Everest, Meru and Metanoia

You’re probably aware that there is a film that’s set to be released this year based on the events described so (in)famously by author John Krakauer in his book ‘Into Thin Air’. It would be far too obvious for me to sit here and bang on about how awful the trailer looks and how it […]

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All-Time Design | No.2 – The Salomon XA Pro Shoe

All-Time Design is a new series on the Path Less Trodden which highlights the products and technologies in our industry that have had a major influence on others. It looks at design signatures that start trends and pervade through time. All-Time Design is a sister series to FutureProof. FutureProof predicts what will be classic, All-Time […]

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Patagonia Target Dirty Denim

In another chapter in the company’s long history of introducing environmentally sound practices to the industry, Patagonia recently launched their new range of jeans that are produced in a more sustainable way than conventional demin legwear. Denim, they say, is ‘dirty business’ and a justifiable target on which to focus their attention. Patagonia claim that […]

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What Might Crowdfunding Mean For The Outdoor Industry?

Scrolling down my Instagram feed the other day I noticed a post from snowboarder Travis Rice. He’s the big name behind a product called GNARBOX – a mobile phone sized processor that connects to a smartphone via wireless and enables the editing of high resolution media, without having to resort to using a laptop. Essentially […]

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Five Photo Shoot Alternatives To Chamonix

Chamonix is a justifiably popular destination for a photo shoot. Iconic mountains combined with ease of access and the huge variety that the valley offers is an incredible combination. However, you could be forgiven for thinking that Chamonix is the only place in Europe where you can capture great images, when in fact there are […]

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All-Time Design | No.1 – The Norrona Lofoten Jacket

All-Time Design is a new series on the Path Less Trodden which highlights the products and technologies in our industry that have had a major influence on others. It looks at design signatures that start trends and pervade through time. All-Time Design is a sister series to FutureProof. FutureProof predicts what will be classic, All-Time […]

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Living In The Moment And The Search For Freedom

It’s easy to forget that, unlike many other popular sports, the idea of adventure for adventure’s sake is pretty new. Up to the early part of the last century, adventure as we know it was for reserved for the very few and/or very rich. It’s only since the end of World War II that a […]

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FutureProof | No.2 – The North Face FuseForm Technology

A decade or so ago when The North Face first really started to appear on the high street as much as on the hills, there was a strong feeling amongst many in the industry that they had sold out, gone fashion, or whatever. Back then I used to think that was a little unfair. As […]

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Three Big Trends In Equipment For Winter 2015/2016

Following on from this post which looked at apparel trends for winter 2015 / 2016, I’m going to take a look at what’s going on with where equipment is concerned next winter. As is often the case during the winter season, most of the big product stories and developments through the industry originated in the […]

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Patagonia Hit The Road To Spread The Worn Wear Message

This April Patagonia will hit the road and travel across the States in a solar powered custom made van that has been decked out with a full-on garment repair facility. The idea, part of Patagonia’s Worn Wear program, has been conceived to try and change the way Americans go about consuming their stuff. Along with […]

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