The team from UKC were recently at the giant trade show of ISPO in Munich. We saw a lot of products, drank a little bit of German beer, chatted about climbing with as many people as we could find, and we made a few videos too.
In this, our first of three reports, we show you videos and the odd photo of some of the new climbing products that are hitting the shops either right now or very soon. There's some sexy looking gear on its way - some of it we have already tested on UKC, and some of it we will be testing later this year, but for now watch the videos and make your own mind up - what's hot and what's not?
Sita Harness from Petzl RRP £140
A super light and minimal harness with strands of spectra inside the webbing.
Positioning Lanyard from Petzl RRP £37
An auto locking and easy adjust lanyard for clipping in to belays. £48 for the dual version.
Quick Screw from Salewa RRP £70
An all in one ice screw system with a plastic holder and a quickdraw and carabiner already attached.
North-X from Salewa RRP £150
A technical ice axe for mountaineering. Ergonomic head design and a moving hand rest to enable shaft plunging.
Ergo Belay Device from Salewa RRP £55
A sport climbing belay device, auto-locking, and you can always keep a braking hand on the bottom end of the rope.
Matik from C.A.M.P. RRP £90
A new assisted braking device, available right now. A very slick operation with an anti panic feature.
Chimera & Pivot from DMM RRP £9.5 & £30
A new 29g carabiner - the Chimera and a new belay device from DMM, a 'guide mode' device with a pivoting pin.
Maverik 2 And Vertesse Harnesses from DMM
New harnesses from DMM, The Maverik 2 is new for spring 2015 with 5 gear loops. The Vertesse with dual webbing waistband for extra comfort.
Leaf Harness from Edelrid RRP £65
A great looking new harness from Edlerid, with elsatic adjusters on the leg loops and lightweight but very comfortable.
Climbing Wall Hardwear from Edelrid
An easy to use new clip-in system for indoor walls - super simple and effective.
Tech Machine from Grivel RRP £200
Brilliant new axes from Grivel - just been reviewed on UKC, available in aluminium and soon carbon too.
Clepsydra from Grivel RRP £17
A belay carabiner from Grivel with the twin gate technology - works with a Grigri.
Be-Up from Climbing Technology RRP £26
A new belay device from Climbing Technology that looked smooth - worth checking out.
Snaggletooth Crampon from Black Diamond RRP £140
A great idea from Black Diamond - almost a kind of hybrid design, these could be the business for North Face climbing.