Denver, Colo. (July 21, 2014) – Fishpond, inc. continually trailblazes within the fly fishing industry with its own innovative bags, packs, luggage, accessories and more. To continue that trend, fishpond is partnering with Chaco and VOORMI, two respected outdoor manufacturers, on product collaborations to bring a broader selection of performance products to anglers.
Well-known footwear brand Chaco, makes sandals that are perfectly at home on the water, so for anglers looking for footwear to wet wade or wear while boating, fishpond brings the fishpond Chaco Flips (MSRP: $70) and fishpond Chaco Z/2 (MSRP: $110) to the fly fishing market. These technical sandals feature Vibram® Megagrip non-marking outsoles for incredible grip on both wet and dry terrain, durable jacquard webbing (with customizable adjustment on the Z/2) and Chaco’s LUVSEAT™ footbed for support and comfort for long days on the water.
“To make this collaboration even more meaningful, with each pair of fishpond Chaco Flips or Chaco Z/2 sold, $2.50 and $5, respectively, will be donated to the Western Rivers Conservancy (WRC),” adds fishpond’s Ben Kurtz. “WRC protects river ecosystems on over 50 western streams by acquiring critical habitat and providing public access for long-term conservation management, so river fiends like us see this partnership as a great benefit to the rivers and streams we love.”
“We are delighted to partner with fishpond, the premier gear brand in the fly fishing space, to share our products with the passionate outdoorsman who understand the value of thoughtful and purposeful products and to support the effort to preserve America’s rivers,” notes Chip Coe, Chaco general manager.
The fishpond VOORMI collaboration introduces anglers to apparel fit for those looking for remote access fly fishing adventures. Made in the United States exclusively from ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGHCOUNTRY MERINO, the SURFACE HARDENED™ Thermal Wool in the Men’s Access Pullover (MSRP: $199.95) and Men’s and Women’s High-E Hoodie (MSRP: $229.95), combines dialed thermal performance with a rugged water repellant outer surface for exceptional technical pieces.
“This place we call home has become a mecca for outdoor living, a commitment to craft and the spirit of collaboration, so partnering with another Colorado company makes perfect sense for fishpond,” comments fishpond founder John Le Coq.
“For anybody who’s ever lived in a small mountain town, the idea of hanging up the skis in April to follow the river in spring is a very natural thing,” notes Dan English, VOORMI’s CEO. “This project is not only exciting for us in terms of following that natural migration but also in terms of laying the infrastructure for future collaborations down the road. VOORMI CO-LAB, we believe, is a completely different way to think about building best in class products outside of our core markets. We’re extremely excited to see where that can go.”
The Chaco sandals will be available March 1, 2015 and the VOORMI apparel pieces will be available November 1, 2014.
Fishpond is a worldwide brand of products designed and manufactured for fishing and outdoor enthusiasts. Fishpond was created with the philosophy that innovation, design and a responsibility towards the environment from which we draw our inspiration is critical to our success.