OutDoor Show 2010: Clothing and Footwear

Posted on 28 Juli 2010

Sorry I was very busy the last days and couldn’t write any review of the show. Now I’ve time and start with the review of clothing and footwear.

Montane released their new smock. The Spektr is the lightest waterproof smock with eVent on the market and comes along without the front water resistant zip. They use a sophisticated ‘Tornado’ roll-closure system as weather protection. The hood is designed with no peak, but it is possible to wear the smock with a waterproof cap. Furthermore the Spektr has complete lycra bound cuffs and hem. I really want to try on this smock, but size M was too small for me, but i tried to close the roll closure system. This is a little bit tricky, but it is possible with some practice. Finally the Montane Spektr comes along with minimal weight of 210g (7,4 oz). That’s an unbeatable weight for and waterproof smock with such breathability.

The Spektr was one highlight, but Montane had still some news. The Minimus Jacket is also a waterproof jacket with a fantastic breathability. This jacket is made with Pertex Shield and has a full length water resistent zipper and a hood with peak. All seams are taped and all cuffs and the hem are adjustable. The Minimus has a weight of 200g (7,1 oz).

Moreover there is a new windproof jacket. The Montane Slipstream GL Jacket is a very light windproof jacket made with the new Pertex Quantum GL. The only drawback is that the new Pertex Quantum GL has a lower abrasion resistance.

Another fantastic new piece of gear for autumn and winter 2010 is the Montane Fireball Smock. This is an ultralight insulated smock made with Pertext Quantum Core and Primaloft ECO 4. The Fireball has an excellent loft and is very warm. It comes along with a splendid weight of 260g ( 9,2 oz). The only thing I miss is a hood.

Let’s have look at Golite. Everyone gets angry that they become heavier from year to year, but they are also able to do it lightweight. This year Golite introduced with the Malpais Trinity one of the lightest 3-layer liteshell jackets. This jacket comes along with two hand pockets and complete waterproof zippers. They use a 100% nylon fabric with polyurethane membrane. The hood of this jacket could be a bit smaller. It is the right size if you wear a helmet, but without helmet the hood is too large because she is not adjustable behind and hangs in the face. Another nice feature at this jacket are the gummed tapes of the zipper for a better grip. Finally the jacket has a weight of 193g (7,1 oz).

Another 3-layer waterproof smock was presented by Berghaus. The Mount Asgard Smock is the lightest 3-layer GORE-TEX smock on the market with a weight of 289g (10,2 oz). It was specifically designed for the Mount Asgard Operation by Leo Houlding. The smock has a short zipper and a new designed hood-system. It is possible to adjust the hood with only one hand.
There are also some other news from Berghaus. The Ignite will be soon available with a hood and only as a vest.

Patagonia also goes ultralight. After they have released the Nano Puff Pullover last year they introduced an ultra lightweight down shirt. The Ultralight Down Shirt is the lightest insulation on the market. It is made with 10-denier nylon ripstop fabric with a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish and 800-fill-power goose down from Europe. The shell is windblocking and protects the down from water during a short rain shower or a snowstorm. Moreover the shirt has short zipper and the inner pocket works as stuff sack. Patagonia designed the Ultralight Down Shirt with a slim fit for a better thermal efficiency under a shell or as standalone layer.

There are also news from Sweden. Woolpower has a new baselayer collection. With the Lite-Series they released some new baselayer for summer conditions or as a whole year operation. The new merino fabric is cuddly and softer. It is a mix of 80% merino and 20% polyamide.

New socks for your feet from Smartwool. The new Toe Socks are the first socks with toes and  specifically created for walking with Vibram FiveFingers. This socks offer a perfect fit, comfort and an excellent breathability.
The PhD Outdoor Ultralight Micro delivers an extraordinarily comfortable sock. It is also a very light sock with a perfect fit.

Let’s talk about the shoes. There were a big number of shoes at the OutDoor Show. I had a closer look at some new shoes.

Montrail introduced his new Rogue Racer shoe at the show. This is a minimal and lightweight trail shoe with a low profile. The shoe has got a weight of 250g (8,8 oz).

At least some new shoes from Inov-8. The Bear-Grip 200 is one of their new shoes. This shoe combines the freedom and sensation of barefoot running with the grip of an all conquering off trail shoe. Furthermore the Bear Grip 200 is incredibly light and has no midsole so that all power and speed of the foot is transferred directly through the shoe. As the name suggests, the shoe has a weight of 200g (7 oz).
Another new shoe in the range is the Roclite 400 GTX. This is the world’s lightest leather GORE-TEX walking boot with a fantastic weight of 40g (14,1 oz). The Roclite 400 GTX is made with Nubuck leather and fits very well to the foot.
Finally Inov-8 released a shoe with the name Evoskin. This is an silicon cover, which protects you foot and behaves like a second skin. It is the perfect shoe for barefoot walking and training your foot muscles. The Evoskin weighs 100g (3,5oz).


  • http://thunderinthenight.blogspot.com/ Joe

    Great report again.

    I agree with you about the Fireball Smock. Add a hood and you have an awesome, adaptable insulation piece that would go head-to-head with the BPL Cocoon Hoody which is never available! While they’re at it I wish Montane would make a matching pair of ultralight insulated pants too.

  • http://www.hikinginfinland.com Hendrik

    The toe socks are NOT the first socks made for VFF, they are a copy of the injinji socks. Doesn’t make them less good, but needed to clarify that.

    As I hear the Spektr was a rushed job and at least what was seen at the fair was shite, so not sure if this is going to replace the Rad Demand Smock (which is a proven jacket).

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