MOUNTAIN INNOVATIONS: 2017 TECH HIGHLIGHTS

06/01/17

MOUNTAIN INNOVATIONS: 2017 TECH HIGHLIGHTS

There's no doubt that gadgets have made our lives easier and the outdoor industry is no exception. Our outdoor equipment buyer Luke Scrine takes us through his favourite tech innovations of winter 2017.

Petzl Reactik+

Key features:

  • Customisable beam pattern, burn time and brightness via MyPetzl Light app
  • Reactive lighting technology automatically adapts light intensity to user’s needs
  • Powerful 300 lumen light output
Petzl Reactik+

Why are you so excited about it?

The Reactik+ is not just another head torch with a big lumen count. With this model Petzl have moved beyond a focus on power and have delivered a head torch that revolutionises the performance of hands-free lighting. Featuring Reactive lighting technology, the Reactik+ uses a light sensor to automatically adapt the brightness and beam pattern to suit conditions and needs of the user. This technology constantly adjusting the light level it optimises power and burn time, making sure that you get the most out of the battery. Also, because reactive lighting adjusts brightness, it helps reduce the effort required for your eyes to adapt and so gives a more comfortable visual experience.

In addition, this innovative head torch features Bluetooth smart, allowing you to connect with the MyPetzl Light app - enabling control via a smart phone, easy checking of battery life and full customisation via activity profiles.

Who is it designed for?

The Petzl Reactik+ is ideal for dynamic activities over technical terrain: such as trail running, mountaineering and ski touring.

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GoPro Hero5



GoPro 5 GoPro 5

Key Features:

  • Voice control – enjoy hands-free control using simple voice commands
  • 2-inch touch display – preview, play back and change settings on the camera
  • Rugged and waterproof – waterproof to 10m without housing
  • Advanced video stabilisation – captures stunningly smooth stabilised video

Why are you so excited about it?

By combining the best of their immensely popular Hero4 series action cameras, adding a load of cool new features, the Hero5 Black sees GoPro once again raise the bar in a category they dominate.

Its voice control feature will change the way you capture content with on demand functionality and ultimate ease of use. The video stabilisation feature delivers a new standard of image quality without the need for post-production editing.

Who is it designed for?

What really sets the Hero5 black apart is its combination of professional level performance with ease of use. It simplifies the whole process of capturing stunning footage of your favourite actives; meaning you can stay focused on the task in hand. This ease of use makes it the perfect action camera for a range of activities and uses.

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Suunto Spartan Ultra (HR)

Suunto Spartan Ultra

Key features:

  • Colour touchscreen; optimised for outdoor use
  • Adventure features; GPS enabled, digital compass and barometric altitude
  • Accurate sport metrics; designed for multisport use
  • Unrivalled durability; sapphire glass and steel bezel

Why are you so excited about it?

The Spartan Ultra represents the next step in the development of a new generation of powerful multisport watches. Combining day-to-day wearability with a feature set designed for the most adventurous of multisport enthusiasts, the Spartan Ultra blends performance and style like nothing before it.

With the impressive level of stats and metrics modern multisport watches can record, the manner in which the info is accessed will have a huge impact on the user’s experience. The Spartan’s new colour touchscreen and slick user interface makes accessing information on the watch intuitive and quick.

Who is it designed for?

Multisport enthusiasts who require the longer battery life and additional outdoor sensors required for exploration off the beaten track.

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Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire HR

Key features:

    Garmin Fenix 3
  • Stainless steel EXO antenna with GPS + GLONASS
  • Elevate wrist heart rate technology
  • Swiss precision
  • Stay connected with smart notifications directly on watch, wireless updates & Livetrack
  • Multisport profiles to track your performance in many sports in many ways

Why are you so excited about it?

The Fenix 3 Sapphire HR sees Garmin adding wrist heart rate technology to their hugely successful Fenix 3 watch. In doing so they’ve created their most advanced wearable to date; delivering a multisport watch that goes beyond tracking performance during training to include daily activities with 24/7 heart rate monitoring.

Wrist based heart rate gives you the comfort and convenience of tracking your heart rate data without wearing a chest strap. The Fenix 3 HR combines the practicalities of an activity tracker with the powerful functionality of an advanced multisport watch.

Who is it designed for?

Demanding athletes and outdoor adventurers looking for one watch that’ll do it all.

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Goal Zero Lighthouse Mini



light House Mini

Key features:

  • Dimmable, dual LED light lantern
  • Built in USB power hub charge phones and other USB gear
  • Recharge anywhere, anytime

Why are you so excited about it?

Space in your pack is precious, so if you’re going to carry a lantern make sure it’s this one… it’ll stand out when it comes to lighting duties and as a bonus you’ve got a backup charger for your USB devices.

Who is it designed for?

Discerning outdoor enthusiasts who want to create happy campsite vibes!

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Posted by: Luke Scrine Tagged as: Mountaineering Equipment