Rafal has done a nice job covering most of the alpine climber's interests. (look at the link below) It is summer after all, not much new for the alpine. But what is new is pretty exciting. Look for indepth field tests and written reviews on almost everything Rafal has mentioned ASAP. The idea is to get the word out before the first big freeze of fall. The Salewa Pro Gaiter and the third generation Batura (they call it #2 but that is incorrect) will be up first It should be a good comparison. Gen. three La Sportiva against the new kid on the block for technical Mtn boots, Salewa.
The new Lynx crampon from Petzl looks even better in person than on paper. Those I already know I want! Big raves from the last year's prototypes I am told. Just too many options to ignore in the new design that no one had yet put in a single package, until now. And a reasonable retail of $240. Not the $300+ I was first quoted, thank goodness! Petzl has upped the game again by all accounts.
My list of winners is La Sportiva's newest Batura, Petzl of course ( new 'pons and the Nomic and Ergo are BACK!) as always and the new blushing bride, Salewa's alpine boots are hopeful.
Rafal, thanks for a well written, detailed update.
Kyrgyzstan, September 2014
2 days ago