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  • Vibram is getting a new president. Michael Gionfriddo announced his retirement as the company’s president and CEO effective Dec. 31, and that Fabrizio Gamberini has been appointed as his replacement in the U.S. Vibram also announced that Richard Riegel, currently a member of Vibram Corporation’s Board of Directors has been appointed chairman.
  • Yuba Bikes is raising its prices on electric and pedal models by $300 and $100, respectively, in light of the tariffs on imports from China. Here's what Founder Benjamin Sarrazin has to say about it: “These tariffs have such a huge impact over businesses and consumers. We are talking about ten or maybe hundreds of thousands of businesses’ supply chains; supply chains that were put in place over decade ago! We will strive to do everything we can do ensure our product is the best quality and at the best price during this time.”
  • Hikers wanting to visit Hanging Lake, a highly popular destination in Colorado, will have to get a permit starting May 2019. And they won't be able to drive there. The 2.8-mile trail saw 180,000 visitors in 2017 (including some armed with spray paint), leading the Forest Service to restrict access. In the age of geotagging and increased popularity in the outdoors, we can probably expect more of this.
  • Follow polar adventurer Eric Larsen during his attempt at a human-powered traverse of the entire state of Wisconsin. Last year, he traversed Colorado by foot, raft, and bike. While he's doing this for kicks, he's also doing it for a good cause. He hopes to raise $5,000 to support Riveredge Summer Camps. Donations will go directly to Riveredge’s summer programming and can be made through their online fundraising page. He starts next Tuesday.
  • Sweet Protection’s Switcher MIPS, a new helmet with 22 vents, adjustable by the twist of a glove-ready dial, won the Gear of the Year award from Outside Magazine after testers called it the warmest, best-ventilated, and most comfortable ski helmet they’ve ever worn. 
  • San Francisco-based OutsidePR welcomes Massimo Alpian as account director. The longtime outdoor industry professional, seasoned marketer, and driven endurance athlete and skier, will be based in Boulder, Colorado.

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