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M ISPO 2014, Munich

by Matthew Pullan (editorial assistance from Roger Caffin)

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Article Summary:

The outdoor shows are always an exciting time for those obsessed with the latest ultralight gear, so much so that the thoughtful staff here at BPL decided that those held in the USA simply weren't enough. Loyal BPL members deserve to know exactly what is going on over the water in Europe as well. Hence yours truly, based very conveniently in the Steiermark, was ruthlessly press ganged into producing an article on the ISPO 2014 in Munich.

So it was, that on a chilly Sunday in January, having taken full advantage of the eat-all-you-can breakfast at the Euro Youth Hostel, I headed off to the Messestadt on the outskirts of Munich. The weather gods had finally decided to share with Europe some of the snow and ice that they had been so kindly bestowing on North America. It would be nice to be able to actually put some of this gear to use this winter.

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