ISPO – 2013 Gear Sneak Preview

ISPO is a huge annual trade show where most of the brands in the outdoor industry show off what they’ll be launching later in the year. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the gear which caught our eye.

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Osprey’s new range includes 3 bags with the word “port” in their name which all have an iPad window. Useful for commuters, outdoor workers etc.

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Zamberlan’s Speed Hike Crosser is a lovely lightweight boot and has won a prestigious award – expect to see it on the hills.

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Patagonia’s womens wear includes some lovely detailing, like these inner thigh vents for dealing directly with the parts which get sweaty.

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Keen are dubbing this the perfect boot for every adventure. A first feel suggests a lightweight comfy boot with definite trainer-like feel.

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Black Diamond’s Deploy snow shovels are very pretty, and with a sturdy but retractable handle, look fit to deal with any snow.

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Black Diamond are also showing the Icon 200 Lumen headtorch – pretty sexy.

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Nikwax chose ISPO to launch a new waterproofer for fleeces, named Polar Proof. We’ll be testing it soon.

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Sprayway have a nice range of accessible gear, as well as some top-spec stuff like this Gore Tex Pro jacket. More on that lower down the page…

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And we particularly like Sprayway’s range of women’s warm wear. Very pretty but functional.

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Polartec’s awesome Alpha insulating material is making an appearance on a range of brands’ gear from autumn. This Rab jacket is one of many to feature the breathable insulation technology.

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Coming to the UK this year, Korean company Black Yak is our top tip for one to watch. Their gear is superb.

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And these are some of Black Yak’s packs.

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Gore Tex Pro is everywhere. 28% more breathable and tougher than previous Gore Tex, it will no doubt become the industry leader in breathable waterproofing on top-end garments.

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Heimplanet’s inflatable tents are just very cool. This is the Wedge.

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British brand Sub Zero follows the definite trend towards bright colours, introducing yellow and red to its range of thermal gear.

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More colour on display from Berghaus, who’s entire range of down jackets is moving to the superb water-resistant Hydro Down later this year.

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Love them or hate them, the rolling gait boot is here to stay and a link up between Vibram and Hi-Tec sees the Revolution boot coming in 2013.

Read part 2 here…

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