The latest in outdoor gear, trends and innovationSomething to Crow about? Salewa’s latest three-four season boot has arrived in New Zealand. The Crow GTX ($549, 1320g (m)/1140g (w)) is touted as a summer mountaineering boot and features an abrasion-resistant fabric upper with a waterproof Gore-Tex comfort lining. In a New Zealand context, that means the boot should be suitable for moderate to heavy duty tramping, on and off track. The boot has a composite nylon and fibreglass midsole which provides the required stiffness for semi-automatic crampons. The Vibram Mulaz outsole is said to provide grip on rock and traction on snow. There’s also a full rubber rand to protect the uppers from abrasion on rocky and scree slopes. The Crow GTX also features technology found on other Salewa footwear: ‘Alpine Fit’ (Salewa’s blister-free guarantee), ‘3F System’ for ankle and heel support and an ‘Anatomical Cuff’ for comfort on descents.
Give kids the boots A new range of affordable tramping footwear designed specifically for children is now available. Rostak footwear is made in Europe and its range of tramping boots are said to be capable of taking on all terrain, in all weather – even snow, through waterways and hiking tracks. The leather boots feature a ‘Fare-tex’ waterproof and breathable membrane with thermoplastic soles to provide support for growing feet. The Rostak Snezka ($99, pictured) comes in sizes 9-11 and features a toe cap, extra padding around ankles, heels and tongue, a gusseted tongue to keep debris out, and weighs 530g/pair.
50 Years Of The North Face Outdoor equipment and apparel giant The North Face has celebrated its 50th anniversary. In 1966, the brand’s founder Doug Tompkins (pictured), who passed away in 2015, opened a retail store in San Francisco and The North Face brand was born. The North Face has grown into one the largest outdoor equipment and apparel brands in the world and now has two concept stores in New Zealand: Auckland and Queenstown.
Power to the wool Kiwi outdoor apparel manufacturer Earth Sea Sky is using Polartec’s Power Wool fabric in its newest baselayers. Power Wool is a combination of 15 micron merino and polyester – so it features the moisture wicking and dispersion features found in polyester, alongside merino’s famous comfort and odour-neutralising ability. Earth Sea Sky says the 15 micron merino used in Power Wool is two micron finer than any baselayer merino sold in New Zealand. It is so fine, that without the strength added by the polyester it would not be durable enough to handle the demands of outdoor use. But at 15 micron, it promises to be super comfortable. Earth Sea Sky’s First Layer Power Wool range comes in short sleeve ($149), long sleeve ($159) polo zip long sleeve ($179, pictured).
Desert camo knives If Victorinox’s classic red pocket knives don’t do it for you, or you’re a Swiss Army knife collector, you can now get three of the brand’s most popular knives in Desert Camouflage livery. The knives in question are: The Classic ($39.90) with knife, scissors, toothpick and tweezers; the Huntsman ($79.90) with the standard knife features plus scissors and a wood saw; and the Trailmaster ($99.90) with lockable blade, grippy bi-component handle, a wood saw and one-hand opening blade. Just don’t go dropping them at the beach.