12/08/2010 16:17:42

Words by tcsh

Kendal Outdoor Retail Show - Report

The Climbers Shop website team paid a visit to the Kendal Outdoor Retail Show (KORS) yesterday to see what was new and exciting in the world of outdoor gear for 2011.

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This is the second year of this trade show being held in Kendal and this year it brought in big names such as DMM, 5.10, Scarpa, Rab, Terra Nova and Zamberlan, amongst many others.  The show had definitely evolved and grown from its embryonic beginnings last year.  There were now more stands, more representatives and lots more cool new gear to see.

The theme for much of the new gear at the show was ‘ultra lightweight’;  there was a very obvious trend for making gear as light as physically possible.  One of the stand out super light products was a tent from Terra Nova which weighs in at a ridiculous sub 500g, all in.  The Terra Nova Laser Ultra 1 looks like no tent you’ll have seen before as the fabric used is insanely light, but its also virtually transparent.

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Luckily the inner tent isn’t, so you can still protect your modesty inside the tent.  Although it was undoubtedly exceptionally light, we felt it was a very specialist tent that wouldn’t necessarily appeal to a wide range of people, or be particularly robust.  Considering there were other single person tents at around the 800g mark that weren’t transparent and were going to be less expensive, then its not likely to be a tent that the Climbers Shop will be stocking.  It was a very interesting taste of where tent technology is going nonetheless.

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Products we are likely to be stocking is a new rucksack range from POD rucksacks.  The Lux range of packs are very much lighter than their previous products and they will appeal to a number of users, from alpine climbers to UK hill walkers.  Although they use modern ultralight fabrics the renowned bombproof construction that you’d expect from POD is still very clear to see.  keep your eye out or these babies landing on o ur shelves in Spring 2010.

Another product which is a little left field are the Vibram Fivefingers.  These are less like conventional shoes or sandals, more like gloves for your feet.

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We have already introduced some of these innovative ‘shoes’ into our footwear range, with the mens and womens Fivefingers Sprint available now.  At KORS however we had the chance to see some of the new 2011 styles and models, some of which will no doubt be available from us in the new year. 

The Fivefingers would work fantastically with the Injinji Toesocks that we already have in stock and are very popular.

There’s lots of other fresh kit coming out for 2011, far too much to mention really and some that we are sworn to secrecy with, as you’d expect.  However we can tell you there is some very interesting new footwear coming from La Sportiva, along with some very cool, very light technical clothing from Rab too.  Some of the new products we saw will actually be available from us in Winter 2010, most however won’t be on the market until the Spring of 2011.  Keep an eye on our website as any autumn/winter season stock will start arriving from September and likewise our summer range starts to come in around March time.