|An explosion of gear!|
Jetboil does a winter stove
|The old Jetboil shown here is a snow melting machine...except when it is cold.|
The Petzl Meteor Finally comes in 2 SizesFoam helmets are far superior to hardshells for most climbing since they offer better protection against off center impacts as seen in falls. The Petzl Meteor is one of the top choices but has traditionally come in one too-small-for-ryan too-big-for-jen size. Next year it comes in two sizes according to Outdoors Magic. Black Diamond also does two sizes in their Vector and Vapor as well, lets hope everyone follows suit. I'd love to see foam climbing helmets in full ranges of sizes like bike and ski helmets.
A Waterproof Houdini?
|Jen wears her Houdini for protection from wet spring snow.|
Patagonia Brings Back the Ascentionist...Name
|This Jacket is now a line of packs.|
Arc'teryx "Fast and Light" packs
|Jen hasn't found a pack that carries as well as her 38 liter Arc'teryx Khamsin. She has taken to lining it with a garbage bag so gear doesn't fall out through the holes she has worn in it. Also note her Patagonia Houdini.|
Outdoor Research takes some risksSeattle based Outdoor Research is a respected brand long known for well made gaiters, hats and gloves. They have been reinventing themselves the last few years to have a full apparel line and appeal more to "core" climbers and skiers.
I was excited to see that they are coming out with some non traditional designs like convertible ultralight wrist band/wind mitts and gloves with built in wind mitt, ultralight gaiters and "sun sleeves". Gear like this can really work to keep you comfortable in changing conditions (like ski touring up to a stormy ridge line) but I usually expect to see more of it from European brands like CAMP. It is nice to see the Seattle Home Team stepping up!
Hiking in Finland has the write up on these and gear from some other brands.
New 5.10 "so soft it sticks to glass" MI6 rubber
|Will this be the end of footwork frustrations with the polished stone of the River Boulders at Index, Wa?|
Long regarded as the premier maker of sticky climbing rubber, five ten has a new soft and sticky rubber originally developed so that Tom Cruz could climb glass (really). It will be coming out first on what looks to be a softer version of the excellent "Team" downturned slipper. Youtube video from epic tv. Gearcaster.
There are loads of other new products I didn't list. Some of the best early write ups can be found at: