Innovation from OutDoor

Report by Paul Vousden
Sunday 28th July 2013

Each summer the good and great of the Outdoor industry come together in Germany to show off their latest products. The organisers host a competition of the most innovative gear, and announce the winners, selected by a expert panel of judges. 


We had a look over some of the winners that we really like. If you want to see the rest, have a look on the OutDoor Website


One thing that caught our eye is this jacket from Yeti. It uses a plant based nylon fabric to encase its water resistant goose down filling. The oil from the Castor plant has a ton of very useful applications, and although the fabric is not biodegradable, it is nice to see some more outdoor fabrics that are not reliant on fossil fuels. The hydrophobic down is becoming quite popular now, but this combination of fabrics and fillings is probably about as eco friendly you could make a very useful lightweight jacket like this. Yeti also use Cyrstal Down, their coding system that tracks the source of the down from the egg. This way Yeti can be assured that the quality of the down is top rate, and the birds have been ethically raised, and plucked only after their death. A real move in the right direction for sustaining our environment.


 Yeti North Jacket


Rope manufacturer, Edelrid have pushed the lighter thinner trend even further with a new 8.6mm Climbing rope they have called the Corbie. This jack of all trades rope claims to be the thinest rope to be certified as a single, half and double rope. At just 51g per meter this super rope is going to help climbers really pushing the boundaries of expedition climbing where weight, versatility and easy handling are so important. 


Elderid Corbie Rope 


Another interesting idea comes from US firm SlingFin, and the evolution of the geodesic tent design. Their webbed truss design appears to make it a lot easier to pitch in strong winds by allowing you to set up the secure structure first, and then covering with the fly sheet. The entire design looks as though it could create a very versatile year round use tent, that would be super strong in winter and high mountain conditions. A little promo video below shows what we are talking about. 




In all there were 52 winners of an award, and 11of which received the covered GOLD award. 

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