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- Tariffs are hurting our industry: The Trump administration just announced a new 10 percent tariff on $300 billion of Chinese imports, taking effect on Sept. 1. These tariffs will target “List 4” products—including footwear, performance outerwear, gloves, ski boots, and more. Outdoor Industry Association's Patricia Pojas-Ungar said: “This so-called ‘small’ tariff is anything but. If this ‘small’ tariff had been in place in May, it would have cost outdoor businesses more than $700 million in new tariffs. The hard working Americans in the outdoor industry have already shouldered an extra $1.25 billion in tariffs from the previous round imposed in September 2018. These 'taxes' should instead be going back into creating more jobs, developing new products and expanding facilities and businesses. Instead the Administration’s trade agenda will hurt outdoor companies, particularly small and medium sized businesses, and burden our communities further. We need a comprehensive trade deal between the United States and China and we need it now.”
- Webinars: OIA is hosting various online learning sessions for members. The first is at 1 p.m. MT Aug. 8 about tariffs. It will cover how companies can file petitions to exclude products from tariffs and receive a refund on punitive tariffs paid to date.
- Big ski resort news: The Ikon Pass today welcomed Arapahoe Basin Ski Area to its resort family, after the Colorado destination dropped off the Epic Pass earlier this year.
- New consumer-facing outdoor trade show: Outdoor City USA will connect outdoor enthusiasts with the brands they love during a three-day multi-sport festival Sept. 13 to 15 at Mt. Bachelor Resort. The event will include cycling, running, hiking, climbing, and how-to demonstrations for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and levels. "Anyone who has ever been to a bicycle or outdoor industry tradeshow, or to any consumer outdoor festival, knows that these events, while useful, are in need of new energy that better reflects the very nature of the industry,” Founder Beverly Lucas said.
- Rumpl eliminates virgin plastic: The fun blanket brand is integrating post-consumer recycled materials into its growing product line and eliminating virgin plastic from its supply chain—the most significant evolution of the brand to date. The new NanoLoftTM Puffy Blanket and a full redesign of its Original Puffy Blanket will feature the new material. Rumpl is also a member of the Plastic Impact Alliance.
- Ruffwear is 175 in dog years this month: In celebration of 25 human years, the dog gear brand launched its fall 2019 product line, which includes updated travel pieces like the Haul Bag, Kibble Kaddie, and Mt. Bachelor Pad.
- Update on plastic swim: Long-distance swimmer Ben Lecomte reached 200 nautical miles after swimming up to 8 hours per day for 40 days. His goal is 300 nautical miles as part of The Vortex Swim expedition to learn more about plastic pollution in the ocean.
- Sasquatch scare: A man fired a gun around 2 a.m. Sunday in Mammoth Cave National Park apparently after telling a couple they were camping in "Bigfoot country."
- SIMBOL Communications just signed on with Archer Components, a brand that’s bringing electronic rear shifting to any drivetrain—MTB, gravel, urban, even road bikes.