Product Technology & Innovation


Mountain Weather: Backcountry Forecasting and Weather Safety for Hikers, Campers, Climbers, Skiers and Snowboarders teaches people how to read clouds, wind patterns, snow conditions and other weather clues. The book also has strategies for staying safe in adverse weather conditions with an emphasis on thunderstorms, mountain winds and avalanche hazards. It includes extensive information on weather patterns throughout the United States and easy-to-follow reference maps. The author, Jeff Renner, is a chief meteorologist for KING5 TV, an NBC affiliate station in Seattle. Contact: The Mountaineers Books, 1001 SW Klickitat Way, Suite 201, Seattle, WA 98134; phone: 206-223-6303; fax: 206-223-6306;

Biofoam Rollers

The Foam Roller Plus lasts up to five times longer than other biofoam rollers and has a 5-inch PVC core that is covered by an inch of foam to provide a firm but comfortable feel. The PVC core keeps the foam from being compressed over time. The roller is offered with a two-year warranty and shipped with exercise instructions and cover. Contact: Perform Better, P.O. Box 8090, Cranston, RI 02920-0090; phone: 800-556-7464;


The Malie Kaua'i line is handcrafted with Hawaiian hydrosols — a fluid that contains every component of the featured plant, flower and fruit. Malie's Hawaiian Hydrosols have been developed into an essential perfume, body lather cleanser, body cream moisturizer, lotion bar soap and body butter bar. All products are to be absorbed through the skin and inhaled in the lungs and nose, allowing the user to consume the therapeutic benefits of the plant. Contact: Malie Inc., P.O. Box 701, Kalaheo, Kauai, HI 96741; phone: 866-767-5727; fax: 808-332-9944; e-mail:;

Water Testing Kit

The AquaTrend FAS-DPD Chlorine and Monopersulfate Test Kit features a liquid titration method, allowing the user to test for free chlorine, combined with chlorine and monopersulfate compound while meeting regulatory requirements for chlorine testing in many states. Packed in a plastic case, the test kit includes three liquid reagents, 100 powder pillows, a mixing vial and a laminated card with directions. Contact: AquaChek, P.O. Box 4659, Elkhart, IN 46514-0659; phone: 888-278-2243; e-mail:;

Strength Training

The Weighted Fitness Ball with strap is made with soft, pliable anti-burst PVC that's designed to be easily grasped and used, along with a Velcro strap that goes through the ball and around the user's hand. The strap provides additional support and expands strength-training exercise options. The balls can be used for strengthening and toning both the lower and upper body. They can be held in one or both hands and can be used with or without the strap if desired. The balls are available in three weights and colors — the orange 6-pound ball retails for $20, the purple 8-pound ball costs $25, and the blue 10-pound ball is $30. Contact: Harbinger, 35 Executive Ct., Napa, CA 94558; phone: 800-729-5954; fax: 800-729-5947;

Flooring System

Encore is a transportable pre-finished real oak hardwood floor with an integrated sprung subfloor, providing consistent and safe energy absorption and true ball bounce for multi-purpose use, including basketball, volleyball, aerobics and martial arts. The 8-foot wide by 82.1-inch long sections provide fast and easy installation, breakdown and storage with no tools required. With a DIN rating of 63 and a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years, Encore is guaranteed up to seven years against wear. Contact: Aeson Flooring Systems, 2000 Hamilton St., Suite C200, Philadelphia, PA 19130; phone: 215-636-9000; fax: 215-564-4206; e-mail:;


Lyon Workspace Products' new condensed catalog features products that are carried in stock for immediate shipment at all Lyon distribution centers. The full-color catalog features all-welded storage cabinets, lockers, workstations, ergonomic seating, shop furniture, tool storage, modular drawer cabinets, shelving and storage rack. Contact: Lyon Workspace Products, P.O. Box 671, Aurora, IL 60507; phone: 800-323-0096; fax: 630-892-5747;

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