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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: Sleep & Cookware

Summer OR 2017: Sleep & Cookware

Shelters, sleeping systems and cookware are not the most glamorous products to check out at OR; even in our day-to-day they tend to stay on the sidelines, functioning silently in the background. But, sometimes some cool tech and innovations show up at the show, so here are the coolest bits […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Winter 2014: Day 3

OR Winter 2014: Day 3

Friday, my last day at OR Winter 2014, was mostly my wander-around day, so there’s some random stuff I came across, and a few cool things I knew were coming but only got to meet with the companies today. Patagonia was one of the principal companies behind the development of […]

OR Winter 2014: Day 2

OR Winter 2014: Day 2

I know, I know, more packs. What can I say, I haven’t found the perfect pack yet. This new Mountainsmith might come close, though. Called the Haze 50L, here’s a 50L pack that weighs in at 880-grams for a M/L. Yup, 880g for a 50L pack!! It comes pre-stripped, with […]

OR Summer 2013: Backpacks

OR Summer 2013: Backpacks

I have yet to find the perfect pack: I currently have around a dozen hanging in my garage, and none of them have all the features I’d like. Thankfully (or unfortunately) there’s a new crop of packs to choose from, come spring/summer 2014: Patagonia’s new Ascensionist packs will come in […]