Next in our series of ISPO Diaries, we?re looking at some of the interesting and exciting clothing, outerwear and accessories we spotted at the world’s biggest outdoor activities trade show. There was so much to see across something like 13 aircraft-hangar-sized halls that it’s difficult to know where to start, but these are a few of the bits that you?re likely to be able to get your hands on in the shop next season.
It’s hard not to love Patagonia. Whether they?re giving all their Black Friday profit to charity or working on new ways to recycle duck down, there’s usually something going on that’s impressive and admirable in equal measure.
At ISPO of course, it was no different, and they showed their class once again by dedicating a large part of their stand to the ?If it’s broke, fix it? campaign, encouraging us to keep our garments in play for longer by offering free outerwear repairs.
Their dedicated seamstresses were surrounded by a colourful array of fabric, zips, buttons and insulation as they casually repaired a selection of well-worn down insulators and much-loved waterproof shells that had been donated by visitors to the show. It was really cool to see.
Of course, they?re not just about fixing your old gear ? at the end of the day they want you hyped on new Patagonia stuff too ? so there was plenty to see on that front too. This new packable synthetic insulator was a real highlight.
The HyperPuff hoody uses a new type of durable synthetic insulation that they say gives an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio, superb packability and incredibly fast spring-back. Looks pretty sweet too!
It was great to chat to the Planks guys over in Munich, representing the UK in style. Their big news was the recent re-signing of Woodsy to the team, something we covered in our recent interview with the man himself, and the new range was looking extremely tasty indeed.
The Yeti Hunter is a lightweight technical jacket offering 20,000/20,000 waterproofing and breathability stats, along with taped seams and a DWR coating, all wrapped up in a relaxed 3-layer design. You’ll be able to pick up the Yeti Hunter in a range of different colourways, in nice simple block designs, or stealthy black camo with fluro detail. Affordable, technical, steeze. We love it.
Woodsy has handpicked his favourites from the Planks ?17/?18 range to create a capsule collection that fans of the X-Games gold medallist can get fully involved in. At the centre of it is his choice of jacket ? the super-accessible Good Times.
It’s built out of their RIDEdry15 fabric, with a layer of 100g quilted insulation in the liner. As with all Planks clothing, the focus is on durability and affordability, and the Good Times jacket offers just that.
Keep an eye out for the Feel Good Pullover too ? it’s a 1/3 zip version of the Good Times and it’s a real winner!
Black Crows have only been in the outerwear game for a couple of seasons, with a few choice options on limited sale. Next season they’ll be going much bigger, with a far more extensive range available in different colourways through more stores.
Black Crows boss Camille Jaccoux was on hand to talk us through the collection, that featured lots of very high-end GORE-TEX fabrics in block colours. It was classy stuff, as you might expect from Black Crows, with a really nice fit and lots of little details which would set them apart from the rest.
Avoiding the over-branded look that might put a lot of core riders off, BC have opted for a simple flash of their chevron logos on the sleeve. On the other hand, they’ve gone wild with it on the inside, making a feature of the taped seams with more high-vis chevrons than you can shake a stick at.
Fans of Black Crows are sure to be stoked on their outerwear, with options aimed at a core audience, while others offer a more accessible, recreational look.
Big news on the Oakley stand was their new model of goggle ? the Fall Line ? which we were able to get a few quick snaps of. It’s more of a cylindrical shape than many other Oakley models, which gives them a slightly lower profile and an alternative look that will appeal to fans of brands like Dragon.
It’s a similar style to the Flight Deck and Line Miner frames, and as always, you can take your pick of Oakley’s awesome Prizm lenses, with Prizm tech being included across the whole range of new and replacement Oakley lenses from now on.
We got a demonstration of the wavelength-targeting tint technology that goes into every Prizm lens and were as impressed as ever with the amount of detail and contrast that they manage to deliver with relatively little Visual Light Transmission. Awesome stuff!
Mons Royale were keeping their new stuff on total lockdown, so it was tricky to find any titbits to show you, but we did get the inside line on some interesting things they?re doing with Merino blends.
Having been quite committed to the 100% merino thing for a while now, Mons are branching out with some synthetic mixes in their mid and outer layers. A highlight for us was their selection of riding hoodies, aimed at those slushy spring park laps.
They look great, as you?d expect from Mons, and the new mix fabric should offer the benefits of merino with even more durability, helping them to resist the slips and slams that are inevitable when you?re pushing for progression in the park.
Of course, it wasn?t only Patagonia who were intent to let us know about the good wholesome stuff they get up to. Arc?Teryx were in on the action too!
We thought the story of their Bird’s Nest smock was a really nice one. It turns out that they’ve got a local initiative in their factories that employs volunteers to turn left-over and discontinued fabrics and materials into all-weather capes for the local homeless population.
In a world that’s got to start thinking more about sustainability, carbon footprint and social responsibility, it’s great to see brands like these helping to make a difference in little ways like this.
Up Next: Backcountry Touring
In the last of our ISPO insights we’ll give you the lowdown on what’s hot in the world of backcountry touring and splitboarding. Stay tuned!