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ISPO AWARDS 2021

Ortovox wins product of the year and three golds.

The mountain sports expert Ortovox has cleaned up at this year’s ISPO Awards, with products from the new 2021/22 winter collection winning four awards.

The Free Rider backpack, the new Freeride Deep Shell Bib Pant and the 3 Finger Glove Pro received the highest accolade in their respective categories: the sought-after Gold Award.

The Diract Voice, the world’s first ever avalanche transceiver with voice navigation, was crowned Product of the Year for
its innovation.

ISPO, the sports network for business professionals and consumer experts, presents the ISPO Award to exceptional products from the sporting goods industry each year. An international, 25-person expert jury judge the submissions in four different categories: Snowsports, Outdoor, Running & Fitness, and Urban Life.

At ISPO 2021, a total of 76 products out of 250 submissions were honored as “Winner”, “Gold Winner” or “Product of the Year”. The best innovations in each category are crowned “Product of the Year”.

DIRACT VOICE
With its Diract Voice avalanche transceiver, Ortovox is ringing in a new era for emergency avalanche equipment. The world’s first ever avalanche transceiver with voice navigation directs search parties to the avalanche victim with reliable speed using clear, plain voice commands. The design is particularly streamlined and logical with just a single operating button, an extra-large display, and a handy toggle switch to move between transmit and search mode, meaning the device is simple to operate even when wearing gloves. Other features of the 3-antenna device include integrated Smart Antenna Technology, a flagging function for multiple buried victims, and secondary avalanche protection. The DIRACT VOICE also runs on a rechargeable low-temperature battery, while updates and configuration can be carried out using the Ortovox app.

This is what the jury had to say:
“The new Ortovox Diract Voice is a game changer for the avalanche transceiver market, as it is the first device with voice support. This makes searching for avalanche victims easier and ideally faster for searchers. The voice function seemed to the jury to be a long overdue feature that Ortovox has finally implemented in a sleek, compact and reasonably priced new device.”

FREE RIDER 28 AND 26S
The Free Rider backpack, with both front and back access, is compact and fits snugly against the back in all kinds of terrain, never shifting out of place. This is primarily down to the elasticated Clasp Flex Belt. Soft back pads hug the back perfectly without restricting the movements of the spine. On the inside, the back of the backpack can be fitted with a separate spine protector which is certified to motorcycle standards. While on the go, the backpack can be quickly compressed using the side straps. When it comes to rappelling into steep gullies or short walking passages, the Free Rider has all the necessary attachment options for skis, an ice axe or rope, not to mention the tried-and-tested helmet net, emergency card and hydration system compatibility. The new Free Rider models are PFC-free, climate neutral and made of recycled polyamide.

This is what the jury had to say:
“The Free Rider is THE backpack which does not disturb you
shredding the powder.”

DEEP SHELL BIB PANTS
Lightweight and supple: The 3L Deep Shell Bib Pants offer protection, comfort, and style for a perfect day in the powder. Over areas of the body that are particularly sensitive to the cold, the wind and waterproof Dermizax EV membrane from Toray is lined with fine merino wool verified in accordance with the Ortovox Wool Promise. Particularly long 2-way zippers provide variable ventilation and make them easy to slip them on and off for men and women alike.

In keeping with our sustainability goals, the 3L Deep Shell line is also completely PFC-free.

This is what the jury had to say:
“Pattern cutting of the highest quality make this garment fit and thus perform better than everything else. Assured protection, supplemented with comfort areas of Merino wool lining. Superb range of movement combined with extra tough patches make this garment ideal for backcountry & freeriders.”

3 FINGER GLOVE PRO
Robust and long-lasting: The 3 Finger Glove Pro comes with two sets of interchangeable merino wool inner gloves in different thicknesses and can be quickly and easily adjusted for any temperature. The two layer upper material is wind and waterproof and also lined with a Sympatex functional membrane. The unique padding is made of recycled merino wool produced from scrap cuttings. High-quality goatskin on the palms, with Pittards Oiltac inserts between the thumb and index finger, provides a good grip even when wet. Inside, pleasantly soft Fleece Light Grid material with fine merino wool also ensures temperature and moisture regulation.

This is what the jury had to say:
“Great Product by Ortovox where we can see a huge multifunctional item with different kind of materials. To have one glove for different temperatures with recycled fabrics, with merino and a perfect design is a Gold Winner for sure.”

The new products will be available in stores from September 2021 onward.

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SLIDE 2021 Cancelled

Slide, the annual snowsport tradeshow, due to take place in January has been cancelled.

SIGB, with cooperation from the venue, Telford International Centre, took the decision at the SIGB Committee meeting on Wednesday 21st October.

Lesley Beck of Rare Management, the show organisers explained, “With 3 months till the show dates, there was no clarification as to when the venue may be able to re-open and to bring their staff back to work.

Without venue staff in place to support us, we were unable to progress any further with the show organisation”.

The SIGB had promised all exhibitors that, should the show be cancelled for any reason, 75% of space costs would be re-imbursed. In a much appreciated move, the SIGB has confirmed that 100% of deposits paid will be returned to exhibitors with immediate effect, and there will be no further financial implications for exhibitors.

The new joint presidents of SIGB, David Sawyer-Parker (MDV Sports) and Sonia Prior (Bradshaw Taylor) affirmed, “The SIGB is committed to supporting its members and the wider snowsport trade. During these most challenging of times, returning exhibitor deposits for Slide is the best way of doing this”.

Slide is an integral event in the snowsport trade year and will undoubtedly be greatly missed this coming winter. While many organisations have been able to function using virtual showrooms and limited visits to and from retailers, it has become obvious that face to face activity is not easy to replicate and there remains a strong demand for the tradeshow format. Planning for Slide 22 will start with immediate effect.

There are no plans to attempt a ‘virtual’ Slide tradeshow, as suppliers and retailers have indicated that they prefer to make their own arrangements for the coming season.