The UKC team recently returned from the annual gear-fest in Friedrichshafen that is OutDoor. Here are some video interviews with brand representatives, who talked us through the key features of their latest creations in climbing gear and rock shoes.
Beal - Escaper RRP £39
Here's something completely new. The Beal Escaper is a 'retrievable anchor point' designed to make abseiling on a long single rope possible without doubling it and halving your abseil distance. It consists of a lattice sling coiled around a length of rope which is attached together with a bungie. To this you tie one end of your abseil rope.
Black Diamond - Rock Shoe Range
A brand new development for black diamond, their own range of rock shoes spanning the full range from beginners and kids, through classic trad lace ups, to aggressive technical shoes... A total of nine brand new models. The range features moulded neofriction rubber and some clever knitted fabrics for breathability in the uppers. Coming to a climbing wall and crag near you soon!
Boreal - Satori, Dharma, Synergy RRP £120
The Dharma is a stiff aggressive shoe for steep ground. The Synergy is a new super soft competition-style shoe. The Satori is a specifically-designed Bouldering shoe featuring the new Zenith Ultra rubber.
Climbing Technology - Click Up+ RRP £75
An adaptation of the click up, recent winner of our best in test for assisted belay devices, it has a lighter part plastic body with smooth angles and ridges for grip. Also an added failsafe, the v-proof system, a hinged flap that helps ensure the braking rope is held in the correct angle.
DMM - Dragon 7 + 8 and Ceros RRP £90, £100, £17.50
The classic Dragons just got larger...
Edelrid - 3D Lap Coil System
The 3D Lap Coil is a new rope coiling technology, which stops twists and kinks from getting into newly bought rope.
Evolv - Shoe Range RRP £85, £115, £145
The X1 is the new downturned soft Bouldering shoe. The Oracle is based on the Shaman last and uses FSF technology on the heel to make a high performance shoe. The Hawks are all-round shoes - Nighthawk for men, Skyhawks for ladies.
Five Ten - Anasazi Pro RRP £125
The new Anasazi features rubber over the toe to aid hooking. Ned Feehally and Shauna Coxsey helped to design them. There's extra tension and power in the heel whilst the midsole remains the same as the classic version.
Five Ten - Quantum Velcro RRP £135
The quantum is slightly wider than the rest of the five ten range and features a pointed toe. It's a very stiff shoe, perfect for edging and it now features extra rubber on the top of the toe for toe hooking.
Fricton Labs - Chalk Range
"The world's best chalk." Stays on your hands 3 times longer. Available in 3 different textures. Secret Stuff is the new chalk cream which lasts even longer in Climber's hands.
Grivel - 2018 Overview
Tau locking carabiner for crucial clips. The Help for clipping out of reach bolts. The Plume captive to prevent cross loading. Also available as a QuickDraw. Vlad belay station carabiner for multiple attachment points.
La Sportiva - Women's Rock Shoes
5 new styles of shoes for women will soon be available in the uk. They range from high performance to comfort and feature the same La Sportiva quality as standard
Mammut - Smart 2.0 and Smarter RRP £35, £18
A re-designed and re-engineered version of the Smart, with an optional attachment (the Smarter) to increase the device's safety.
Moon - New wooden and Resin Holds RRP £300, £275
The Moonboard currently has over 9000 problems listed on its database + app, but with the addition of two new sets of holds that number is likely to increase significantly. The wooden holds are smooth and aesthetic, but bed in with use. They're also made in Sheffield too!
Ocun - Dynamic Rope Range RRP £88.95 - £110
The vision is for sport climbing, nice and flexible and has good durability. Cult rope is an all rounder rope.
Ocun - Rubber for Shoe Range
New rubber has been developed for their rock shoes. The shoes range from very durable to quite sticky
Petzl - New Harnesses
The Adjama features an additional gear loop, and larger regular loops - ideal for trad climbing. The Selena and Luna are tailored to women's physiques. Comfortable and fashionable.
Petzl - Tikkid and Oustiti RRP £25, £55
The Tikkid is a kids head torch. The strap is very simple to use and the batteries are only accessible with a screw driver for extra safety. The harness is a new version of a 20 year old classic. The lower attachment point means it does not restrict a child's activity so they can go off and play.
Scarpa - Furia S
The 3rd edition of the Furia is even softer than the Drago. This allows you to really flex the foot for smearing. The active rand extends over the heel for extra power.
Scarpa - Instinct SR
The shape of the Instinct remains the same with a new narrower heel and sticky perforated rubber over the toe. Ultra sticky rubber is also featured on the heel.
Scarpa - Maestro Family RRP £130
A brand new family of shoes created from scratch. It's a flat straight lasted shoes. It has a plastic insert which is stiffer than usual which gives firm support. It keeps the toes together for good edging whilst allowing flex for smearing.
Tenaya - Mastia
A top-end performance shoe that's narrow and has a slightly lower volume than a lot of high performance shoes on the market. Featuring stiff rubber and a power strap across the front.
Tenaya - Oasi Women's
An all-round shoe, specifically adapted for women's feet and with the X-Grip Tenaya rubber.
Vertical Life - Zlagboard
A fingerboard that comes with an app that becomes your own personal trainer.
Wild Country - Parthian and Meshuga RRP £145
A smart new Climbing shoe range in association with Michelin rubber. This range marks Wild Country's first shoes for many years. Rubber is moulded directly onto the upper and the thickness is varied across the shoe. An interesting construction in both the synthetic upper and the sole...
Red Chilli - Shoe Range
Red chilli are now part of Edelrid and are back with a range of new and classic shoes.
Andrea Boldrini - Pantera
The Pantera comes from the new generation of no edge climbing shoes. It is a slipper design which features a very down turned last whilst remaining extremely comfortable. It has a single Velcro strap which ensures powerful heel hooking ability. It is entirely vegan and features no leather.