Cool gear, gadgets, trends… a few highlights of the latest OR show that took place in January 2014.
AHHHHHH…GET A GRIP! Part 9
-Although the past two winters made multi-seasonal footwear the mantra must for many outdoor brands-THIS past winter that supposed to end this week- was a reminder that icy conditions need special traction for those on the go…
Several new innovations were up to the additional challenges of moving upright- on slippery ice-providing extra grip akin to adding chains on automobile tires…a familiar requirement on Rocky Mountain ski resort roads…though even snowbird destinations probably could have used the past few months!
|Altra Footwear-Olympic trail runner---quite the outsole for a minimalist inspire running shoe|
Jambu- uses German company Tecvision''s techy spike system- for its new retractible steel studded Flex Climber… as seen at Demo Day.
|pull back and dial around-retractable tungsten carbide spike---men's+women's-water proof too w/ anti-bacterial lining and footbed|
|shuts flat into boot when not needed…in brown with orange pops in outsole… also in black leather with red pops…black+turquoise pops $299|
|Other weather ready options feature Jambu's Hyper Grip City---selections include women's Perla water resistant oiled leather boot $159|
|Cube kid suede/vintage leather water resistant|
|Aero-lace ups water resistant vintage leather|
|Jambu's Hyper Grip Sport-waterproof low cut options men/women in nubuck/oily leather suede $199-$129|
|Hyper Grip Sport-on left---Tuscany for women-tumbled nubuck/oily leather $119|
Icebug-a Swedish company delivers technologically proficient outsoles that banish fears of slippery surface mishaps-BUGgrip® and BUGweb®-paired with lightweight uppers designed for runners and walkers---or without with grippy RB9X sticky rubber…
|JUNIPER BUGdri membrane- in-sport boot-waterproof and comfy warm-|
|sticky rubber- durable… with RB9X -without BUGgrip-reminds us of climbing shoes outsoles.$154.965|
|Mid cut walking boot-Juniper w/ BUGgrip® $169.95|
|Juniper with… BUGgrip®-super sticky rubber+patented 19 integrated carbide studs that flex+move independently-..|
|New-Aurora-winter trail runners-with BUGgrip $194.95|
|w/ 19 studs...|
|Enlight Trail Runner-with RB9X traction-grippy +durable on the trail or asphalt|
|Diana L keeps feet dry& warm Oily Nubuck leather boot-w/ warm Woolpower® 60% Merino wool lining…cute! With BUGgrip outsole $194.95. Made for BUGweb version $184.95|
|BUGweb®-six carbon studs special design fits into outsole $32.95|
|tough, snag+brush resistant 900 denier nylon upper, heat sealed seams and RF weld construction=100% waterproof, removable EVA insole, adjustable hook+loop belt strap.|
|Navigator-roll away gaiter extends 20", 840 denier polyester upper and 4mm polyurethane foam insulation-comfort+protection|
The STABILicers® outsoles with 32 replaceable cleats per pair embedded in the sole-helps maintain traction in the worst winter conditions…featured in 3, waterproof and insulated shoes- Navigator 5 pictured above, Explorer, and Voyager--- with replacement cleats sold separately
Very cool- the Ice Grippers traction devices. When not needed-the grippers fold into their compartment (swing it reverse)---in the outsole-
|grippers swing -one way with metal grips up for icy terrain-the other way-flat smooth|
|a hand held hook to open the grippers' part-lock into place in the outsole...then easily flip over to other smooth side when not needed.|
|Slopecruiser cp w/ Primaloft, Climaproof® waterproof membrane $140|
ADIDAS Outdoors-snazzy looking-the iconic three side stripes in a padded, insulated lace-up Slopecrusier-in new color waves for Winter 2014….has serious treaded outsoles with the brand's proprietary Traxion™outsole. Handsome street wear kicks---buy asap-these sold out in Fall 2013.
|Traxion™outsole for traction lugged outsole|
FYI-Since we got a pair of the cozy ACORN Mocs a best seller for the brand's past 20 years…with the non-slip weatherproof outsole and sink into comfort foam footbeds- from heel to toe…we totally get it. The shoe versions of these the Acorn slipper- are a bit beefier in construction but equally as comfy.