OutDoor Show 2015 News – Part III

Posted on 07 Oktober 2015

I know that I am a bit late with this article, but I wanna finish my OutDoor Show report after some confused weeks.

Norröna

Let’s start with the vikings from Norröna and their colorful clothing. New for 2016 is the Bitihorn Alpha60 jacket. This jacket ja a Polartec Alpha filling and comes a long with a fantastic weight of 250g. It is also water and wind resistent and thus a good jacket for activities like biking or hiking, because you can wear it as milder or alone. Too sad that I did not make any photo of the Alpha60. Sorry.

Norröna also follows the lifestyle trend which you can find everywhere at the Outdoor Show. For 2016 they introduced their new 29 lifestyle line which is very stylish. One great piece of the 29 line is the limited Denim Anorak which which makes you look good, no matter where you go.

For all clothes of the 29 line Norröna used mixture of functional and technical fabrics to get the look of an Urban Outdoor Men without loosing the functionality of the normal outdoor clothing.

Last but not least it is to say that the fjørå line is now also available for women and they can also enjoy bike rides with that fantastic clothing which allows a lot freedom of movement and excellent weather protection.

 

Merrell

If you are looking for great trail running shoes you will definitly find them at Merrell. All Out Crush Light is the name of one of their newest shoes for the hiking year 2016. This shoe weighs 218g in size 42 and it is made with breathable mesh. It also includes a toe cap for better protection when you go trailrunning. The Merrell Select grip sole with multidirectional lugs provide 360-degree traction and mud has no chance to get caught under the sole. Furthermore the All Out Crush Light has a TrailProtect pad that offers under foot protection and for those who are interested the shoe has a drop of 7mm and a cushion of 15mm.

All Out Terra light is another new shoe for 2016. This shoe is also made with breathable mesh and a 3D printed upper. It also comes along with the TrailProtect under foot protection, a Vibram sole with a lot of grip and a water resistent finish. The shoe weighs 305g in size 42 and has drop of 6mm and a cushion of 16mm.

For those who like amphibious trekking or pack rafting trips, Merrell released the Capra Rapid. This shoe has a perforated EVA removable footbed, which helps to control moisture and for excellent drainage. The Merrell air cushion in the heel absorbs and adds stability. Furthermore the Capra Rapid has a quick-cinch laced ventilated upper which helps you scramble through water and easily transition to trail. This shoes weighs 319g in size 42.

  

 

Montane

Montane is still a company with very interesting products and I was really happy to get a last minute meeting to have a closer look at the 2016 range. Let’s start with some new clothing items. At first Montane introduced the new Minimus 777 Pull-On. For this jacket they used a super light 46g Pertex Shield + fabric. A pre-elasticated hood providing excellent face protection and freedom of movement. The Minimus 777 Pull-On also includes a external chest pocket with AquaGuard zipper to store your GPS or mobile phone. With 134g in size M it is super ultralight and you can also stuff it into the own chest pocket for storage.

Another highlight is the brand new Featherlite 7 Jacket. This jacket has a full length front zipper and is made with an ultra thin and lightweight 7D ripstop nylon which is one of the lightest in its class. It has comfortable pre-elasticated hem to prevent weather entry and heat loss. Too sad that this 48g (size M)heavy jacket has no hood.

The Ultra Tour Series is the new backpack series for 2016. These packs are available with a volume of 22, 40 and 55 liter and will weigh 540g, 725g and 840g. They are equipped with a roll-top closure and big stretch pockets on the outside to store wet gear or other things. The 55 liter Ultra Tour has a big stretch pocket with a zipper at the front. On the back there is a Comfort Vent Back Pad which provides an excellent ventilation. The shoulder straps and the hip fins also feature Contact Air Mesh for body hugging comfort, soft feel and a quick dry time. Lots of the straps are removable to reduce the weight of this pack. All in all you can say that the Ultra Tour is a good starting pack when you wanna reduce your pack weight.

The Dragon 20 is the ultimate marathon endurance pack. This pack utilises RAPTOR UL fabric with Robic yarn, which has improved strength and a lower weight, helping you go further faster. The revolutionary MONTANE  Freelight Chassis has been updated to include two Montane SoftFlasks 500ml for fast and compact hydration whilst on the move. Large enough to carry the necessary amount of kit, the Dragon 20 is the ideal pack for moving fast over multi days in the mountains and on long distance trails.

The brand new Hyper Tour 38 pushes the limits of lightweight pack design. Constructed in the extremely lightweight, but exceptionally strong Cuben Fiber fabric and with its simple, functional features this pack is a must have for the ultra minimalist weight conscious fast packing activist. Engineered to be the lightest Montane multi day mountain pack. Its unique design features a roll-top closure for fast access to gear with additional lightweight external storage capacity. The stripped down version of the Montane Comfort Vent Back Pad  and integrated Montane Alpine Mat offers superb comfort whilst not compromising the Hyper Tour’s ultra lightweight focus. Fully taped for weather protection, the Hyper Tour is perfect for anyone looking to save every gram possible in their kit. This pack weighs 639g and can be stripped down to 478g.

At least it should be mentioned that Montane do not wanna use eVent in their jackets for 2016. Instead of the eVent fabric they will cooperate with GORE TEX.

 

Thule

Since a longer time I am interested in the equipment of Thule or rather said since I became dad. The two things I am really interested is on the one hand the Thule Cariot CX and the Thule Sapling and I was really happy to get a last minute meeting at Thule for some more infos. The Thule Chariot CX is one of the best kids bicycle trailer in the world. This trailer got no update because the technology of this trailer is on a very high level and has proven itself. I really like the variety of these trailers, because you can use them as stroller, jogging stroller, bicycle trailer and also in winter as a cross country ski pull.

The Thule Sapling Elite is the top child carrier with a focus on safety and comfort and carrying your precious cargo on the trail just get easier. You can effortlessly switch between the parents because this carrier is so easy to adjust that it fits to everyone in only some seconds. If your children are a bit older you can open the carrier on the side and you children can climb into the seat. A deployable sunshade keeps your child cool and protected from the harsh elements. on board is also a small mirror that you can still have a look at you child when hiking. The Sapling Elite has also an removable backpack where you can store some accessories for your child. Last but not least there is one point that scares me a bit. This child carrier weighs 3.6kg which is indeed really heavy, but comfort, safety and quality bring some weight on the scale, but these child carriers are wild for ages because you get a guarantee of 25 years.

 

Marmot

Lots of news from Marmot for 2016. With the Red Star Jacket (M)and the Starfire Jacket (W) Marmot released the first 3-layer jacket with the extremely breathable, but still robust and waterproof NanoPro membrane. These jackets are really stretchy and the seams are 100% taped and they also have a perfect adjustable hood with a laminated brim and backpack compatible front pockets. They will weigh 425g.

The Vapor FC 2P is a new tent in their range with more comfort and smarter feature than ever before. This tent has two roomy doors for easy access and the clip system is strategically placed so it is easy to pitch. In the roof there is a lamp shade pocket where you can store your headlamp without wearing them when you need light for cooking or reading a book. The specifications of this tent are 224 x 137 x 107 and a weight of 2520g.

The new Ion is a composite sleeping bag that combines the best of down and synthetic insulation.Premium quality 850+ FP goose down is used at the critical zones of the torso, feet and hood, where it can achieve its full loft and thermal performance. The underside of the bag is filled with a super-efficient body-mapped Thermal RTM synthetic fiber. This is more resistant to compression than down and thus provides more warmth against the ground. For more comfort you get a full length anti-snag YKK Zip Guard for hassle-free entry and exit, an anatomically designed footbox and hood, plus Down Defender technology for improved water resistance in wet conditions. The sleeping bag weighs 818g.

 

 Patagonia

Patagonia is also one of my favorite companies, but there was no chance to get a last minute meeting this year so I tried to find someone there for a short small talk about the news. Surprisingly, there are not these big news which you expect from such a big company. They only released a few new shirts and jackets which are not really relevant in my opinion. Much more important was the message I got on my way and which were printed on their exhibition stand. #WORNWEAR
Give your old gear a new life and fix it, because all those pieces can tell stories about adventures you have experienced. So why should a buy a new one when can repair it with some bucks. Check out the website and read more about the #WORNWEAR.

Kozi Kids

If your are looking for kids gear please check out Kozi Kids. They have a wide range of unlined rainwear in lots of cool child-friendly colors. All jackets are waterproof and have detachable hoods on the jackets and reflectors for increased visibility. Poppers allow the dungarees to be adjusted at the waist and foot straps hold trousers in place. The Oxford Range gets a number of technical innovations for Spring/Summer 2016. instead of normal side seams the Oxford Explorer Trousers get some off centre seams to resist wear and tear and the back of the trousers get and extra reinforced set as well as the knees.
 
Too sad that there is not more to tell. Sorry for that. Next time I will plan my visit earlier to get some more meetings.

 


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