|the solid pink is a tee shirt made of Celliant fibers-notice the even tone-aka even body temperature...|
This concept of capturing human energy and reflecting it back into the body for healing purposes is not new---Asian societies have practiced this for like ever--as did the ancient Egyptians...and there are chemically treated fabrics by other manufacturers that do just this too in the here and now.
What makes Celliant™ amazing is that it's actually a fiber---not a coating on a fabric like Schoeller's energear™(we wrote about prior)-so it's permanently functional---that absorbs and stores the electromagnetic energy transmissions...and smartly converts and releases the energy into a usable form to be absorbed into the skin/deep muscle tissue-for increased oxygen levels ("legalized doping")...or as also mentioned prior-balance out body temps whether in active mode...or not. A big deal imo -during intense physical activity...and when sleeping.
|mashed up w/ polyester|
|Celliant yarn---spun and filament yarns available|
|2 staple fibers available|
|we are demo-ing running socks by Celliant™ ---here's to no foot cramps when we swim!|
What makes OutDry® a standout for the lighter/faster crowd...is that there is no airspace gap (microscopic but significant) -between the hardshell material of the object i.e.. the gloves' "bladder"/footwear-"bootie"--- and the inner membrane---so there's zilch space for water to become trapped/ collect (add weight-"...up to 40% of an object's dry weight"!!!!!!), stagnate...or just create cold spots.
Team members from OutDry...an Italian based company, co-founded by the congenial Luca Morlacchi- an AC Milan fan (we asked of course)...were at the press briefing ---giving an overview of the technology.
Then sister brand- Mountain Hardwear actually show and tell-ed the new Spring 2014 backpacks- the South Col™ 70...pictured below...and the pro guide gear BMG™105...that are OutDry® 3D laminate technology endowed. Both haulers are lightweight, totally waterproof-seam welded (saves weight) and super tough packs ...that are roomy too.
How tough was Power Pointed illustrated, by the Mountain Hardwear guys-who tested the packs by filling them up with iron weights and tossing them out of a second story window many, many times---kinda like inspired CrossFit we guess...and, fyi- the pack fared very well with just a few rough-up spots---way better than what our luggage typically fares courtesy of airport baggage handlers-human or mechanical.
Field testing also done in the real world by Ueli Steck...an elite mountain climber.
|seams are welded (no seam sealing tape)-a technology we see more and more---roomy interior|
|padded back, adjustable straps....pretty stripped down one pack solution-flexible|
|Hey---free hot coffee...and a bunch of loggers wielding away serious chainsaws---very cool-outdoors in the freezing cold. Making a point we guess, that Georgia Boots are warm|
Easton Mountain Products-offers up several product lines...including the now available ultra-light - Kilo Tent series ---featuring the company's signature carbon fiber poles-the lightest weight tent support system in the world.
What really was super cool-debuting at the show---and not yet for sale (but soon)...the CUBEN Si2 über light tent---like ridiculously light-2lbs 9oz---the sales rep is holding the whole thing up with one finger. And it's not like he trained for this...the tent is that light---made of a material used in sailcloths...plus, it's waterproof/breathable via eVent.
|Zero drop, asymmetrical lacing-for a non-chafing socklike fit, anatomical REALFIT last, wider toe box, curved outsoles forefoot and heel for natural motion...but with elastic heel strap for customizable fit., generous ball girth|
Another clever fabulous use of a fabric treatment we're familiar with, 3M™'s Scotchlite™ Reflective Material with 360 Enhanced Visibility ...is by minimalist masters of the running shoe SKORA.
|Pittards® leather frames reflective airmesh upper that glows when light hits it---women's Phase-X-no tongue design, stitch down construction/anti-microbial sock liner---for ez runs without socks. Nice enough looking to wear around town too.|
BE SEEN in the dark....in a comfortable, natural motion rider for the feet. In a way, we are surprised more footwear brands have not done this...trust us-those reflective "pops" on clothing do not do the trick on dark rural country roads. Just ask the road kill- for concurrence.
|men's Phase -X 7.6oz, airmesh upper with reflective overlays (no sew), stitch down construction/anti-microbial sock liner---for ez runs without socks.|
Other Skora Fall 2013 kicks include the limited edition blue camo/white/flo. orange Men's Form
|Our review of SKORA's from last season|
Just more reasons to celebrate spending times in these parts of the planet.
The incentive that night- was had at the huge, multi-storied pub, the original Squatter's ---located an easy stroll from downtown hotels---and jammed pack when we got there.
This establishment---and partner, Wasatch Brewery (named after the mountain range that sports all those great resorts)... are acclaimed for it's craft brews/ales...with meaningful ABVs, fyi...and sample some we did.
What amazed us---the quality was as good as any we ever sampled anywhere---and in particular the fabulous Flanders Style Oud Bruin 529 Beer-aged in oak barrels for-yup---529 days. retailing for $20 bottle-a bottle where the mix was re-fermented with champagne yeast---!
Worth every cent-this was easily the tastiest pour we had that night...a Flemish brown sour mash-up with malty sweetness, aged up, just so.
|529 on the left---good luck finding any of these bottles outside the Rocky Mountain area. Here's hoping our local Pony Bar in NYC---nabs a few casks.|
|served just right---in a glass by Brewmaster Dan Burick.|
|we could have eaten this all by ourself.|
The nano-sec we saw these flag enveloped sandals at the Birki's exhibit---we knew WORLD CUP---2014 Brazil---soccer, futbol, football=YES...before the reps were about to go into explanation mode.
As if we needed it---but safe to assume it's not exactly on the radar of most USA-ers.
We LOVE...and yes, again---left the booth begging for a pair...in 3, 2...
German brand Birki's-who we assume will have a German version---offers what we think of as hybrid recovery/lifestyle kicks---with its signature construction-deep heel cup, arch supports, toe gripper-footbed of five layers with edging...amazingly comfy and all day wearable. And-you will be on your feet for all the matches...so imo-a smart choice of footwear.
|USA!!! USA!!!USA!!!= Olé, Olé, Olé, Olé...Olé, Olé|
|All hail Britannia|