Ever since Joseph Gerber launched his Gerber ‘Legendary Blades’ in 1939, the brand has taken off in the outdoor tools market. Specializing in knifes and tools, it has pioneered the way in compact products that service an adventurer’s daily needs. The multi-tools meet the demands several outdoors activities, helping the brand develop a strong relationship with outdoor enthusiasts across the market.
For some water-sport enthusiasts however, this is an all-year-round vocation. We managed to catch up with professional wind-surfer Chris ‘Muzza’ Murray, who certainly doesn’t let a cold and wet day get in the way. Chris has been playing in the open water since he can remember, holding on to big sponsors in a time of uncertainty while going from event to event taking silverware home. This is what he had to say:
The first feature that I immediately appreciated was Columbia’s patented OutDry system.Columbia Sportswear acquired OutDry Technologies S.r.l from Nextec S.r.l in 2010, so adding a waterproof breathable system to by the company’s brands including Mountain Hardwear and Sorel. Unlike a seam-sealed waterproofing system for the outermost layer, OutDry forms a laminate that bond a waterproofing membrane to the outermost layer. Through this method, OutDry items don’t absorb water, so maintaining a light and breathable outer layer. I have full confidence in this technology to ensure my feet remain bone-dry without compromising breathability or weight, and it is a system that is indispensable for the mostly unpredictable weather found in the Scottish Highlands.
The greatest ever assembly of K2 pioneers will come together to tell of their adventures and mountaineering firsts upon the world’s second highest mountain in Edinburgh on the 18th of November 2011. This is a unique event, which will raise funds for the charity Community Action Nepal and disaster relief in Pakistan’s mountainous Hushe valley.
Mountain Safety Research (MSR) describe the 4-season Asgard tent as “the most liveable, 2-person expedition shelter we’ve ever made”. In order to assess this claim and put the tent through some rigorous testing, Christian Hacking and I took the Asgard to Switzerland.
If you are looking for a pure adventure in the outdoors this summer then look no further than Arctic Norway. The Vesterålen National Park can be found within the Arctic circle, an unspoilt and little known area outside of Norway, recently coined as “Norway’s most beautiful natural attraction” in 2009 by the Norwegian outdoor magazine UTE. The Vesterålen archipelago neighbours Lofoten and at just a 30 minute boat trip from mainland Norway, an untouched mountain range, remoteness and exposure of exploring at 69 degrees North make up one of Europe’s local wildernesses.
Patagonia has been manufacturing high quality apparel for nearly 40 years and as one of the founding members of the 1% For the Planet, they have gained a reputation as pioneers within ethical adventure retail. Over the years the brand has developed to market its products to skiers, mountaineers, hikers, climbers, and more recently, surfers. As a product that matches the demands of all of these sports, the Patagonia Down Sweater is a prime example of a neat interaction between design innovation and ethical manufacturing.
Osprey’s Kode 22, Kode 30 and Kode 38 backpack collection solidifies the brand’s place in backcountry sports. While the Kode 30 seems to be the more popular version in the … Read more
Olly Worsley, February 18, 2011
As relative newcomer to the climbing scene, Leo Houlding has been out to prove himself with some serious feats. Recently the ambitious Asgard Project in 2009 won him international acclaim and after teaming up with award winning filmographer Alistair Lee, Houlding began to catch extreme climbing footage with incredible results. To top off his ascents, adrenaline-fueled Houlding enjoys leaping off the worlds biggest cliffs – an act which is now defines his reputation.
Over the last three decades Outdoor Research have developed a selection of core adventure products, moulding the brand’s ethic to meet conditions experienced top-end adventures. Motivated by the ambition to … Read more
Arc’teryx has been making high performance clothing and sporting goods since 1989 with it’s central focus on climbing, skiing, snowboarding, and hiking related activities. For those curious minded readers out there, the name and logo refer to the Archeaopteryx, the earliest known bird and interestingly the most complete skeleton to date.