The Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2014 filled the Salt Palace in Salt Lake full of flannel shirts, backpacks waiting to be stuffed with gear, and some of the top of the line products set to come out in fall/winter 2014. OR attendees braved the smog hovering over the city, some participated in the rally at the Capitol for air quality reform on Saturday, January 25, and several took advantage of the many resorts for some skiing and snowboarding. Here are some gear highlights from ORWM14.
Salomon Q BC Lab
The Salomon Q BC Lab is one impressive backcountry ski. It has a full length, poplar wood core, CFX Superfiber and honeycomb tip to keep things light on the way up. Its full sandwich sidewall and utility rocker will make for a steady and strong ride down. The Q BC Lab weighs in at 1.8 kg. Other features include G-spot technology for climbing ease, tech transfer pad for max edge grip with AT bindings and a skin compatible tail. MSRP: $900.
Dynafit Denali Windstopper PrimaLoft Jacket
The Dynafit Denali Windstopper PrimaLoft jacket is a ski touring jacket with an intelligent blend of materials. This blend of materials transforms the jacket into a warm, completely insulating, wind and waterproof all-mountain jacket. The Denali has a Windstopper Active Shell® and Downtek® down insulation incorporated into the body with PrimaLoft “Gold” fill integrated into the arms and hood. Large front pockets make for simple handling of skins and accessories and quick organization. It is lightweight at only 1 lb. 7 oz. and will make for a great addition to your backcountry gear.
Petzl is coming out with a complete line of crashpads for fall 2014. The CIRRO, ALTO and NIMBO crashpads are the result of Petzl’s highly technical and innovative approach that meets the expectations of users. The CIRRO and ALTO have a one-piece hingeless design, and they offer excellent protection for bouldering falls with the triple-layer foam assembly specifically designed by Petzl for better cushioning. The patented folding system lengthens the life of the foam and also provides storage space when the crashpad is closed, so you don’t need to haul another backpack carrying other gear. The carrying system is comfortable during the approach as it has chest and waist adjustments and wide shoulder straps. The NIMBO is a backup pad for bouldering sit-starts and for protecting space between two crashpads.
Mountain Hardwear Stretchstone Denim Jean
The Mountain Hardwear Stretchstone Denim Jean isn’t your typical lifestyle jean. This modern style jean with straight fit and a little extra leg room is also great for climbing. The durable water repellant (DWR) finish repels water and the Stretchstone has a five-pocket styling. This pant will allow you to go straight from your office to the crags or climbing gym. MSRP: $95.
BULT action sports helmet
BULT action sports helmet. BULT helmets have VideoHead Technology and are the first fully integrated action sports and snow video helmet. This is an action sports camera you don’t have to attach onto your helmet since it’s already built right in. It is certified by the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) and (Consumer Product Safety Commission) CPSC which basically means it is safety approved. The BULT helmet is easy to use and eliminates the need for any attachment accessories which leaves you more time to play.
SCARPA Rebel Ice
The SCARPA Rebel Ice climbing boot is your all-around evolutionary ice and mixed climbing, dry tooling and competition route boot that offers rock shoe-like precision. A completely rigid carbon-fiber sole/frame underfoot is the heart of the system. Bolt-on crampons attach directly to the carbon sole to provide direct power transmission to crampons and increased sensitivity on front points. The carbon sole is molded from the exact shape of the boot rand which creates a level of performance most commonly associated with high-end rock shoes. Rubber rands surround the toe and sides for smearing on rock. SCARPA’s HH heel-hooking insert on the back adds a ribbed rubber area that allows heels to lock onto holds. The upper boot has the Sock-Fit Plus technology, a stretchy, low-profile fabric tongue that reduces bulk and allows the boot to more readily adapt to the user’s foot. This improves responsiveness and precision. The Rebel Ice has SCARPA’s Ankle Free System that combines ankle articulation panels with a Velcro closure strap. A laceless Boa closure assists with precision fit and offers complete customizable tension. PrimaLoft Micropile insulation is on the inside of the boot. The crampon inserts are compatible with Petzl, Grivel and Black Diamond crampons. The boot is 410 grams. MSRP: $539.
Berghaus Ulvetanna Hybrid Down Jacket
Berghaus continues to deliver when it comes to extreme gear for adventure. The Ulvetanna Hybrid Down Jacket is packed with features that offer versatility and the ability to perform adventures without restriction while keeping you protected from the elements. The jacket combines Hydrodown™ which repels moisture, dries fast and keeps you warm along with Hydroloft™ which enhances breathability, performs when wet and also helps keep you warm. The Hydrodown is 850 fill and is located where the user needs to retain heat. The Hydroloft panels are located in areas where the user needs to lose heat and perspiration more rapidly to stay in thermo-regular comfort. The Ulvetanna Hybrid Down weighs 409 grams. This will be the jacket for your serious mountain adventures. If you need more proof that this is an outstanding jacket, watch Leo Houlding, Sean Leary, Jason Pickels and Chris Rabone in “The Last Great Climb” giving the Ulvetanna (also the name of the peak and first ascent they made in Antarctica) and other items in the Berghaus EXTREM line the ultimate test.