ISPO HIGHLIGHTS: TOP 6 OUTERWEAR STORIES
From stormy Alpine summits to rainy valleys in the Lakes, from freezing Scottish winter belays to windy South American summits, the only boundary you need in the outdoors is a shell layer that can effectively protect you from the elements.
Here are some of the best outerwear stories from this year’s ISPO:
1. MAMMUT NORDWAND PRO HS HOODED JACKET
This top of the range hard shell from Mammut is the flagship jacket in the new Eiger Extreme collection. Designed in conjunction with the likes of uber-alpinists Dani Arnold and Stephan Siegrist, the new Nordwand Pro uses GORE-TEX Pro to deliver the ultimate in weather protection and freedom of movement in a seriously impressive lightweight and robust package. Features include Mammut Vertical Motion Construction, Mammut High Reach Technology, Mammut High Visibility Backer, stormproof hood, harness compatible front pockets and glove compatible cuffs. Men’s and Women’s Versions available. RRP £650.
2. OUTDOOR RESEARCH – ASCENTSHELL LAMINATE
New for AW 17/18 is AscentShell – a unique and ultra breathable laminate that OR have introduced to their range of alpine mountaineering and ski outerwear. AscentShell promises to deliver waterproof protection and market-leading breathability due to its electrospun membrane. Key pieces incorporating AscentShell for next winter include the Alpenice Hooded Jacket and Pants (AscentShell 2L), the burly Bolin Jacket and Pants (AscentShell 3L), and the Powdershot Jacket and Pants (AscentShell 3L).
3. FJALLRAVEN BERGTAGEN
Fjällräven’s first foray above the treeline – the Bergtagen collection – sees the company venture quite literally into new terrain. Encompassing a range of baselayers, midlayers and shells, the Bergtagen collection mixes G-1000 and Eco-shell fabrics with top quality features such as Recco reflectors and Corylon reinforcements. The jewel in the crown is the Bergtagen Eco-Shell jacket – a 100% PFC-free wateproof, technical shell available for both men and women. RRP £495.
4. BERGHAUS – EXTREM 500 AND RIDGEMASTER
This winter sees not one, but two new GORE-TEX jackets joining the Berghaus line up. The new men’s Extrem 5000 is a robust 3-layer GORE-TEX jacket optimised for winter mountaineering and hill walking in the UK. The other newcomer to the range is the Ridgemaster – a premium, yet affordable 2-layer GORE-TEX storm-proof jacket destined to become a favourite with UK hillwalkers. Features include a fully adjustable hood, large zipped inner map pocket and two front handwarmer pockets.
5. MONTANE AJAX JACKET
In 2016 Montane became the first technical outdoor manufacturer to secure a Gore license in over a decade. This winter sees another addition to the line-up with the introduction of the Men’s and Women’s Ajax jacket. This robust and versatile winter shell is designed to deliver across a range of vertical activities from mountaineering to scrambling, hill walking to trekking. Waterproof, breathable and packed full of technical features including a fully adjustable helmet compatible roll away hood and two large map-sized hand pockets, at just £280 Ajax is a high performance product with an affordable pricetag.
6. SPRAYWAY ORSK/YANA 3-IN-1
The new 3-in-1 Orsk jacket (Yana for women) from Sprayway offers a simple, complete and affordable solution to the eternal layering dilemma. Moreover it’s a quality product and looks good too. The external layer is Sprayway’s own Hydro/Dry shell jacket and the detachable mid is Sprayway Inso/Therm synthetic liner. Warm, dry, protected and 2 new jackets on the peg for just £180. Not half bad.
REPORT BY SOPHIE NICHOLSON
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