Slumberjack Deploys Military Technology to Ward Off Pesky Insects

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ST. LOUIS (March 26, 2007) – Talk to most outdoor enthusiasts and they will tell you that pesky bugs and getting wet can quickly turn an outdoor adventure into a nightmare. To help combat these outdoor annoyances, Slumberjack has turned to military technology to keep campers dry and bug free. The company is rolling out the No Fly Zone, a mesh bug net that wraps around a sleeping bag, as well as the Taku, a welded bivy that provides an extra level of protection against the elements.

“Over the years, we've worked with the U.S. Military as well as other governments around the globe on a variety of advanced sleep systems,” said Brent Klages, director of operations for Slumberjack. “The technology we're using in these new products has been field tested in some of the harshest, most demanding environments known to man. Now we're making the technology available to consumers for everyday outdoor use.”

No Fly Zone
The No Fly Zone is one of the most advanced bug-protecting systems available. Its durable mesh material provides full coverage around a sleeping bag. The system comes with a Delrin® hoop, which keeps mesh away from the face, enhancing breathability and comfort. The hoop is spring loaded, so it pops into shape without the use of tools. To maximize fit and comfort, users have access to a large stretch cord, which makes adjustments fast and easy.

When not in use, the No Fly Zone coils up and fits into a storage sack, which comes with the product. The No Fly Zone measures 34” x 84” and is available in neon green / black. The product retails for approximately $24.

Taku Bivy
The Taku bivy offers advanced protection against the elements due to its welded construction. Since the bivy has little to no stitching, it is extremely watertight, yet maintains a high level of breathability. Its waterproof nylon keeps occupants dry, while an integrated vent on the hood provides ventilation and airflow to the user. It even features a waterproof zipper, completely sealing openings.

The Taku measures 90” x 38” x 24” and comes in neon green / black. It carries a suggested retail
price of $79.

For more than fifty years, Slumberjack has been one of the world's leading manufacturers of outdoor sleep systems. The company's product portfolio includes: sleeping bags, self-inflating mats, furniture and other outdoor accessories. Slumberjack products are available at specialty stores and sporting goods retailers throughout the country. Products can also be purchased online through various Internet retailers.

Slumberjack is a division of American Recreation Products, Inc., St. Louis. American Recreation Products is a subsidiary of Kellwood Company (NYSE), St. Louis, a leading marketer of apparel and consumer soft goods.

For more information about Slumberjack and its complete line of products, call 1-800-233-6283. Additional details can also be found online at slumberjack.com.

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