Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, June 18-20

Next week, ACT Lab will be in Denver, Colorado exhibiting at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market show. This popular trade show is the largest outdoor recreation expo and conference in the country, featuring softgoods, footwear, summer hardgoods, paddle, and climbing gear.

ACT Lab invites attendees of the show to visit its new booth location, #54156-UL, where it will have an expanded presence. In particular, ACT Lab representatives look forward to meeting with clothing manufacturers and textile suppliers within the current markets it serves, to discuss its expanded testing capabilities with Consumer Testing Technology (CTT).

Camber Outdoors Pitchfest

For the second year in a row, ACT Lab is providing support to the finalists of Pitchfest, a 10-week intensive business mentoring program that culminates with a live ‘pitch event’ at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market Show. This year’s event is on June 17 from 1-5:30pm, and attendance is free with pre-registration.

Pitchfest is a flagship program of Camber Outdoors, the national organization dedicated to achieving equity for all women and underrepresented communities in the workplace of the active-outdoors industries. ACT Lab is offering its expertise in regulatory procedures and product compliance testing to the 2019 finalists.

A New Partnership

ACT Lab recently announced an exclusive partnership with Consumer Testing Technology (CTT). Under the new agreement, ACT Lab has become the exclusive North American sales agent of CTT’s testing services.
CTT has six facilities located throughout China that focus on both Chinese domestic and international markets. It provides testing and compliance services for apparel, textiles, footwear, leather products, food contact products and more.

To learn more about the new services, please contact ACT Lab at (562) 470-7215 or info@act-lab.com or read our press announcement.

White Water Helmet Safety Testing

Last year, ACT Lab added a new capability to its services: testing helmets for canoeing and white water sports to EN 1385 Standards.

The EN 1385 Standards establish parameters for the performance, stability and fit of helmets that are used in canoeing and white water sports. It specifies requirements for use in class 1-4 waters, but does not apply to helmets in extreme white water situations (such as waterfall jumping.)

The most common head injury in these sports occurs when a person strikes an underwater object after capsizing and hits the frontal or forehead area or the side of the eye socket. As with any helmet used for head protection, energy is absorbed during impact which aids in minimizing forces sustained to the head – but quality of the helmet is important to help reduce this impact force.

In The News: Bicycle Helmet Safety

The popular TV show Good Morning America recently featured an investigative story about bicycle helmets, highlighting the prevalence of counterfeit helmets and the importance of buying helmets from known, reputable suppliers. Click here to watch the segment.