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Hiking Shoe Inserts and Organic T-Shirt Combo, Announced by RxSorbo

As a top-rated retailer of Sorbothane®-based inserts, RxSorbo offers varieties to fit hiking boots. The company’s latest combination joins hiking shoe inserts and comfortable organic cotton T-shirts. 

Chicago, IL December 23, 2014
RxSorbo, a leading online retailer of shoe inserts, including hiking shoe inserts, is proud to announce not only that they have added a unique organic T-shirt to their online store but also that they have combined the new T-shirt offer with their sorbothane-based hiking shoe inserts, just in time as people begin to transition to the Spring hiking season. The two together are a natural union since many hikers seek comfort and sweat-protection, along with an organic theme that supports the environment.

“Hiking is a great way to experience nature yet it can cause foot pain,” explained Rj Yozwiak, Manager of RxSorbo. “Our hiking shoe inserts solve much of that problem, and our unique organic T-shirt offer gives one a stylish, pro-environment way to hike and support the environment.”

To learn more about the company’s hiking shoe inserts, please visit - http://www.rxsorbo.com/insoles/hiking/.

In addition to information on hiking and the various types of inserts, one can also click over to the organic T-shirt offer, at http://www.rxsorbo.com/rxsorbo-running-organic-cotten-of-the-carolinas-t-shirt-1/.

Hiking Shoe Inserts and Sorbothane®

Hiking is a human activity that many take for granted. Besides being a great way to enjoy nature and get necessary exercise, hiking can cause stress on the human foot. Insoles based on Sorbothane allow people to hike more frequently, longer, and with less pain. Developed by a Materials Scientist to mimic human flesh - Sorbothane® is a one-of-a-kind visco elastic polymer. 100% unique - Sorbothane® is a solid that naturally ”flows” like a liquid - Sorbothane® absorbs impact shock and provides comfort better than any other insole material available today.

About RxSorbo

RxSorbo is the source for Sorbothane® Shoe insoles (shoe inserts). Sorbothane® uniquely absorbs up to 94.7% of impact shock, and makes for quality shoe insoles for many conditions. People come to RxSorbo for shoe insoles for foot maladies from Plantar Fasciitis to Morton's Neuroma to metatarsalgia to many other conditions. From Shoe inserts for running to top-rated insoles for dress shoes to gym shoes, reviews of the company’s shoe insoles prove they are among the best shoe insoles.

Source RxSorbo through PRWEB by press release

The Riptide Double Surf Simulator Opens at Blue Harbor Resort

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The Only Double Surf Simulator in Eastern Wisconsin Adds to Blue Harbor's Leisure and Group Guest Experience

SHEBOYGAN, Wis., Dec. 18, 2014-- Blue Harbor Resort and Spa, the #1 resort on Wisconsin's Lake Michigan coast, today announced the opening of The Riptide, the only indoor double surf simulator in Eastern Wisconsin.

Featured in Breaker Bay waterpark, where it's always a balmy 84 degrees and fun, the Riptide creates the perfect wave for boogie boarding or surfing and is the ultimate combination of thrill and skill. Thanks to this new attraction, riding a wave in Sheboygan, the fresh water surfing capitol of the world, has just become a year round activity.

The Riptide is a FlowRider surf simulator that is known as an "engineering marvel." This indoor water attraction is fun to ride, but also fun to watch. Spectators are mesmerized by the flowing water, and are entertained by the wipeouts and the remarkable tricks and skills of the experienced riders.

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"The Riptide indoor surf simulator is a strategic addition to Blue Harbor Resort," said David Sanderson, vice president and general manager at Blue Harbor Resort. "It's part of a $2 million enhancement to the property and helps us further enhance our offerings for leisure and group guests." Additional Blue Harbor improvements this year have included a new Fitness Center, Expanded Spa and Salon, indoor mini glow golf and guest room upgrades.

Blue Harbor and Breaker Bay Water Park offers families and groups a "go-to destination" with a variety of indoor fun with this new Riptide surf simulator, water slides, indoor mini glow golf, and other amenities.

In celebration of the opening of the Riptide, the resort is offering consumers a variety of deals and specials for the winter months and holidays including New Year's Eve packages. Visit BlueHarborResort.com or call 1.866.701.BLUE for details.

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About Blue Harbor Resort

With stunning Lake Michigan beachfront and water views, Blue Harbor features 244 suites and villas, more than 17,000 square feet of meeting and event space, a 54,000 square-foot indoor waterpark entertainment area, a new and expanded full service spa, three restaurants, and recreation amenities including watersports and access to the Bull golf course. This Classic Lakeside Resort and Victorian style landmark is a favorite for leisure travelers and groups because of its proximity to Chicago, Milwaukee, Green Bay and other gateway cities.

The Resort is located in the Harbor Center District in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, a city known as the "Malibu of the Midwest" for its scenic waterfront, sailing, boating, and fresh water surfing. It has also received many accolades including Best Places to Raise a Family by Bloomberg and other national news organizations.

Guests can see why It's Better At The Blue by visiting www.BlueHarborResort.com.

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Matrix introduces next generation of OZIK Program iron family

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Matrix introduces the next generation of its flagship "OZIK Program" iron family of products. The OZIK Program F15 will offer players of all levels the benefits of optimized control found in steel with unmatched feel at impact.

Program F15 provides for a mid- launching and spinning profile, slightly lower than the original Program family of products. Additionally, the OZIK Program F15 features an enhanced HD internal platform and profile design allowing for tighter torsional (horizontal) and flight (vertical) patterns than from a steel shaft of similar weight. This next gen design also provides for more efficient swing weight builds. Look for Program F15 in the hands of many of the best players in the world, on Tour as well as any authorized Matrix dealer.

"I am extremely excited to see another product develop from the highly successful MFS line. This new shaft design is going to give the players the shot shape and control they have come to trust using Matrix.," said Director of Tour Operations, Joe Miera.

About MATRIX Shafts:

Located in Anaheim's Canyon Center for Advanced Technology, MATRIX was founded with the aim of creating the finest golf shafts available for tournament players and weekenders alike. Since its inception in 1993, MATRIX has become one of the world's most influential shaft companies by designing transformative structures for nearly every golf company in the marketplace.

MATRIX designs, manufactures and engineers performance-driven and technologically advanced shafts that are built on a patented Hexadecagonal(HD) platform. Coupling leading edge design with a nearly obsessive attention to craftsmanship, material selection and performance advancement, MATRIX has become a mainstay on the PGA Tour. MATRIX has increased its tour usage every year for 10 consecutive years. The best golfers in the world rely on MATRIX Shafts.

To learn more about MATRIX Shafts, please visit our website at matrixshafts.com, "Follow" us on Twitter or "Like" us on Facebook.

Contact:Brian You / byou@matrixshafts.com

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The Nike ZVEZDOCHKA: The Future Returns

In a word, the Nike ZVEZDOCHKA is different.

First landing on shelves in 2004, the space-inspired shoe with an unheard-of aesthetic sparked captivation and curiosity.

It was bold and sophisticated. It was comfortable and versatile. Both a shoe and a piece of art, the unusual multi-piece construction ignited widespread conversation.

At Nike, the lasting effect of that thrilling moment in time is still felt. Raising new questions drives innovation, and the ZVEZDOCHKA was certainly no exception. It tested the fundamentals of shoemaking and fueled what remains an ongoing dialogue around customization and sustainable design.
“Often when you enter into a project, you don’t know what you’ve learned until you start the next one,” says Mark Parker, President and CEO of NIKE, Inc. “For the ZVEZDOCHKA, we knew we had broken new ground: a shoe with four interchangeable parts. It was such a simplified process and led to new exploration in how products are made and the potential for customization. It’s a great example of how a functional innovation helps drive a completely new aesthetic.”
To honor the 10-year anniversary of the ZVEZDOCHKA, Nike will in late December re-release the shoe in its original five colorways at select NikeLab retailers and on nike.com/nikelab. The revival will pay tribute to a collaboration that was anything but ordinary.

Culture of Collaboration

Nike has a rich history of collaborating with external creative partners. Through a process of mutual learning, Nike and its invited collaborators inform and enhance the design process. In the case of the ZVEZDOCHKA, famed industrial designer Marc Newson proved to be the ultimate partner.
“Marc’s problem-solving approach to design is similar to ours, so working together came very naturally to both of us,” Parker says. “As we began discussing the project, we turned our focus to an unexpected area – the process of traditional shoemaking. That’s when we started exploring new territory and saw the potential for this project to be about more than just a new shoe.”
The shoe’s original concept was inspired, fittingly, by the ultimate unchartered territory.
“From a functional point of view, my experience at the Russian Space Agency intrigued and inspired me to develop a multi-purpose shoe for cosmonauts,” Newson said at the time.
This space connection even extends to the shoe’s nomenclature. The ZVEZDOCHKA is named after a Russian space dog launched into orbit aboard Sputnik 10 in 1961.

Unique Construction

The ZVEZDOCHKA was the result of landmark engineering. Modeled entirely on a computer, the shoe featured a modular design. Four interlocking, interchangeable parts were constructed: the outer cage, the interlocking outsole, the innersleeve and the insole. These parts could be worn in multiple combinations, together or separately, for diverse functions and environments.
The breathable perforated cage formed the base for the interlocking parts. Fitting the foot like a second skin, the innersleeve was crafted with flexible and resistant materials to cover the foot and help protect it from the elements. The interior sock liner featured a Nike Zoom Air unit in the heel for added cushioning. And the interlocking outsole snapped into the perforated cage to create the foundation of the shoe.

Sustainable Design

The ZVEZDOCHKA became a point of genesis for sustainable design at Nike. It adhered to the Nike Considered Design ethos, which included a commitment to reducing waste throughout the design and manufacturing process. Notably, the concept of interlocking parts freed the shoe from many of the adhesives needed in traditional footwear. Marking one of the company’s first attempts at closed-loop product – the concept in which a product is infinitely recyclable – the ZVEZDOCHKA was a window into the vision of a more sustainable future.
The ZVEZDOCHKA’s influence at Nike today is perhaps best felt in this arena of sustainable innovation. The shoe encouraged new thinking and served as an accelerant to Nike’s pursuit of lightweight, minimal and sustainable product.

Looking Back

A decade has passed since the launch of the original ZVEZDOCHKA. Recently, Mark Parker and Marc Newson reflected on the project.

The ZVEZDOCHKA represented an entirely new method of shoe construction. It challenged convention. Why is upending the status quo important in design?

Mark Parker: 

"Sometimes you need to disrupt and create new models to affect meaningful change. We could not make the ZVEZDOCHKA with traditional cut-and-sew methods of making footwear. But we also didn’t anticipate the original idea would take us in that direction. Sometimes it’s about asking the right questions in the right moment with the right tools in hand.

"I like to think there’s always a balance. You don’t always have to start over to create an emotional reaction to your product. It’s always powerful to deliver a breakthrough, but there’s also a true art to making something great even better."

Marc Newson: 

"For me as a designer, it is vital always to push boundaries — to look to the future and think about how things will be. Otherwise you are irrelevant. For me, design is always about exploring possibilities with new technologies, processes and materials. Often cross-pollinating between industries."

How will the ZVEZDOCHKA continue to influence design, be it at Nike or elsewhere, moving forward?  

Mark Parker:

"The principles of the ZVEZDOCHKA have the power to unlock many exciting opportunities at Nike – from customization and modularity to sustainability and manufacturing.
"Design is an iterative process. One idea often builds on another. Looking ahead, I’m energized thinking of the opportunities provided by customization and modularity. Of course, in terms of sustainable design, the ZVEZDOCHKA’s influence will continue to be deeply felt. The shoe removed constraints for a sustainable future. This will always be a goal of ours."

Marc Newson:

"In general terms, the influence has been and will continue to be more about approaching design problems from a different standpoint. In this case, a piece of footwear being seen as a product rather than a garment, both in practical and philosophical terms."

The Nike ZVEZDOCHKA will be available on nike.com/nikelab and in select NikeLab locations beginning Dec. 29.

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adidas Originals by The Farm Company SS15 – Drop One

For SS15, the brand with the 3-stripes once more collaborates with iconic Brazilian label, The Farm Company. This spring they take us out of the city and lure us down the Amazon, drawing on ancient cultural techniques to create a vivid tropical backdrop to our journey.

Graphic sunsets drop down on bold, confident symbols and geometric wildflowers sprout into layers of feathers. Vibrant colours give way to stark monochrome in a print series that surprises, inspires and takes us on an epic journey through the season, played out across new silhouettes carved out of classic sport and street ready fabrics.

Drop One Description:

Spring drops as sunset falls via The Farm Company's dreamy Curso d'agua graphic exclusive to adidas Originals. Depicting a sight well known and beloved of the Indians of the Amazon, luscious water lillies burst open for a blazing sky, bringing light to a core range of classic sports silhouettes, recut for the season. Slim cuts on track tops and pants flatter, and form a street-smart backdrop to the setting tropical sun.

By contrast the Mexcumerex print pitches native customs into the mix, drawing on the traditional body paintings of the Kayaopo Indians. Clear black lines waving amongst sharp geometric teeth represent strength and play to the core of the adidas Originals manifesto. Slouchy boyfriend cuts in French terry, fold around the body accentuating the movement and power of this enigmatic print.

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BAVARIA with premieres and many new products at boot 2015

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+ World premiere of the SPORT 450 – BAVARIA’s new flagship

+ New SPORT 360 and SPORT 400 – Successful debut

+ VIRTESS 420 conquers USA and China

+ German premiere of the NAUTITECH OPEN 40

+ CRUISER Line remains on course for success

+ VISION – BAVARIA'S Superior Class

+ EASY 9.7 – Minimalism exceeds all expectations

+ B/one – The boat of leagues and champions

BAVARIA even closer to customers with more services – BAVARIA+ / BAVARIA Financial Services
BAVARIA could not have a stronger presence at boot 2015 ( Dusseldorf / Germany), which runs from 17 to 26 January. The shipyard in Giebelstadt near Würzburg will display its complete range of sailing yachts, motor yachts and catamarans on an exhibition area of nearly 2,000 square meters.

+ World premiere of the SPORT 450 – BAVARIA’s new flagship

Up to now, only a few eyes have seen the new SPORT 450, but at noon on the first Saturday of Boot 2015 – on 17 January – it will be unveiled and presented to the public with great ceremony. That will be the world premiere of BAVARIA’s new flagship. This is a motor yacht for people for whom style and luxurious design is not only a way of life, but also the expression of their personality. An elegant silhouette, powerful lines and a fusion of modern and discreet design are the outward features of the SPORT 450. A stylish interior with many design options for the interior of the SPORT 450 sets it apart. To grace the SPORT 450 with clear and clever details in the best boat building tradition are par for the course for BAVARIA.

The wealth of variants available for the SPORT 450 is typical of BAVARIA’s new SPORT line. The almost 15 meter long yacht (including the large platform) is built as OPEN, HARD TOP and SOFT TOP, as well as in 450 SPORT COUPE, as will be seen in Düsseldorf. Furthermore, future owners can choose between the 2 cabin version with a long, high quality galley or the 3 cabin version with two comfortable guest cabins. But all the variants share the smart lighting concept from windows, hatches and LED lighting that give the saloon a bright, classy look – no matter what the day is like outside.

Under the large and comfortable sunbathing area on the stern of the SPORT 450 is a dinghy garage or alternatively storage space for everything you need for your favorite activities on a sunny day on the water. There is space for folding bicycles, diving equipment and much more – just one of the many clever space solutions aboard a SPORT 450.

+ New SPORT 360 and SPORT 400 – Successful debut

On the water since late summer and for the first time in Düsseldorf, BAVARIA will exhibit their new SPORT 360 and SPORT 400 on their motor boat stand in Hall 4 at Boot 2015. More freedom through more options was the motto of BAVARIA’s design team in the development of both motor yachts. Like the new SPORT 450, the SPORT 360 and SPORT 400 are also built in the versions OPEN, HARD TOP and SOFT TOP, as well as COUPE.

Entirely redesigned, the seating area at the stern of the SPORT 360 and the SPORT 400 can be converted into a sun lounger in the blink of an eye: relax and enjoy a drink at dusk or chill out in the sun during the day in a single space that offers both options.

“What we are particularly proud of here at BAVARIA is that the SPORT 360 and SPORT 400 are praised by customers and the press alike for her clever space concept, her sophisticated design and the high quality of the finishes of every detail on board,” says Meik Lessig, as Sales Manager and head of Aftersales of BAVARIA well pleased with the good sales figures of the SPORT 360 and SPORT 400.

 + VIRTESS 420 conquers USA and China

In Europe she already has a great track record and has won many awards for design – now the VIRTESS 420 is conquering the American and Chinese markets in the versions FLY and COUPE. BAVARIA has established its own sales offices on both sides of the world in order to provide a service directly to local clients and authorized dealers. From Shanghai, BAVARIA conducts its activities in the Asian and Pacific region. And since the fall, the US and the entire North and South American have been serviced directly from the BAVARIA office in Fort Lauderdale. Besides the VIRTESS 420’s Italian design and high quality equipment, American and Asian customers are especially impressed with the “Made in Germany” boat building quality of this exceptionally beautiful motor yacht.

+ German premiere of the NAUTITECH OPEN 40

In addition to its well-known sailing yacht lines CRUISER and VISION, BAVARIA will have the German premiere of their new line, BAVARIA CATAMARANS, at boot 2015. The international audience will for the first time be able to inspect the NAUTITECH OPEN 40 in person on BAVARIA’s sailing yacht stand in Hall 16. In this 12-meter catamaran, “OPEN” represents an exceptionally open and consistent approach to the layout above and below deck. The cockpit of the NAUTITECH OPEN 40 is the central place for a wonderful day at sea and later in the evening in the harbor. A large sitting area and plenty of room in the cockpit increase the saloon with galley and navigation table to a living space for the whole crew. Below deck in the two hulls it is all about clear and functional design of the highest quality boat building, as you would expect from BAVARIA. The NAUTITECH OPEN 40 is built in the shipyard for BAVARIA CATAMARANS in Rochefort on the French Atlantic coast in a 3 cabin and a 4 cabin version. The interior of the NAUTITECH OPEN 40 comes from the carpentry and boat builders of Giebelstadt. Those for whom excellent sailing characteristics – such as the NAUTITECH OPEN 40 has – are not important, should visit boot 2015 and have a look at the original drawings of the NAUTITECH POWERCAT 40, which will be launched during the course of the year. Both the NAUTITECH OPEN 40 and the NAUTITECH POWERCAT 40 promise a comfortable journey and ample time to relax.

Building under the banner of NAUTITECH YACHTS, BAVARIA will be giving their semi-customized catamarans NAUTITECH 482 and NAUTITECH 541/2 even more exclusivity. Owners can incorporate their individual wishes with these two exceptional catamarans from Rochefort.

“With the NAUTITECH OPEN 40, the NAUTITECH POWERCAT 40 and NAUTITECH YACHTS, BAVARIA has taken a big step into the all-important catamaran market. We can now offer the full range of motor and sailing yachts and catamarans through our international network of dealers. Together with the founder of this modern and innovative shipyard in France, Bruno Voisard, BAVARIA will certainly create other fantastic catamarans”, reveals Daniel Kohl, CPO for all BAVARIA yachts.

+ CRUISER line remains on course for success

It was only at the previous boot that BAVARIA introduced their CRUISER 51 as the latest model in its CRUISER Line. BAVARIA has regenerated their CRUISER Line in record time and established the most modern fleet of sailing yachts from the stables of one shipyard on the market – and with great success. Nearly 200 units have been sold of the CRUISER 46 alone. With up to four cabins, the CRUISER 46 can comfortably accommodate eight people due to its spacious dimensions. Sporting a large saloon with a galley that leaves nothing to be desired, the CRUISER 46 is not only popular with owners, it is also one of the most popular charter yacht in the entire world. The CRUISER 33 and CRUISER 37 have sailed across the Atlantic several times over the past year – in fact, each time one of these boats was sold to a Brazilian owner. It is quite common for customers in South America to have their yacht sail 5,500 miles across the Atlantic from France to Brazil, and genuine proof of quality.

A strong contender for the trophies, the CRUISER 41S has sailed successfully in international regattas from Croatia to Australia. Originating from the drawing board of Farr Yacht Design, like all BAVARIA’s CRUISER yachts, the “S” stands for “Sport” in this yacht. With a deeper keel, a higher mast than its sister the CRUISER 41 and a great deal of equipment crucial to competing in regattas, the CRUISER 41S has a touch more performance and thus the genes to win.

The CRUISER line’s flagship is the CRUISER 56, which offers the choice of a 3 cabin, 4 cabin and 5 cabin version. In addition, there is a separate skipper cabin in the bow. You would be hard pressed to find another yacht of this size that offers more space and comfort while delivering excellent sailing performance to boot.

+ VISION – BAVARIA'S Superior Class

Perfect for owners who love long stays on board a sailing yacht, BAVARIA is exhibiting the VISION 42 and VISION 46 at Boot in Düsseldorf. From the cockpit to the saloon to the cabins, a VISION adapts to its owner's every demand, whether this is a cozy cruise for two or a party of friends – all thanks to an intelligent, variable and luxurious design. With BAVARIA's innovative Trim- and Dock-Control systems, the VISION 42 and VISION 46 can be maneuvered safely and easily under sail and in the harbor.

+ EASY 9.7 – Minimalism exceeds all expectations

Focusing on the essential when you’re sailing is the philosophy of BAVARIA’s EASY 9.7. The ten meter yacht deliberately does away with an expensive interior – but that does not mean you actually have to sacrifice anything on board the EASY 9.7. On the contrary, below deck the EASY 9.7 offers two cabins with wide berths, a large saloon and a galley that has everything you need to live on board. This concept clearly shows they have their fingers on the pulse of the times, since the sales figures are much higher than BAVARIA’s management team had expected at the launch last summer.
And if you don’t want to spend 59,480 Euros on the EASY 9.7, you still have a chance to win a BAVARIA EASY 9.7 if you visit the stand of the Sunshine4Kids initiative in Hall 14 and take part in their competition game.

+ B/one – The boat of leagues and champions


The Segelbundesliga – Germany’s national sailing club league championship – was established in 2014. Over 61 teams from all over Germany competed in the spring for the 18 spots of the second Bundesliga, which will be sailed on the BAVARIA B/one. Over a total of three weekends the crews of the clubs competed for crucial points in the Segelbundesliga and of course for ascending or descending in the league. And even at Sardinia, the famous Yacht Club Costa Smeralda sailed its World-Team-Cup, to which teams from all over the world sent their best sailors, on a fleet of eight B/one keelboats. But the B/one is not only the ideal sports boat for league sailing – many new private owners all over the world, from Chile to Germany, have discovered the sporty B/one.

+ BAVARIA even closer to customers with more services

As one of the largest shipyards in the world, BAVARIA wants to offer its customers even more services in the future. BAVARIA plans to launch the BAVARIA INFORMATION SYSTEM, BAVIS for short, as the first component of their new service campaign BAVARIA+ at the trade show Boot in Düsseldorf. By simply scanning QR codes on a BAVARIA, skippers can instantly upload all information and manuals, as well as many explanatory videos on their smartphone or tablet PC. This will enable charter crews to get to know their way around a BAVARIA in no time at all.
Owners can find suitable financing for a BAVARIA yacht with the new BAVARIA financial service BAVARIA Finanz GmbH. At Boot there will be attractive offers for every motor and sailing yacht, as well as for catamarans.

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Tubbs Snowshoes Announces its Partnership with Splore

Seattle, Wash. (December 23, 2014) – Tubbs Snowshoes, the leading manufacturer of lightweight, versatile snowshoes for men, women and kids, has officially announced its partnership with the non-profit organization, Splore. In addition, Tubbs has committed to supplying snowshoes for the Splore winter program for the next five years.

Together, both Tubbs Snowshoes and Splore will continue empowering individuals who may otherwise have trouble experiencing these activities.
Tubbs Snowshoes was first introduced to Splore during the 2012-13 season, when the organization was chosen as a recipient of Tubbs Snowshoes’ Get Outdoors Contest, a grant-like award providing fleets of snowshoes to schools and non-profits for children. Get outdoors is in its third year and since has donated over 180 pairs of snowshoes.

Splore, established in 1977, inspires to change lives through outdoor adventures. They believe that everyone, regardless of ability or income, deserves the opportunity to live life to the fullest and are committed to removing any and all barriers to experiencing the joy, bonding, and empowerment that comes from a meaningful outdoor experience.

Tubbs Snowshoes is the perfect partner to Splore due to the brand’s generosity and mission to encourage adventure, exercise, and human connection to nature to all individuals by providing high quality snowshoeing equipment, designed to get people outside and in the snow.

About Tubbs Snowshoes

Tubbs Snowshoes is a leading manufacturer of lightweight, versatile snowshoes for men, women, and children with patented binding and crampon systems that simplify and enhance performance for backcountry exploration, day hiking, and trail walking. Founded in 1906, Tubbs Snowshoes is recognized as the sport’s pioneer, with a heritage of technological innovation and market development initiatives that promote winter adventure, exercise, and family fun, including the Tubbs Romp to Stomp out Breast Cancer Snowshoe Series®, Tubbs Get Outdoors Program, and Tubbs Ambassadors. Tubbs Snowshoes is a member of the K2 Sports family of world-leading winter sports and outdoor recreational brands. For more information about Tubbs’ product line, calendar of events, and great places to snowshoe, visit www.tubbssnowshoes.com .

About Splore

At Splore, outdoor adventures are the medium we have chosen to change someone’s life for the better. We are committed to removing any and all barriers to experiencing the joy, bonding, and empowerment that comes from a meaningful outdoor experience. For more information, please visit www.splore.org.

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HIRZL 2015 product launch strategy includes PGA Merchandise Show

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GRANBURY, Texas -- HIRZL, the #1 Long Drive Golf Glove and leading specialist for high performance sports gloves, will be exhibiting at the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show. The company intends to use the trade show as an integral part of their 2015 product launch plan.

"The PGA Merchandise Show provides HIRZL an opportunity to introduce its new line of high performance gloves to key accounts, the media, as well as to our international partners. We value the show and its ability to provide us with time to meet face-to-face with people is why it was included in the new product sales and introduction plan," commented Steve Gray, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at HIRZL.

The 2015 PGA Merchandise Show is held from Wednesday, January 21st through Friday, January 23rd at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando Florida. "I invite all attendees to visit the HIRZL booth #1718 where we will be showcasing the New Control Golf Glove," added Gray.

HIRZL's redesigned and improved Control Golf Glove is packed with new features like a new performance fit, a Kangaroo constructed index finger, a double stitched thumb and a one piece glove enclosure. These new structural and material appointments elevate the New Control Golf Glove to entirely new level. HIRZL invites you to visit their booth to personally feel and see the New Control Golf Glove.

HIRZL has distinguished itself as a category leader in high performance, technical, sporting gloves. Their innovative glove technologies has earned an exclusive 2013 Golf Digest "Hot List" ranking which is determined by the industry's leading panel of judges and golf writers. In addition, HIRZL was the only boutique brand recognized in the prestigious test.

About HIRZL:

HIRZL, headquartered in Switzerland, with North American operations based in Granbury, TX, is a leading specialist for high performance sports gloves. HIRZL's focus is solely on gloves with products specifically designed for golf and cycling, which is in contrast to many sports manufacturers with wide ranges of products spanning equipment, shoes and fashion. HIRZL's gloves are designed with the latest scientific, technical and ergonomic mechanics data on how sports equipment is used on the hands. The company philosophy is based upon the firm belief that gloves are an essential part of the equipment for many types of sports. When gloves are used in sports, they become the only true link between the hands of the sportsperson and their equipment.

HIRZL Gloves Manufactured for The "Ultimate Glove Experience:"

HIRZL manufactures their high performance gloves with only the finest genuine leather, natural kangaroo or cabretta leather which has been additionally tanned with a propriety technology. The leather is individually stretched by hand and table cut, effectively ensuring the direction of stretch is controlled in each piece. For ventilation comfort a membrane directs the airflow and breathability characteristics to create a micro-environment for the skin to breathe more easily. The stretch fit feature provides a strategically based perfect fit and wearing comfort. All HIRZL gloves are constructed with a 45-degree "Pre-curved finger system" in consideration to the natural curvature of the hand and to avoid bunching effects and guarantee a perfect fit. For addition comfort, a sweat band made with terry towel absorbs sweat and water at the wrist area which also has a warming effect when temperatures are low. Form fit inserts are strategically placed in the palm section of the glove to reduce pleats. A low wrist cut construction provides 360-degrees of unlimited movement.

HIRZL Tour Support:

HIRZL gloves deliver the "Ultimate Glove Experience" and golfers who teach or play professionally rely on the characteristics these high performance gloves produce including legendary teaching professional Dave Pelz. He endorses HIRZL and provides HIRZL gloves at The Dave Pelz Scoring Game Schools. Golfers who compete for distance on the Long Drive of America Tour have elevated HIRZL to the #1 Long Drive Golf Glove of the association. The company has been associated with 11 Remax World Championships in the past three years and in seven divisions.

The HIRZL Professional Staff list is as follows:

Bobby Peterson, Bobby Wilson, Chris Ahman, Dan Awe, David Brinker, Dustin Merrill, Eric Lunt, Graden Kirksey, Heather LeMaster, James East, Jeff Crittenden, Jeffrey Z. Williams, Kody Zurek, Kyle Blakely, Liebelei E. Lawrence, Line Vedel, Lynn Ray, Natalie Sheary, Rob Tiettmayer, Sandra Carlbora, Tim Burke, and Tom Garber.

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Innovators Unite! CEA Welcomes adidas and New Balance Among New Members

Arlington, VA – 12/19/2014 – The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® announced today that several high-profile members have recently joined CEA’s diverse and influential stable of innovators. Sports apparel and health device manufacturer adidas and global athletic and lifestyle brand New Balance, ridesharing companies Lyft and Ridescout, watchmaker Timex and global beauty company L’Oréal are now among the 2,000-plus members of CEA, the association representing the consumer technology and innovations industries.

“CEA is thrilled to welcome such a diverse and innovative group of new members,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “The world of consumer technologies continues to change and expand, reaching into new markets, transforming old business models and providing benefits across all aspects of consumers’ lives. The diversity of our membership reflects these changes even as we continue to represent companies operating in traditional – and constantly evolving - consumer technology markets. We are especially proud that all of these companies – both century-old brands and disruptive newcomers – embrace the value of CEA as the advocate for innovation, and the people and products that are changing our world.”

The Internet of Things is connecting more and more of our electronics devices, making life more seamless than ever. adidas, New Balance and Timex are among the innovative companies leveraging this connectivity to expand quickly into the fitness, smart watch and wearables category. According to CEA’s U.S. Consumer Electronics Sales and Forecast (July 2014), fitness and activity tracking devices and smart watches are expected to surpass $1 billion in the U.S. in 2014, a 26 percent increase over 2013. And earlier this year, L’Oréal introduced what it calls the world’s first connected beauty digital innovation – Makeup Genius.

“Timex is one of the world’s largest watchmakers,” said Shapiro. “adidas and New Balance are among the best-known sports brands on the planet. And L’Oréal is the global leader in beauty. Yet as varied as these companies are, they’re united by the potential they see for their products to better serve consumers through the ever-expanding Internet of Things.”

As the sharing economy continues to evolve across the U.S., strengthening our economy and creating new jobs, more companies that provide sharing services for consumers are finding a home at CEA. Lyft and Ridescout, which match passengers looking for rides with drivers offering transportation, join Uber as the ridesharing services now under CEA membership. CEA has been a vocal supporter of ridesharing companies that have been under attack and threatened by overzealous government regulations and special interests, and helped its members win key policy battles in Virginia, Illinois and Washington, D.C.

“Lyft and Ridescout are excellent examples of the multi-faceted benefits our sharing economy has to offer,” said Shapiro. “As it grows and strengthens, the sharing economy will have a significant impact on our nation's overall economic success, by enhancing competition and consumer choice, lowering barriers to entrepreneurship and boosting our overall consumption of underused resources – whether they’re parked cars, spare bedrooms or unemployed or underutilized skills.”
About CEA
  The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $211 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative and regulatory advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services.

Find CEA online at www.CE.org, www.DeclareInnovation.com and through social media.
Press Contacts: Laura Hubbard / 703-907-4326 / lhubbard@CE.org

Phunware Acquires Odyssey Mobile Interaction to Accelerate International Expansion Efforts in Europe and Asia

Acquisition Will Enhance Premium Monetization Options for Branded Application Portfolios 

Austin, TX December 19, 2014
Phunware, the pioneer of Multiscreen as a Service (MaaS), the first fully integrated customer engagement platform that enables brands to engage, manage and monetize their anytime anywhere users worldwide, today announced that it has acquired London and Singapore based Odyssey Mobile Interaction.

The Boards of Directors for both companies approved the transaction and the entire Odyssey team and offices will remain in London and Singapore to support customers and partners internationally and also to serve as gateways for new business opportunities throughout Europe and Asia.

“We are extremely excited to add Odyssey Mobile Interaction and its European and Asian teams to the Phunware ‘phamily’ and ecosystem,” said Alan S. Knitowski, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Phunware. “The Odyssey premium monetization platform and solutions will be immediately integrated in to our MaaS ‘multiscreen cloud’ customer engagement platform and will be a wonderful complement to our premium branded application portfolios and audiences across our premium application customers worldwide.”

Odyssey is a recognized market leader in premium application monetization and has operated profitably and debt free since its founding in 2010. It was recently awarded two best-in-class awards as part of this year’s International Media Image Survey (IMIS) alongside Spotify, CNN International and The Financial Times. The Odyssey premium monetization platform and solutions enable rich user experiences across branded application portfolios in both Europe and Asia, including premium monetization relationships with international customers such as Google, Microsoft, Lexus, 20th Century Fox, Samsung, Mercedes-Benz, Nike and Zurich Insurance Group amongst others.

“Businesses everywhere are fundamentally restructuring their operations around digital platforms and data and through this acquisition we are comprehensively enabling these businesses to more effectively segment and structure their data in a mobile and cloud centric way in order to deliver innovative user experiences to their multiscreen communities and audiences worldwide,” said Chris Gale, Founder and CEO of Odyssey Mobile Interaction. “We are thrilled to be joining one of the fastest growing companies in North America and fully expect that our footprint in Europe and Asia will materially accelerate Phunware’s global vision to engage, manage and monetize every person touching every screen on every device across every application everywhere.”

The Phunware MaaS customer engagement platform makes it easy for any brand to add multiscreen application support for content management, location-based services, location marketing automation, advertising, alerts and notifications and business intelligence and analytics through the use of a single login on a single platform with a single partner. This unique and comprehensive solutions-based approach reduces both the cost and complexity that brands have been forced to tolerate historically with an ecosystem filled with fragmented, incomplete and non-integrated point products. MaaS currently remains the world’s only comprehensive “full stack” customer engagement platform for multiscreen application environments and intends to reach each of the 50 billion connected devices expected to compose The Internet of Things by 2020.

For more information about current and upcoming products and solutions, as well as case studies from Phunware’s impressive list of global brands, please visit http://www.phunware.com.

For more information about Odyssey Mobile Interaction, please visit http://www.odysseymobile.co.

About Phunware

Phunware is the pioneer of Multiscreen as a Service (MaaS), the first fully integrated customer engagement platform that enables brands to engage, manage and monetize their anytime anywhere users worldwide. Phunware, The Software of Things™, has introduced category-defining experiences that challenge the outer limits of the most advanced connected devices for the world’s most respected brands and develops next-generation products and solutions that transform how the world interacts with and uses these connected devices. Phunware has a 5-year percentage growth of 17,716% and is a back-to-back Top 100 award winner on the Inc. 500 list of America’s Fastest Growing Companies. The company is currently ranked # 4 on the 2014 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 and # 36 on the 2014 Forbes list of America’s Most Promising Companies.

For more information about how Phunware provides Everything You Need to Succeed on Mobile™, please visit http://www.phunware.com and follow us on Twitter @phunware.

About Odyssey Mobile Interaction

Odyssey Mobile Interaction is a global mobile monetization company delivering cutting edge media, creative and technology solutions to brands, agencies and publishers. Odyssey offers high impact advertising formats via its transparent network, allowing brands to engage with their customers on mobile devices. Odyssey’s monetization platform is used by the world’s largest blue chip brands, including Google, Microsoft, Lexus, 20th Century Fox, Samsung, Mercedes-Benz, Nike and Zurich Insurance Group.

For more information, please visit http://www.odysseymobile.co.

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TITIN Breaks New Ground with DICK's Sporting Goods

ATLANTA, Dec. 22, 2014 -- Up-and-coming company, TITIN, has recently agreed to a deal with DICK's Sporting Goods, allowing TITIN products to be sold by the commercial giant for the first time ever. TITIN products are now available at 60 DICK's Sporting Goods stores, nationwide. On Halloween of this year, TITIN's founder, Patrick Whaley, was featured on an episode of ABC's hit reality show, SHARK TANK. where he pitched his company to the show's "sharks." These "sharks" are tough, self-made multimillionaires and billionaires who choose whether or not to invest in companies that they feel have are the next big thing.

Before this agreement was completed, customers could only purchase TITIN products online through TITIN's website or a third party. Now, TITIN products can be purchased in person, at many DICK's Sporting Goods' establishments. Customers now have the opportunity to physically try on TITIN wares to see and feel for themselves how the product stands above the rest in quality and technology. Also, customers can now enjoy TITIN products immediately after purchase, with no wait time resulting from an online purchase.

TITIN products excel at enhancing any athletes' workout or daily routine by increasing muscle build-up and endurance through a patented compression system designed to increase workload while exercising. With the TITIN Compression Gel Inserts, athletes and casuals alike can participate in their chosen activity while increasing their speed, muscle mass, jump height, without suffering any restriction to their full range of movement.

DICK'S Sporting Goods always strives to meet customers' needs and requirements while providing quality products. DICK's mission is to "serve and inspire athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through relentless improvement..." according to their mission statement. It is this kind of commitment that attracted TITIN to strike a deal with DICK's. And, with the help of TITIN Compression Shirts and additional TITIN product releases, athletes will be one step closer to "achieving their best."

TITIN was first established in 2010 and creates weighted fitness products designed to challenge the status quo with everything we design, using disruptive technology to change the way people train. Train Harder, Recover Faster.

DICK'S Sporting Goods is a Fortune 500 sporting goods retailer that offers a wide variety of name brand equipment and products. DICK'S Sporting Goods was established in 1948 by Dick Stack. Ed Stack, DICK's son, is the current CEO of DICK'S Sporting Goods.

Media Contact: Scott Hakim, TITIN Tech, 267-455-9723, shakim@TITINtech.com

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Bettinardi Golf announces debut of 10 new putter models for 2015

TINLEY PARK, Ill. -- Bettinardi Golf, makers of world's finest golf products, introduces ten new putter models for 2015. Bettinardi is known for its' high-performance, American crafted, PGA Tour proven putters.

All putters are milled in Bettinardi Golf's 40,000 square foot, state of the art manufacturing facility in Tinley Park, Illinois. This facility allows Bettinardi to harmonize science, beauty, and craftsmanship in order to produce the finest precision milled putters. "By producing all Bettinardi putters in my own manufacturing facility, we are able to push the envelope in design and performance," said Robert Bettinardi, President and CEO of Bettinardi Golf. "No other brand or golf company can claim the same."

The superior performance that Bettinardi infuses into their products has been on display at golf's highest levels. Since 1998, Bettinardi putters have won more than 50 professional golf tournaments around the world, including nine wins in the last two years.

The new 2015 putter line from Bettinardi Golf features tour-inspired head shapes, and never before seen PVD finishes. These improvements are sure to raise the industry standards of cosmetics and precision. Years of testing and research have allowed Robert Bettinardi and his team of American craftsman to enhance an already remarkable brand, into something truly revolutionary.

The 2015 Bettinardi putter line will be released on January 15, 2015.

Studio Stock:

The new 2015 Studio Stock putters are milled from a soft carbon steel, and feature Bettinardi's new SuperFly mill face. This tour-inspired face milling promotes a crisper and responsive feel. "We want to give our consumers face milling options when it comes to selecting a putter," Bettinardi said, "We received great feedback from top talent on the PGA Tour in regards to this Superfly mill face. We believe this milling style now belongs in the hands of all golfers." The Studio Stock 2 will showcase a classic BB-8 style head, which has been a choice of many on the PGA Tour. Raised shoulders and flattened bumpers provide great weight displacement for superior balance and stability on this winning blade design.

The Studio Stock 16 is a faced balanced mallet that has been crafted with a custom radius tool to ensure ideal perimeter weighting. This unique tool helps get the ball rolling true, even when not struck directly in the sweet spot. Both Studio Stock models will feature a stunning new, durable Olympic Bronze PVD finish.

Queen B:

The new 2015 Queen B line features the latest evolution of Bettinardi's trademarked micro honeycomb face milling. The Queen B model 6 is a wide body, face-balanced blade that sets up impeccably square time after time. The Queen B model 7 has a ridge milled neck that gently flows into a compact mallet. Unlike most mallets, this putter has a slight toe hang that promotes an inside to inside stroke. Both Queen B models are complemented by their astounding Savannah Blue PVD finish. "By far, the Savannah Blue PVD finish turned out better than we thought. The soft lavender and blue palette will be the envy of any foursome."

Signature Series:

The Signature Series line is directly from Robert Bettinardi's personal preference in design and performance. "Every year we release two new models on a limited basis that highlight the best that Bettinardi Golf has to offer," Bettinardi said. "The Signature Model 9 is milled with our tour-inspired Super-Fly mill face and this putter will prove itself worthy of any and every bag." The Signature Series 10 was created to be the crown jewel of 2015. The blade style look with a two-tiered muscle and high toe produces a deeper face, which allows the ball to match perfectly with the sweet spot. The classic Bettinardi Honeycomb pattern milled into the face, sets this putter apart from all other models. Sculpted out of the finest 303 stainless steel, these putters proudly feature Robert J. Bettinardi's signature of approval.

Kuchar Model 2:

The Kuchar Model 2HM has been modified to feature the half-moon cutout for 2015, and is available in both arm lock and standard models. This truly unique design will gain momentum as the 2016 anchoring ban is quickly approaching. Matt Kuchar and Robert Bettinardi teamed up to design the first center shafted arm lock putter. This model features our FIT Face technology and has zero offset while still maintaining the optimum seven degrees of loft necessary for an arm lock putter to be effective. "Matt approached me at the Masters this year with a standard length version of this putter in hand, and asked how we could make this without the extreme offset," said Sam Bettinardi, VP of Sales and Marketing. "Eliminating the extreme offset of the Kuchar Model 2 will allow for a traditional look at address, which will entice more users to try arm lock style putting."


The Inovai is a brand new design for Bettinardi Golf in 2015, and is available in both counterbalance and standard models. Years of research and development within the Bettinardi workshop have culminated in this truly forgiving masterpiece. The putter is milled from 6061 aircraft grade aluminum, and includes a milled stainless steel weight strategically placed low and away from the face. "From the look at address, the Inovai is one of the most pleasing MOI mallets on the market," said Robert Bettinardi. "Once you hit a ball with the Inovai, you will be hard-pressed to pick a different gamer in 2015." The FIT (Feel Impact Technology) face was applied to make this the softest and most responsive feel on an aluminum putter head. The white alignment lines and stainless steel weight create the perfect contrast to the satin black finish. The above features allow for easy alignment, making it truly innovative.

Pre-orders for custom fit Bettinardi putters start December 17th at Bettinardi.com, and will be available in major golf shops and retailers by mid-January.

For more information on the 2015 Bettinardi line, please contact Sam Bettinardi at srbettinardi@bettinardi.com or call 708-802-7400.

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BMW Motorrad USA Welcomes BMW Motorcycles of McDonough to Dealer Network

New Home for BMW Motorcycles Serves Southern Metropolitan Atlanta Area

WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ – December 22, 2014 –BMW Motorrad USA has further expanded its brand in Georgia with the addition of BMW Motorcycles of McDonough. The new BMW motorcycle dealership, located at 755 Industrial Blvd. in McDonough, GA (also home of Cycle Nation of McDonough), offers a complete line of BMW motorcycles, parts, accessories, apparel and service capabilities in an exclusive new retail showroom.

“For more than 90 years, BMW Motorrad has been on the forefront of motorcycle manufacturing, and we’re excited to share that long rich history of premium motorcycles with riders in McDonough and the surrounding southern metropolitan Atlanta area,” commented General Manager Dean Moorhead, a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast who has worked in the industry for nearly a decade.

“With more than 750 registered BMW motorcycle owners within a 25-mile radius of McDonough and a large number of airline employees and area residents who appreciate premier motorsports technology, we are confident that the BMW brand will be a welcome addition to Cycle Nation and Atlanta’s southern metropolitan community,” commented Lou Provato, Dealer Development Manager, BMW Motorrad USA.

For more information about BMW Motorcycles of McDonough, including an upcoming open house and other special events, visit www.bmwmotorcyclesofmcdonough.com or call 770-957-7404. Showroom hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 339 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 147 BMW motorcycle retailers, 122 MINI passenger car dealers, and 35 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

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adidas Adds Windows Phone Support for its Fit Smart Wrist Based Heart-Rate Coach

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adidas announced today an update to its miCoach Train and Run app for Windows Phone 8.1 based mobile handsets. Following the update, users will be able to pair, configure and transfer planned and completed miCoach workouts between the Fit Smart wrist based heart rate coach and their Windows Phone. Fit Smart can also be used to send heart rate, speed, distance and stride information in real-time to the Train and Run app, combining the visual coaching guidance from the Fit Smart with audible prompts from the app.

miCoach Train and Run is one of the most popular fitness apps available for Windows Phone. With cardio, strength and flexibility training programs developed in partnership with the elite coaches at Exos, it provides real-time coaching guidance to unleash your best performance and achieve your sport and fitness goals.

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Launched in August this year, the adidas Fit Smart uses an optical sensor to accurately measure your heart rate and an accelerometer to track speed, distance and stride rate, all from your wrist. The wristband uses colored LEDs to guide you to train at the right intensity according to the phase of your workout and will store up to 10 hours of training data at one time.

For more information on the adidas Fit Smart please visit http://micoach.adidas.com/fitsmart miCoach Train and Run is available for download from the Windows Phone Store.

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Gildan Activewear Appoints James Kehoe as Executive Vice-President, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Dec., 2014) - Gildan Activewear Inc. (TSX:GIL)(NYSE:GIL) today announced the appointment of James Kehoe as Executive Vice-President, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer. Mr. Kehoe succeeds Laurence G. Sellyn, who is retiring from this position which he has filled since 1999.

Mr. Kehoe, 52, has spent 25 years within the Kraft Foods organization in successive roles of increasing responsibility, both in Europe and North America. As such, Mr. Kehoe comes to Gildan with extensive experience in a sophisticated global consumer products environment with leading global consumer brands, vertical manufacturing operations and best practices for commodities purchasing. Prior to joining Gildan, Mr. Kehoe was Senior Vice-President, Operating Excellence, for Mondelēz International, the former snacking and confectionary division of Kraft Foods. Previously, Mr. Kehoe was Senior Vice-President, Corporate Finance of Kraft Foods Group where he led the financial structuring of the Company at the time of the spin-off from Mondelēz.

Mr. Kehoe's appointment will be effective January 1, 2015. Mr. Sellyn will continue with Gildan for a transitional period as required in order to support Mr. Kehoe's integration into the Company and ensure an orderly transfer of responsibilities.

Glenn J. Chamandy, President and CEO of Gildan said: "I would like to express my deep appreciation to Laurence who has been my friend and partner for over 15 years and has played a strategic leadership role in Gildan's development into a leading public company. At the same time I would like to welcome James and I look forward to our collaboration as we pursue the next exciting stage in Gildan's growth strategy."

About Gildan

Gildan is a leading supplier of quality branded basic family apparel, including T-shirts, fleece, sport shirts, underwear, socks, hosiery and shapewear. The Company sells its products under a diversified portfolio of company-owned brands, including the Gildan®, Gold Toe® and Anvil® brands and brand extensions, as well as the recently acquired Secret®, Silks® and Therapy Plus™ brands. The Company also has licenses for the Under Armour®, Mossy Oak®, and New Balance® brands. The Company distributes its products in printwear markets in the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company also markets its products to a broad spectrum of retailers in the U.S. and Canada.

Gildan owns and operates vertically-integrated, large-scale manufacturing facilities which are primarily located in Central America and the Caribbean Basin to efficiently service the replenishment needs of its customers in the printwear and retail markets. Gildan has over 43,000 employees worldwide and is committed to industry-leading labour and environmental practices in all of its facilities.

More information about the Company and its corporate citizenship practices and initiatives can be found at its corporate websites www.gildan.com and www.genuinegildan.com respectively.

Investor Relations : Sophie Argiriou/ Vice-President, Investor Communications/ (514) 343-8815/ sargiriou@gildan.com

Media Relations : Anik Trudel/ Vice-President, Corporate Communications/ (514) 340-8919/ atrudel@gildan.com

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Finish Line Reports Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 Results

INDIANAPOLIS-- Dec. 19, 2014-- The Finish Line, Inc. (NASDAQ: FINL) today reported results for the thirteen weeks ended November 29, 2014.
For the thirteen weeks ended November 29, 2014:
  • Consolidated net sales were $395.8 million, an increase of 8.6% over the prior year period.
  • Finish Line comparable store sales increased 4.5%.
  • On a GAAP basis, diluted earnings per share were $0.05.
  • Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share, which excludes the impact of impairment charges and store closing costs, employee resignation costs and the recognition of a one-time tax benefit were ($0.02).
“Third quarter comparable sales rebounded from second quarter trends, however merchandise margin pressure kept us from achieving our profitability plan,” said Glenn Lyon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Finish Line. “We remain confident in the strategic course we have set for the company and we’ll continue to invest in the omnichannel initiatives focused on delivering the long-term financial goals we have previously outlined. That said, we are adjusting our near-term capital spending plans and creating a more flexible expense structure to protect profitability until stronger full price selling trends reemerge.”

Balance Sheet

As of November 29, 2014, consolidated merchandise inventories increased 10.6% to $398.6 million compared to $360.5 million as of November 30, 2013.

The company repurchased 1.2 million shares of common stock during the thirteen weeks ended November 29, 2014, totaling $29.9 million. The company has 1.9 million shares remaining on its current Board authorized repurchase plan.

As of November 29, 2014, the company had no interest-bearing debt and $85.4 million in cash and cash equivalents, compared to $111.9 million as of November 30, 2013.


For the fiscal year ending February 28, 2015, Finish Line now expects non-GAAP diluted earnings per share to be flat to fiscal year 2014 non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $1.67. The company expects Finish Line comparable store sales to increase low to mid-single digits.
Q3 Fiscal 2015 Conference Call Today, December 19, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.

The company will host a conference call for investors today, December 19, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. To participate in the live conference call, dial 866-923-8645 (U.S. and Canada) or 660-422-4970 (International), conference ID #45036075.

The live conference call will also be accessible online at www.finishline.com. A replay of the conference call can be accessed approximately two hours following the completion of the call by dialing 855-859-2056, conference ID #45036075. This recording will be made available through Monday, January 19, 2015.

The replay will also be accessible online at www.finishline.com.
Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Measures

This report refers to certain financial measures that are identified as non-GAAP. The company believes that these non-GAAP measures, including gross profit, selling, general and administrative expenses, operating income, income tax expense, net income attributable to The Finish Line, Inc., and diluted earnings per share attributable to The Finish Line, Inc. shareholders, are helpful to investors because they allow for a more direct comparison of the company’s year-over-year performance and are useful in assessing the company’s progress in achieving its long-term financial objectives. This supplemental information should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the related GAAP measures. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures to the comparable GAAP measures can be found in the company’s Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission with this release.

About The Finish Line, Inc.

The Finish Line, Inc. is a premium retailer of athletic shoes, apparel and accessories. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Finish Line has approximately 1,040 Finish Line branded locations primarily in U.S. malls and shops inside Macy’s department stores and employs more than 14,000 sneakerologists who help customers every day connect with their sport, their life and their style.

Online shopping is available at www.finishline.com and www.macys.com. Mobile shopping is available at m.finishline.com. Follow Finish Line on Twitter at Twitter.com/FinishLine and “like” Finish Line on Facebook at Facebook.com/FinishLine. Track loyalty points and find store and product information with the free Finish Line app downloadable for iOS and Android customers.

Finish Line also operates the Running Specialty Group. This includes 66 specialty running stores in 15 states and the District of Columbia under The Running Company, Run On!, Blue Mile, Boulder Running Company, Roncker’s Running Spot, Running Fit, VA Runner, Capital RunWalk, Richmond RoadRunner, Garry Gribble’s Running Sports and Run Colorado banners.

More information is available at www.run.com or www.boulderrunningcompany.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release includes statements that are or may be considered "forward-looking" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of words or phrases such as "believe," "expect," "future," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "foresee," "may," "should," "will," "estimates," "outlook," "potential," "optimistic," "confidence," "continue," "evolve," "expand," "growth" or words and phrases of similar meaning. Statements that describe objectives, plans or goals also are forward-looking statements.

All of these forward-looking statements are subject to risks, management assumptions and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the relevant forward-looking statements. The principal risk factors that could cause actual performance and future actions to differ materially from the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the company's reliance on a few key vendors for a majority of its merchandise purchases (including a significant portion from one key vendor); the availability and timely receipt of products; the ability to timely fulfill and ship products to customers; fluctuations in oil prices causing changes in gasoline and energy prices, resulting in changes in consumer spending as well as increases in utility, freight and product costs; product demand and market acceptance risks; deterioration of macro-economic and business conditions; the inability to locate and obtain or retain acceptable lease terms for the company's stores; the effect of competitive products and pricing; loss of key employees; execution of strategic growth initiatives (including actual and potential mergers and acquisitions and other components of the company's capital allocation strategy); cybersecurity risks, including breach of customer data; and the other risks detailed in the company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Readers are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements included herein are made only as of the date of this report and Finish Line undertakes no obligation to publicly update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.
The Finish Line, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share and store/shop data)
Thirteen Weeks Ended   Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
November 29,   November 30, November 29,   November 30,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Net sales $ 395,828 $ 364,455 $ 1,269,239 $ 1,151,538
Cost of sales (including occupancy costs) 284,074   256,607   873,485   790,358  
Gross profit 111,754 107,848 395,754 361,180
Selling, general and administrative expenses 114,923 104,092 335,701 306,903
Impairment charges and store closing costs 462   1,007   3,155   1,210  
Operating (loss) income (3,631 ) 2,749 56,898 53,067
Interest income, net   3   6   27  
(Loss) income before income taxes (3,631 ) 2,752 56,904 53,094
Income tax (benefit) expense (6,126 ) 1,161   17,595   20,796  
Net income 2,495 1,591 39,309 32,298
Net loss attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interest 83   727   1,861   1,602  
Net income attributable to The Finish Line, Inc. $ 2,578   $ 2,318   $ 41,170   $ 33,900  
Diluted earnings per share attributable to The Finish Line, Inc. shareholders $ 0.05   $ 0.05   $ 0.85   $ 0.69  
Diluted weighted average shares 47,478   48,709   48,013   48,733  
Dividends declared per share $ 0.08   $ 0.07   $ 0.24   $ 0.21  
Finish Line store activity for the period:
Beginning of period 647 659 645 645
Opened 2 3 9 22
Closed (7 ) (4 ) (12 ) (9 )
End of period 642   658   642   658  
Square feet at end of period 3,492,050 3,566,404
Average square feet per store 5,439 5,420
Branded shops within department stores activity for the period:
Beginning of period 370 133 185 3
Opened 27 48 213 178
Closed     (1 )  
End of period 397   181   397   181  
Square feet at end of period 406,063 224,515
Average square feet per shop 1,023 1,240
Running Specialty store activity for the period:
Beginning of period 58 39 48 27
Acquired 7 4 15 13
Opened 1 4 3 7
End of period 66   47   66   47  
Square feet at end of period 234,162 154,348
Average square feet per store 3,548 3,284
Thirteen Weeks Ended Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
November 29,   November 30, November 29,   November 30,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Net sales 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 %
Cost of sales (including occupancy costs) 71.8   70.4   68.8   68.6  
Gross profit 28.2 29.6 31.2 31.4
Selling, general and administrative expenses 29.0 28.6 26.5 26.7
Impairment charges and store closing costs 0.1   0.2   0.2   0.1  
Operating (loss) income (0.9 ) 0.8 4.5 4.6
Interest income, net        
(Loss) income before income taxes (0.9 ) 0.8 4.5 4.6
Income tax (benefit) expense (1.5 ) 0.4   1.4   1.8  
Net income 0.6 0.4 3.1 2.8
Net loss attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interest 0.1   0.2   0.1   0.1  
Net income attributable to The Finish Line, Inc. 0.7 % 0.6 % 3.2 % 2.9 %
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
November 29,   November 30,   March 1,
2014 2013 2014
(Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Cash and cash equivalents $ 85,426 $ 111,916 $ 229,079
Merchandise inventories, net 398,615 360,463 304,209
Other current assets 44,384 49,783 33,675
Property and equipment, net 256,262 213,188 223,182
Goodwill 32,902 24,035 25,608
Other assets, net 9,017   14,185   9,192
Total assets $ 826,606   $ 773,570   $ 824,945
Current liabilities $ 209,049 $ 180,756 $ 193,670
Deferred credits from landlords 29,507 28,639 27,658
Other long-term liabilities 20,625 17,465 19,659
Redeemable noncontrolling interest, net 480 2,034 1,774
Shareholders’ equity 566,945   544,676   582,184
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 826,606   $ 773,570   $ 824,945
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Reconciliation of Gross Profit, GAAP to Gross Profit, Non-GAAP (Unaudited)
(In thousands)
Thirteen Weeks Ended Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
November 29, 2014   November 30, 2013 November 29, 2014   November 30, 2013
Gross profit, GAAP $ 111,754     28.2 % $ 107,848     29.6 % $ 395,754     31.2 % $ 361,180     31.4 %
Start-up costs             5,758   0.5  
Gross profit, Non-GAAP $ 111,754   28.2 % $ 107,848   29.6 % $ 395,754   31.2 % $ 366,938   31.9 %
Reconciliation of Selling, General and Administrative Expenses, GAAP to
Selling, General and Administrative Expenses, Non-GAAP (Unaudited)
(In thousands)
Thirteen Weeks Ended Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
November 29, 2014   November 30, 2013 November 29, 2014   November 30, 2013
Selling, general and administrative expenses, GAAP $ 114,923   29.0 % $ 104,092     28.6 % $ 335,701   26.5 % $ 306,903   26.7 %
Employee resignation costs (842 ) (0.2 ) (842 ) (0.1 )
Start-up costs             (2,202 ) (0.2 )
Selling, general and administrative expenses, Non-GAAP $ 114,081   28.8 % $ 104,092   28.6 % $ 334,859   26.4 % $ 304,701   26.5 %
Reconciliation of Operating (Loss) Income, GAAP to Operating (Loss) Income, Non-GAAP (Unaudited)
(In thousands)
Thirteen Weeks Ended Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
November 29, 2014   November 30, 2013 November 29, 2014   November 30, 2013
Operating (loss) income, GAAP $ (3,631 )   (0.9 )% $ 2,749     0.8 % $ 56,898     4.5 % $ 53,067     4.6 %
Impairment charges and store closing costs 462 0.1 1,007 0.2 3,155 0.2 1,210 0.1
Employee resignation costs 842 0.2 842 0.1
Start-up costs             7,960   0.7  
Operating (loss) income, Non-GAAP $ (2,327 ) (0.6 )% $ 3,756   1.0 % $ 60,895   4.8 % $ 62,237   5.4 %
Reconciliation of Income Tax (Benefit) Expense, GAAP to Income Tax (Benefit) Expense, Non-GAAP (Unaudited)
(In thousands)
Thirteen Weeks Ended Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
November 29, 2014   November 30, 2013 November 29, 2014   November 30, 2013
Income tax (benefit) expense, GAAP $ (6,126 )   (1.5 )% $ 1,161     0.4 % $ 17,595     1.4 % $ 20,796     1.8 %
Tax affect of:
Impairment charges and store closing costs 178 393 1,215 0.1 473
Employee resignation costs 324 0.1 324
Start-up costs 3,109 0.3
One-time tax benefit 4,313   1.1       4,313   0.3      
Income tax (benefit) expense, Non-GAAP $ (1,311 ) (0.3 )% $ 1,554   0.4 % $ 23,447   1.8 % $ 24,378   2.1 %
Reconciliation of Net Income Attributable to The Finish Line, Inc., GAAP to
Net (Loss) Income Attributable to The Finish Line, Inc., Non-GAAP (Unaudited)
(In thousands)
Thirteen Weeks Ended Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
November 29, 2014   November 30, 2013 November 29, 2014   November 30, 2013
Net income attributable to The Finish Line, Inc., GAAP $ 2,578   0.7 % $ 2,318     0.6 % $ 41,170   3.2 % $ 33,900     2.9 %
Impairment charges and store closing costs, net of income taxes* 284 0.1 614 0.2 1,884 0.1 737 0.1
Employee resignation costs, net of income taxes 518 0.1 518 0.1
Start-up costs, net of income taxes 4,851 0.4
One-time tax benefit (4,313 ) (1.1 )     (4,313 ) (0.3 )    
Net (loss) income attributable to The Finish Line, Inc., Non-GAAP $ (933 ) (0.2 )% $ 2,932   0.8 % $ 39,259   3.1 % $ 39,488   3.4 %
* Net of decrease to net loss attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interest for the thirty-nine weeks ended November 29, 2014 related to impairment charges of $56.
Reconciliation of Diluted Earnings Per Share Attributable to The Finish Line, Inc. Shareholders, GAAP to
Diluted (Loss) Earnings Per Share Attributable to The Finish Line, Inc. Shareholders, Non-GAAP (unaudited)
Thirteen Weeks Ended Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
November 29,   November 30, November 29,  
November 30,
2014 2013 2014
Diluted earnings per share attributable to The Finish Line, Inc. shareholders, GAAP $ 0.05 $ 0.05 $ 0.85 $ 0.69
Impairment charges and store closing costs, net of income taxes and redeemable noncontrolling interest 0.01 0.01 0.04 0.01
Employee resignation costs, net of income taxes 0.01 0.01
Start-up costs, net of income taxes 0.10
One-time tax benefit (0.09 )   (0.09 )
Diluted (loss) earnings per share attributable to The Finish Line, Inc. shareholders, Non-GAAP $ (0.02 ) $ 0.06   $ 0.81   $ 0.80
Note: See Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Measures above.

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