Friday, December 28, 2012

Back in Stock: Poler Napsack | Swell Blog

This one is different, there seem to be many different sleeping bags, some worth the while some not. The Napsack, is different:

Are you sick of that puff jacket wasting half the storage space in your pack? This dual purposed camping gear combines function and style for today’s hip traveler. Hybrid sleeping bag/jacket keeps you covered when you pass out next to the campfire. Super essential for backpacking or weekend music festivals.

Cinch bottom for leg opening or insulated closure
Half zip front, zip closure armholes
Chest pocket with pass through headphone eyelet
drawstring cinch hoody
Soft microfiber interior, warm poly filler, Nylon shell
50 F degree weather rating
Medium: 4’6”-5’7”
Large: 5’7”-6’3”

Friday, December 21, 2012

AQUADIVE, Old is New Again!

Take a ride in the AQUADIVE time machine!

Your destination: Switzerland 1977

Your mission: Witness the birth of an iconic timepiece and an unforgettable piece of time

AQUADIVE is proud to be the only watch company in the world today to offer an updated NOS version of their vintage iconic timepieces. The soon to be released AQUADIVE NOS Model 77 (December 2012), is based on the iconic 70s design model, the 1977 AQUADIVE MARITIME.

The NOS Model 77 is a classic beauty, housed in a genuine NOS vintage case with a unique 70s Swiss design. only a limited quantity of these cases are still available in our inventory. The NOS Model 77 case is all original with beautiful sunburst S/S finishing and extremely durable PVD coating on the lower part of the case, In the 1970's, AQUADIVE would be one of very few companies who applied a layer of copper alloy to the case to make the PVD coating extremely durable. The original unidirectional rotating bezel has a black aluminum insert and operates on a very precise and solid 60 click mechanism. The model 77 case measures 40mm wide - excluding crown - and 46mm long, and has 22mm lugs. The NOS Model 77 is supplied on a specially designed NATO or rubber dive strap. The case, bezel, and case back and AS automatic movement are vintage genuine NOS parts originally manufactured in the mid 1970's in Switzerland. The crystal, gaskets, galvanized dial, hands, and ETA movements are all new Swiss made parts. The new 5mm thick crystal and gasket insure much higher depth rating than the original. So the NOS Model 77 case is now depth rated beyond 200m/660ft.

The modern black dial is a two piece galvanized and all SWISS made construction. The hands are a 100% reproduction of the original hands found in the vintage automatic version. The NOS self-winding 21 jewels Anton Schild movements are regulated to 20 seconds a day, due to age and features of this particular movement. They have all been disassembled, oiled, cleaned and serviced by our master watchmaker. They are the movements that were originally used in this case back in the mid to late 1970's. The vintage date wheels in the Anton Schild movement are white with red digits. Back in the 1970's, it was a common feature for date wheels in terms of legibility. So to stay true to the vintage heritage of this model, AQUADIVE did not switch the date wheels over to modern black versions on these vintage movements. With the modern ETA 2836 Elabore movements, the date wheel is black.

Monday, December 03, 2012

Patrol 24 ABS Avalanche Airbag Backpack


The North Face Patrol 24 ABS avalanche airbag pack enhances protection for winter pursuits in the backcountry. Its innovative airbag system helps prevent burial in an avalanche.

  • With a 95% success rate in real-world use, the ABS airbag system can significantly increase your odds of survival if caught in an avalanche
  • When activated, compressed nitrogen inflates 2 large airbags that help keep you on the surface of an avalanche; highly visible airbags create visual markers to speed rescue
  • ABS activation pull handle is positioned on the left shoulder strap for quick access and deployment when every second counts
  • Auto-grade airbag pack fabric, high-denier? internal materials, leg/body harness and a metal hipbelt buckle offer breaking resistance to help keep you attached to the pack
  • Panel-loading main compartment features internal pockets for organizing gear; large avalanche tool pocket features organization sleeves and a backcountry essentials checklist
  • Ski/snowboard carry system has been tested by athletes for simplicity and stability; it can be tucked away when not in use
  • Oversize, water-resistant YKK?® zippers are built to resist zipper failure and slider damage
  • The North Face Patrol 24 ABS avalanche airbag pack features a small top pocket and dual hipbelt pockets that keep snacks or other items at your fingertips