1.3.2013 - Ultimate Outdoors with Wayne Pearson teams up with Onyx for 2013


Posted by Outfitters Newswire on 1/3/2013

Ray City, GA, January 2, 2013 - The longest continually running show in outdoor television, Ultimate Outdoors with Wayne Pearson, is proud to announce a new 2013 sponsorship signing for their popular television show. Ultimate Outdoors on Outdoor Channel, Saturdays at 8:00pm EST beginning January 5th. Filmed, edited and produced by award winning W.P. Productions (2008 Golden Moose Award, two 2012 Telly Awards), this season is sure to feature something for everyone, ranging from trophy big game to fishing, and every fin, fur and feather in between. The 2013 season will not only be jam packed with hunting and fishing action, but also a collection of tips from legend of the outdoors, Wayne Pearson, to ensure the viewer's next trip into the great outdoors will be a successful one.

Onyx, a brand under the umbrella of Absolute Outdoor, Inc., joins the sponsor lineup for 2013, which includes long time sponsors Southern Company and Outfitter Tuff, as well as Outdoor Channel Outfitters, Goey Hunting Calls and Matador Ranch who are also back for the new season.

"We are absolutely thrilled to sign on for the 2013 season of the Ultimate Outdoors television show.   Our Onyx brand offers top-quality, unique, and functional products to add to people's enjoyment in the outdoors, so sponsoring this show is a perfect fit," states Mary Snyder, VP of Marketing at Absolute Outdoor, Inc.  "Wayne Pearson's expertise and passion for hunting, fishing, and his love of the outdoors will benefit us as we grow our outdoor recreation categories."

Established in January 2009, Absolute Outdoor, Inc. is a global water sports, outdoor recreation, and marine products company offering new technologies and innovation to the sporting goods and marine markets. Brands under the Absolute Outdoor umbrella include FULL THROTTLE and ONYX. The company also specializes in the ARCTICSHIELD and X-SYSTEM technologies.

For more information about Ultimate Outdoors, visit

For more information about Onyx, visit



SAUK RAPIDS, MINNESOTA:   For Immediate Release

Absolute Outdoor, Inc. announces its office relocation from St. Cloud, Minnesota, to the Franklin Office Center, located in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. The move is necessitated by an expanding market share and to accommodate growth initiatives over the next few years. 

"We outgrew our previous site, and the new office location will provide us the needed space to accommodate our company's continued growth and future expansion, states Dave Cook, Executive VP and General Manager at Absolute Outdoor, Inc.   

Effective January 4, 2012, the new office address will be:

Absolute Outdoor, Inc.
1209 Franklin Avenue NE
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

All phones and fax numbers will remain the same:

Tel: 320.252.2056
Fax: 320.252.2160

About Absolute Outdoor:  

Established in January 2009, Absolute Outdoor, Inc. is a global water sports, outdoor recreation, and marine products company offering new technologies and innovation to the sporting goods and marine markets. Brands under the Absolute Outdoor umbrella include FULL THROTTLE and ONYX. The company also specializes in the ARCTICSHIELD and X-SYSTEM technologies. 

For more information contact Mary Snyder at or call 320.252.2056, Ext.103.



San Antonio, Texas - Careco TV announced today that Onyx, a leading brand of outdoor recreation products, will be the official Personal Flotation Device (PFD) of the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series. Onyx will provide a PFD for every angler competing in the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship event and the student anglers will wear the devices throughout both days of competition.

Onyx offers unique and innovative, top quality products that add to the enjoyment of being in, on, or around the water. Their reliable, dependable and trustworthy gear helps outdoor enthusiasts enjoy their time outdoors, and keep them there longer.

"As a water safety company promoting life jacket wear, we are proud to partner with the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series," said Mary Snyder, VP Marketing Absolute Outdoor. "With comfort and security in mind, Onyx inflatable life jackets will meet all the needs for an enjoyable day on the water, and provide the safety necessary for the collegiate anglers as they compete for the national championship title. The inflatable PFDs are compact, lightweight, cooler, and less bulky. The anglers won't even know they have it on - until they may need it."

"Wearing a quality PFD while on the water simply makes good sense," commented Wade Middleton, Tournament Director. "As a partner focused on cultivating the next generation of anglers and promoting safety on the water, we're excited to welcome Onyx aboard."

About Absolute Outdoor
Absolute Outdoor, Inc. specializes in bringing market leading innovation to the sporting goods, outdoor and marine markets. Located in St. Cloud, Minnesota, the sales & marketing company became officially established in January, 2009 and offers the FULL THROTTLE water sports and ONYX outdoor recreation brands for today's active lifestyles.

For more information, visit Onyx or The Fishing Wire.



Shawn Vallandingham and Ryan Tiernan will team up to compete among the top anglers in the country and they will be right at home.   These guys won't be intimidated and stand ready to show everyone that boys from Georgia know how to catch those coastal fish as good as anyone.

When the 2011 Academy Sports + Outdoors HT Professional Redfish Series kicks off in March, these 2 guys will be right in the big middle of it.  Competing against the best is nothing new to this team and neither is representing their sponsors and families in a professional manner.

The title sponsor for this team is Lake and Bay boats, one of the fastest yet stable rides available today.  Be sure and follow this team as the season progresses. 

We are Shawn Vallandingham and Ryan Tiernan, two inshore anglers from Leesburg, GA that are dedicated to the sport of Redfishing. Our goal is to one day become the top Redfishing team in the country, while promoting ourselves, sponsors and the tour with dedication, pride and integrity.

This team is 1 of just 2 from the south that qualified to compete. Their passion is known because this team fishes fifteen to  twenty events a year. These guys are all over the place. If your looking to sponsor a team, you can't go wrong with this team. They have strong support back home in GA.

Team Lake and Bay Sponsors: Onyx Outdoor, Evinrude, BT's Welding Services, Titusville FL, Locos Grill & Pub, Albany GA, Kelly Price State Farm Ins, Leesburg, GA, Ga Steel Buildings, Leesburg, GA South Ga Heating & Cooling Leesburg, Ga., Four Twelve Designs Boat Wraps, Breathe Like A Fish, Pro Cure Scents, Ga Foam Solutions and Z-Man baits. 

Visit and follow this team throughout the year.




National Commodore Nicholas Kerigan opened the 2010 Coast Guard Auxiliary National Conference at Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, AZ, held August 26-29, where the theme of the conference was "Leadership, Performance, and Readiness". Approximately 700 auxiliary members and active-duty Coast Guard men and women were in attendance throughout the week.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the largest volunteer marine safety organization in the world. It has been in existence for more than sixty years. Their motto is "A Proud Tradition, A Worthy Mission". The organization has grown to more than 30,000 members in the United States and its territories.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary members, all civilian volunteers, train as boat coxswains, boat crew members, aircraft pilots and observers, radio operators, cooks and in other roles to support the many various missions of the Coast Guard.

In addition, the Auxiliarists participate in public education of boating safety, operations, and vessel examination. The public education program trains tens of thousands of boaters yearly in seamanship, piloting, rules of the road, and weather are just some of the topics. They conduct search and rescue missions in their own boats and support Coast Guard missions. 

In 2009, Auxiliary efforts resulted in 256 lives being saved, 4,351 persons being assisted, and $29.6 million dollars in property being saved. The Auxiliary fields over 5,000 watercraft and 200 aircraft and mans more than 2,641 radio stations throughout the United States.

Absolute Outdoor personnel were in attendance at the Conference to display the KENT Commercial life jackets, in addition to ONYX boating and outdoor recreation products.  

For more information, please contact Mary Snyder at msnyder@absoluteoutdoorinc or 320.252.2056 x103.




For immediate release, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Absolute Outdoor, Inc. announces they have entered into a long term license agreement with ARC Outdoors, to obtain their cold weather, anti-odor and other related nanotechnology.  This will allow for future expansion into the outdoor apparel, outerwear & accessories markets. 

ARC Outdoors, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma was founded in 1988 to provide outdoorsmen with apparel that allows them to remain warm and comfortable while in the outdoors in almost any climate.  ArcticShield patented technology utilizes a thin, multi-layered heat resistant thermal barrier that captures and returns over 90 percent of body heat.

To help solve the need for anti-odor technology in clothing, ARC also developed their X-System brand which offers silver based nanotechnology.  This technology is a cost effective alternative to carbon and has been accepted as the choice for anti-odor products for the outdoor market.

"We are very excited to acquire a patented technology that provides advanced solutions to the performance apparel market, states Dave Cook, Executive Vice President of Absolute Outdoor.   Since ArcticShield and X-System technology is currently primarily focused on the hunting market, this product extension will help expand our existing fall line of business and grow our Onyx brand of outdoor products.  We also welcome the knowledge and expertise that J.T. Griffin, President of ARC Outdoors will bring to our company. This will allow for additional new and innovative products we can offer to our sporting goods customers and the outdoor enthusiast".

Products constructed with the ArcticShield and X-System technology range from head to toe in accessories and outerwear; from jackets, pants, and bibs, to hats, gloves, boot insulators, and base layer systems offered in a wide range of colors and sizes. 

J.T. Griffin, ARC President, adds "we have been privileged to bring technical solutions to the outdoor industry for over ten years and feel equally as privileged to partner with Absolute Outdoor.  Their distribution platform and infrastructure will allow broader product offerings and additional channels to reach end users with the patented ArcticShield and X-System technology.  We look forward to expanding these technologies to a broad spectrum of outdoor customers and consumers under Absolute Outdoor and their Onyx brand, which compliments their branding strategy of "Keeping you there".

For more information, visit Absolute Outdoor, Inc., at or ARC Outdoors at   For further details, call 877.252.2056 x103.

ABSOLUTE OUTDOOR specializes in bringing industry leading, innovative products to the outdoor, sporting goods, and marine markets.   Brands under the Absolute Outdoor umbrella include FULL THROTTLE water sports and ONYX outdoor recreation brands.



February 2, 2010 - St. Cloud, MN - The FULL THROTTLE® water sports brand was presented with a Gold Award at the recent ADDY® Awards competition held Saturday, January 30, 2010 in St. Cloud, MN.

The ADDY® Award was presented to Absolute Outdoor for its Point-of-Purchase Campaign.  The campaign included product promotion in the areas of packaging, hang tags, and header cards for the Full Throttle® brand.

Full Throttle® is an action water sports brand under Absolute Outdoor, Inc. based in St. Cloud, Minnesota.   The Full Throttle brand consists of water related gear such as life jackets for boating, skiing and tubing, towable tubes, pumps, water sports rope, water skis, wakeboards, kneeboards, gloves and wetsuits.

Mary Snyder, VP of Marketing states: "We are very excited to win this award and be recognized as having award-winning packaging which offers a consistent look at the shelf that uses bright, bold colors and photography to showcase what the product does.   Our art department does an incredible job depicting our branding message and keeps a cohesive look across our entire product line packaging and collateral materials."  

The American Advertising Federation Central Minnesota is one of 200 local member advertising clubs that participate in the ADDY® Awards competition.   This is the first tier of the competition and winning entries will now move on to a district competition to be judged in March.   Those winners will go on to the national competition held in June.


11.13.2009 - COMFORT, SAFETY, CONFIDENCE, STYLE  -  All the benefits packed into Onyx Inflatable Life Jackets


St. Cloud, Minnesota (November, 2009)

To be effective, personal flotation devices (life jackets) should not hinder the user's enjoyment, whatever water activity they are participating in. Greater attention has been given to the comfort and style of life jackets, helping to promote wear and increase use. Wearing a life jacket should almost become second nature, just like wearing your seatbelt.

Onyx, the outdoor recreation brand from Absolute Outdoor, introduces their new line of inflatable life jackets that provide comfort, safety, and peace of mind for the sportsman, recreational boater, or flat water paddler. The Onyx Manual and Automatic/Manual stole designs, along with belt pack PFDs, will provide the look and confidence you want on the water with a fit that will have you forgetting you have it on, until you may need it.

The Onyx M-24 Manual Life Jacket provides manual or oral inflation (by pulling the inflation handle or blowing air into the oral tube. It offers a lightweight, comfortable, slender design to keep you cool in warm temperatures, and will not limit your movement. The M-24 features a soft, neoprene collar for all day comfort and reflective piping for greater visibility.

The Onyx A/M-24 Automatic/Manual Life Jacket automatically inflates upon immersion in water or when the wearer pulls the inflation handle. This lightweight, low profile life jacket doesn't restrict your movement, and the durable rip stop fabric resists tears and punctures. It also has reflective piping for visibility and a soft, comfortable neoprene collar.

For ultimate range of motion and compact design, the Onyx M-24 Belt Pack style allows for total freedom of movement and will be the most comfortable PFD you will ever wear. This life jacket fits around your waist, is worn towards the front, and will not hinder movement while casting, paddling, or operating your boat. It inflates by manual activation or oral inflation and includes a zippered pocket for the convenient storage of keys, cell phone, license, etc.

The complete line of Onyx Inflatable Life Jackets allow for total freedom of movement while fishing, wading, flat water paddling, sailing, recreational boating, and hunting. Available in Universal size and not approved for children under 16 years of age. Colors include Red, Navy, and Advantage® Max-4™ Camouflage.

Log on to to see our full line of products and view our instructional video.
For more information contact us at: or call 877.252.2056.


09.21.2009 - It Only Works If You Wear It - Boat Smart, Wear Your Life Jacket

Nine out of ten drownings occur in inland waters, most within a few feet of safety and involving boats under 20 feet long.  Most drowning victims had a life jacket available, but chose not to wear it.

Boaters think they will have time to prepare for an accident, time to grab a life jacket and put it on.  In reality, there often is no time.  And once you're in the water, it may be too late.  The fact is it only takes 60 seconds for an adult to drown, and 20 seconds for a child to drown.

Life jacket technology has come a long way - the bulky, ugly, old orange life jacket is a thing of the past. The new designs provide flexible panels, extra large armholes, a shaped fit, multiple pocket options, and more comfortable materials.

Absolute Outdoor wants to make sure you are fully prepared with a proper-fitting and comfortable life jacket when you go out on the water.  Our Full Throttle and Onyx branded products will provide the comfort, safety, and reliability you need while boating, tubing, skiing, fishing, hunting, or paddling.  Visit our websites to learn more.


09.10.2009 - Onyx Partners with Mark Davis and Big Water Adventures


ONYX, the newly launched outdoor recreation brand from Absolute Outdoor, Inc., announces their joint partnership with Mark Davis, on-water host of Big Water Adventures TV program, airing on The Outdoor Channel.

Absolute Outdoor is based in St. Cloud, Minnesota and specializes in delivering leading innovation to the sporting goods, outdoor, and marine markets.  Products currently available under the Onyx brand are fishing and hunting life jackets, rainwear, and CO2 activated inflatable life jackets or personal flotation devices (PFDs).

"Our Onyx brand offers top-quality, unique, and functional products to add to people's enjoyment on the water, so having Mark as our spokesperson is a perfect fit," states Mary Snyder, VP of Marketing at Absolute Outdoor.  His expertise and passion for fishing and his love for the outdoors will benefit us as we grow our outdoor recreation categories. Since he fishes and hunts all over the world, we will gain global exposure for our Onyx products and brand - we are very excited to be partnering with him."

"I was absolutely thrilled when Absolute Outdoor company signed on for the 2010 season of Big Water Adventures, says Mark Davis, TV Host.  In the time I have been working with them, I know they LIVE to design the best products in every category they enter.  The new Onyx products they are debuting are tailored to the avid angler with not only durability, value, and comfort, but most importantly...FUNCTION.  I am very excited to be a part of the first year launch of the Onyx brand.  I will be utilizing these products in upcoming TV episodes in locations from Alaska to Costa Rica."

Part of the sponsorship will include a "30 seconds that could save your life" segment integrated into the Big Water Adventures show.  This will feature products and tips that address on-the-water situations, be it life jacket use or the proper rainwear for foul weather conditions.

For additional information, contact Absolute Outdoor, Inc. at: phone - 877.252.2056, e-mail -, or visit us online at or

To learn more about the Big Water Adventures TV program and show schedule, visit


09.01.2009 - Absolute Outdoor parent company, Kent Sporting Goods Company, Inc. Teams up with BoatUS Foundation on Life Jacket Loaner Program

Every parent knows that kids love to swim and play around in the water, whether a pool, the beach, or at the lake.  It's great fun and also good exercise, but it can be more dangerous than most people think. Accidental drowning is the second leading cause of death, behind motor vehicle accidents, among children ages 1-14, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This is one of the reasons Kent Sporting Goods Company teamed up with BoatUS Foundation in their Life Jacket Loaner Program.   This program lends out childen's life jackets for the day or weekend to families who have a temporary need for one.   Infant, Child, and Youth sizes are available to fit most children.   According to Ruth Wood, President of BoatUS Foundation, life jackets are loaned out 90,000 times each year.    "We know this popular program saves kids' lives and keeps boating families safe", adds Wood.

Quality supervision is also essential for keeping kids safe around water.  A recent survey by Harris Interactive found that 88% of children were under some form of supervision when they drowned. 

"We have done research that indicates children whose parents wear life jackets around water are more likely to wear one themselves", says Jen Medeairs Costello of the National Safe Kids Campaign.  That group and the U.S. Coast Guard strongly recommend adults always wear life jackets to keep themselves safe and to demonstrate safe behavior to their children.

Kent Sporting Goods Company recommends selecting the right personal flotation device (PFD) for your child begins with weighing them and measuring their chest size under their arms.  Other guidelines include:

Trying the life jacket on the child in the store to be sure it fits snugly.  Test it by lifting the child up by the shoulders of the PFD to make sure it will not slip over the chin or ears.

If the child does not swim, parents may want to choose a Type II PFD, which helps keep the child's face out of the water.  Children often have difficulty floating face up because of their weight distribution and their tendency to struggle or attempt to climb out of the water.

Leg straps are particularly important on children's life jackets, as they keep the product in place.  They should be used whenever the life jacket is worn.

If you'd like more information on the Life Jacket Loaner Program, please contact BoatUS Foundation:

For more water safety tips or additional information, please contact Kent Sporting Goods Company:

04.08.2009 - Absolute Outdoor launches new website -

Established January 1, 2009, Absolute Outdoor, Inc. Is a global water sports, outdoor, and marine products company offering new technology and innovation to encourage and enhance the fun, excitement, adventure and trust of spending time on the water or in the outdoors.  Brands included under the Absolute Outdoor umbrella are:  Full Throttle – action water sports; and Onyx – outdoor and marine.  Absolute Outdoor is affiliated with Kent Sporting Goods Company, a New London, Ohio based company specializing in a multi-brand portfolio of water sports and marine products.

04.08.2009 - Full Throttle launches new website -

Stock up on all the gear needed for an active, fun-filled day on the water with our newly launched web site –

Developed for the high energy water sports enthusiast,  the FULL THROTTLE  brand includes life jackets designed to fit all ages from infants to adults in both men’s and women’s styles, in addition to boat cushions and pet vests for added safety on the water.  Our towable tubes are for those that live on the edge and want to go through life at full throttle.  We offer traditional round tubes in various sizes in addition to D-shaped tubes.

Whether your first time on the water, or if you are a seasoned veteran, we have skis in trainer, junior, and traditional combos, in addition to wakeboards and kneeboards for the energy addicts in all of us.   We offer ski bridles and ropes for these FULL THROTTLE water skis, towable tubes, wakeboards, and kneeboards.

Check out our site for some great products and gear to get you on the water faster.

04.08.2009 - Absolute Outdoor parent company, Kent Sporting Goods Company, Inc. launches new website -

Kent Sporting Goods Company is pleased to announce the launch of our new corporate web site promoting our multi-branded product lines in the water sports, marine, and outdoor industries.

Founded in 1959, Kent has a long-standing tradition and proven track record as the leader in marine distribution and personal flotation device business.  KENT serves as the corporate company for a broad spectrum of water sports, marine, and outdoor branded companies.  Brands under the KENT broad multi-brand portfolio include Connelly, HO Sports, O’Brien, WakeKite, Liquid Force, Kidder, ShadowBox, Full Throttle and Onyx.

Kent is based in New London, Ohio and celebrates 50+ years in the industry.


Enjoy your next family water adventure with the FLEX-BACK water sports lifejackets from FULL THROTTLE, the brand that fuels your passion for fun on the water and allows you to stay on the water longer.

The FULL THROTTLE vests feature a “Flex-Back” insert on the back of the vest which provides a stretchable material to allow for easier maneuverability on the water and an improved fit.  This special material is constructed of a Smooth-Span fabric that stretches like spandex.  

This family of vests also features the NEW! “Rapid-Dry” technology on the vest outershell.   The Rapid-Dry Technology (RDT) is developed to look and feel like neoprene, but actually dries quicker, is lighter weight, and contains no VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) to make this family of vests more environmentally friendly to produce than neoprene.    

The FLEX-BACK RAPID-DRY family of vests includes sizes for infants (under 30 lbs.); Child (30-50 lbs.); Youth (50-90 lbs.) and both Ladies’ and Men’s life jackets ranging from XS-3XL.    Available in Red/Black and Aqua/Black, your family will look cool and stylish on the water with these new life jackets from FULL THROTTLE.

For more information, contact Mary Snyder at Absolute Outdoor, Inc: 320.252.2056x103, or


02.01.2009 - Absolute Outdoor unveils Onyx brand


FULL THROTTLE products target avid water sports enthusiasts of all ages and fuels your passion for water recreation activities.  The brand offers new technology, innovation, and adventure to provide for a great on-water experience and augment your active lifestyle.

The products that make up this brand are water sports flotation, tubes, wakeboards, kneeboards, and water sports rope.   

Developed for the high energy water sports enthusiast, FULL THROTTLE life jackets are designed to fit all ages from infants to adults in both men’s and women’s styles.  We have boat cushions and pet vests available too for added safety on the water.  Our towable tubes are for those that live on the edge and want to go through life at full throttle.  We offer traditional round tubes in various sizes in addition to D-shaped tubes.

Whether your first time on the water, or if you are a seasoned veteran, we have water skis in trainer, junior, and traditional combos, in addition to wakeboards and kneeboards for the energy addicts in all of us.  To round out the line, we offer ski bridles and ropes for our FULL THROTTLE water skis, towable tubes, wakeboards, and kneeboards.

The cutting edge, pedal to the metal, edgy, adventurous, adrenaline-pumping FULL THROTTLE range of products are for the beginner to avid water sports enthusiast of all ages, seeking a new, innovative brand for their active water adventure.  GET IN OUR GEAR…GO FULL THROTTLE.

Available at your nearest sporting goods or marine store, or online at


01.01.2009 - Absolute Outdoor, Inc. officially established


After a full day at the track, hit the water and relax in style with the NASCAR®, #88 Dale Jr., or #24 Jeff Gordon water recreation products.  Featuring everything from towable tubes, inflatable coolers, inflatable floating chairs, and life jackets for your entire family of NASCAR® fans.

CHILDREN’S NASCAR® LIFE JACKETS - Our U.S. Coast Guard approved NASCAR® children’s nylon life jackets are specially designed for the junior water sport enthusiast.  These vests feature 200 denier nylon fabric, quick release buckles, and adjustable belts for a secure fit.  Available in Infant, Child, and Youth sizes.

DALE JR. and JEFF GORDON FAMILY OF NYLON & NEOPRENE LIFE JACKETS - Designed for the family who is looking for style, comfort, and dependability the Dale Jr. and Jeff Gordon water sports life jackets will keep everyone on the water longer while providing a safe and trusted on-water experience.  A great look for the entire family, these vests are available in the signature Dale Jr. Green/White/Black and Jeff Gordon Yellow/Red/Black color combinations and range in sizes from Infant, Child, Youth to adult X-Small – 3X-Large.

To round out your family fun adventure, don’t forget to check out the towable tubes – available in 52”, 56”, or 80”  round tubes, or 60” D-shaped tube, our 36” inflatable lounge chairs featuring 2 cup holders, and the 24 quart cooler holding 18 beverages and complete with a lanyard link to attach to our inflatable tubes and chairs for a relaxing day on the water.

So “start your engines” and “go full throttle” with these NEW! NASCAR® products available for purchase on our Full Throttle web site at: