We spent the start of the month catching up with brands at the big winter gearfest: ISPO. Despite the fact the show was quieter than usual, this in no way detracted from the quality of the clobber on show and hitting the shops in the near future. Below is a roundup of the most eye-catching and shiny new gear.
Grangers - 2020 Eco Pledge
Grangers already have credible environmental credentials courtesy of being PFC free and bluesign accredited. In addition to this, they are now manufacturing their bottles from recycled ocean waste, updating their formula so that it is more concentrated, and also introducing refill packs. As if this weren't enough you can send back your old bottles which they can then recycle into new bottles.
Grangers - Performance Wash Concentrate RRP £7
Due to the concentration having been doubled you now get twice the number of washes, with a total of 12 (as opposed to 6).
Komperdell - Alpine Skiing Range RRP £109.95 euros
The Komperdell alpine skiing range has a new entry - the Cloud Series - which is their lightest skiing pole.
Komperdell - Ski Touring Series RRP £69 Euros
The Komperdell ski touring poles are the lightest available. The locking mechanism is extra strong for the demands of ski touring.
Leki - Trigger 3D RRP £95-155
The Trigger 3D is part of Leki's skiing range. This is the next generation of Leki's trigger rest, a refined attachment system for skiers that detaches more readily in the event of an awkward fall to offer a safety improvement. The system is sensitive to movement in three dimensions so however the fall occurs the handle can detach. There's a range of compatible gloves.
Marmot - Warmcube Gallatin 20 RRP £360
Part of the wider range of Warmcube products available for A/W20, the Gallatin sleeping bag will keep you toasty down to -7 (comfort zone). The Warmcube is deployed on the top over the core and in the anatomically designed footbox.
Nikwax - NHD+
Tim gives us in-depth detail on the NHD+, explaining exactly what the 10,000 minutes means in terms of actual/real-life performance (ie how it will feel on a very cold and wet mountain in Scotland).
Nikwax - Nick Brown Interview
Nikwax Hydrophobic Down was released in 2015, but has seen a major update for 2020 in the form of NHD+. The original standard was 1000 minutes, but the new formula works for a massive 10,000 minutes (!!) before wetting out.
Lowe Alpine - Escape Trek RRP £170
Re-built from the ground up for 2020, the Escape range is designed to work as effortlessly in transit as on your back. The Escape Trek is aimed at backpackers, with a rain cover that doubles as a cover to protect your pack straps in the hold, a comfortable supportive carry system, compression straps that stash poles and all the compartments you would need for your next adventure.
Lowe Alpine - Revolt
Taking over from the Descent pack, the Revolt is Lowe Alpine's new ski mountaineering offering. It is supportive, has a clean silhouette and is fully featured with an avi tools compartment, diagonal and A-frame carry systems and axe and helmet attachments. Available in two colours and 25L and 35L sizes.
Mammut - Trion Nordwand 15 RRP £130
ISPO Award winner. The Trion Nordwand 15 is part of the new Eiger Extreme collection. It uses a race vest style harness system which enables it to cling to your back even when full. It has side zips for easy access on the move. Designed for lightweight and fast moving mountaineering.
Osprey - Soelden and Sopris Pro RRP £950
Osprey have teamed up with airbag makers Alpride to produce a new range of ski packs, featuring the E1 Electronic Airbag System, which make them some of the lightest packs of this spec on the market. It's Osprey's first airbag ski pack for 5 years. The system is powered by an electric engine inside the pack. It's rechargeable with AA batteries or a micro usb, making it extremely easy to use compared to canister models. The deployment system sits inside either of the arm straps, to suit either left or right handlers, and the airbag takes 3.8 seconds to deploy. The outer of the pack has 12x the tensile strength of steel so it's super durable. It has a robust ski and snowboard carrying system. The back system is perforated and snow-shedding. And the pack itself boasts plenty of features Available in both men's and women's versions. And if you're after a more affordable ski pack without the air bag, then that's also an option.