We've seen the future – and judging by the look of these six slick offerings served up at the OutDoor expo in Germany – gearheads are going to be spoiled in 2017...
THE REVOLUTIONARY WATER FILTER
MSR's TrailShot Water Filter is one of those genius products that just works – in fact it works so well you can't believe it hasn't been done quite like this before. Ditching the traditional pump-action lever for a squeezy ball, this microfilter cleans a litre of wild water per minute of bacteria, protozoa and muck. Light weight and brilliant functionality make this a no-brainer for those looking to drink safe on a weight budget. Price is TBC, but it looks like it will appeal to those on a price budget too. Look out for it next spring.
THE SLICK LIGHTWEIGHT 'SACK
Lowe Alpine is 50 in 2017. And as well as a cool line of retro-inspired sacks, they have gone seriously futuristic with the Lowe Alpine Ascent Superlight, a stripped-down 30L alpine pack designed in partnership with climber Andy Cave and weighing in at a startling 540g. The top-end of the new Ascent Range, this pack features some of the coolest gizmos we've ever seen on such a minimalist pack (look at those ice axe loops!) and will appeal to lightweight lovers and fuss-free design aficionados as well as serious alpine stars. Price will be around £120.
THE OS GPS
Perhaps the biggest story to come out of the 2017 OutDoor show is the remarkable new range of GPS devices Ordnance Survey have been quietly pouring their expertise into over the last couple of years. The result is a new range that offers genuine bespoke functionality to a variety of users, and – of course – features OS's world-beating mapping in handheld units with simple, refined ergonomics. Everything from wrist-mounted watches to fully-featured HD handhelds are in the new range, which will be hitting the shelves in the first half of 2017.
THE GROOVY NEW PARAMO
Anyone unsold on the conservative styling of Paramo might want to have a look at the new range of colours and styles that are arriving as early as Autumn 2016. Square on the hillwalker's radar is the new Velez Adventure Jacket. Building on the success of the Smock and Light Velez designs, this slick jacket offers hybrid material design to increase durability and waterproofing in the areas where it matters. Modern styling and cool colours look to make this a must-buy for Paramo enthusiasts and brand newbies alike.
THE JACKET THAT'S BARELY THERE
The lightest 3 layer jacket in the world – and the most breathable waterproof out there – the new Berghaus Hyper 100 jacket is set to startle the lightweight world in March 17. A keynote product of the relaunch of the Extrem range, this jacket - designed with the formidable expertise of the MtnHaus design team, which features Leo Houlding and Mick Fowler as field testers – this jacket is so light it defies belief. Made of Hydroshell Elite Pro, it weighs in at less than 100g and claims to be fully waterproof, it packs into a stuffsack the size of a wallet and even features a pocket! The price looks set to be £260 - steep, but if Trail's testing gives it a thumbs up (watch out in-mag for a First Test) it could be worth it.
THE RETRO-MODERN CLASSIC
Everyone likes a bit of vintage appeal - and if that is married to modern functionality then you're onto a winner. This is the new Vioz Lux GTX RR, the 'luxury' version of the hugely popular Vioz GTX. Made of full-grain waxed Tuscan leather, a Flex-system in the ankle zone, Vibram 3D outsole for braking and stability and a rand on the toe, this is a seriously well-featured backpacking boot. And this ace 60s-vibe colour gets our vote on aesthetics...