warehouse. Thanks in part to your work as affiliates, we have experienced tremendous growth and have some really large orders coming in from the big guys like Patagonia, The North Face, Arc’Teryx, Salomon, Montrail, Marmot, etc…

So now’s the time to really promote these sales and keep your eyes open for some exciting new Fall product. As always, contact me any time if I can be of assistance.

Thanks,

Mark McKnight
mark@rockcreek.com
423.643.1528

P.S., SUBSCRIBE NOW to the Coupon RSS Feed from RockCreek.com. Grab this RSS feed to get a quick view of all RockCreek.com promotions and sales as they become available!

Published by Jesse on 29 Aug 2006

OGE Featured Merchant: RockCreek.com

RockCreek Logo

Our service provides price comparisons on top gear from certified dealers of quality outdoor products from companies like Marmot, DAKINE, The North Face and CamelBak. You’ll find all these brands at Rock/Creek Outfitters out of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

From their site: Rock Creek Outfitters provides quality gear for a host of outdoor sports including kayaking, rock climbing, camping, hiking, and trail running. As a leader in the outdoor industry, Rock Creek uses outdoor retail as a platform to encourage recreation and environmental stewardship…and to improve safe and responsible access to the backcountry.

Visit the RockCreek.com detail page at OutdoorGearEngine to learn more and check out the latest coupons, sales and discounts.

Published by Jesse on 25 Aug 2006

Rottefella turns over Distribution to BCA

Boulder, CO, August 22, 2006 — Norwegian binding manufacturer Rottefella has signed an agreement with Backcountry Access (BCA) to become the exclusive distributor of Rottefella telemark and Naxo alpine touring bindings in North America. BCA will begin distributing the products in 2007-08.

Rottefella will continue to use Rossignol, Alpina Sports and Garmont for distribution of their cross-country products, with Fischer also coming on next year.

BCA will take over distribution of all 75mm and NTN telemark products as well as Naxo, which BCA has been distributing since 2003. Rottefella acquired a majority interest in Naxo AG last spring.

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Published by Jesse on 25 Aug 2006

Jetboil Stove Personal Cooking System

JetboilTake it from this satisfied customer: “…a stove that cooks your food, boils your water, and packs into the size of a Nalgene. No need for bulky, heavy pots and pans – it’s all built into this sweet little cooking system”. Word on the street is that Jetboil stoves can boil a cup full of water in 30 seconds through a patented Flux Ring that distributes heat evenly.

This system won the Editor’s choice award from Backpacker Magazine, and it’s currently on sale from Backcountry.com in their Semi-Annual Sale (up to 70% off!).

Suggested Retail Price: $79.95, On Sale Price: $62.96Jetboil Cooking System thumb

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Jetboil Cooking System

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Published by Jesse on 23 Aug 2006

Outdoor Gear On Sale

Folks, it’s the time of year when the gear stores are clearing out their summer camping, hiking and paddling inventory and making room for all the fun winter goodies. Now is the time to find the best values on the gear you’ll need for next summer. We’ve been in the outdoor industry a long time and take it from us, the deals on warm weather camping and outdoor equipment do not get any better than they are right now.

Two high-profile merchants featured on OGE are blowing out items right now. Check out what Backcountry & BackcountryOutlet (Semi Annual Sale) have to offer while the gettins’ good. Altrec Outdoors is also blowing out gear for the remainder of August. CampSaver will be having a sale soon, and we’ll certainly let you know when that starts.

Happy gear sale shopping!

Published by Jesse on 23 Aug 2006

The North Face Endurus XCR Boa

Weighing in at just 1lb 14oz per pair (size 9), The North Face Endurus XCR Boa is one of the lightest and most technically saavy running shoes available. The Boa Lacing System allows you to dial in an even, repeatable tightness that provides a perfect fit that won’t loosen up. Say goodbye to lace slippage or lace flopping. You can also say good by to soggy feet thanks to the waterproof breathable Gore-Tex XCR membrane. The shoe of course comes with other great touches you’d expect from The North Face; Abrasion-resistant, synthetic nubuck, breathable sandwich-mesh upper, Northotic multi-density footbed with AgION antimicrobial footbed, UltrATACâ„¢ superlight rubber outsole and even more. If you are looking for the ultimate trail running shoe that can go for any distance and still feel light on your feet, you need not look any further.

The North Face Endurus XCR BoaSuggested Retail Price: $130

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The North Face Endurus XCR Boa Men’s

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Published by Jesse on 22 Aug 2006

Outdoor Gear Price Comparisons from OutdoorGearEngine.com

This was our first syndicated press release posted to PRWeb.com on July 24, 2006. It overviews the service and offers insight into what makes our gear comparison engine different from others. Enjoy!

OutdoorGearEngine.com is a robust price compare service featuring over 300,000 skus from the world’s top online outdoor gear retailers and brands. Price It, Buy It, Get Outside!

Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) July 24, 2006 — OutdoorGearEngine.com (OGE) displays updated pricing and shipping information for gear from top web retailers. The service was launched in the winter of 2005 with the mission of providing up-to-date pricing information on thousands of products from the most respected outdoor companies. Featured brands include DAKINE, The North Face, Marmot and Yakima.

“OGE has been built from scratch to accurately compare prices on thousands of products. It automatically scans the catalogs from our retail partners for the most recent pricing information,” says CEO Jesse Hoffman. “What differentiates OGE from other comparison sites is our focus on gear and our commitment to indexing thousands of products. We want users to find what they’re looking for quickly so they can get outside and enjoy the outdoors.”

One frustration with many comparison services is that algorithms do not classify a specific product in one succinct comparison. With OGE, the data is compiled to present one comparison page that features pricing from the retailers that carry that specific product. If a user searches for a product that has not been indexed yet, matching results are presented from the entire library of over 300,000 skus.

“I have recognized OGE’s usefulness from a shopper’s perspective, but I also use it to keep an eye on our competitor’s pricing,” explains Mark McKnight, from Rock Creek Outfitters (RockCreek.com). “Price comparisons are hot. I have been watching this site for a while and the technology keeps improving.”

Not only does OGE show product comparison data, but also provides each retail partner with a detail page where promotions are displayed. This allows users to maximize their gear dollars by using the most recent coupons and codes available for these merchants.

About OGE Inc:
OGE Inc was incorporated in August 2005 with the goal of creating the best outdoor gear comparison service on the web. OutdoorGearEngine.com is currently on version 2.0 (v2.0) of its software and anticipates the release of v3.0 in the fall. This release will include a number of improvements, including faster searches, store reviews and more. For more information or to become a retail partner please visit the About OGE page.

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Published by Jesse on 21 Aug 2006

New Jackson Hole Tram Announced

Well it’s official…Jackson Hole is building a new tram. The headline for the article I just found is ‘100 passenger, state of art aerial tramway’. Here are a few details from the press release at OutdoorNewsWire.com:

TETON VILLAGE, WY.-Jackson Hole Mountain Resort officials announced today their intention to enhance the legacy created over the last 40 years by committing to build a new 100 passenger, state of the art aerial tramway from the base in Teton Village to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain, a vertical rise of 4,139’. This tram will have the longest continual vertical rise of any ski lift in North America.

Quote: “We studied many options and reduced them to a Tram or Bi-Cable Gondola. We all agreed the iconic nature of our ‘red box’ was something to be treasured but we kept options open until the final and most recent decision. Ultimately the final analysis was financial. We are a small, family owned company with finite resources. This new tram will cost an estimated $25 million and so far we have had to plan on funding the entire project privately. In conjunction with the $14 million already committed to capital improvements this summer there will be a strain felt on our company resources, but we are steadfast in this decision thanks to the commitment from our owners. On our 40th Anniversary the company has reached a pinnacle of investment,’ stated Blann.

Interesting turn of events. Small, family owned company, eh? I don’t doubt family owned by maybe ‘small’ was the wrong use of a word. Greek Peak in New York state near Ithaca is small, not JHMR.

Published by Jesse on 21 Aug 2006

Utah Outdoor Personality Dies from Sudden Illness

If you live in Utah you knew who Doug Miller was. In fact you may have known of him where ever you live. He was one of Utah’s most well-known and respected television personalities. Mr. Miller began suffering discomfort Monday, July 31st, and passed away peacefully August 20, 2006 at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, surrounded by his family.

Doug Miller is a legend in Utah television and radio broadcasting, best known for his weekly half-hour program Outdoors with Doug Miller on KUTV Channel 2. His deep and distinctive Arkansas twang, easy story-telling ability and infectious enthusiasm for everything outdoors have drawn viewers to their sets each Saturday night as Doug shared with his audience his latest adventure in pursuit of “wild places and wild things.”

Our Condolences go out to his family and his friends. They should all take comfort in knowing how much joy he brought to people’s lives for many years.

Obituary: Doug Miller 1947-2006

Published by Jesse on 20 Aug 2006

Welcome to our BLOG

Hi Everyone,

This is the first entry to our Outdoor Gear Engine BLOG (OGE Blog)!

We’re excited about bringing you the best gear values from the web’s top online retailers. We’ll be keeping you in the loop here on some of the latest and greatest gear from the world’s top manufacturers. Additionally, we’ll also publish all kinds of industry articles and other relevant materials for your gear addiction including press releases, product reviews and maybe even some photos of the products in action.

Thanks for checkin’ in!