Inventive and innovative minds have certainly been busy creating what they hope to possibly be the next best thing for those of us who love being outside. At the 2015 ORSM show, there was more than an eyeful to see inside the Salt Palace along with the three pavilions just kitty corner to the convention center jam packed with even more outdoor retailers. Here are some gear highlights that you may want to add to your wish list for spring/summer 2016.
Five Ten Quantum climbing shoes
German climbers/brothers Thomas and Alexander Huber approached Five Ten about designing a climbing shoe with specifics that included comfort along with precision and perform at a high level on long-all-day climbs. And thus the Five Ten Quantum was born. The Quantum has a wide toe box, stiff last and a slight downturn. Add to those features the Clarino synthetics, and you’ve got yourself a climbing shoe that will hold you through a long day of climbing. MSRP $185.
8BPlus chalk bags
When walking by the 8BPlus booth, you couldn’t help but to stop and smile at the chalk bags staring back at you. Founder Martin Gattinger knows how to instill more fun while you’re rock climbing just with the chalk bags 8BPlus creates. These critter chalk bags have anything from wild furry hair of a goofy monster to curly tuft hair of a dog’s face looking at you. With all kinds of different chalk bags on the market, these were the only ones that I’d say I wouldn’t mind if I had one of each critter even if I didn’t use it.
Mammut Wall Rider helmet
Mammut’s Wall Rider helmet is the lightest edition of climbing helmets on their line. The helmet uses a durable EPP (expanded polypropylene) shell that is reinforced with a robust partial hard shell that guarantees maximum safety. The helmet houses generous ventilation openings and a minimalist adjustment system that will ensure great comfort. Two clips and an elastic strap secure a headlamp to the helmet. The Wall Rider is versatile, lightweight and will be a nice reliable helmet on your climbing excursions. MSRP $100.
Black Diamond Camalot Ultralight
The Black Diamond Camalot Ultralight Technology presents a 25% weight savings over the camalot. These camalots combine the classic range and cam angle of the C4s and offer protection with minimum weight. The dyneema core is central to this new device as it replaces the steel cable found in the C4s. Integrating a continuous loop of dyneema for the Ultralights presented some serious hard work for the research and design team, but the patent-pending construction paid off and cuts a significant amount of weight from each cam while keeping an emphasis on strength and durability. MSRP $89.95-129.95.
Arc’teryx Atom SL Hoody
The Arc’teryx Atom SL Hoody is the ultimate summer insulation layer that blends lightweight compressibility with thermal efficiency. The Atom SL Hoody is crafted with premium Coreloft® synthetic insulation with air permeable fleece side panels. The jacket’s unique hybrid construction features a wind-resistant and DWR treated main body which makes it perfect for chilly summer mornings and evenings. The Atom SL Hoody weighs only 250 grams and compacts down so it won’t take much space to pack it. The No-Slip-Zip™ front zip keeps the zipper from slipping open. This is an ideal jacket for a various amount of outdoor activities from climbing to camping. MSRP $200.