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In HIKO, we care about our environmental footprint. We constantly search for greener alternatives to conventional materials and technologies and select partners who can deliver on our commitment. This is why we are thrilled to introduce E.prene into our portfolio of neoprene products. E.prene is an evolution of neoprene towards sustainability and superior performance. It is not a final solution, it is a journey with milestones worth celebrating. These are the main ones:    Limestone replaced Petroleum This was the first step towards cleaner rubber. Chloroprene is the main neoprene compound and it used to be obtained exclusively from petroleum....

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Skardu is a town with a population of 30.000, located at an altitude of 2,500 metres, north in the otherwise densely populated country of Pakistan (208 mill people). This strange town is squeezed in between the Himalayas and the Karakoram Mountain ranges, and the surrounding area has the world’s highest density of 7 and 8 thousand-meter peaks, with 82 peaks above 7000-meters. My office lies in Voss, a town in Norway, located west, about 50 meters above sea level. The highest peak visible from my desk is 1500 meters, and even though the town is squeezed in between UNESCO world...

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The global fight against COVID 19 seriously impacted Hiko operations as well. Due to quarantine policies and isolations measures in pretty much all Europe rafting companies and specialized equipment stores were forced to close. Our family business has been cut off from key customers who were forced to cancel all their orders. Together with many other factories we stand in front of a big challenge – to secure work for our people in times when paddling gear is on a bottom of a shopping list. It was early March when Natalie brought the idea to produce face masks to her...

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        Jackpot's Slim Shift Upgrade Jackpot's Slim Shift is a modification of the current racing PFD – Jackpot. The front chest panel with original thickness of 22mm has been replaced with foam only 7mm thin. The profile of the vest therefore has been significantly reduced giving the racer room for even tighter gate clearance. Season is almost here (or should have been) and we are coming up with a new version of Jackpot. Slalom paddlers around the world are right to ask questions: “Why didn’t you tell me earlier?” The answer is – “We are telling you...

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