Tag: Outdoor Retailer

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 […]

Winter 2017 OR Teaser

This January was my second run at OR, so I didn’t feel like a complete rookie, but I did still pick up on some of the do’s and don’ts of surviving those crazy few days. So as a semi-newbie, here are my top five best and worst things from OR, […]

OR Summer 2016: Footwear

OR Summer 2016: Footwear

Among the hundreds of pairs of trail runners, light hiking boots, various approach shoes, numerous rock climbing shoes and a few technical alpine boots, it’s two pairs of alpine boots that stood out: Zamberlan’s Eiger Lite GTX and Scarpa’s Zodiac Tech GTX. Interestingly, both fill a similar niche: a low-cut, […]

OR Summer 2016: Hardware

OR Summer 2016: Hardware

Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2016 wrapped up a couple weeks ago (I know, apologies for the delayed posts this year) and we’re kicking off the coverage with climbing hardware. By far and away the coolest and most impressive product is Maxim’s Platinum rope. The design interweaves the sheath with the […]

OR Winter 2016: Apparel & Gloves

OR Winter 2016: Apparel & Gloves

The three biggest trends in apparel for F16 that I can see are: more Polartec Alpha in everything, mid/outer layer ultra-breathable pieces, and every variation of down you can imagine, from eco-recycled hydro-phobic flourocarbon-free fills to ultra-high-loft non-treated stuff. So here we go, in alphabetical order: Adidas Ndosphere Flex Hooded Jacket uses […]

OR Winter 2016: Hardware & Packs

OR Winter 2016: Hardware & Packs

The biggest piece of news out of Winter OR 2016, for ice climbers anyway, is a new Petzl pick, designed specifically for ice climbing. The Pur’Ice bears a resemblance to the Cascade picks of old, but is T-rated and has all the necessary filing to fit the current hammers and other accessories. […]

OR Winter 2016: Footwear

OR Winter 2016: Footwear

Undoubtedly, the star of the show was Arc’teryx’s forthcoming Procline “Ski Alpinism” boot. Arc’teryx are quick to point out it’s not a ski-boot-that-climbs but a climbing-boot-that-skis and has been developed alongside the Acrux AR boot. Luckily, I am sample size so get to try these on. In one word: wow. […]

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: Footwear

OR Summer 2015: Footwear

I’m always excited at the prospect of new boots. Lighter, stiffer, warmer, drier? Yes please! Arc’teryx announced their anticipated Acrux AR GTX boot. It is their take on a technical alpine boot and uses a lot of the technology and construction methods found in the Acrux shoe line. The Acrux […]

OR Winter 2015 – The Coolest Bits

OR Winter 2015 – The Coolest Bits

The Winter version of the semi-annual Outdoor Retailer market is always smaller and quieter than the Summer edition, but there were still quite a few interesting items announced for Fall 2015. In no particular order: La Sportiva introduces the G2 SM, a new high-altitude boot positioned above the Spantik in […]