Outdoor Retailer — Inspirations

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | January 31, 2012      

For design inspiration some brands look to their roots and surroundings. Others find ground in ski museums and fashion runways. Once they have their direction designers tie the intel into their line. At OR recently, a few such that caught my attention:

Dynafit moto style jacket

Just in case your Vanson leather jacket is in for repair after you laid your bike down on I-70 you can always zip up your Dynafit jacket and tear up the pavement. Ducati not included.

K2 Stash flexible pole basket

K2 Stash flexible pole basket looks back to the the good ol' years to inspire their newest pole offering. Instead of a bamboo pole and leather web of yesteryear they implemented a plastic flexible web attached to a carbon and aluminum shaft, with a flashy green ring to keep the basket level when on hardpack and allow it to flex on the steeps.

BCA stash euro colors 2012/13

With BCA venturing into the Euro market with an office out of Chamonix it is only appropriate that they appeal to the Vespa riding crowd a little more. Gone are the black and orange packs, say hello to lime green and red. Yes, there are treats inside those packs. Not biscotti.

Trew Euro offering

TREW Gear has finally grown enough stateside to make the next step in outfitting the other growing backcountry freeride crowd in the Alps, by bringing their product over to Europe's ISPO. Sorry Harvey the RV, their trusty mountain marketing mobile mountain party transport unit, MMMMPTU, doesn't convert into a boat, it's in the shop, I had to ask. With colors that resemble a Pacific Northwest trendy lumberjack, they should have no problem making a sizable dent in converting the Euros to TREW's extremely waterproof backcountry freeride ski gear.

(Guest blogger Joseph Risi was raised on pasta and meatballs in the “backwoods” of Long Island before seeking higher education in the mountains of Vermont. Always looking for adventure, building treehouses, working too many odd jobs around the world he now lives in the Aspen area of Colorado. He’s been helping Lou out as an assistant.)


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6 Responses to “Outdoor Retailer — Inspirations”

  1. Mark January 31st, 2012 4:01 pm

    My opinion is that that TREW stuff is the ugliest garb in a long time, since like 1987 or 88. But I’m getting kind of old, to be fair.

  2. Biggsie January 31st, 2012 6:05 pm

    Welcome Joe! Good to see a fellow Long Islander in the house. Growing up there definitely gives you a special appreciation of the wide open spaces and high peaks of the West.

  3. Michael January 31st, 2012 11:21 pm

    was there anything new coming with Neoshell or is it the same in 2012 as what has been hitting the market fall 2011?

  4. Mark W February 1st, 2012 7:54 am

    Like that K2 basket. Too many baskets designed for groomed snow abound. This looks to bridge the gap from hardpack to soft snow. Nice.

  5. Joe February 1st, 2012 9:33 am

    Mark, I think was still running Into walls with my thumb in my mouth in 87′ considering I was born in 86′ the colors will certainly get you noticed.

    Biggsie, thanks for the warm welcome. Certainly appreciate the vastness out here and opportunities to explore all year round. That being said, I don’t plan on leaving any time soon.

    Michael, Alpine, Eider, EMS, Flower Gloves, Flylow, HiMountain, Lafuma, Malachowski, Mammut, Marmot, Montura, Nepa, NFM, Rab, TAD Gear, Ternua, The North Face, Under Armour and Westcomb are all incorporating Polartec Neoshell in their lines for the 2012/13.

  6. Larry G February 1st, 2012 9:51 am

    Mmm…wonder if those nifty K2 baskets would retro fit my BD poles?

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