Over the past three years Australian Hiker has attended the annual Outdoor Retailer Australia Show. This show is a chance for Australia’s outdoor wholesalers and manufacturers to showcase their new and existing products to Australia’s outdoor retailers and allied media. Due to the pandemic the show was cancelled for 2020 but rather than let the opportunity pass us by we managed to catch up with a number of suppliers for an update.
In this, the first of two episodes in this series, we bring you two interviews.
In our next episode, episode 156, to be released next week, we will bring you our remaining interviews.
As a follow up to our discussions with the various suppliers, in the coming year we will be undertaking a number of gear reviews that will be of interest to you.
Leki/Deuter/Clif (time index 4:12)
Tim and Gill’s comments
Sea to Summit (time index 37:11)
A well known Australian company that provides lots of accessories but is becoming well known for their sleep range
Tim and Gill’s comments
Episode 156 which contains the remainder of our interviews will be released on 5 August 2020
Leki Cross Trail Poles. These poles are designed to bridge the gap between running poles and trekking poles. I am really keen to test these out!
Mesh pole straps-Leki. I do like the look of these ‘straps’ – they just make sense to me
Leki Micro Vario Trekking poles – these poles are currently available through many shops as one of Leki’s high-end trekking poles
Deuter doing it’s bit for the environment by reducing nasty chemicals in their range of packs
Deuter Futura Packs. Deuter packs are one of the world’s best known packs and will now contain recycled fabrics
Clif Nut Butter bars – already on the market and one of our personal favourites
Clif Builders Bars. A great source of protein (29 grams) which is a big consideration on long distance hikes to allow the body to repair itself at the end of the day and overnight
Clif Shot Bloks opened. Again another part of my hiking menu for multi-week week hikes or those big days when you need that quick hit of energy
Sea to Summit Ether Light Extreme sleeping mat. This mat has an R rating of 6.2 (and 6.3 for the female mat) which will help keep even the coldest hiker toasty warm
Sea to Summit Glow Quilt. This quilt uses synthetic insulation rather than down which helps to reduce the price and keep you warm even if it gets wet. The new models of Sea to Summit sleeping bags and quilts are designed to work together as a system and will essentially allow you to layer your sleeping system
Sea to Summit Cinder Quilt. The new models of Sea to Summit sleeping bags and quilts are designed to work together as a system and will allow you to layer your sleeping system
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