Classic outdoor equipment, such as tents, backpacks
and sleeping bags are core products for the outdoor industry. They combine expertise
and innovation and are responsible for making or breaking a journey, trip or
expedition. At OutDoor, Europe’s leading trade show from 18 to 21 June 2017 in
Friedrichshafen, they play an important role.
The main outdoor trends are also
reflected in new equipment products. “The market continues to develop in an
urban direction and towards fitness and running.” reports Kurt Gerber, marketing
manager at leading innovative brand Exped. Never before have so many new
running gilets and running packs been presented as at OutDoor 2017. Arc`teryx,
Bergans, CamelBak, Deuter, Ferrino, Millet, Mountain Hardwear, OMM, Oxsitis,
Silva and Salomon are all vying to deliver the most comfortable mountain or
ultra-running equipment. Black Diamond is offering folding trekking poles with
slide lock technology for greater propulsion when ultra racing.
Lightweight is also a big issue for
equipment. Two companies are up against each other to manufacture the lightest
tent in the world for long-distance hikers. Nordisk’s Lofoten weighs only 490
grams, while Big Sky’s Wisp 1.5P manages just 450 grams – although it requires
trekking poles to pitch it. When it comes to comfortable tents, the Torii 4+2
is Vaude’s new offer. It provides enough room for a family of six and is
designed so that you can remove the roof, while retaining the mosquito mesh, to
enjoy the starry night skies.
Outdoors does not have to mean extreme.
For urban-, camping- or HangOut-trends, the culinary aspect is also important.
The UCO FlatPack Mini grill and fire pit folds up to fit in a backpack. Primus
is expanding its campfire range with the portable Kuchoma Grill. And camping
fans now also have options to cook without using fuel. The GoSun Sport solar
oven has fold-out parabolic reflectors that can generate 280°C in minutes. A
further clever solution is the BioLite Camp Stove 2. It burns wood, but creates
a smokeless fire and also turns its heat into electricity that can be used to
charge a smart phone or LED lamp while cooking.
Hammocks are currently enjoying a revival. Amazonas is offering the lightest hammock with a tarp roof and insect protection, Exped has the most robust hammock made of super strong Dyneema. CampFire Outdoor also have a simple, yet effective construction with their Flying Tent. The Colibri Shelter by La Siesta offers 360-degree insect protection, or for users who prefer to sit and swing, the Nemo Stargaze Recliner fits the bill. And even if there are no trees, it’s still possible to hang up a hammock – Eagles Nest Outfitters make a fold-able hammock stand.
In the trekking backpacks sector,
there are a number of new innovations for 2018. In Friedrichshafen, Berghaus
will be presenting its new rucksack comfort concept with the motto “Don’t carry
it, wear it.” Gregory is celebrating fifty years since it was founded with the
new Baltoro 65, which has a suspension system designed to let the wearer walk
with straighter posture. Vaude has gone extra-large with its Skarvan 75+10,
while Osprey has stripped down its new 60-liter Levity so much that it weighs
just 850 grams.
Users who prefer to roll rather than carry, will be spoilt for choice in 2018. Kathmandu (New Zealand) are presenting the Terrane Adapt Pack, which can either be carried or wheeled, depending on the terrain. Arc`teryx is offering its V80 Rolling Duffel that is aimed at explorers looking for a lightweight, easy transit pack with a large capacity. While the Morphus International Carry-On from travel experts Eagle Creek is an extremely flexible solution. The hybrid wheeled bag/ backpack offers six different carrying or rolling options. The only remaining innovation that the outdoor community is still waiting for is the backpack that carries itself.