Avalanche Education Org. Hires New Executive Director

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tim bennetTim Bennet will be taking on the Executive Director and Operations Director positions at the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE), replacing both Brian Lazar and Tom Murphy in their respective roles. Lazar and Murphy are moving to the Board of Directors. Bennet started working in nonprofit management in 2001 with the Boy Scouts of America. He has also worked as the Director of Marketing and Development for Colorado Enterprise Fund (a community development financial institution) and as Risk Management Advisor with Flood & Peterson.

150,000-plus Unhappy Customers for Vibram

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vibram fivefingers running shoesMore than 150,000 people have filed refund claims for their Vibram FiveFingers shoes, following the settlement of a lawsuit that determined the brand had exaggerated the benefits of its footwear. Because of the large number of responses, claimants who previously were expecting a full refund (around $90) could find themselves only getting $8 to $9 per pair.

EORA Drops Dues for 2015, Courts Bike Reps

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EORA-BOD-Oct2014Asheville, N.C. — In order to make the organization more accessible, the Eastern Outdoor Reps Association (EORA) will reduce its dues from $350 per year to $250 per year. The reduction is currently only approved for 2015, and the board of directors will revisit rates at the end of next year.

Toad&Co Names New Head of Wholesale Sales

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tc molly terrienSanta Barbara, Calif. — Molly Terrien is the new head of wholesale sales at Toad&Co, where she will play a key role in growing the brand following its name change earlier this year. (It was formerly known as Horny Toad.) She was chosen because of her experience with developing product launch strategies that align with key retailers.

Cocona Accused of Patent Infringement

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cocona sheetsIrmo, S.C. — A bedding and sleepwear company is alleging that Cocona Inc.’s “Sleep 37.5 Sheets” and “Sleep Number Comfort Dry Sheets” are infringing on its patents for high-performance knit fabrics. The company, Sheex, is also suing two other companies: E&E Company, which owns several other sleepwear brands, and BedGear, which makes performance bedding, for the same issue.

Eagle Creek Debuts New Super-Compact Luggage

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ec lync stuff sackCarlsbad, Calif.Eagle Creek’s new luggage system takes up four times less retail floor space than traditional displays. The brand’s new EC Lync suitcases (and associated fixtures) showcase the way the luggage breaks down—similar to a tent—into a stuff bag about half the size of a regular suitcase. The brand is debuting the EC Lync to consumers in Spring ’15.