Point 65 Sweden acquires Boblbee: A line of backpacks developed to protect your gear


Point 65 Sweden
acquires Boblbee.

Point 65 Sweden has acquired iconic, Swedish, backpack and bag producer, Boblbee and is re-launching the awesome product line under the Point 65 Sweden brand.

Richard Ohman, Founder of Point 65 Sweden:
“We are following our original strategy, to branch out beyond paddle sports and enter the general Outdoor world. Boblbee is the perfect vehicle to take the first step in realizing our vision. These are truly unique products with super cool design, outstanding quality, engineering, and attention to detail. There is nothing else like these packs out there”.

Management has been merged and manufacturing consolidated with Point 65’s. Boblbee’s current distribution network will be integrated with Point 65’s, making the products globally available.

Point 65 Packs boast the best back protection in the world. Germany´s technical inspection association, TÜV, rates these packs higher than any purpose-made back protection.

Also the best gear protection. The Point 65 packs not only protect your back —your gear and electronics are also safe.
Laptops, tablets, cameras, and other valuables are secure in your Point 65 packs. The packs can survive your worst wipe out, cycle crash and withstand being driven over by a car, leaving your laptop intact.

The packs are ergonomically sound. The comfortable back piece continues all the way to the end of the lower back while the center of gravity is kept high. This makes for a pack that is exceptionally easy to carry even with a heavy load.

The products are mainly targeted for everyday use like going to work or school, shopping, travelling etc. They are super cool, extremely comfortable and you never have to worry about your electronics getting banged around while moving through airports, subways, and crowds.
The lightweight packs are great when exploring the outdoors and down right genius for action sports or cycling.

The Point 65 website http://www.point65.com will launch a pack & bag section spring 2015. Until then please refer to http://www.boblbee.com.

About Point 65 Sweden
Point 65 Sweden, an innovative outdoor company with unique products within paddle sports and packs.
Point 65 Kayaks Sweden is the leading paddle sports brand in Northern Europe and one of the fastest growing kayak companies in the world. Point 65 Kayaks offers a wide range of kayaks and SUP’s, accessories such as paddles and PFD’s and is the company behind the market changing modular kayaks Tequila!, Martini, Mercury and Apollo kayaks as well as the modular stand up paddle board (SUP) the Rum Runner.
Point 65 Packs Sweden is the company behind the stylish and innovative hard shell packs known for their back and gear protection capabilities, outstanding quality and ergonomically superior carrying comfort.

Point 65 Sweden
Karlbergs strand 4, 171 73 Solna, Sweden | Phone +46 8-663 01 06 | e-mail: mail@point65.se

English: Modern sea kayak in west Wales

English: Modern sea kayak in west Wales (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Down River Spring Boat Swap and Grand Re-Opening



Spring Boat Swap & Grand Re-Opening

Friday, April 4 – 10am-5-pm, Saturday, April 5 – 10am-5pm, Sunday, April 6 – 10am-3pm

WIN a Raft!By entering ourDaily Gear Raffle

Get 1 raffle ticket for every $100 you spend

during the sale.

Adventure 095 (green) $1,895.00 Value


Grand Prize Winner

takes it home!

A Must Have Accessory!
barrel pump 125
4″ Barrell Pump $189.95 Value
One given away each day during ourGear Raffle
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$50.00Gift Certificate

One given away each day during our Gear Raffle


We’ll also be raffling off lots ofaccessories each day so hope to see you here!Must be present to win. Sorry, no substitutions. See contest desk during event for details.
While you’re here …don’t forget to check out Our NEW Clearance Center


2NDs and Demos from

Sawyer Paddles & Oars

GRAND RE-OPENINGDown River Equipment is now employee owned. We invite you to join us in celebrating our first season together by taking advantage of Store Wide Discounts and our first ever Daily Gear Raffle.Most everything will be marked down 10-30% (limited to in stock items only & excludes frames and other accessories requiring shop labor.)

And don’t miss out on the chance to win gear and accessories daily throughout the swap. One ticket for each $100 in purchases will be entered for you into our daily raffle. Participants must be present to win.

This event will happen rain or shine so come prepared to take advantage of savings inside and out!


This bi-annual event is a great opportunity to upgrade your existing boat or affordably purchase your first inflatable. Our knowledgeable staff will be on hand to answer all your questions so you can purchase with confidence.

Boat Swap Info
If you plan to sell your boat in our swap,here’s what you need to know :

  • Drop off your boat by Wednesday, April 2nd between regular store hours – Monday-Friday 9:00am-6:00pm and Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm.
  • Only drop off your rubber (rafts, cat tubes, duckies or inflatable sport boats). You may sell additional items grouped into the price of the boat as a package (frame, oars, etc.), but please do not bring them. It’s a good idea to make an itemized list of things that are being sold with the boat and attach it. This way it’s clear to the buyer what they’re getting. (Pictures are great too!)
  • If your boat sells, you will receive a call from us. If you do not hear from us by Sunday afternoon, then we were unable to find your boat a new home and we will need you to pick up your boat by Sunday, April 6th between 2:00pm and 3:00pm.
  • You do not need to be present for your boat to sell.
  • If your boat sells you have the option to receive 100% In-Store credit, or we can cut you a check for 85% of the total selling amount.

A list of swap boats will be posted on our website www.downriverequip.com

Thursday night, April 3rd.

Hope to see you!Phil, Zach, Jason & The DRE CrewDown River Equipment Company


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Kayak rental shop found not liable in kayaking death

In a case with very conflicting facts, a Federal Jury has found a Hawaiian kayak rental company not guilty for the death of a kayak renter. The Star Bulletin reported in Company not guilty in Maui kayak deaththat the rental company was not liable for the death of a woman whose body has not been found.

Sea kayaking is a popular way to explore Keala...

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The claims of the husband were the kayak rental company should not have rented the kayaks to the couple because of small craft warnings. The company claimed the husband had rented kayaks twice before with no problems and they had told the husband to kayak close to shore where they would be protected by the winds.

The facts of the case were in dispute as to how the wife died. The husband claims they were swept out to see and she was attacked by a shark. However the life jacket that was found showed no bite marks and there was no other indication of problems.

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Large Jury Award in death of 9 year old Camper

A jury awarded $5 million dollars over the death of Sam Schubert when he was pinned under his canoe on a camp river trip. The Houston Chronicle reported the case in Trial in canoeing death of boy, 9, begins that the boy was at Camp Ozark and on a canoe trip when he was trapped in a strainer. The article pointed out the leader of the canoe trip was not certified in canoeing. The Injuryboard.com reported the jury awarded more than $5 million Summer Camp Found Negligent in Boy’s Death.

This is another example where marketing programs are creating lawsuits. The outdoor industry is running around madly attempting to get new business and at the same time hold itself out as safe. The word certification is touted as the end all be all of that issue. Here because the canoe trip leader was not certified, then the camp had to be at fault.

English: Canoeing on the Shenandoah River.

Image via Wikipedia


The American Canoe Association, ACA has been teaching canoeing for almost 100 years. They also teach people to teach canoeing. They call the people who pass its canoe teaching course as certified. They not offer certification for anything else. They do have courses in any other aspects of canoeing and kayaking, and they don’t certify anyone in those disciplines.

The trial in this case was appealed to the Texas Appellate Court NO. 14-02-00723-CV, Ozark Interests, Inc., d/b/a Camp Ozark and Ozark Boys Club, and R. Sam Torn, appellants v. Allen Schubert and Majorie Schubert, individually and on behalf of the Estate of Samuel Schubert, a minor, deceased, Appellees. However the appeal was dismissed because the case was settled. No additional information can be found, but usually this means the parties negotiated a deal, usually for less than the jury award.

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