During the 2015 Outdoor Retailer Winter Show, some new winter gear items were introduced. Kathtoola has made some great updates to their MICROspikes. You will notice the metal toe bar is gone and there are reinforcements to prevent the spikes from pulling and breaking over time. Without the metal piece, the spikes are much more packable. The shape is slightly different to prevent slippage as well. I am happy about the improvements and look forward to providing more feedback on performance this winter. They will be available fall 2015.
There are no new mountaineering snowshoes coming out for 2015. The Lightning Ascent and Revo snowshoes that were redesigned in 2014 were on display.
The newest snowshoe will be a touring snowshoes. The Tubbs Limited Edition Boundary Peak Snowshoes will be available fall 2015 through April 2016. They will be available for both men and women and will come in two sizes for each gender. The MSRP is $249.00. The snowshoes have fairly aggressive teeth and heel lifts. They would be appropriate for rolling hills.
Hillsound didn’t have any big updates, but were featuring their gaiters which would be a great match for those who often rip their gaiters with crampons. The Hillsound Armadillo Gaiters are made with SuperFabric™ on the lower half to prevent abrasion or tearing issues. The Nano Gaiter is best for more intense aerobic activities as the upper material adjusts with the temperature as it is breathable. The only downfall I can see is the full length zipper. The gaiters would render useless if there was a zipper failure. They Armadillo line ranges from $49.00 to $98.00 MSRP. Keep an eye out for a full review of the Super Armadillo Gaiters and Trail Crampons!
Outdoor Research came out with a lot of new gloves that will be available fall 2015.
Liner gloves with windstopper lining on the backs and breathable radiant fleece on palms to keep hands dry. MSRP $39.00
Outdoor Research redesigned their popular alpine Vert Gloves. This is a cold weather glove that provides a great grip and dexterity. MSRP $59.00
These are an alpine and ski style glove. These gloves are waterproof and made to protect against harsh weather. MSRP $89.00
These are weather resistant technical alpine climbing gloves. Shown above in men’s (green) and women’s (purple). MSRP $129.00
Want to see even more new products from the Winter 2015 Outdoor Retailer? Check out what’s new with sleeping pads and food/energy supplements!
Last modified: September 2, 2017
Allison, I was just thinking while reading this post… I’m not sure that I really know the difference between microspikes and crampons. Might make for an interesting post at some point. 🙂