Berghaus has extended the scope of its product sustainability programme for summer 2016 with the launch of Made Kind. From this season onwards, the new Made Kind symbol will highlight fabrics and technologies that combine high performance with low environmental impact, whether that's in the form of more eco-friendly materials or improved processes. The symbol can be found on swing tickets across a wide range of the latest Berghaus products.
To earn the Made Kind tag, Berghaus products must meet at least one of three criteria: be made out of a bluesign® approved fabric; be made using the award winning Colourkind colouring process; or be made using recycled materials. Berghaus has placed a particular focus on reducing water use in product manufacture, recognising the increasing pressure that is being put on this limited resource by growing populations and industrialisation. This was highlighted by the World Economic Forum which put water scarcity at the top of its global risk ranking in 2015.
Berghaus Colourkind features in extensions to the summer clothing range, including wovens and knits, with shirts and t-shirts incorporating Berghaus proven ARGENTIUM fast wicking and quick drying fabric technology. New for the season are the men's and women's Ortler shirts (men's short sleeved - £45, women's long sleeved - £55), classically styled travel shirts with features designed for extended use in warmer climates. Also new is a collection of comfortable and stylish ARGENTIUM® t-shirts, such as the women's Voyager (£35) and men's Voyager Overhang (£35).
The Colourkind process adds colour to the polymer melt before it is extruded into fibres, eliminating the stages of standard textile production that consume the largest quantities of water and generate the most pollutants, and resulting in a higher quality fabric with improved colour fastness. Colourkind reduces fresh water consumption by 89% versus standard dyeing, as well as CO2 emissions by 62%, and chemical use by 63%. Thanks to Colourkind, Berghaus hopes to have saved 2,500,000 litres of water from its production process by the end of summer 2016. For this year, the use of the process has been extended to a significantly larger range of Berghaus products.
The spring/summer 2016 Berghaus range is available now from www.berghaus.com and selected specialist outdoor retailers. To find out more about the Berghaus Made Kind programme, visit the dedicated section on the brand's website.
NIGOR® has added a new product to its range of highly specified, lightweight tents. The Spix is a tough and technical all season, three person four pole tunnel tent for extreme conditions. Weighing just 5.08kg, the NIGOR Spix features the most advanced tent materials and components currently available, including new poles from DAC and ultra-lightweight Gorlyn 40 material.
Developed in partnership with Jake Lah, the founder of DAC, the NIGOR Spix is the first expedition tent in the world to feature DAC's new 13.55 PL poles, which are 45% stiffer than 11mm poles, but weigh 7% less. The PL poles also deliver extreme elasticity, a big advantage in comparison to regular poles during harsh conditions. The poles' ability to flex while remaining in position and then returning to their original straightness when packed away is unmatched.
During controlled tests by DAC, the tent withstood winds of up to hurricane force. The DAC tester commented that it was very unusual for a tunnel tent to stand up to wind speeds of 20-25m/second against both its sides and front. The Spix achieved this, without suffering damage to the poles or fly.
The NIGOR Spix also features Gorlyn 40, an ultra-lightweight ripstop 40D nylon with an extremely high tear strength. Rather than mesh, the Gorlyn is combined with, FabVue, a new transparent breathable fabric that delivers an unparalleled combination of external views and excellent ventilation.
The spacious vestibule has front and side doors, with robust zip entry. The inner tent also offers plenty of room for three people and their gear. The zipped vents in the fly can be easily opened for air flow, and to scoop snow or for cooking. All ventilation options can also be securely closed against the elements. The floor is made of 40D ripstop nylon with a TPU laminate (hydrostatic head of 10,000mm).
The NIGOR Spix will comfortably sleep three people and its light weight and small pack size (55cm x 18cm) make it ideal for expedition use. The tent can be used with a double pole set if necessary.
The Spix retails at £950 and will be available from www.nigor.eu and selected specialist outdoor retailers from May.
For footage of the NIGOR Spix performing in hurricane conditions in a wind test, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoZXQr346a4.
The winners of this year's UK Outdoor Industry Awards were announced at the OIA Conference Gala Dinner on 16th March, which were selected from 31 finalist products by members of the public.
The finalist products were displayed within a dedicated area at The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show in February, which allowed consumers to vote for their favourites in person, as well as online.
The Gala Dinner was the final stage of the awards process, where over 100 entries in ten categories were previously shortlisted by a panel of expert judges (including specialist outdoor retailers and journalists) at the Outdoor Trade Show (OTS 2015), the UK's largest outdoor trade exhibition, in September.
The Jetboil MiniMo was announced as winner in the Camping Equipment category, it was up against the Petromax Atago and Vango Folding Stove with Piezo & Windshield. The unique design of the MiniMo allows improved control and usability for the user as well as increased performance from the stove. The high performance Jetboil system includes all of the favourite Jetboil signature features like the convenience push button igniter, FluxRing® heat exchanger and insulating cosy. However the MiniMo presents new qualitites unique to this stove which make it an easy to use cooking experience.
The MiniModelivers the finest simmer control of any upright canister stove on the market. Thanks to proprietary regulator technology, the stove ensures consistent performance right down to -6°C making it good even for cold temperatures.
The cleverly designed 1 litre cup with optimized height provides users with an easy-to-eat experience due to the lower spoon angle.
Like most of the other Jetboil stoves, the lid is integrated with a pour spout and strainer, but also has a drinking spout. Cook then drink straight from your Jetboil!
The burner unit (6000 BTU) produces a fast boil time of 2m 15s per 0.5l.
The new folding metal handles provide a solid grip on the cup while cooking and eating.
Jetboil have thought of everything in this one compact stove including useful features like making the bottom cover double up as a measuring cup but also when it comes to packing up your personal cooking system and fitting everything inside the cooking cup for easy storage!
For further information on the stove please visit www.jetboil.com
For further information on the awards please visit www.outdoorindustriesassociation.co.uk/awards
HOKA ONE ONE have announced that their Tor Ultra Hi WP hiking boot has been named winner in the footwear category at the inaugural UK Outdoor Industry Awards.
The awards, which are a joint undertaking of the Outdoor Industries Assocation (OIA), Outdoor Trade Show (OTS) and The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show, received over 100 nominations, across 10 categories.
The Tor Ultra Hi WP made the final footwear shortlist of just 3 products after appraisal by a panel of industry experts, comprising both retailers and journalists. It was then declared the winner in the footwear category following a round of public voting.
"The awards ceremony was fantastic. It was great to see the reaction from the industry and the brilliant reception that the Tor Ultra Hi WP received. It's clearly captured the imagination of the press, retailers and most importantly the general public who voted for it. Everyone who picked it up and tried it out had a similar reaction, it offers so much shoe for the low weight, and is genuinely something different. A real wow product!" says Tony Leonard, HOKA ONE ONE Territory Manager for the North of the UK, who collected the award.
This accolade is the latest in a series of awards for the boot including 'Footwear Product of the Year 2015' from The Great Outdoors magazine, '2015 Gear Award' from review website GearWeAre.com and 'Editor's Choice' from Outdoor Enthusiast magazine. The Tor Ultra Hi WP is available now from HOKA ONE ONE, as well as from selected retailers nationwide.
British brand Montane partners with the prestigious Alpine Club to sponsor the Montane Alpine Club Climbing Fund, an award offered bi-annually to support British climbers and mountaineers to explore the world's mountainous regions and break new alpine terrain.
The Alpine Club is the world's oldest climbing club, established in 1857 during the golden age of alpinism, with a mission to facilitate access to and exploration of the mountainous regions of the world. Some of the most thrilling ascents and adventurous mountain expeditions this decade have been supported by the Alpine Club Climbing Fund. Today, Montane announces it will sponsor the fund, helping to support the future of adventurous British alpine climbing.
The Montane Alpine Club Climbing Fund is a yearly grant usually split between eight expeditions. Awards are offered bi-annually in March and November and will be given to teams attempting first ascents or new routes in remote areas, or exploring little known alpine terrain. Recent recipients have included teams clocking first ascents in Alaska, Tajikistan, Patagonia, Kyrgyzstan and the Indian Himalaya.
Montane's Terry Stephenson said: "The Alpine Club Climbing Fund has made possible some incredible feats of mountaineering. We're delighted to be involved to help climbers and mountaineers explore the world's mountainous regions.
The Alpine Club is the world's oldest climbing club, with a long and highly respected history and we're delighted to partner with them. We see this partnership as a natural and logical extension of our position as an international alpine climbing apparel manufacturer."
Malcolm Bass, Alpine Club Vice President, said: "Montane is a natural partner for the Alpine Club Climbing Fund. They have a long history of involvement in supporting adventurous alpine and big wall climbing through focused clothing design and manufacture and also by supporting individual alpine and big wall climbers. Together we can further the exploration of mountainous regions of the world by British climbers. It's an exciting new phase for the Alpine Club."
The Montane Alpine Club Climbing Fund is a yearly grant available to a number of British expeditions attempting adventurous new alpine or big wall climbing. The first award was in 2008. Awards are offered bi-annually in March and November.
Montane are sponsoring the award for two years until March 2018.
There are approximately eight recipients of the 10,000 annual cash award. Awards are given to established teams attempting high profile routes, experienced alpinists operating off the beaten track, as well as less well established teams launching their expedition careers. Primary criteria are that supported expeditions attempt first ascents or new routes in remote areas, or explore little known alpine terrain.
Recent recipients have included teams making successful first ascents in Alaska, Tajikistan, Patagonia, Kyrgyzstan and the Indian Himalaya.
The Alpine Club is the world's oldest climbing club, established in 1857.
Members have included some of the world's most esteemed British mountaineers including Eric Shipton, Sir Chris Bonington, Doug Scott and Mick Fowler.
Applications for the Montane Alpine Club Climbing Fund will be assessed by a committee consisting of active, experienced alpinists (currently Paul Ramsden, Andy Houseman, Malcolm Bass, Paul Knott, Susan Jensen and Toto Gronland) as well as input from Montane.
The next application deadline is October 30 2016.
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Osprey Behind the Design
Today (4 February 2016) Black Diamond Equipment, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), is voluntarily issuing two recalls. Subject to user inspection are select carabiners (including quickdraws) and Nylon Runners.
There have been no accidents reported involving these products. As the safety of our customer is first priority to Black Diamond, we decided to communicate widely to the public, the media and our retail partners as following.
A Black Diamond dealer contacted us after finding a Nylon Sling with a taped splice. We immediately stopped production and delivery of Nylon Slings and issued a recall.
What is Black Diamond doing?
During the manufacturing process, the tubular nylon webbing used in our Nylon Runners is wound onto spools that may contain multiple strands of nylon webbing. These strands are connected by taped splices that, if undetected in the inspection process, could be included in a finished Nylon Runner.
We have determined the scope of potentially affected units and issued a recall, subject to inspection, of all Nylon Runners potentially affected by the issues we discovered.
Furthermore, we have worked with the webbing manufacturer to eliminate the use of tape splices in the spools of nylon webbing used in our Nylon Runners.
During a routine inspection of product, we discovered a carabiner with an incomplete gate rivet. We immediately stopped production and delivery of all affected carabiners and issued a recall.
What is Black Diamond doing?
We have determined the scope of potentially affected units and issued a recall, subject to inspection, of all carabiners potentially affected by the issues we discovered.
Furthermore, we have undertaken a complete review of our carabiner inspection process to ensure that individual testing of carabiners is properly implemented. For added security, product that has gone through this more rigorous testing process has been labeled with a green sticker. All products shipped after the date of this recall will have a green sticker.
- For solid gate carabiners: gates are properly riveted.
- For wiregate carabiners: gate wire ends are properly formed.
- For screwgate locking carabiners: the gates and locking sleeves are assembled correctly and function properly.
- All carabiner gates fully close when released from any position.
PAramo leads the Outdoor Industry towards the Greenpeace commitment to exclude hazardous and persistent pollutants from the production of textiles.
On 25th of January at the ISPO trade show, Gareth Mottram, CEO of PAramo Directional Clothing will publicly announce an important commitment to our customers and the planet. As a part of the Greenpeace Detox program, this commitment lays out the basis for excluding hazardous chemicals from the production of all PAramo Outdoor products.
Although many textile companies from outside the Outdoor Industry have already made this commitment, PAramo will be the first Outdoor company to do so. Why?
Outdoor dependence on PFCs has held up Detox
Most outdoor brands, with the exception of PAramo, are still wedded to the use of PFC-based water repellents. These materials are either directly released or they break down to form extremely toxic and persistent PFC chemicals which have migrated to the furthest reaches of the world. Recent research by Greenpeace showed that you can find PFCs in the most pristine environments, in the Arctic and high up in the remotest mountain ranges. Outdoor brands still use PFCs because they are nervous that, without them, their products would not stand up to the technical demands required in wild conditions. It is not possible to remain a PFC user and sign up to the Greenpeace Detox commitment.
PAramo excludes PFCs and yet delivers high performance products. How?
PAramo asserts and has proven that high waterproof performance does not require PFC pollution. PAramo uses water repellency provided by Nikwax, who have a 15+ year commitment to the elimination of PFC chemistry. PAramo's clothing has been used by many expeditions very successfully, including Greenpeace's own expeditions to obtain samples of snow and water for PFC analysis. Other scientists regularly choose PAramo, including the British Antarctic Survey team (BAS). BAS researchers have to work for long periods in one of the most challenging places on Earth.
Gareth Mottram, CEO of PAramo said, "Although PAramo is still a relatively little-known brand outside of the UK, we have a disproportionate number of clients who are outdoor professionals, including many geophysical researchers and Biosphere managers. They choose our products because of the combination of comfort and performance. We have successfully shown that we can protect people as well as - indeed, better than PFC-based Outdoor clothing brands in the toughest of environments. By signing up to the Greenpeace Detox commitment, we are taking an important additional step in verifying that all our sourcing and production has minimal impact on the environment that we love and enjoy. We encourage the rest of the industry to speed up their commitment to removing dangerous pollutants from their production."
For more information on PAramo and their ethical approach to outdoor gear visit www.paramo-clothing.com/en-gb/ourethics
To read more about Greepeace's research into outdoor equipment and the use of pollutants from the production of textiles go to www.greenpeace.org/international/en/high/news/Blogs/makingwaves/report-hazardous-chemicals-outdoor-gear/blog/55379
Whenever we venture into the great outdoors - whether for a day's hiking or other activities - being prepared for any eventuality is vital, especially in changeable winter conditions.
Outdoor experts Terra Nova Equipment recommend a 'bothy bag' as a great piece of kit to keep in your rucksack for protection from the elements during a planned lunchtime stop or in an emergency.
Terra Nova Equipment director, Carolyn Budding explained: "Used by mountain leaders, rescue organisations, skiers and outdoor enthusiasts all over the world, these indispensable lightweight shelters can be easily stored for peace of mind whether you're in the outdoors alone or as group.
Simply put, a bothy bag is a large rectangular box shape of fabric, allowing a group of people to quickly get under and take cover from the elements. These shelters can quickly warm up with shared body heat, creating a micro-climate inside the simple structure."
It can also save lives in the event of someone being injured, providing necessary shelter to keep them warm and dry whilst waiting for help. The bothy bag is a real must for those involved in river sports such as canoeing and kayaking, also hikers, climbers and other mountain activities.
Terra Nova bothy bags come in a range of sizes from 2 to 20-person and feature waterproof seating, clear windows for great visibility, mesh vents and roof 'sockets' which can house walking poles for additional support.
When selecting a bothy bag it is worth looking for the following features: well made (so that the stitching doesn't come loose or suffer fabric tears in the wind), waterproof, high quality wind-protective fabric, ventilation considerations, lightweight, small pack size, quick and simple to use and pack away.
The four-person Terra Nova Bothy 4 is available in red from leading outdoor retailers at £45. Visitwww.terra-nova.co.uk for more information and details of your nearest stockist.
Bergans of Norway, the mountaineering clothing brand, announces their support of the Lake District National Park Authority's Fell Top Assessment Team.
Bergans of Norway has been selected as the official clothing and equipment partner for the Lake District National Park Authority's Fell Top Assessment team. The Norwegian brand, which is renowned for its expertise in mountaineering clothing, has been specifically chosen for its high-spec garments, incorporating a comfortable fit with innovative features. The official uniform of the team has been designed to help keep the Fell Top Assessors sheltered from the winter weather, when hiking Helvellyn every day between December and Easter 2016.
The news of this collaboration with Bergans of Norway comes after the Lake District National Park Authority recently announced details of its two Fell Top Assessors - Graham Uney and Jon Bennett - who hike up Helvellyn daily to record temperatures, snow depth, wind speed, underfoot conditions and assess risks, including potential avalanches in weather conditions as low as -16C. This service helps to protect the 15 million visitors and locals visiting the Lake District every year, via the Lake District's 'Weatherline'.
Graham Uney, who is entering his second year as Fell Top Assessor with the Lake District National Park Authority said: "I am at the start of my second season as fell top assessor and I'm hoping that it'll be as varied and exciting as last year. Helvellyn is a great mountain to call your'workplace' and I feel really privileged to be able to go up there every day, and help provide a service that keeps thousands of walkers and climbers safe throughout the winter season. Having sponsorship from Bergans of Norway and Asolo will make our job a safer and more comfortable one too."
The Bergans of Norway brand is regularly relied upon by professional mountaineers and extreme explorers for protecting them against the elements. Such names include Cecile Skog, Craig Mathieson and David Hempleman-Adams, who is currently leading the Endurance 100 Polar exploration expedition, to complete Shackleton's final journey.
Andy Nicolson of Bergans of Norway said: "We are delighted that Bergans have been chosen as lead sponsors for this initiative. There is so much synergy between the service offered by these fell top assessors and the heritage of the Bergans of Norway brand, built on protection from the elements.
"In challenging conditions, the correct clothing and equipment is vital. Knowing that the kit they have chosen has been specially developed in close collaboration with seasoned high-mountain climbers for protection from wind, extreme temperatures and changeable weather, will give Graham and Jon peace of mind that their kit is designed to perform when needed."
Ross Cunningham, General Manager of Ambleside outdoor retailer Stewart R. Cunningham Outdoor Centres said: "It is great to see a name like Bergans of Norway championing such a valuable service. The outdoor industry benefits enormously from the activities of Graham and Jon and it is fitting that a brand as prestigious as Bergans of Norway are supporting activities which help to make the mountains a safer and much more enjoyable place to be."
Weatherline is on 0844 846 2444 (calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge) or website www.lakedistrictweatherline.co.uk
Sealskinz, the British Endurance Accessories manufacturer, is launching its first ever collection for Spring / Summer. For more than 17 years, the company has been designing and manufacturing waterproof, breathable products that make the Great Outdoors more accessible. This new collection also addresses moisture management - just of a different kind
Whilst entering the Spring/Summer market may seem like quite a departure for Sealskinz, it is in fact an obvious step forward for the company as it already has extensive knowledge of technical fabrics as David Richards, Head of Marketing at Sealskinz explains:
"The challenge for our designers wasn't to break the mould, just to reapply our knowledge. Our first Spring/Summer collection brings in brand new technologies and sees established, successful ones used in new ways. The British weather is as unpredictable as it gets, so we have created highly breathable products for high octane activities and those rare, heady days of summer, but there are also lightweight waterproof options for when the heavens predictably open."
The Spring/Summer 2016 has ranges for Outdoors; Mountain Biking; Road Biking; and the company's first ever Running range. Alongside lightweight water resistant gloves and hats are the company's first ever single layer socks. There are multiple fabric technologies on show which deliver functional activity specific designs.
New technologies include Isolfil. This new yarn is 160 times less absorbent than cotton and five times more durable than wool. So, as well as offering maximum breathability and moisture management, it also regulates skin temperature and out performs traditional fabrics. The sock collection across all activities is lightweight and - thanks to a special coating - water repellent and highly breathable. Because water is not absorbed by the fibres, they also have significantly fast drying times.
The Halo glove in the new Run category demonstrates Sealskinz's ability to examine the needs of a market and bring exciting new products to life. The Halo is made up of a powerful triple LED light integrated into the back of a lightweight glove. The light is visible from 150m and has a run time of 200 hours. The glove itself has a touchscreen compatible thumb and index finger, making it the perfect runners who want to track their activity.
All of the SS16 collection has been designed with the end user in mind and has been tested in the field by Sealskinz's army of ambassadors whose input is paramount in delivering functional, practical products.
Find more information online at www.sealskinz.com