Friday, May 31, 2013

Salomon Footwear Fall/Winter 2013/2014-Hiking/Trail Running/Recovery/Shoes/Boots

Outdoor Retailer/SLC

Salomon performance footwear gets a lot of reader interest---AND as for very decent in-line prices-there's a whole lot of proprietary know-how that goes into each style of this French brand's offerings.

I.E.- in different models-some of what's on board---including Endofit™-Salomon's exclusive tech-assures a glove like, internal fit sleeve, designed to hug forefoot and improve ground feedback, lower heel drops for midfoot strikers, outsoles with Contragrip®--LT (lightweight) and HA high abrasion-for lightweight, durable traction,  patented traction system via alternating lugs for different grips- on mud via alternating lugs larger lugs---and dry surfaces with smaller ones-and not weigh a ton and not freeze up in icy cold-and not frazzle-out in heat either, strategically placed Profeel Film in forefoot part for flex/efficiency, Climashield™-waterproof without the clammy feel, 2 layer midsoles for balance between cushioning and stability---combined with OS Tendon-that adapts to terrain and provides energy return for forward moving lift off, and Ortholite® footbeds for odor control.

From a natural feel to more protection-lightweight stability---and multi-function, these looks are for trail runners but also work off the mountain too.

Sense Mantra

Autumnal colors-rusty browns, oranges, deep purple-fall warm tones --- and basic black/white/red....

VERY cool looking-this is a running shoe believe or not-SNOWCROSS CS $200-teched out with strategically placed textile parts, anti-debris mesh, 2nd skin seamless construction, water resistant textile, Sensifit™, Quicklace™, Zip gaiter, protective ankle pads, Climashield™ membrane, EVA shaped footbed/Ortholite®, , molded EVA midsole injected EVA midsole, tipped metal spikes, midsole height 20mm/9mm weighs in at 366G/12.9oz Men's size 9m-Unisex ---this kick would turn a few heads during fashion week...and goes great with head to ankle black uniforms of urban dwellers, IMO.

FELLRAISER-women's $110-low, lightweight (240g), fast drying trail run shoe



protective TPU toe cap, non-marking Contragrip® outsole, 


breathable open mesh, Sensifit™, lace pocket, tongue cover, Quicklace™, fell running last

midsole height 12mm/6mm-lightweight muscle +EVA injected midsole, EVA shaped footbed-Ortholite®

yup, flexible

in red also
Fellraiser-trail runner guy version, breathable open mesh, Sensifit™, lace pocket, tongue cover, Quicklace™, fell running last  $110

low, lightweight (290g), fast drying trail run shoe,
midsole height 12mm/6mm-lightweight muscle +EVA injected midsole, EVA shaped footbed-Ortholite®

Progression- KALALAU LTR-...cushion-y wear all day kicks-as well as outdoor performance pursuits-waterproof split suede leather perforated upper, wrapping tongue, lace pocket, Quicklace™, Endofit™, collapsible heel (very handy!). Ortholite® sock liner, injected EVA midsole, 260g

non-marking Contragrip® outsole, OS tendon, dynamic traction $120

men's+women's KALALAU LTR
heel pushes down-easy wear




INTUITIVE-Synapse Winter CS- -insulated version of the Natural Motion Synapse Hiking Boot-light enough (355g-size & women's) for speed hikers/snowshoe-ers on the move $170---water resistant textile +waterproof synthetic upper, lace pocket, self locking eyelet, protective rubber heel cap, mud guard, gusseted tongue, Quicklace™, open hook+hook gator keep elements out, Climashield™ waterproof membrane, fleece lining material, full bootie construction, molded EVA mdsole-OS muscle---insulated rated to -10Fº/-12ºC


Burly non-marking winter Contragrip® outsole w/ Ice Grip rubber compound, OS Tendon, rubber spike






Men's -Synapse Winter CS-445 g/15.7oz US9 $170...in Black

Insulated-for speed hikers/snowshoers on the move $170---water resistant textile +waterproof synthetic upper, lace pocket, self locking eyelet, protective rubber heel cap, mud guard, gusseted tongue, Quicklace™, open hook+hook gator keep elements out, Climashield™ waterproof membrane, fleece lining material, full bootie construction, molded EVA mdsole-OS muscle---insulated rated to -10Fº/-12ºC


ANKA CS $150-hardcore warm winter boots w/full rubber protection-women's pictured-weigh in at 560g,  upper w/ heel foam, waterproof PU coated leather, gusseted tongue, protective rubber toe cap, protective heel cap, Climashield™ waterproof membrane with textile lining, waterproof bootie construction, injected EVA midsole, Doe Cut EVA sockliner, insulated rated to -25Cº,/-12ºF
Ice grip Rubber Compound, non-marking Contragrip® outsoles

ANKA CS 
Men's ANKA CS in Black

Trail Runners DOOR TO TRAIL and  ALL MOUNTAIN RUNNING-from lightest-to more stabile---XR (performance training midsole 10mm/19mm, 9mm/20mm, Sense (natural running more trail feel midsole height 10mm/16mm), XS (fast in all condition midsole height 9mm/20mm, lightweight traction), XT (all terrain running midsole height 9.5/20mm agile cushioning protection), XA (run/hike midsole height 11mm/21mm protection, durability, stability and support for going the distance)

Some styles-brightly colored kicks --- pictured AVAILABLE NOW-

http://www.salomon.com/us/



CHAOS HATS Fall/Winter 2013/14

Outdoor Retailer/SLC

Warmer, more functional, eco-aware and on trend good looks-themes of headwear for the upcoming colder temps.

With what seems like 1000s of skus displayed in their exhibit space-CHAOS/CTR hats, gloves/liners and scarves/necktubes, and balaclavas cover the globe---especially given their huge presence undercover- as the manufacturer of chapeaus for other big/small name brands.
water/wind resistant

Highlights:
















Merchandising wise-Chaos is offering protective head/scarf/gloves in matchy-match materials and color waves...range from $20.99 on up...

Beanies (fitted/slouchy), beanies with earflaps, beanies with visors, aviators ---and cadet hats etc-acrylics knits in assorted colors, patterns and stitches---very impressive the array of offerings.
Chunky knits-100% acrylic space dye pom Wooper beanie w/ fleece liner, Nuoh tassel scarf
Novelty yarn pom beanie with fleece liner-100% acrylic-Ditto-w/matching Omstar scarf, Booster mittens
subtle owl face on this Downey jacquard pom beanie 100% acrylic-matching Riverhead scarf/Tapas glove 


pom beanies-chunky acrylic knits-Ristin Popcorn stitch, Mae Chunky cuff, Second chunky oversize
our style-no poms! brush cuff beanies Express and Grunge-brushed marled convertible beanie w/ full self liner

Hats make a whimsical statement---and really pop against winter's white snow---
Urban hand knit pom beanie-




Urban hand knit pom beanie


WORLDBEAT Ladies-a series of aviators with faux fur trim and/or lining---printed Virden and Inomoo jacquard patterns-100% acrylic

Coast-100% acrylic jacquard aviator w/ full faux fur lining


Kids styles too---Cheeeezy-100% polyester, satin aviator w/ faux fur lining

Barnies-100% polyester, bubble aviator w/ thermal insulation + contrast fleece lining

Hammer-100% cotton hood with full chenille lining+Chaos multi-tube insert























Balaclavas are great way to keep warm-and adjustable too. Lightweight, multi-functional---and moisture wicking...
Hall 100% nylon, quilted wind/water resistant insulated hood, foldable peak, draw cords and full chenille lining

Hanger-100% polyester, wind/water resistant hood w/ draw cords+full fleece lining

CTR -what we would consider a hard cores must for weather protection----

Headwall-Adventurer-wind/water/snow resistant head cover w/ full face protection, split peak visor construction, ventilated mask w/mesh lining, adjustable Velcro side panels=snug fit, reflective logo pop-light weight 160g

70g Thinsulate insulation ensures warmth & soft, high pile fleece interior


Headwall Tyrol 100% polyester-wind/water/snow resistant helmet liner, flip visor w/ magnetic magnets,  integrated drawcords for adjustments, reflective logo pop, 70g Thinsulate insulation+soft fleece high pile interior-similar in cadet with ear flaps-(Headwall Spire). 




Evo Sprint-rib knit beanie w/ full Fenix lining+reflective logo

Fenix lining-lightweight non-inch warmth
Evo collection-functionality&style-performance knits

IMO-styles for all and also natural fibers in the mix- including recycled cashmere---and merino wool blends.

INFO: http://www.chaoshats.com


Thursday, May 30, 2013

ZAMBERLAN FALL 2013 Hiking/Trekking/Casual Boots

230 SH Crosser Plus GTX® RR

Outdoor Retailer/SLC
SPEED HIKING winners-230 SH Crosser Plus GTX® RR-name brand uppers of Cordura/Kevlar/Schoeller/Synthetic material, Gore-Tex® extended Comfort lining and Zamberlan® Vibram® Speed Hiking outsole-450 gram weight/size 42

When we read about all the adventurers (and their Sherpa guides) that scaled the word's highest peaks -decades ago, what amazes us the most- is the fact that they did it with the footwear they had on. Even our hiking experiences have evolved greatly---over the past five years...with advances in comfort, fit and lighter weight kicks that are just as tough (and stable)...but much easier to wear.
the winner-available now

Zamberlan® Vibram® Speed-Hiking outsole-TPU stabilizer for max stability in heel area, rear high density EVA insert for greater stability and impact absorption, dual density rubber outsole, large contact toe and heel area for better grip+durability, large multi-directional lugs specifically positioned for long wearing traction+stability-a good thing as we can't imagine these getting resoled, big groves for less debris build-ups/self-leaning, rockered profile-slightly curved up-for easy toe off, toe bumper for protection, another TPU element int he middle for stability + torsional rigidity, and lower density EVA wedge in front part for comfort and cushioning
We wrote up Zamberlan's Spring 2013 hiking boots-at that time-ALL new to us as a brand owned by 3rd generation Italian family...in the biz since 1929.


What we said then about the top-of-the heap construction values--- that distinguishes these boots from lesser priced competitors...

There's an abundance of tech features in each pair Zamberlan footwear--including task, anatomical and gender specific lasts and something called Foot Wrapping System- that shapes the upper (one piece of leather)-with special patented moulds. padded collar uppers, heel and toe cups with sculptured padding for protection and fit, anatomically designed footbeds that are removable/washable, Norwegian Welt construction  "features two lines of stitching: the first fixes the upper to the midsole (which is specifically designed for this use), and the second fixes the upper to the insole, which will later be glued to the sole."...and most impressively Zamberlan Welted construction-a patent pending that "combines the strength and durability of Norwegian Welted construction with the lightness and comfort of a lasted construction boot. The upper is stitched to the specially made insole with a single stitch line and the upper adhesion area is then glued around the insole to form the body onto which the sole is attached." HydroBloc® treated leathers for enhanced water repellent, PLUS assorted 'systems' that guarantee the ideal flex, lateral support, and  torsional stability and flexion at the foot’s natural flex point. 


For more---the website has all the features...

New for Fall 2013---



255 CAIRN Mid GTX® RR-women's w/ Hydrobloc® Tumbled Nubuk Leather upper, Gore-Tex® performance comfort membrane, integrated nylon lacing system for great fit, soft mesh collar, 400 grams (size 39)

Zamberlan® Vibram® Trail Mate-engineered outsole-with a hollowed heel central part to reduce weight, EVA midsole for lightness and shock absorption, toe bumper for protection, engraved shank for better grip on uneven surfaces, multi-directional lugs with sculpted design to enhance touch down, traction and toe off, and horizontal shapings on forefoot for flex/easy toe off

255 CAIRN Mid GTX® RR















For colder weather jaunts - Zamberlan took to the Appalachian Trail (AT)-for stateside inspiration...with many styles boasting the unique Zamberlan Vibram Trail Mate outsole-with a hollowed heel central part to reduce weight, EVA midsole for lightness and shock absorption, toe bumper for protection, engraved shank for better grip on uneven surfaces, multi-directional lugs with sculpted design to enhance touch down, traction and toe off, and horizontal shapings on forefoot for greater flex and easier toe off propulsion.

Men's and women's styles---


246 ARCH GTX® Women's - 244 ARCH -(mesh lining) 340 grams (size 39) trail hiking/outdoors shoe with Hydrabloc® Nubuk Leather upper, Gore-Tex® performance comfort lining, and Zamberlan® Vibram® Trail Mate-engineered outsole-with a hollowed heel central part to reduce weight, EVA midsole for lightness and shock absorption, toe bumper for protection, engraved shank for better grip on uneven surfaces, multi-directional lugs with sculpted design to enhance touch down, traction and toe off, and horizontal shapings on forefoot for flex/easy toe off  




250 Ridge Mid GTX® RR-lightweight comfort-good for hiking and everyday use...Gore-Tex membrane, toe rand, upper of Hydrobloc® Tumbled Nubuk, Leather and soft mesh collar--here, in grey-with Zamberlan® Vibram® Trail Mate-engineered outsole-with a hollowed heel central part to reduce weight, EVA midsole for lightness and shock absorption, toe bumper for protection, engraved shank for better grip on uneven surfaces, multi-directional lugs with sculpted design to enhance touch down, traction and toe off, and horizontal shapings on forefoot for flex/easy toe off, Gore-Tex® membrane -in size 42 weighs 440 grams



250 Ridge Mid GTX® RR -dark brown




240 Ridge GTX® RR and 238 Ridge RR (mesh lining)-good for trail hikes, long works, everyday outdoors stuff-w/ Zamberlan® Vibram® Trail Mate-engineered outsole-with a hollowed heel central part to reduce weight, EVA midsole for lightness and shock absorption, toe bumper for protection, engraved shank for better grip on uneven surfaces, multi-directional lugs with sculpted design to enhance touch down, traction and toe off, and horizontal shapings on forefoot for flex/easy toe off, Gore-Tex® membrane -and a soft leather collar that adds to the shoe's handsome good looks. Hydrobloc® Tumbled Nubuk Leather upper, 400 gram weight (size 42)

251 Vista Mid GTX® -440 gram (size 42) -built with Zamberlan® Vibram® Trail Mate-engineered outsole-with a hollowed heel central part to reduce weight, EVA midsole for lightness and shock absorption, toe bumper for protection, engraved shank for better grip on uneven surfaces, multi-directional lugs with sculpted design to enhance touch down, traction and toe off, and horizontal shapings on forefoot for flex/easy toe off, Gore-Tex® membrane that adds to the shoe's waterproofing. Hydrobloc® Tumbled Nubuk Leather upper-mid-cut hiking boots w/ roomy toe box..
241 Vista GTX® and 239 Vista (mesh lining)

Low cut trail/everyday shoes-built with Zamberlan® Vibram® Trail Mate-engineered outsole-with a hollowed heel central part to reduce weight, EVA midsole for lightness and shock absorption, toe bumper for protection, engraved shank for better grip on uneven surfaces, multi-directional lugs with sculpted design to enhance touch down, traction and toe off, and horizontal shapings on forefoot for flex/easy toe off, Gore-Tex® membrane that adds to the shoe's waterproofing. Hydrobloc® Tumbled Nubuk Leather upper-380 gram weight (size 42).
we know how to pose---holding Davos ZW GTX® RR -welted construction (on right)---Marco Zamberlan-3rd generation owner. On left-Fabio Miotto-VP of Sales

http://www.zamberlanusa.com

Welted Construction-Tofane NW GTX® RR