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The North Face Mountain Festival returns this September

The North Face Mountain Festival returns this September

The North Face Mountain Festival returns to Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland with a bang in 2017. Fuelling the outdoor spirits and minds of explorers from across the world, this year’s event takes place at the foot of the Eiger from 14-17 September 2017, doubling in participants from 2016 with an extra night added to the itinerary. Festival goers will be able to climb, paraglide, run, canyon-jump and hike their way around the stunning alpine scenery whilst kicking back and relaxing at the festival’s ‘base camp’, where numerous workshops like expedition cookery and adventure photography classes will take place to keep them entertained whilst … Read more »

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Berghaus add new summer waterproofs to Extrem range

Berghaus add new summer waterproofs to Extrem range

Berghaus has introduced a new range of high performance lightweight waterproof summer jackets, the Extrem Paclite and Fastpacking jackets, which are designed for fast-moving alpine climbing and backpacking respectively, offering low weight, carefully considered features, and packability. The new jackets complete the summer Extrem shell range, alongside the new Hyper 100 which Berghaus claim to be “the world’s lightest 3-layer waterproof.”   The Extrem Paclite is a serious alpine shell, made out of bluesign approved Gore-Tex Paclite fabric and weighing only 320g for a men’s medium and 300g for a women’s 12. The jacket features a fully adjustable climbing helmet compatible hood, … Read more »

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ISPO Highlights: Top 11 Ski Touring Stories

ISPO Highlights: Top 11 Ski Touring Stories

We all know that ski touring has hit the mainstream fast and hard in recent years but nothing reinforces the growth and power of the backcountry ski industry like a visit to ISPO. The evidence is everywhere for all to see with more and more brands getting in on the uphill action as the main players continue to innovate at speed. Here are just a couple of handfuls of the many fascinating ski touring stories we came across at this year’s show: 1. DYNAFIT – NEW SPEEDFIT RANGE The most intriguing story of the show was the launch of Dynafit’s Speedfit category – … Read more »

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ISPO Highlights: Top 5 Hiking and Mountaineering Footwear Products

ISPO Highlights: Top 5 Hiking and Mountaineering Footwear Products

Searchable footwear, partnerships with global tyre specialists, boots that take you from the valley to the summit and back to the pub – the winter world of hiking and mountaineering footwear is a rapidly advancing technical beast. In the second of our reports from the recent ISPO outdoor trade show in Munich, we bring you five of the biggest stories in footwear for next autumn/winter… 1. HAGLOFS GRYM KEPROTEC GT In Sweden Grym means ‘awesome’ so it’s little wonder that this exceptionally light, comfortable, durable and waterproof, European-made trekking boot picked up an ISPO Gold Award at this year’s show. The judges … Read more »

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ISPO Highlights: Top 5 Winter Mountain Running Products

ISPO Highlights: Top 5 Winter Mountain Running Products

In the second of our reports from the recent ISPO outdoor trade show in Munich, we bring you our list of the best mountain running products available next autumn/winter… Winter mountain running is demanding, complex and challenging, for both athletes and gear designers alike. Products need to be lightweight and breathable yet warm, durable and capable of standing up to brutal winter conditions. Freezing temperatures, slippery terrain, shin deep snow and relentless rain are all on the agenda in the winter months but judging from the gear on show at this year’s ISPO, alpine runners should be able to take next … Read more »

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