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Outdoor Show 2014 highlights: Salomon S-Lab X Alp Carbon GTX

Outdoor Show 2014 highlights: Salomon S-Lab X Alp Carbon GTX

Trek & Mountain has just returned from the massive Outdoor show in Friedrichshafen, Germany, where the outdoor industry shows off its upcoming ranges for spring/summer 2015, and over the next couple of weeks we will be bringing you some of the highlights of the show – of which there were many this year! First up is a whole new range of mountain products from Salomon, who have used the know-how they have gained in the trail running market to produce an interesting range of lightweight mountaineering products. The footwear is perhaps the most innovative, and at the top of a range of … Read more »

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Tested: Millet Everest Summit GTX

Tested: Millet Everest Summit GTX

Expedition leader Tim Mosedale tests out the latest version of Millet’s high-altitude boots, on Ama Dablam…   I’m sure that you are well-acquainted with the concept of layering; creating air pockets and trapping layers of warm air between garments, whether that be the upper body, legs, head or hands. By removing or adding thin or thick layers you can regulate your temperature according to whether you are working hard, standing still at a belay, resting for lunch or whether the weather has changed and it is getting warmer or cooler. With boots, however, this isn’t really an option. Apart from perhaps adding a … Read more »

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Tested: Black Diamond Vapor

Tested: Black Diamond Vapor

Kathryn James tries out Black Diamond’s lightest-ever helmet On opening the package I was instantly impressed; the Vapor is really light at 186g, and you hardly even notice it on your head. It has a low profile and fits comfortably, and the straps are thin and unobtrusive with a simple buckle. There isn’t much in the way of buckle adjustment like on BD’s Vector helmet, but this really doesn’t matter; the ratcheting suspension cradle allows plenty of adjustment to the fit on your head and this can be pushed back into the helmet for when you are transporting it, avoiding damage to … Read more »

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Hillsound Trail Crampons

Hillsound Trail Crampons

There’s been a steady stream of lightweight alternatives to full crampons over the last few years, and if something like the Yaktrax Walk sits at the most basic end of the spectrum, then these Hillsound Trail Crampons err towards the more sophisticated end. The idea is simple; if you’re walking in places where you may come across snow and ice on easy-angled slopes it’s handy to have something in your pack to give you extra grip. The Trail Crampons come in five sizes, from S to XXL, and it’s important to get the correct fit (not too big) otherwise they will … Read more »

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Tested: Blue Ice Warthog 26L

Tested: Blue Ice Warthog 26L

Ross Worthington tries out a tough, no-nonsence backpack ideal for climbing and scrambling The folks at Blue Ice, based in Chamonix, have been honing the art of making mountain packs since 2008, and the Warthog is bang on the money. From the outset the quality and durability of this pack are obvious. It’s light, weighing in at 720g, but is tough thanks to its Cordura fabric – 500 denier all over and the base being reinforced 1000 denier. A tough PU-coated ripstop nylon top skirt around the drawcord closure looks like it’ll take some abuse, and its 26L capacity easily swallows … Read more »

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