2011 Summer OR Gear Preview: Part 3

posted by dpm on 08/20/2011


This is our last gear preview from our trip to the summer Outdoor Retailer Trade Show in Salt Lake City, Utah.  There were a lot of amazing devices, shoes, and new toys that were at the show.  Not all of them are featured here.  We did not have enough time to get everything under the sun, so here is the last handful of the latest products that will be hitting shelves next year.  


Asana Bouldering Shorts

Most companies are gearing up for the fall but we could not pass up these killer board shorts from the guys at Asana for our Indian summer.  The shorts were a basic cut, thin and airy, which allowed for great range of motion.  A draw-string waist doubles in the front and offers a bit more security then simple velcro.  Whether you are hiking out to your summer crag or deep water soloing, these shorts are a good fit that offer a modern look for those hot summer sessions.  Pick and choose the color that fits you best at www.asanaclimbing.com



Evolv Rasta Shaman

Evolv unveiled a new limited edition version of the Shaman.  Word is, they will have a small run of 500 made and orders will be taken on a first come, first served basis.  The Shaman is the latest in the Chris Sharma line that has already begun to appear in gear shops across the US.  Designed by Chris Sharma, this shoe is a step up from the Pontas series and features a better toe box, tighter heel and a new velcro enclosure system that really allows you to get a tight fit.  If you are looking to score a pair of Rasta Shamans we suggest sending an order to Evolv asap.  Check them out at www.evolvesports.com



Vertical Girl Hoodie

New to the show this year are the ladies from Vertical Girl.  Their brand of clothing was built specifically for the female climber and features a design mixture of clean urban clothes and athletic apparel.  The one piece that caught our eye is a new hoodie that is being released during the late fall/early spring.  A simple, sleek design that is form fitting and accented by bright green trim, this new hoodie would fit perfectly at the crag or possibly bar hopping in downtown Seattle. To see other great designs and clothing from the ladies at Vertical Girl check out www.verticalgirlclothing.com



Edelrid Boa

Edelrid continues to evolve in the rope market and at the show they featured several great new lines and sizes.  The main rope that caught our eye was the 9.8 BOA.  This line appeared to be a light entry rope for the beginning sport climber.  The rope comes in either a 60m or a 70m cut and has been treated with Edelrid’s patented Thermo Shield treatment, an advanced heating treatment which cures the rope fibers making it longer-lasting.  With a proposed price tag of $140.00 this would make the perfect gift, either to yourself or a climbing partner who needs a new cord for their sport projects.  To check out more of Edelrid’s latest offerings go to www.edelridna.com



Mad Rock R3 Crashpad

Mad Rock unveiled a brand new product that was drawing some looks at the tradeshow from major retailers and athletes alike.  Their new R3 pad (R3= Recycle, Reduce, Reuse) is a new design that features not only a change in structure from their old pads, but a change in foam usage.  Unlike other pads on the market that use a thin layer of foam followed by a thick layer of dense foam beneath, the Mad Rock R3 is made up of cut chunks of recycled foam.  The pad is a sheath that is filled to the brim with high density foam which offered a soft landing when we tested it out at the show.  We can not say too much about this pad at the moment, but we will have a full report coming soon. For now, look for updates at www.madrockclimbing.com