No 468 – Friedrichshafen 2018 Outdoor Trade Fair


Once again our European correspondent Roman Ackl visited the show for us and gave us a complete round up of items he thought would be of interest. Roman is a keen lightweight backpacker and has visited the show with us and for us for many years.

Things are changing next year as the organisers of Outdoor who hire the venue are moving it to Munich which could open up all kinds of options. Although not as an attractive a location the financial practicalities for visitors will be much more affordable. One of the criticisms of the past few years.

All details on the podcast and images below. Roman is a keen follower of all things lightweight and you can keep track of him on his Twitter feed.

The #Vesper down #quilt from @Thermarest got far less attention than their new #UL NeoAir but with 900 fill power waterproof treated down and good to -6 C for a weight of 539g this is not shabby!
95g for a waterproof jacket is pretty good. @raidlight released it with their „Hyperlight MP+ Jacket“. Good for the trail runner but for hiking I want something a bit more substantial and a different set of features.
The @scottsports Supertrac Ultra RC trail running shoe caught my interest. Grippy sole plus the usage of the new Dynamic material from @Schoellertextil. Weight 680g (pair).
Branded as the „lightest livable 2 person shelter ever“ the new #Rocket from @NEMOEquipment is supposed to weigh 621g (minimal weight). Full specs on podcast.
Staying on the subjects of sleeping pads @NEMOEquipment improved the old foam pad with their version of the Z-Lite called #Switchback claiming it will provide a 1.5 times thicker sleep surface whilst keeping the same dimensions than it’s competitor.
Into #Bikepacking? Looking for a #tent? @BigAgnes will release 2 tents with shorter pole segments & you can attach them directly to your handlebar using the stuff sack. Both tents feature more storage areas in the inner & attachment points to dry things on the fly
One of the popular #UL items is the new #NeoAir Uberlite. Super tiny in pack size, super light (250g in size R) but also super thin material and R-Value of 2.0 limits usability. Specs. in picture. Price will be around 200€
Designed for trail running but the #Scram pack from @UDhydrates might be a pack for #UL hikers as well.
Like tights for hiking? #Fjällräven will release the lighter sister version of their existing #Abisko ones called „Abisko Trail Tights“. You may need to get used to the lock but they wear super comfy.
Vaude Space SUL 1-2P Seamless offer seams which are stronger than stitching using a new process. Not quite as ultralight as their Power Lizard though at 1.2kg
New Tilley airflow hat with increased ventilation and bright colours!
Montbell Altiplano 30 pack. 730gm aiming for the lighter market and adding useful pockets to shoulder harness.
Exped WhiteoutPack available in 3 sizes 30lt 695g, 45lt 765g and 55lt 825g. Made from Dyneema composite fabric. Simple clean design and almost waterproof.
Black Diamond Distance Tent, uses 2 walking poles and a supplied attachment to link them together and keep it stable. Designed to be used wit BD poles but other options will be available.

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