Did you hear?... WaterMark acquires Rhode Gear

Just in time for the Interbike Show, WaterMark acquired car rack and cycling accessories company, Rhode Gear, from Bell Sports.

Just in time for the Interbike Show, WaterMark acquired car rack and cycling accessories company, Rhode Gear, from Bell Sports. Rhode Gear will become part of the newly formed WaterMark Gear division headed by Duncan Robins and located in Arcata, Calif. That group includes Yakima racks; Earliest Explorers bike trailers, joggers and trailer bikes; the Sospenders line of personal flotation devices and the Harmony line of paddlesports accessories. SNEWS® view: We reported in August that Bell was looking to sell all off its accessory lines to focus exclusively on its Bell and Giro helmet lines. This purchase seems a perfect fit for Watermark Gear and will breathe new life into Rhode Gear, which has been on the fade over the past several years.


Did you hear?... Yakima now operating under corporate title of Watermark

Don't be confused by the new name on your invoice or emails. Beginning this month, Yakima began operating under the corporate title of Watermark, the corporation that purchased Yakima in August of 2001. The new consolidated Watermark entity includes Yakima, Perception, Dagger, ...read more

Did you hear?... Tom Andrews resigns from Watermark Gear and joins TracRac

Tom Andrews has resigned as national sales manager from Watermark Gear and has begun working for TracRac -- www.tracrac.com. Duncan Robins, president of Watermark Gear, told SNEWS®, "Tom's departure is all very friendly and we wish him nothing but the very best and are excited ...read more

Watermark Acquires SnoWalkers

Just when you thought Watermark had run short of acquisition cash, the company goes out and acquires injection-molded snowshoe maker SnoWalkers of North Chelmsford, Mass. In a general statement to the press, Watermark Gear Division president Duncan Robins said, "SnoWalkers will ...read more

WaterMark Reorganizes Into Gear and Boat Divisions

With the recent acquisition of Yakima, WaterMark has now reorganized into two distinct divisions -- WaterMark Gear and WaterMark Boats. The Harmony Accessories line joins Yakima in the Gear division, which will be run out of Arcata, Calif. Harmony Accessories will continue to be ...read more

Did you hear?... Robins explains decision to manufacture Harmony paddles in Mexico

When calls began filtering in to the SNEWS® offices wondering about why Harmony paddles are now being made in Mexico, we got on the phone to Duncan Robins, head of WaterMark's Gear division located in Arcata, Calif. -- Yakima racks, Earliest Explorers bike trailers, joggers and ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?...

>> Retailer Leisure Fitness racked up a few "readers' choice" type awards recently: "Best Fitness Equipment Store" by readers of Delaware Today magazine for the second consecutive year, "Best Fitness Equipment Store on the Main Line" by readers of Main Line Life (in Philadelphia) ...read more

Did you hear?... WaterMark Industry Leader Dunk Tank.

Here is one marketing/PR gimmick whose splash is worth watching -- the WaterMark Industry Leader Dunk Tank. At various times during Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, WaterMark staff will be happily tossing industry executives into the paddling tank. The catch is the execs will be ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?...

For the week of Oct. 5-11 >> The Interbike show continues to grow in popularity for fitness-related products and equipment. If you click on "fitness equipment" among exhibitors at www.interbike.com, you come up with 32 companies of nearly 800 there, but that still includes some ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> If you haven't made your reservation yet for the Outdoor Industry Association Rendezvous, Sept. 30 through Oct. 3 at the Park Hyatt in the Beaver Creek Resort in Colorado, do it NOW! It is, in our opinion, one of the single most important gatherings for outdoor industry ...read more