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Hundreds are refurbishing the ol' pop-up
and going camping. Sales of new RVs had
the best July in decades. Our sales will
probably stay up for the foreseeable future."
The company's biggest challenge now
is finding skilled, trainable workers. This
is especially imperative since, thanks to
the pandemic inspiring more RV use,
Grambsch believes the outdoor recreation
market will only grow, saying that he's
sensing a lot of optimism from those in
his RV industry network.

ABOVE: Launched this spring, the
NEMO Quasar™ 3D Series sleeping
pads, designed to balance weight
and strength, are constructed with
30-denier ripstop. The polyester yarns
used in the pads are 100 percent
recycled and the dyeing process is
bluesign® certified.
BELOW: The fabric used in NEMO's
Dragonfly Bikepack tents meets the
CGSB-182.1 requirements and uses no
added chemicals for flame resistance,
enabling the company to offer a
cleaner product without compromising
performance. Photos: NEMO
Equipment Inc.

GEARING UP
Contrary to what many businesses
experienced during the COVID-19
shutdown, demand for NEMO Equipment
Inc.'s products "skyrocketed," requiring it
to triple production, says Noah Pitchforth,
vice president of product for the Dover,
N.H., manufacturer of outdoor gear.
More people are heading outdoors,
Pitchforth explains, perceiving this as
a safer place to gather while still staying
socially distanced. As such, he says, trail

usage and national park visitations
are "up across the board."
NEMO offers tents, sleeping bags
and pads, furniture and camping
accessories. The wholesale brand sells
to outdoor specialty retailers and directly
to individual users. Products include its
fully waterproof backpacking tents ranging
from 7-to 68-denier yarns with fabric
coatings of either polyurethane
or a silicone/polyurethane mixture.
NEMO sleeping bags combine
lightweight 20- and 30-denier polyester
and nylon fabrics. Ripstops with a Ciré
finish for durability comprise the shell
fabrics with a waterproof/breathable fabric
at the head and foot of the down bags to
ward off condensation.
"Our liner fabrics are selected for their
soft buttery hand feel, typically found
with taffeta weaves," says Pitchforth. "And
across the line we are pushing as hard as we
can for 100 percent postconsumer recycled
and bluesign® materials."
Two new items he's excited about
include the Aurora™ and Dragonfly™
bikepack tents made with fabrics that
meet CGSB-182.1 requirements without
using added chemicals for flame resistance,
resulting in a cleaner product that doesn't
compromise performance.
Then there's the Quasar™ 3D series
sleeping pads. Poised to launch in spring
2021, the 30-denier ripstop pads balance
weight and strength with a soft hand.
Additionally, the polyester yarns are 100
percent recycled with bluesign-certified
dyeing process.
Pitchforth says along with durability
and dependability, the company and its
customers value recycled options, water
repellency, water resistance, abrasion
resistance, colorfastness, flame resistance
and tear strength.
"For 2022, we're adding a focus on
water absorption, fabric stretch, tensile
strength and changing the way we evaluate
water repellency and coating degradation,"

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