Tag: Black Diamond

Summer OR 2017: Climbing Gear

Summer OR 2017: Climbing Gear

Finally, the one you’ve all been waiting for (sorry, took me a while to get all the details): climbing hardware! Not a lot of new announcements, but some very interesting and innovative new items coming our way. The Beal Escaper is of course the item everyone wants to know more […]

Summer OR 2017: Apparel

Summer OR 2017: Apparel

The biggest news of the show in apparel is Gore’s introduction of Active 2.0, a new version of the ultralight, ultra-breathable waterproof membrane. The new fabrics are approx. 20% lighter than the previous version, and will weigh in at 65 – 130 g/m2. This results in incredibly light apparel, and […]

Summer OR 2017: Packs

Summer OR 2017: Packs

Packs are by far my weakest spot when it comes to outdoor gear: I currently have 23 climbing specific packs, two massive 100L load-haulers and around six various duffel bags. And I can’t seem to get rid of any of them! So, needless to say, the pack companies displaying at […]

Summer OR 2017: Footwear

Summer OR 2017: Footwear

There is always a theme to every OR show and this summer it was decidedly rock shoes. La Sportiva added a whole bunch of women’s shoes, Scarpa’s got some cool lace-ups, Evolv is adding a couple to the line-up and Butora has a sweet, super-soft slipper. The big news, of […]

Winter 2017 OR – Apparel Report

Winter 2017 OR – Apparel Report

This year’s Winter Outdoor Retailer showcased a wide array of new pieces of apparel and gloves to examine and try on. I have broken down the show into new technologies or innovative pieces, major trends, then followed that up with gloves. The major trends I found over the show were in environmental […]

OR Summer 2015: Backpacks

OR Summer 2015: Backpacks

Keeping it in alphabetical order this time… nothing revolutionary, but some cool updates. Arc’teryx is updating their Cierzo lineup for 2016. New, tougher fabrics should be more tear and abrasion resistant while retaining the packs’ light weight (375g for the 18L, 550g for the 28L). A large, glove-friendly top closure […]

OR Summer 2015: Hardware

OR Summer 2015: Hardware

Somewhat surprisingly, not a lot of new hardware to report on from the show but what there was is very cool. So, without further ado, let’s start with the coolest product we found: Dry Ice The Kronos ice tool is the first T-rated CE-certified ice tool made from wood. Yup, […]

Field Tested Review: Black Diamond Torque Glove

Field Tested Review: Black Diamond Torque Glove

The Black Diamond Torque is marketed as a technical ice / dry tooling / mixed climbing glove ideal for climbing where dexterity and grip are key. I’ve been using my pair for 4 months and I’m quite pleased with them. They deliver exactly what they promise and are holding up really […]

OR Summer 2014: Hardware

OR Summer 2014: Hardware

There are some really cool products coming in Spring 2015. Please keep in mind I didn’t make it to every booth so these are just the major players. Items should be hitting store shelves around February. Arc’teryx’s harness line-up goes from 9 harnesses down to 5. All harnesses have redesigned […]

OR Summer 2014: Highlights

OR Summer 2014: Highlights

OR Summer 2014 is still going on but I’m already home due to a very tight schedule this summer. With only two days to spend on the show floor it was a whirlwind tour, but here are the highlights from the show. Full report coming later next week. For ease […]