Additional Reporting: Will Renwick
Every year, gear testers, PRs, product designers and retailers all arrive at the massive ISPO gear expo in Munich, all there to get a feel for the trends of the next winter season and to see what kind of technological developments have been made in design and production.
As always, the Mpora team were in attendance, and we’re happy to report that there are some very interesting releases to come over the next couple of seasons, whether you’re into hiking, full on expeditions, skiing, snowboarding, splitboarding, climbing or a whole host of other outdoor activities.
One of the things we noticed at the show this year were the bigger leaps some brands are taking to create products that are more environmentally friendly. As recently as last year, having a waterproof or water resistant product that’s PFC-free was something brands would shout loudly about, but this seems to be the norm now. Instead, we heard a lot from brands about using recycled materials, or at least recyclable materials. We saw a number of products that were filled with recycled/regathered/reused down, and there were also plenty that used recycled plastics for trousers and jackets.
Style-wise, carrying on from last year’s ISPO more and more brands have been releasing retro collections to sit alongside their technical ranges – things like patterned fleeces, wool-lined jackets and two-tone anoraks. Lifestyle-type stuff.
But without further ado, let’s get into the specific items, the waterproof jackets, walking boots, backpacks, skis, snowboarders and the rest of the latest outdoor gear and action sports clobber and more that caught the attention of our gear testers this year at the show.