ISPO 2019 - New Climbing Hardware Roundup Show Report

The annual ISPO trade show, which brings the world's outdoor industry together under one roof (or a series of gigantic roofs) in Munich, has just wrapped up for 2019. Heavy snowfall gave this year's event a suitably wintry feel, and if we'd really rather have been out in the nearby Bavarian Alps enjoying the conditions, our compensation was getting an early look at mountains of new gear that'll be hitting the shelves in the near future. Here are some video interviews with brand representatives, who talked us through the key features of their climbing hardware creations:

  • Black Diamond - Hot Forged Picks
  • Climbing Technology - Click Up Plus
  • DMM - Trance Harness
  • Grivel - Dark Machine and X
  • Grivel - Duetto Helmet
  • Grivel - Mistral Harness
  • Petzl - Dart Crampons
  • Petzl - Octo and Multihook
  • Petzl - Swift Headtorch
  • Vertical Life - Smart Quickdraw
  • Vertical Life - Zlagboard
  • Wild Country - Revo

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11 Feb, 2019

Surprised the people at Vertical Life weren't tempted to call it the iDraw.

I wonder what creative control Apple have behind the addition of the letter 'i' before anything/everything. I vaguely remember Sea to Summit having a travel trowel called the iPood a few years back, but gather - at least from what I'd heard on the grapevine - that its name had to be changed due to copyright.

In terms of the rest, despite being at the show I barely get to see anything due to being preoccupied within the many meetings I have to attend. As such, it's quite interesting to look back at the videos and see what the others got to see. Kolin Powell's talk of not wiggling ice axes out of placements was quite interesting, as was the addition of a screwgate to the spinner leashes.

With the Vertical Life QD I guess the major breakthrough will come when the number of walls/people adopting + using them reaches a point where it's commonplace. I've been using the Stokt App for board sessions lately, which is good in terms of finding problems, but limited in its application beyond.

12 Feb, 2019

I have an iPood somewhere. I remember they were only in the shops for a year of two as that before they became named the "travel trowel" or something totally not as funny as that. Presumably a cease and desist letter was enough, but I don't think anyone was really like to mix them up with an iPod - indeed I have and still use all the time an iPod from about the same time - and I've never tried to dig a hole to go no.2 in with it. Nor have I ever tried to download podcast onto my iPood.

I'm interested to see how well the epoxy coating stays on the new BD picks - I have a mid 90s Stubai mountaineering axe that was covered in some sort of epoxy or plastic. It didn't last very long in lots of spots and then seemed to promote surface rust under the bits that didn't chip off. It's a pure aesthetic thing - the head is totally solid forged steel, but it doesn't look as pretty as other axes - interesting to see if the BD picks have a tendency towards the same issue with the new coating.

12 Feb, 2019

The Grivel duetto helmet looks just the ticket: I was waiting for an EPP dual certified helmet.

12 Feb, 2019

Hello Toby,

A bit of a nerdy answer I guess, but technically any epoxy coating will increase corrosion if it comes off. Basically, once the coating is removed from the blade, a difference appears locally between the part that will be exposed to the elements, and the one which is not. The part becoming exposed will interact through oxydation reaction with the dioxygen and the water molecules, thus creating a local charge difference and eventually accelerating the oxydation. My answer might be unclear (in part because I'm not a native speaker), but you can check the Wikipedia article on corrosion and galvanisation to go further. On a slightly different topic, is it just me or do the new Grivel tools look very much like a "Grivelised" version of the Nomic? If so, it could be a fantastic tool : shape of the Nomic, lighter, with Grivel incredible picks...

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