Spring has finally sprung, and as we shake off the cold one last time, our thoughts turn to camping, climbing, hiking and biking. And, of course, new gear, because what could be a better way to celebrate the changing of seasons than checking out the hottest new gear for spring 2018?
Osprey’s Lumina & Levity Ultralight Packs
The Lumina and Levity are, as Osprey puts it, “for people who pack lighter, go further, and think smarter.” And, with both their 45 liter and 60 liter models clocking in at under 2 lbs, it seems like Osprey has sent a personalized love letter to gram-counting weight weenies everywhere.
Spartan without feeling stripped-down, and with a maniacal focus on comfort and durability while still remaining super ultralight, the Lumina and Levity are sure to figure prominently in a lot of thru hikes this season.
Arc’teryx Norvan LD Trail Runner
Built for comfort over long distances—it’s right there in the name—the new Norvan LD trail runners from Arc’teryx take the skeleton of last season’s Norvan VT and adds some meat to its bones, specifically in the beefed-up EVA/Polyolefin midsole. This extra cushion mitigates long days of pounding down rocky trails while only adding a scant 10g of weight compared to the VT.
While they may forego the ultra-sticky Idrogrip climbing zone on the outsole that made the VT’s a vertical and slick-rock powerhouse, fear not: the Vibram MegaGrip outsole on the LD boasts ergonomically-placed 3.5 mm lugs for assured traction on variable terrain and superior durability over time.
Nemo Cleo & Ramsey 30° Down Sleeping Bags
The Cleo and Ramsey represent a culmination of Nemo’s famous gear nerdery, in that almost every popular feature from their previous sleeping bags has been jammed into them, creating a kind of ultra-versatile Frankenstein’s Monster.
Temperature-regulating Thermo Gills, first seen on their high-end Sonic and Canon mountaineering bags, zip open to allow for up to 20° of play for comfort on warmer nights, all without letting cold drafts in. Waterproof-breathable hoods and footboxes, also lifted from the ultra-technical Sonic and Canon, battle the inevitable scourge of tent condensation. Finally, Nemo’s signature blanket fold, first seen in 2012, gives you that just-tucked-in feeling and allows you to regulate your temperature even further.
Black Diamond Momentum Climbing Shoes
The latest salvo in Black Diamond’s battle to have the most varied product selection in the outdoor industry, the Momentum Climbing Shoes innovate upon tried-and-true climbing shoe design tropes to create an entry-level shoe that is by turns classic and refreshing.
With all-day comfort in mind, the Momentum’s upper fabric is made with BD’s Engineered Knit Technology, an ultra-breathable material that stretches only where you need it to and feels great next-to-skin. Further, in an effort to save weight and improve comfort and consistency, the sole and rand’s rubber are molded rather then cut from a single sheet.
Outdoor Research Interstellar Jacket
The most versatile hardshell that OR has ever made, the Interstellar Jacket was purpose-built to be an all-season quiver killer. It is, in truly no particular order, warm and windproof enough for winter ski tours and alpine climbing, waterproof and breathable enough for trekking through the heaviest of summer rains, discreetly stylish enough to blend in at any pub or airport, and, at just over 11 ounces, light enough to forget that it’s in your pack.
All of this is made possible by OR’s new, proprietary AscentShell 3-layer fabric, which delivers a stormproof outer layer wrapped around an air-permeable, movement-mirroring stretch membrane.