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 mountain clothing, crag clothing and footwear.
3rd Rock - Women's Range RRP £74.99 and £25.99
The Mercury Pant is 3rd Rock's first jean, and a good looking one at that, made from organic cotton and available in three separate colours. Reinforced knees add to the durability and the stretch fabric provides absolute freedom of movement. The Cousins T is designed to raise awareness at the effects of palm oil, with proceeds of each going towards the Orangutang Foundation and the RSPO Round Table for Sustainable Palm Oil.
3rd Rock - Women's Range
Available this September, the Nora Pant features a tailored waistband and adjuster, plus a hard wearing knee patch. In short, these are a pair of trousers that are designed not just to last, but to fit as well! The Chini short features a blend of organic cotton and elastane for maximum comfort, not to mention freedom of movement!
ABK - Summit Pant
A lifestyle clothing piece. A new model in the Zenith pant line. Available in blue and light brown and dark brown. Made from stretchy cotton, they're a light pant suited to summer. They have an elastic waist and deep pockets.
AKU - Tengu Light GTX RRP £199.95
Featuring AKU's signature Elika Natural Stride System, the Tengu Light GTX provides comfort right out the box. Coming in at 510g it's also extremely light, but not at the expense of features, with its luxurious wrap around ankle fastening.
Arc'teryx - Cerium SL RRP £270
Arc'teryx's lightest down jacket, featuring 850 fill power down that is distributed unevenly throughout the jacket to maximise its effectiveness - more where you need it, less where you don't.
Asolo - Magnum GV RRP £170
A mid cut technical approach boot featuring new ground outsole, with vibram mega grip and weight-saving wave technology.
Black Diamond - Fire and Storm Shells
Men's and women's shells in BD 's own 'BD Dry' fabric, a soft, light waterproof fabric with four way stretch and 10,000mm hydrostatic head. The storm line has traditional shell features such as zipped hand pockets and Velcro cuff tabs, while the fineline is a simpler jacket with one chest pocket and elastic cuffs. Both pack into their own pocket for easy carrying on a harness
Boreal - Arwa, Nelion, Triglav RRP £250 - £350
The Arwa is a precise, warm, comfortable and lightweight alpine mountaineering boot. The Nelion is ideally suited to summer alpine or lower altitude winter mountaineering in less severe temperatures. The Triglav is a lightweight and technologically advanced mountain boot for summer alpine or lower altitude winter mountaineering in less severe temperatures.
DMM - Organic T-Shirts
All new organic T-shirts from DMM, featuring artwork of DMM gear and the Llanberis landscape.
Dolomite - Crodarossa
These shoes feature innovative crossed laces for easy tightening and fit. Their midsole is made from EVA making them extremely flexible.
Dolomite - Steinbock Hike
An extremely light 3 season walking boot for women. Very supportive at the ankle and features a new sole which maintains the fit and shape of the boot. There is also a low cut version. Now distributed by Scott UK.
Kayland - Shoe Range
Kayland are a small brand in the UK, but well known and respected in Italy. Their Range spans everything from lightweight approach shoes like the Gravity, up to full mountain boots like the Apex6000 with integral gaiter. A very high spec climbing boot with a carbon and Alu midsole...
Marmot - Featherless Hybrid Jackets
Marmot's Featherless insulation has now been combined with their tried/tested Driclime range, to create what could potentially be the perfect hybrid jacket? Insulated where you need it to be, breathable where you don't. Ideal for on the go insulation and wind proofing.
Montane - Featherlite Smock RRP £80
Limited edition celebrating Montane's 25th anniversary, the iconic Featherlite wind proof is perfect for any mountain adventure
Montane - Spider Hoodie RRP £100
Designed for climbers by climbers. A lightweight and technical alpine hooded fleece with a low profile feature set.
Moon - New Trouser Range
The updated elastic is more comfortable than ever and features a Moon Climbing logo.
Mountain Equipment - Impellor Jacket RRP £200
Featuring the Gore Active 2.0, which is a proper, durable 3 layer fabric - thus as breathable and waterproof as it gets. Super light, it weighs in at 170g but retains key, yet minimalist features.
Outdoor Research - Summer Shells RRP £150 - £370
Three summer shells. The Optimiser Z is a Gore Active shell, light alpine piece. Panorama a Point jacket, Ventia fabric is a lightweight summer shell. The classic Helium summer shell, fast and light piece.
Paramo - Active Cap RRP £25
Super light (30g) running and walking cap, with cool mesh sides, a central strip of waterproof, windproof fabric, adjustable elastic head band and a soft brim that nevertheless holds its structure well. It scrunches up to the size of a clementine but bounces back into shape when worn...
Paramo - Alize Wms and Ostro Mens RRP £120
2017 windproof tops for men and women now come in an ultralight model for 2018. Womens ultralight is now 106g versus the standard weight of 130g. But fully featured with an adjustable hood, twin vents/pockets, and packs into its own tiny internal pocket.
Rab - Mantra Jacket RRP £230
New Mantra Jacket, super soft all-rounder, prioritising comfort and breathability without compromising protection. The 3 Layer Pertex Shield outer features stretch technology to maximise freedom of movement and the hood is helmet compatible and features a wired peak, making it suitable for just about all weather conditions. All for 416g...
Wild Country - Clothing Range
Three ranges, Cellar training range, Stanage cragging clothes and Curbar which is technical but slightly more travel oriented... A really good upcycling story on the curbar jacket, which is a full on technical shell.
Fjallraven - Greenland Jacket RRP £235
The Greenland jacket has gender specific models and comes in a slimmer silhouette. It has g1000 fabric and Fjallraven's signature pockets on the front. A proper heritage piece.
Fjallraven - Greenland Half Century
It's the 50th anniversary of the Greenland expedition, which was a catalyst for the first Greenland jacket. The half century jacket features bonded seams on the front pockets for a clean look, taped seams inside and g1000 echo fabric. cut for overall freedom of movement.