It’s three times the OR show in impact, without dogs dragging leashes around your knees and just enough small children to be amusing. It’s Euro, it’s colors, it is so big you use escalators and people movers to get around. Luckily the complex is a decommissioned international airport. A few impressions from my three days at The ISPO.
I usually do my ISPO focus on hard goods, mostly ski gear. But every year my mix is different. My take on this 2016 show was driven by the realization that in the ski touring segment this is a time of incremental improvements in existing products. Even the new stuff is incremental, for example Arcteryx Voltair airbag pack being an electric unit following BD Jetforce. I honestly could not find anything supremely disruptive as has happened in the past with gear such as Dynafit Beast, Marker Kingpin and Fritschi Vipec. Not to mention what was perhaps the most disruptive ski touring product in recent history: Dynafit TLT5 boot introduced in 2010. Below are my impressions. I probably missed a few things as I’m only good for a few hours of mouth breathing gear blogging. But I tried.
WARNING, CONTINUE READING ON A GOOD INTERNET CONNECTION, LOTS OF PHOTOS. Click photos to enlarge.
The walk is finished. My feet hurt. Meet you next year, eating pretzels at Marker-Volkl.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.