ISPO product of the year

Future Gear: Award-Winners At Munich’s ISPO 2017

Touted as the ‘World’s Largest Sports Trade Show,’ ISPO descended on Munich, Germany, last month. Here’s a peek at the next chapter in gear tech.

Korua Shapes: Tugboat ISPO trade show
Korua Shapes ‘Tugboat’ snowboard

Europe’s largest stage for the latest in outdoor gear, ISPO, concluded last week. It showcases the latest items in outdoor, fitness, ski, and snowboarding. The show is a barometer of what we can expect to see in gear soon.

Here is a look at the gear that won the prestigious ISPO Product of the Year.

Korua Shapes: Tugboat

Like its namesake, the Tugboat snowboard boasts a broad nose, providing stability and float in deep powder. It carves groomers with aplomb, too; see below.

Tugboat snowboard ISPO product of the show

The deck sports an aggressive taper with a matching radius for greater stability and edging on groomers.

“I love this snowboard as a pure tool, the design is simple and superb,” said one juror.

Price: $475

More information: www.koruashapes.com


Tierra Products: Deterra Hood AnorakTierra Products: Deterra Hood Anorak ISPO product of the year

Tierra Products’ quilted hoody is the first insulated garment constructed entirely from bio-based materials, including castor beans.

Tencel, wool, corn, cotton, and corozo nuts are used in the jacket’s design. The company will use the Deterra as a launching point for future innovations in sustainable garments.

Price: $320

More information: www.tierra.com


NZero: 100% Eco Sustainable Waxes For Snow Sports ISPO product of the year

NZero: 100% Eco Sustainable Waxes For Snow Sports

An alternative to the traditional petroleum based waxes, NZero brings a complete range of organic waxes to the market for snow sports. The 100-percent vegetable-based waxes suit a wide range of temperatures, from 0˚ to -30˚ F. NZero makes both liquid and solid waxes.

Price: $17

More information: www.nzerowax.com


Fimbulvetr: Tankr Snowshoe ISPO product of the year

Fimbulvetr: Tankr Snowshoe

Length, traction, versatility: It’s the holy trinity for snowshoes, made possible by Fimbulvetr’s hinge and rocker design. In addition to sporting clean Scandinavian lines, the Tankr provides exceptional float and agility. Plus it’s made from recycled thermoplastics.

Price: $320

More information: www.fimbulvetr.no


Bowflex: SelectTech 560 Dumbbells ISPO Product of the year

Bowflex: SelectTech 560 Dumbbells

Touted as the world’s first “smart” dumbbells, the Bowflex system syncs integrated sensors with smart devices to guide users through exercises.

It tracks reps, sets, calories burned, and other biometrics. The app comes with 70 step-by-step videos to create an integrated workout. Perhaps this is the evolution of the smartbell?

Price: $500

More information: www.bowflex.com


Scarpa: Rebel Tech OD ISPO Product of the year

Scarpa: Rebel Tech OD

If the Fimbulvetr has the Holy Trinity, Scarpa must have the Holy Grail: A mountaineering boot that you can comfortably wear from the trail to the summit. Scarpa’s Rebel Tech OD provides the durability and support of a boot in a package that weighs near that of a trail shoe.

Price: $400

More information: www.scarpa.net


On: Cloudflash trail running shoe ispo product of the year

On: Cloudflash

Energy can neither be created nor destroyed, but it can dissipate. Small Pebax cushions adhere directly to the Cloudflash’s midsole, moving energy from strike to toe-off, propelling the runner forward. A hybrid sock liner supports the foot. A heel-cap cradles it for a secure fit. The lightest shoe in the On lineup, the Cloudflash is built for speed.

Price: $200

More information: www.on-running.com


Bootdoc: BD 3D Scanner Vandra

Bootdoc: BD 3D Scanner Vandra

Skiers with hard-to-fit feet rejoice. Boot-doc partnered with Volumental to bring a volumetric foot scanner to market. Four scanners capture a 3D model of the foot in seconds. Arch, volume, and length data uploads to the cloud and is used by sales teams to find the best fit in seconds. Developers can also use the data to design a better-fitting boot.

More information: www.boot-doc.com

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