Sizzling Summer OR 2013, Cool Products


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | August 6, 2013      

101 degrees in downtown Salt Lake City — the newspaper reports that SLC endured the warmest July since temps were recorded in 1874. We’ll wrap up the 2013 Summer Outdoor Retailer show with one last dispatch before fleeing to cooler alpine backcountry.

jacket

A gelato cart in downtown Ziano di Fiemme may have inspired the hues of La Sportiva's Breeze jacket. Weighing in at 6.5 oz, made of wind and water resistant nylon and polyester, it would be a nifty thing to have stuffed in your back pocket for a fast&light summit push when clouds look threatening.

salewa

After a climb, treat your feet to Salewa's Capsico. Light and comfy as a Croc, but with a grippy sole that will keep you from slipping (my major gripe about Crocs). Wear with the heel strap up like a shoe or folded down like a slip-on during periods of belay slavery.

washable

Shoes are the obsession of many fashionistas and climber girls don't need to miss out. New for spring 2014, La Sportiva introduces the lace-up Hydrogym. Perforated micro fiber layer gives structure and flexibility in this highly breathable shoe, and when they get stinky after hours outdoors or in the gym, just toss them in the Maytag. Designed to be machine washable.

reopeman

WildCountry's Ropeman sparked a wishlist for my glacier travel rack.

bamboo

Our thoughts are never too far from winter, and how to stay warm and comfortable. The silky smooth baselayers at TASC Performance caught our eye. With their patent-pending bamboo-merino, they fuse the comfort and performance attributes of bamboo with Merino wool's ability to regulate temperature. Feels exceptionally soft, and is said to wick, dry fast, resist odor and protect from UV. We are looking forward to testing out samples soon.

catcher

Who says boys have the big toys? WildSnow girls -- here's something to think about when it's time to trade in the mini van.



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4 Responses to “Sizzling Summer OR 2013, Cool Products”

  1. TimZ August 6th, 2013 2:51 pm

    Ropeman has been around awhile. Would be nice if they were putting out the Ropeman 3 again after fixing the recall defect.

  2. Lou Dawson August 6th, 2013 4:15 pm

    Ropeman is solid, but anything with jaws is problematic when used for multi purpose — if it caches a crevasse (or other) fall it can damage the rope. As always, pluses and minuses…

  3. John August 7th, 2013 9:32 am

    My Ropeman 2 is hard on the sheath, as is the Petzl Tibloc. Does the New Ropeman lok like it would be easier on the rope.

    I like the USHIBA ascender, easy on the rope. I had to use it the other day to work on the roof!

  4. Werbebanner August 21st, 2013 6:42 am

    Love the shoes, their great !

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