Just a quick down a dirty update on some new products that are sure to have some serious buzz both at this year’s Outdoor Retailer and next winter. I’m down here at Snowbird at the Cliff lodge for a preview of some products before the hustle and bustle of the actual trade show and it just so happens that both Dynafit and Acr’teryx are involved in the event. Two companies that I happen to have an affiliation with.
Greg Hill, stoked…for the STOKE!
To start, there has been talk all summer about the Dynafit Greg Hill signature model ski call the Stoke, after Greg’s home town of Revelstoke. As everyone knows, Greg is a die hard backcountry skier and knows what’s important when skiing massive vertical in the big mountains of the Canadian Rockies. The Stoke combines lightweight with a wide platform and an early-rise tip to provide a wide range of versatility. I’ll be testing a pair of them today…and I’m looking forward to see how it skis. See photo for dimensions and specs.
Dynafit Stoke dimensions.
What’s Greg Hill up to these days? Remember a couple years ago when Greg tried to ski 1 million feet of human powered skiing? Well, it seems that 1 million feet wasn’t enough and now he is shooting for 2 million feet in a calendar year. So far, he has about 100,000 and is on track to accomplish his feat so far. We wish him luck!!!!
Dynafit TLT5 alpine touring boots.
The other big news from Dynafit has to be the introduction of their new TLT5 series of boots, which focus on lightweight, touring ease and substantial downhill performance. The TLT5 platform is designed around the DyNA race boot, but has a removable tongue that allows for unprecedented touring comfort when removed, yet can be reinserted in the boot at the top of the skin track to give you added stiffness on the decent.
Tongue slides into toe section.
There will be two versions of the TLT5 boot, the TLT Performance TF, which comes with a thermo fit liner and a carbon cuff, the other is the TLT5 Mountain TF-C, with has a non-moldable liner and has pebax cuff…and less expensive. I’m sot sure of the price points of these boots yet, but from what I’ve seen so far from all the boot manufacturers, they will probably cost less than you think they would.
Arc’teryx Alpha SV glove.
For sure to win all kinds of design awards and raves from the gear geeks is the re-launch of Arc’teryx’s glove line. Though Arc’teryx has offered gloves in the past, they haven’t really been what they haven’t jumped into the program with both feet…until now. A big part of the new gloves is what is called Tri-Dex Technology. While most waterproof gloves are made with a waterproof bladder insert stitched into or welded onto the shell of the glove, Tri-Dex Technology actually uses actual Gore-Tex fabric in intricate patterns which are welded together to give amazing fit and comfort.
The gloves are highly articulated and allow for great dexterity. The Alpha SV, the flagship model, has both a one handed cuff opening and closure and a nice intergraded wrist strap that is stretchy, which really helps with comfort. The glove has a removable liner that is also articulated, which also helps with fit. Unlike most gloves, the liner isn’t Velcroed or secured into the glove, but its shape keeps it more than secure. In addition, the liner has a nylon piece of fabric on the inside of the cuff, which lets your hand (and jacket) slide in with ease. These glove will not be cheap, but they will be the best waterproof glove can buy.
Okay…that’s about it for now. I’ll be using some of these products skiing today and looking forward to learning more about them down the road.