Best Outdoor Gear 2017 | A Sneak Peak at Next Winter's Jackets, Backpacks & Boots From ISPO
Get a look at the best waterproof jackets, down jackets and walking boots before they're released
Hundreds of brands were presenting their new product lines for autumn / winter 2017, with all sorts of adventure gear on display - from the best waterproof jackets and walking boots for 2017, to backpacks, baselayers, crampons and climbing harnesses.
Here are a few of the highlights - a selection of the best bits of outdoor gear that will be making its way into the shops this autumn.
The North Face Ventrix Jacket
The North Face's new Ventrix Jacket picked up a coveted ISPO gold award, given by the show's organisers to the best outdoor gear of 2017. The new Ventrix fabric has holes which open when you're moving and stretching it, and then close when you're stationary.
This makes the mid-layer more breathable when you're exercising, and warmer when you stop - making it perfect for something like splitboarding or ski touring when you often get cold at the top as you stop to take off your climbing skins.
The North Face Summit Series Jackets, Pants & Backpacks for Mountaineering and Ski Touring
The Propius ski mountaineering jacket shown on the front dummy has a pocket big enough for a set of climbing skins (useful for keeping them warm so they retain their stickiness when you're not using them) and the Rapidus backpack she's wearing also has features specially tailored for the sport.
Its nifty side-opening and elasticated ski carry straps mean you can load it up without taking it off your back!
The North Face's down mountaineering suit combines a retro look with the latest tech.
Fjallraven Bergtagen Series
Fjallraven's Bergtagen series is brand new for winter 2017. The range is designed for high mountain environments and includes some of the most technical jackets, trekking trousers and baselayers the Swedish outdoor brand has ever produced.
Fjallraven Kånken Backpacks
Fjallraven's best-selling Kanken backpacks are a modern classic. The design has just been classified as a piece of art by the Swedish government! To celebrate, they've released this multi-coloured collection with special straps.
Berghaus Ramche Micro Down Jacket
Berghaus have built on the success of last year's Ramche 2.0 down jacket by releasing this lighter-weight version. The ripstop fabric makes it all but indestructible while the staggered baffles on the inside and outside help to reduce cold spots.
Berghaus Hyper 100 Jacket
Last year's Berghaus Vapourlight Hyper Smock was groundbreaking - an insanely lightweight jacket (lighter than an iPhone) which didn't compromise on performance.
This year the brand have added to that with a three-layer jacket which is still insanely light. The Hyper 100 weighs less than 100g in a medium, making it the lightest jacket of its kind in the world, and perfect for trail-running or mountain marathons. Small wonder then that it picked up an ISPO gold award.
Paramo Nievo Skiing Jacket
Despite Paramo's popularity among skiers the brand has never released a ski-specific jacket before. That's changed with this, the Nievo Jacket, which will be released in time for winter 2017. They're also releasing the Nievo ski pant, and the combo will be perfect for ski touring.
Paramo Ostro Fleece
Marmot Featherless Hoodie
New from Marmot for winter 2017 is the Featherless Hoodie - a synthetic down mid-layer which boasts the equivalent weight and insulating power of 700 fill down.
Marmot's tent range was on display outside the tradeshow halls at ISPO.
Primus Primetech Stove Set
Primus' new Primetech stove set gives you the means to cook and two pans in one lightweight, compact package. It also features a special valve designed to stop you wasting gas. This helped win the stove an ISPO gold award this year.
Primus Tupike Stove
Primus' Tupike Stove is a neat camping solution.
Outdoor Research Alpenice Jacket
Outdoor Research's new Alpenice jacket uses Polartec Alpha in different weights, keeping the warmth in where you need it most without sacrificing ease of movement.
Outdoor Research Gloves 2017
Outdoor Research make great gloves, including several models which include their heating systems. Highlights of the 2017 range include the Outdoor Research Stormtracker gloves and the Lucent.
Outdoor Research NinjaClava
Outdoor Research's NinjaClava (see what they did there?) is a popular and versatile model.
Rab Polartec Alpha Direct
Outdoor Research aren't the only people to use Polartec's insulating materials in their jackets. This Polartec Alpha Direct Fleece by Rab also uses it.
Hanwag Anvik GTX Boots
German brand Hanwag are releasing the new Anvik GTX boot for winter 2017. The sole is a collaboration with French tyre brand Michelin, and features the same rubber as their Alpin 5 winter tyre - so you can rest assured it'll grip like anything!
Haglofs Barrier Rescue Jacket
Haglofs' Barrier Rescue Jacket features Primaloft's Gold Insulation Active synthetic insulation - 45% of which is made from recycled bottles. It boasts the highest breathability of any synthetic insulation and the highest thermal performance.
Haglofs Tide Insulated Shirt
The Tide Insulated shirt is part of Haglofs 1914 collection - it's designed to keep you looking stylish as you stroll around the streets of Stockholm (or anywhere else cold for that matter) whatever the temperature.
Haglofs Torsang Backpack
To celebrate their centenary a couple of years ago, Haglofs made a backpack inspired by their classic designs which was built entirely in Sweden.
The quality was second to none, but the cost was prohibitively high (in the region of €900 apparently!). This year they're releasing this slightly more affordable version - the Torsang.
Black Diamond Apollo Lamp
Black Diamond's Apollo Lamp is a nifty bit of camping gear. As well as lighting up your tent, it can act as an emergency power pack, thanks to the USB port. It contains enough battery to charge your phone completely twice.
Black Diamond Ice Axes
Black Diamond's ice axes are some of the best in the business. Their 2017 range looks as vicious as ever.
Black Diamond First Light Hybrid Hoodies
Black Diamond's First Light Hybrid Hoodie midlayers were the highlights of their clothing range.
Sherpa Norgay Jacket
Sherpa is a brand with deep roots in the Himalayan region of Nepal where Sherpas have acted as high mountain guides for generations of visiting climbers. Founded by Tashi Sherpa in 2003 it has gone from strength to strength.
This Norgay jacket, named after Tenzing Norgay himself, has neat little features like bronze effect zips (designed to look like the doors of Buddhist monasteries) and ties that are coloured like Nepalese prayer flags.
Sherpa Kirtipur Jumper
Like many of Sherpa's midlayers and casual wear, the Kirtipur jumper is made in the Himalayas by women local to the region.
Icebreaker Stratus X Jacket
Icebreaker are a New Zealand brand who specialise in Merino garments. Even the fill in this stylish insulated jacket is made from the sheep's wool - Icebreaker call it "Merinoloft".
Royal Robbins Astoria Waterproof Jacket
Royal Robbins was founded by the climber of the same name and his wife. The couple were part of the original 60s and 70s California rock climbing scene as Yvon Chouinard (the founder of Patagonia) and Doug Tompkins, who started The North Face.
While it doesn't enjoy the same household name status as those two other brands, Royal Robbins has recently been acquired by new owners who are injecting a new sense of purpose. Their stylish new designs play off the company's unimpeachable heritage and they've adopted a new set of exacting environmental standards, including manufacturing all their clothing in BlueSign approved factories.
Sprayway Mylus Jacket
Sprayway's Mylus Jacket is a very versatile midlayer, suitable for everything from hill-walking to ski touring.
Swedish brand Didriksons have a heritage stretching back to 1913, which their designers are clearly channeling with these classic parkas.
OMM Kamleika Smock
All the gear produced by OMM is designed for the event which gives the company its name - the Original Mountain Marathon. The Kamleika Smock here is super-lightweight (it weighs just 180g) and packs down really small.
The OMM will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and is releasing a heritage-inspired range of backpacks to mark the occasion.
Eider Ski Jackets
French brand Eider make damn fine ski gear. One their stand at ISPO this year they'd arranged it all in these monochrome blocks - kind of cool!