Tag: show report

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 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. […]