Sherpa Adventure Gear “looks at the whole” at Outdoor Retailer 2012 Summer Market
Sherpa Adventure Gear arrived at the Salt Palace in a function-based state of mind as they revealed the new Khangri
Alpine Series and Himal Training Collection. The company stepped back to “look at the whole” of their gear, and says both of these new lines were the result. They will essentially make purchasing an outdoor outfit easy because it shows how each layer works in a system for a particular use. “Every piece has its place,” is the saying, as it helps keep a layering system cohesive and functional.
The Khangri Alpine Series is one such line, and the Assar 2.5-Layer Jacket is a brand new shell in the collection. Designed in collaboration with Sherpa athletes, this shell is meant for high-alpine climbing. Waterproof, breathable and compressible Pertex Shield is the core performance fabric here, complemented by a minimalist cut, single chest pocket, elasticized cuffs, and helmet-compatible hood with a stiff brim that keeps its shape. The Assar also has waterproof zippers and seam sealing throughout. Plus, for a jacket of this quality loaded in technical features, it comes in at a very reasonable price of $159. Both men and women’s versions will be available Spring ’13.
Another new line is the Himal Training Collection. This category speaks for itself as it’s designed for the athlete who is training for big mountain ascents. The centerpiece is the Imja Jacket, a compressible, light article made for aerobic activities like trail running, rock climbing or even mountain biking in chilly weather. The material keeps feather weight, almost like crepe paper, yet is loaded with technical doodads to keep the elements out. What kinds of doodads? Think IceFil stretch-mesh panels for ventilation, articulated elbows for ease of movement, thumb holes for added protection, long back to cover your butt, and reflectors to keep you safe during those night runs. The Imja also comes in men’s and women’s versions and will be available this spring at a reasonable $125.
Sherpa Adventure Gear really seems to be stepping it up this year, and it’s good to see them make high-quality, no-nonsense technical garments for the most extreme climates on the planet. To check out the rest of Sherpa’s line, check them out online at www.sherpaadventuregear.com