ispo announces 2011 Outdoor Award winners

ispo announced the 2011 Outdoor Award winners for the winter show being held in Munich, Germany, Feb. 6-9.

As excited as the jury was about the quality of the products submitted to this year’s ispo Outdoor Award, it made the jurors’ decisions so much harder. Therefore it was decided to award two winners in each of the three categories, Hardgoods, Softgoods and Accessories.

Winner Hardgoods (1): Cable Comfort Via Ferrata Set by Edelrid Hall B5.234

The Cable Comfort Via Ferrata Set by Edelrid presents an excellent innovation in safety and comfort for fixed rope route climbers. Convincing detail solutions and high quality craftsmanship convinced the jury to praise the Cable Comfort as a “well-made product in every respect”. Featuring the patented Edelrid OneTouch karabiner, the via ferrata climbing set offers never before seen comfort. The patented release mechanism with automatic safety gate can quickly be opened by simply applying pressure on the palm latch. The laser-formed, extremely flat shape provides maximum safety and flexibility, and prevents the karabiner from breaking in a side-load situation.

Winner Hardgoods (2): Diablo 10.2 Unicore by Beal Hall B5.126

The Diablo 10,2 Unicore is the first outdoor rope by Beal manufactured with the Unicore System. This manufacturing process makes it possible to join rope core and sheath without impacting the characteristic rope flexibility. This eliminates sheath slippage even under the worst conditions. If the sheath is cut or ripped, the core and sheath will remain conjoined. The small rope diameter improves flexibility, while the thick, wear-resistant, finely woven rope sheath minimizes wear. “Beal has launched a ground-breaking manufacturing process for mountaineering ropes with its Diablo 10,2 Unicore. The new technology offers increased safety and optimized handling, as well as maximum comfort for many indoor and outdoor applications,” praised the jury.

Winner Softgoods (1): Snæfell Jacket by 66° North Hall A6.112

The Snæfell Jacket by 66° North made of bi-elastic, lightweight PolartecÒ Neo ShellÒ is a jacket for even the most demanding customers. The extremely ergonomic cut of the ladies’ as well as men’s version impressed the jury. Additional highlights include preformed elbows as well as seamless shoulders, ensuring optimum range of motion. Thanks to the PolartecÒ Neo ShellÒ the jacket is waterproof and breathable. The jury expressed its appreciation: “Due to the high-tech PolartecÒ Neo ShellÒ material the Snaefall Jacket offers extraordinary function for many different applications. Perfect finish and clever detail solutions round out the high-quality overall concept, suitable for a broad target group of outdoor athletes.”

Winner Softgoods (2): Eiger Extreme Felsturm Jacket Men by Mammut Hall B5.201

When selecting the appropriate gear for a long and challenging climbing tour, weight and breathability are the most important criteria. The Mammut Felsturm Jacket was developed accordingly. The brand-new Active Shell material by Gore-Tex and the exclusive spiral zipper by YKK show that the design clearly focuses on minimizing weight and packing volume, while maximizing breathability and performance. “The extraordinary feature of the Mammut Felsturm Jacket is the impeccable tailoring of GoreÒ Active-ShellÒ combined with innovative zippers and a well-though-out design. Thanks to a minimum of packing volume and low weight the Felsturm jacket becomes the indispensable companion for active outdoor athletes,” critiqued the jury.

Winner Accessories (1): Vector by Pieps Hall B5.134

“Unconditional practical function” was the motto of the designers at PIEPS during the development of the new avalanche beacon Pieps Vector. The result of their work is nothing but extraordinary. “The Vector by Pieps represents a quantum leap in avalanche detection equipment,” said the jury. And continues: “A number of perfectly implemented technical innovations combine a considerably increase in safety features with intuitive operation and well-thought-out product design, targeting the ever growing group of off-piste snow sports enthusiasts.” The Pieps Vector is the first ever maintenance-free, battery-powered, 4-antenna avalanche beacon with GPS support. The unit is extremely easy to use and offers the highest level of technological support in emergencies. The circular range triangulation process simplifies location of the victim and always shows the fastest way to the burial site. An accurate GPS map shows all searched areas to ensure that previously located transmitters are never lost.

Winner Accessories (2): Sol Titanium Advanced Cooking System by Jetboil Hall A6.200

Jetboil expanded its product selection with another all-in-one cooking system, the Sol Titanium. Compared to the latest model, Jetboil Flash, the Jetboil Sol Titanium is even lighter and weighs as little as 255g. The Sol Titanium is powered by Jetboil’s new Thermo-Regulate Technology, ensuring constant and dependable heat in temperatures down to -10°C. “The Jetboil Sol Titanium Advanced Cooking System offers ambitious outdoor athletes a maximum level of function even in extreme situations and cold temperatures at a minimum of weight. A high quality of finish and compelling performance data perfectly complete the overall concept,” commented the jury.


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