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Winter ISPO 2011: Day 3 - A Smorgasbord of Worldly Flavors

From practical (bras) to indulgent (a back-country electronics charger) to "they can do new things with zippers?", the ispo show floor has it all.

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by Danny Milks & Kristin Tennessen | 2011-02-08 20:31:00-07

Editor's Note: Read all the articles in this series:

Aclima - Wool design innovation

Aclima is a Norwegian company that has participated in the textile industry since 1922. The company focuses on sports-underwear that is elegant, warm and soft, breathes, and does not hold odors. All products are available now in Europe. US and UK customers may be able to purchase through NordicOutdoors.

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Most unique about Aclima is their WoolNet line, which is mostly composed of 100g/m² wool netting. The netting gives the garment maximum breathability for active sports. When the activity is stopped, donning another layer on top (like a windshell) maintains a blanket of air next to the skin. The mesh effectively acts like mini baffles for an outer garment. Ultralight wool (130g/m²) is placed around sensitive areas, like the joints, neck, and private parts. The garments are also available in the lighter synthetic CoolNet line, using 100g/m² polypropylene.  Left: Women's Polo with Zip, 205 grams (7.23 oz), 62€ (US$85). Right: Women's ¾ Longs (Knee Pants), 121 grams (4.27 oz), 56€ (US$77).

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Men's Hood Sweater, 337 grams (11.89 oz), 72€ (US$98). It has thumb loops, long arms, a hand warmer pocket, and snug fit. It comes in a women's version, as well.

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The zipperless hood can be worn in three different ways, as shown above.

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From left: Sports Top, 84 grams (2.96 oz), 54€ (US$74), racerback design, no adjustable straps. Nursing Bra, 63€ (US$86). What’s more ultralight than producing your backpacking companion’s food? Wool’s naturally anti-bacterial properties are perfect for this application. Sports Bra with Zip, 93 grams (3.28), 62€ (US$85), for women needing more support.

Millet - YKK compatible

Started in 1921, the French company Millet is one of the most established mountaineering companies in Europe. Several of their products are available in the US through internet-based sellers and specialty climbing shops.

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The LTK Shadow (300g/10.6oz) is a concept piece that was premiered at ISPO. The jacket is made from Gore-Tex Pro and has waterproof zippers, one large chest pocket, hem drawcord, extra-long arms, and helmet-compatible hood. The price is not set and the smock won’t be available until summer 2012.

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The LTK Shadow is the first shell to use a new type of zipper, where the coil is sewn directly to the garment. Millet and Mammut worked together with YKK to develop this ultra light zipper, and only these two companies will be allowed to use it. This photo shows the detail of an opened chest pocket.

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The Radikal Speed (420g/14.8oz, 150€/US$165) is a very light approach shoe that is as burly as any boot. It uses Boa lacing system and has tons of protected mesh on the top of the foot for enhanced breathability. These might suffice as a substitute mountaineering boot for some users and are available now.

Lurbel - from Spain

For 22 years Lurbel has extensively researched and developed high-quality technical garments. We were drawn to their claims of accelerating the curing of injuries and blisters with their Regenactiv sock.

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Non-Regenactiv socks start at 10€ (US$14), underwear at 27€ (US$37),and baselayers at 45€ (US$61). Garments in the Regenactiv range sell for about 30-50% more.

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A description of the Regenactiv design. Lurbel makes garments with synthetic or wool as the third layer.

Power Traveller - When you can’t escape technology

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The powermonkey-eXplorer, (65€/US$89), provides a little bit of juice in remote locations. The battery weighs 83 grams (2.93 oz), and plugs into standard mobiles with the maximum power out of 96 hours. Additional connector tips for other devices are available. The solar portion weighs 82 grams (2.89 oz) and can charge the battery while strapped to your pack, as long as there is plenty of sunlight. Power Traveller is a UK company and is currently interested in distribution in the US.

Devold - More established than 19 States

The Norwegian company Devold has been producing high quality wool clothing since 1853! We were pleased with their selection of women’s garments.

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Pulse Bra (left), 22€ (US$30), 230 g/m² merino wool, racer back design, adjustable straps, available in March 2011 Wool Fleece Bra (right), 20€ (US$27), designed for winter use with 470 g/m² wool inner, fleece outer, available now

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Pulse Woman Strap Top (all), 44€ (US$60), and Hipster (middle), 19€ (US$26), 230 g/m² merino wool, available in March 2011

Devold has their own factory in Lithuania and owns wool farms in Australia and Tunisia. They previously had distribution in Colorado and Minnesota but several years ago made the choice to focus their brand in Scandinavia and other European regions. They would like to enter the US market once again and are currently expanding their factory to create the quantity needed for increased distribution.

Alpinist - Picnic for two, please

Alpinist is a South Korean manufacturing company.

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The Picnic Mat is a two-person closed-cell foam pad. The design is similar to the Therm-a-Rest Z-rest, though a bit thicker and more structurally rigid. It appealed to us for two reasons. First, it is a two-person sleeping pad. We share a down quilt and there are not many products made for us! Second, the pad is partitioned into 60x40cm (23.6x15.7in) sections. If you chopped it up, one section could work well for a backpack that uses the pad as the back panel/frame, like those from Gossamer Gear. Two sections placed vertically would give hikers a long and thin sleeping pad (20x40cm/47.2x15.7in). This product is available in certain countries, but very likely none that you live in, and therefore the price is also irrelevant. The weight is unknown as well. Very helpful, we know!

Berghaus - Continuation from yesterday

As promised in yesterday’s post, we have a bit of information on two new jackets from Berghaus.

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Berghaus claims that the Mount Asgard Smock (289g/10.2oz men's Large) is the lightest Gore-Tex Pro shell in the world. It is one of the first products to come out of their MtnHaus R&D team. This special work-group is composed of in-house experts from all levels of design, testing, and production. This particular piece was field tested and retested by climber Leo Holding, among other elite athletes. All told, this jacket went through 28 samples (a normal shell goes through three samples). The result is a Pro Shell smock at the exact weight as a previous Paclite smock.

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The front chest detail (left) shows how closely the zipper seals. The Raptor hood (center) has two pull-strings on each side of the neck. Pulling down on the tabs at the same time gives a uniformly snug hood (right). The Mount Asgard Smock will be available in spring 2011 for 220£/$350.

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The Mount Asgard Hybrid Jacket (472g/16.6oz men's; 425g/15oz Women's) uses 700 fill down around the torso, Primaloft One on the arms, shoulders, hood and along the hem, and Pertex Quantum for the shell. This jacket uses hydrophobic down, which is made with a coating process that Berghaus helped develop. The down takes longer to collapse when wet, and has a much faster drying time. In field recovery (ie, not using a machine to dry) is up to 80% of loft, whereas untreated down only recovers to 50%. Berghaus will continue to develop this technology and hopes to be able to use it with higher fill power down in the future. The jacket will be available in fall 2011 for 190£/US$300.

Lenzing - ECO Responsibility Award in category Fabrics and Fibers

The less the Earth is impacted by humans, the more wilderness fun for us.

Lyocell fibers, made from pulpwood, were first manufactured several decades ago. Recently, more focus has turned to eco-friendly fabrics and manufacturing processes. Consumers are increasing their interest in products which were created with a low impact to the environment.

Lenzing produces lyocell fibers under the brand name TENCEL. From logistics, to the use of resources, to the working conditions at the company, Lenzing implements a holistic approach from nature to product. In their Austrian factory, production energy is garnered from biomass, municipal solid waste incineration, and a small amount of fossil fuels. The wood fibers come from FSC-certified Eucalyptus grown in South Africa.

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The shell pictured above is just an example of a potential garment. The fabric is 40% Tencel and 60% nylon, weighing in at 41 g/m². The shell is windproof and downproof.


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"Winter ISPO 2011: Day 3 - A Smorgasbord of Worldly Flavors," by Danny Milks & Kristin Tennessen. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
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Addie Bedford
(addiebedford) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Winter ISPO 2011: Day 3 - A Smorgasbord of Worldly Flavors on 02/08/2011 21:41:34 MST Print View

Companion forum thread to:

Winter ISPO 2011: Day 3 - A Smorgasbord of Worldly Flavors

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
quack quack on 02/09/2011 01:40:34 MST Print View

This jacket uses hydrophobic down, which is made with a coating process that Berghaus helped develop. The down takes longer to collapse when wet, and has a much faster drying time. In field recovery (ie, not using a machine to dry) is up to 80% of loft, whereas untreated down only recovers to 50%. Berghaus will continue to develop this technology and hopes to be able to use it with higher fill power down in the future.

more details would be much appreciated .... sounds interesting ... wonder if the fill power is IDFL tested, what the fill power is at different humidities, and if the coating wears away with washing

on a side note ... im wondering if those kinky nylon wide grid mesh shirts and stockings they sell at XXX stores would have the same affect as those $$$$ mesh base layers ... hmmmm

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: quack quack on 02/09/2011 01:52:59 MST Print View

Eric, I think the down is from genetically altered geese hatched from Goretex eggs.

--B.G.--

Hendrik Morkel
(skullmonkey) - MLife

Locale: Finland
Nordic Outdoor on 02/09/2011 04:18:28 MST Print View

The right link for Nordic Outdoor: http://www.nordicoutdoor.co.uk/

Arapiles .
(Arapiles) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Re: Winter ISPO 2011: Day 3 - A Smorgasbord of Worldly Flavors on 02/09/2011 04:30:35 MST Print View

"This product is available in certain countries, but very likely none that you live in, and therefore the price is also irrelevant. The weight is unknown as well. Very helpful, we know!"

Interesting attitude for a site with so many international members, inlcuding Japan and Australia which are countries which, according to Alpinist's website, they export to:

http://www.alpinist.co.kr/

There are two versions, 120 x 200 and 160 x 200

Price = 23,000 Won/USD 20 & 33,000/USD 30

http://qook.njoyny.com/ctg/front/item_detail.jsp?cid=danawa&item_id=8053498

Danny Milks
(dannymilks) - MLife

Locale: Sierras
Alpinist Sleeping Pad on 02/09/2011 06:47:34 MST Print View

D W - That may not have been the best method to vent our frustration about how little information is available from reps. Thanks for bringing that to our attention. We sometimes struggle with how to report on the availability of products to our international readers.

Thanks to non-US based members for voicing your interests. BPL is a better, stronger community because of that.

At the end of the day we have little time to scour the internet for more information so thank you to everyone whose comments include web links and further information.

Ben Wortman
(bwortman) - M

Locale: Nebraska
pad on 02/09/2011 08:16:22 MST Print View

Does anyone know if you can get that pad in the US? I tried the their site, but I can't read Korean to know what I am looking at.

John Fitzpatrick
(Grumpyhighlander) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Millet Radical Speed = Bathtub for your feet on 02/09/2011 10:33:54 MST Print View

I have used the Millet shoe on the CDT.

I cannot recommend this to others as it is designed to be a bathtub for your feet, the design lets in water through the mesh top and won't allow it to escape due to the bathtub rand that encompasses the shoe. Even walking through the early morning dew on the grass causes them to start filling up with water.

If they were to make this with a gor-tex type upper it would make a great hard wearing shoe.

The lacing system is what suckered me to buying them, it's a great feature that I would like to see more of.

After 200miles+ they were still going strong but driving me crazy! I sent then home and bought others. Millet make great products but this one needs some attention.

Elliott Wolin
(ewolin) - MLife

Locale: Hampton Roads, Virginia
Fishnet underwear, once again on 02/09/2011 10:51:47 MST Print View

I was wondering if fishnet underwear would reappear. It was all the rage in the early 1970's, before the synthetics appeared. Colin Fletcher reports wearing fishnet in the military during WWII. Will it catch on again?

Danny Milks
(dannymilks) - MLife

Locale: Sierras
Alpinist Availability on 02/09/2011 11:01:03 MST Print View

Hi Ben - We returned to Alpinist today. They don't have a distributor in the US per se, but they do have a business associate in San Diego. As soon as we get that contact info, we'll post it here.

Danny Milks
(dannymilks) - MLife

Locale: Sierras
Radikal Bathtubs on 02/09/2011 12:11:40 MST Print View

John - What was the reason for wearing the Millet Radikal Speeds on the CDT? It seems like it would be too stiff for long distance hiking.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Fishnet underwear, once again on 02/09/2011 12:24:26 MST Print View

"I was wondering if fishnet underwear would reappear. It was all the rage in the early 1970's, before the synthetics appeared. Colin Fletcher reports wearing fishnet in the military during WWII. Will it catch on again?"

It's still popular among some outdoor enthusiasts. Brynje has been making it for years - they're stuff is sold through Reliable Racing in Queensbury, NY. The interesting thing about the newest entry, to me, is that it's wool. Don't believe Brynje's stuff is wool.

Neil Johnstone
(nsjohnstone) - MLife
Aclima Woolnet on 02/09/2011 12:29:48 MST Print View

Brynje is polypro, while Aclima's Woolnet is wool (they also make a polypro version, Coolnet). It's been around a while, just not really available, or known about, outside of Norway.

And unlike a lot of manufacturers, Aclima is still made in Norway.

John Fitzpatrick
(Grumpyhighlander) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Shoes on 02/09/2011 22:53:19 MST Print View

Danny

I'm starting to suffer from bruising on the base of the foot due to what I believed to be lack of stone guard in some of my lighter shoes. I have managed close to 30 miles in a day and sometimes over 40 miles and have been looking for a better option of shoe that fits and will provide enough stiffness, I live in Durango CO and the trails are always rocky. I also think that on a personal level my feet are just starting to wear out and I don't want to admit that I should be slowing down over 40. I have had good luck with La Sportiva Ultranords GTX but they break down after 300 miles and the cleats start coming through the mid-sole and pressing on the balls of my feet. I'm cheap and don't want to keep buying them. plus they are no longer available. I'm looking to try the Crosslite and Crossover this year and I have my eye on some Garmonts. It's a constant challenge.

peter vacco
(fluff@inreach.com) - M

Locale: no. california
Re: Re: Fishnet underwear, once again on 02/10/2011 19:29:24 MST Print View

It's still popular among some outdoor enthusiasts. Brynje has been making it for years - they're stuff is sold through Reliable Racing in Queensbury, NY. The interesting thing about the newest entry, to me, is that it's wool. Don't believe Brynje's stuff is wool.

10 yrs ago we went thru a fling with Brynje netting zip-t's as an anti mosquito layer under a nylon or poly-cotton shirt. it worked very well, and was the coolest running setup of that time.

looks a little weird on you (me, actually) if you're (again .. me) fat though.

brynje. nice stuff. better on top that on the bottoms.

v.

Danny Milks
(dannymilks) - MLife

Locale: Sierras
Net Baselayers on 02/13/2011 08:37:21 MST Print View

Yeah, I'd like to test the CoolNet and WoolNet clothing out. I do have questions about getting sunburned though!

Mark Roberts
(redwedge) - MLife

Locale: Lapland
Aclima Woolnet on 02/14/2011 09:19:58 MST Print View

I did a review of the WarmWool hoodie here:

http://backpackingnorth.blogspot.com/2011/01/gear-talk-aclima-warmwool-baselayer.html

It is, as you might expect, best suited for very cold conditions.

M