Ortovox 2017: New skitouring gear. Ascent32 backpack, Swisswool Piz Roseg Jacket, Avalanche probes, Kodiak shovel and more.

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ORTOVOX is a bavarian brand, founded back in 1980 and dedicated to providing the highest possible protection during alpine activities. As pioneers in the avalanche safety field, the brand played a key role in the development of emergency equipment for the mountain. Innovations such as the double-frequency LVS device or Smart Antenna technology, but also targeted training measures continue to be valuable contributions to making mountain sports a little bit safer and to saving lives.

Since 1988, mountain sports apparel made out of and with wool has enhanced the product range. Let us check down below the main items in terms of mountaingear as well as safetey equipment to be released this winter, from the swisswool piz rosber jecket to the ascent 32 backpak and the latest version of the classic Kodiak shovel, among others.

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ORTOVOX 2017 TOP NOVELTIES: MOUNTAINWEAR & HARDWARE. 

 

Inspired by the concept of minimalis, Ortovox claims to be concentrating on what is essential for the 17/18 winter season, priming a balance of protection, comfort and lightweight. The wool experts have developed a wear comfort system from the first to the third layer that strives to deliver on the mountain through an intelligent combination of the natural material with other innovative fibers.

Ortovox now sees itself as both a winter and summer brand, arguing that the passion for untouched snow on ski tours or freerides propels the brand on in just the same way as shared experiences when alpine climbing, mountaineering or on alpine tours.

  • MOUNTAINWEAR range, ORTOVOX has put its sheep on a strict diet and presents the NAKED SHEEP collection. The naked sheep is LIGHT on mountain expeditions, but in no way lacks PROTECTION. One member of the herd is the SWISSWOOL PIZ ROSEG JACKET – it stands for the perfect combination of lightness and zonal insulation. The first waterproof SWISSWOOL® JACKET, our 2L SWISSWOOL LEONE JACKET, provides warmth. When it comes to backpacks, ORTOVOX has also taken every gram into account. The ultra-light and technical ASCENT is the perfect companion for demanding ski tours.

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MOUNTAINWEAR: SCALED DOWN TO FUNCTION As put by he brand, the naked sheep loves the feeling of unlimited freedom. It is desgined and aimed at those skimountaineers who seeks those important moments that are far away from the hustle and bustle. Therefore, the items are  light on expeditions but esure high saftey standards. Let us now check how it is carried through:

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SWISSWOOL PIZ ROSEG JACKET: ROBUST AND LIGHT.   Being fast on the move is quite important for these agile skimountaneers, therefore. insulation is only necessary for certain parts of the body: The PIZ ROSEG JACKET claims to achieve a unique combination of lightness and zonal insulation. It blends swisswool lining on the front (60m²) which is light yet but keeps the user warm in cold weather conditions or during windy descents. The Swiss wool is protected by highly breathable micro ripstop poymadie fabric from Toray. The fleece light material in the arm and back area ensures the necessary freedom of movement for the ambitious light sheep. Tasmanian merino wool on the inside provides a pleasant body climate – even during demanding climbs.

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 SWISSWOOL LEONE JACKET: A garment designed to help feeling at home in harsh high mountains, is waht the brand claims for this item. It is also the first waterproof swisswool jacket. Ortovox has drawn upon its experience on how cold and uncomfortable the winter months in the harsh high mountains can be, to wrap the warming swisswool in waterproof, protective material. The 60g/m² swisswool lining keeps you warm inside, while the highperformance Dermizax DT keeps out wind and water with minimum weight. The three-layered Dermizax NX membrane inserts aim at ensuring stability and robustness. The final target of the jacket being to make us feel right at home on icy summits, exhausting alpine tours and long ski tours.

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HARDWARE: ORTOVOX’s success story in the avalanche emergency equipment department has only been made possible by maintaining high standards. This winter, continuous improvement can be seen in particular in the probes and shoveling segment. In addition to the optimized quick-assembly strap for immediate opening and assembly, the Ortovox avalanche probes have been perfected detail by detail and have been equipped with a new visual guide system – for quicker action in case of emergency. ORTOVOX has also further improved the Kodiak professional shovel in many aspects, and it is now more compact and even more functional.

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AVALANCHE PROBES: The aim is always to be quicker in an emergency situation, every second counts. Therefore ORTOVOX keeps striving to make its avalanche probes a bit more efficient and intuitive year after year. The quick-assembly strap makes immediate opening and assembly possible in one motion, now straight out of the probe cover. And thanks to the optimized PFA system, the probes are now even more compact and easier to pack. The new visual guide system also provides you with quick and clear information about the victim’s depth. Shoveling strategies can be perfectly adapted thanks to the 1m marker, the contrasting depth scale and the colorful end segments.

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ORTOVOX AVALANCHE SHOVELS: All of the products in the catalogue are shaped by the Taufkirchenbased company’s alpine origin. Products therefore undergo constant checks, improvements and optimization, and the new 17/18 winter shovels reflect it. Ortovox has given the complete range a uniform color scheme and has substantially revamped the Kodiak: Worth highlighting is the more compact pack size of the handle without compromising working length, as well as the flatter blade design that is now ideally suited for carving snow profiles. The brand has retained triedand-tested functions like the easy plug clearing function.

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ORTOVOX BACKPACK ASCENT 32: The Ascent  is built to provide ultralight and technical reinforcement to the Ortovox range of ski tour backpacks. The new ski tour backpack has been scaled down to the most important features and therefore made for those who love long, demanding days in the mountains. The 850 gram ASCENT 32 has a rope attachment, an ice axe holder, and side and diagonal ski attachments. The circumferential front zipper provides quick access to equipment. In the upper compartment there is space for your cell phone, keys and small items.

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Info by Mayayo Oxígeno for Trailrunningspain

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