What’s new in the outdoor gear world. The latest releases and announcements

We love a bit of new gear to play with, so we’re always keeping our eyes and ears open for the latest announcements from outdoor brands around the world. Here’s what we liked this week, and what the makers say about them.

Saucony Xodus ISO

Saucony Xodus
The breakdown

  • New for Autumn/Winter 2016 and available in men’s and women’s versions
  • Everun topsole and ISOFIT wrapping upper
  • Incorporates a lining designed to wick away moisture
  • Molded toe shell
  • Enhanced PWRTRAC outsole with aggressive traction
  • £115


Lifeventure HydroFibre Trek Towel

new gear towel

The breakdown

  • Updated product for 2016 with a fabric that’s now 27% lighter and new Polygiene odour-control treatment
  • 100g per suare metre and able to absorb up to 5x its own weight in water
  • Comes with a carry case made from breathable mesh and ripstop fabric
  • £7.99 (Pocket), £14.99 (Large), £18.99 (X-Large)


Berghaus Extrem Hoody 7000

Berg extem 7000
The breakdown

  • Technical lightweight fleece for men, out Autumn 2016
  • Made with Polartec’s Power Grid fabric and treated with Polygiene anti-odour technology
  • The hood has an integrated balaclava
  • Comes in four colour options
  • £120


Merrell Moab FST

Merrell Moab FST
The breakdown

  • Available from Autumn 2016 in four models: as a mid cut, shoe, Gore-Tex or grippy winter version called the Moab FST Ice+ Thermo
  • Designed for hiking and biking
  • Vibram Megagrip outsole (Vibram Arctic Grip on the winter version)
  • The shoe version is  available from Cotswold Outdoor for £90


Black Diamond Iota

Black Diamond Iota
The breakdown

  • Rechargeable headlamp set for release in Spring 2017
  • Charges via a USB cable
  • Battery life of up to three hours on the maximum setting with a 50m beam distance. 40 hours on the minimum setting with a 7m distance
  • Weighs 56g and  has a 150 lumen LED
  • A three-level power meter shows the remaining battery life for three seconds after switching on the headlamp.


MSR Stake Hammer

MSR stakehammer
The breakdown

  • In shops September 2016
  • A hardened stainless steel head
  • 312g in weight
  • Built-in bottle opener
  • £25


Outdoor Research Stormtracker Sensor Glove

Outdoor Research Stromtracker
The breakdown

  • Updated for Autumn 2016, now with touchscreen compatible fingers
  • Incorporates Gore Windstopper softshell fabric
  • Lined with a soft tricot
  • Full goat leather palm
  • Men’s size L weighs 126g per pair, women’s size M weighs 98g
  • £60
  • Tapered gauntlet wrist with zippered gusset for ease of entry and the possibility of extra ventilation