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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: 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, […]

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 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 […]

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 […]