BOATING PRODUCTS & ACCESSORIES
Mercury MerCruiser’s newest 8.2-liter marine propulsion engine boasts more power, better mid-range acceleration, lower emissions and superior fuel efficiency than previous models. The naturally aspirated big block features high-performance aluminum cylinders heads and improved access to service points and connections to simplify installation and maintenance. The 8.2-liter engine will deliver 380 hp and its HO model will deliver 430 hp. http://www.mercurymarine.com/engines/index.php.
FISHING PRODUCTS & ACCESSORIES
Fishing equipment manufacturer Frabill has introduced three new pop-up ice fishing shelters: the Frontier, the Outpost and the Headquarters. The smallest accommodates two anglers plus gear and the largest is roomy enough for six anglers plus gear. The black cube-shaped shelters feature anchoring kits, convenient backpack-style tote bags and Frabill’s exclusive MaxVent energy-efficient insulation. http://www.frabill.com.
Clam Corporation announces the release of five new ice fishing pop-up portable shelters as well as several new accessories and rods. Two new shelter models feature hard-sided floors, an industry first. Clam Corp.’s new Sled Pulling Harnesses, heated seat covers and LED light and fan combos add comfort and convenience to the ice fishing experience while reeling in fish on rods developed by ice fishing pioneer Dave Genz. http://www.clamcorp.com.
Plano Molding Company
Plano Molding Company is unveiling nearly 20 new tackle storage systems for its 2010 line. New products vary in size and design, covering everything from flexible soft packs to Plano’s Liqua-Bait Locker system, the recipient of a “Best of Show” award in the 2009 International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades show in Orlando, Fl. The locker system, comprised of several coordinating elements, is designed to keep fishing bait fresh and tackle boxes and boats odor-free with the help of a leak-proof and airtight Dri-Loc O-ring seal. It features coordinating elements that can be customized to create an efficient and personalized system. Also new is the 4430 Kayak Vest with zip off waist pack. Most of the new products are already available or will be in November. http://www.planomolding.com/tackle.
OUTDOOR GEAR, CLOTHING & PRODUCTS
Buck Knives announces the development of its newest assisted deployment knife, the QuickFire. Its dual springs provide “quick-firing” one-handed ambidextrous blade deployment and its strong mid-lock system offers durable locking strength, open or closed. The 2-3/4” drop-point blade is available in partially serrated or non-serrated models and features Buck’s 420 HC (high carbon) steel and a stainless steel belt/pocket clip. http://www.buckknives.com. ◊