Tuesday, June 5, 2012

SALOMON 2012/2013 Performance Apparel/Shoes


Highlights from the SIA/Denver tradeshow.

words/images Judith Ecochard

Salomon is a huge line---we only had time to see some of the new apparel and footwear items set to deliver  late summer/early Fall 2012.

No surprise, as a brand that is driven by athletic needs fused with design innovations, and cutting edge fabrications---Salomon is an outdoors label that stands for highly functioning activewear versus being the most fashion-y separates on the mountain.

Pic Down Jacket $350 on back mannequin-new--- (w)-down insulated with removable hood with 3D adjustable/removable fur collar, Lycra® cuffs, removable powder skirt,  goggles wipe

Women get warm via Primaloft® insulation and dry (Clima Pro Storm™) in the new Inside Jacket----with 100% taped seams, air vent system with mesh backing, snap in connection with pants keeps the snow out---and plenty of pockets including an inner goggle one. $400

Inside Jacket-extra long thumb holes-almost mitten like-nice touch

Not super trendy looking-but with a progressive cut---it's 20,000k/20,000k rated and the fabric is Bluesign approved.

hood lays flat

removable powder skirt

Cadabra 2L Jacket-technical, weatherproof -made from ClimaPro™ Storm fabric, 100% taped, air vent system with mesh backing...rated 20,000k/20,000k 
Probably the biggest new deal-is this Salomon athlete-pro freeskier skier, Mark Abma signature line of environmentally designed (bluesign® certified) Cadabra  collection. Available with Primaloft® insulation or a non-insulated shell...jacket is $350...Cadabra pant $250
easy access pockets when carrying pack

mesh venting-nice print too

removable powder skirt/inner pockets/snap in connection with pant

designed for backpackers, hood lies flat-3D adjustable

Lycra cuffs with thumb loop, velcro sleeves keep warm/dry

high snap collar with inner storm flap

Sideways 3 layer jacket

Sideways pants

cinch up for walking

powder release cuffs-open up via velcro let snow out-very handy

mesh venting

extra coverage Sideways pants-high waist band $280

Sideways-3 layer tech shell-fleece lining -women

super high collar

removable powder skirt, goggle pocket

easy on off with inside leg zips

XT WINGS 3-ACS system-energy return, cushioning-and stability--- proprietary construction
Redesigned for 2012---trail running got a comfy addition with XT Wings 3-seamless upper construction for no hot spots, more aggressive outsole, and new midsole (triple density EVA, pronation control)...plus stability and forefoot propulsion...like the brand's S-Lab line of racing shoes.
welded Sensifit® reduces chaffing, and weight-fyi.., quick drying breathable mesh, mud guard, lace pocket, TPU toe cap

Outsole is flexible---Contragrip HA/Non-marking Contragrip®-aggressive lug pattern

Several colors available-$140-good for heel strikers (imo)  and there is a lightweight version---more minimalist in feel ---the XR Mission CS $130-for those who run trails in their road shoes but need features like TPU toe cap...and probably better kicker for mid foot strikers.

Casual crossover shoes...the S Wind for women and men in mid-are waterproof---
Quicklace® system men's versiom

Love the look of this kicker---the Snowcross CS is a lightweight (12.7oz for USA size 9 men) running shoe for those days when most sane people would have on their cross country skis to get around.

mud and snow non-marking Contragrip® 9 tungston spikes with carbon tips

anti-debris mesh-protective ankle pads

zip gaiter keeps the elements out
Lots of details---made of water resistant textile, second skin seamless construction, strategically place textile parts, Sensifit®-for a great fit, Quicklace®, Ortholite® sock liner, Climashield® membrane-nice balance of moisture management/waterproof/breathable, molded EVA/Injected EVA midsole...$200
 Snowcross CS

SNOWCROSS CS - gusseted tongue...handsome enough to wear around town