Outdoor Retailer: Transitional Gear from Loki, Voile

A visit to the booths of Loki and Voile-USA at Wednesday's Outdoor Retailer All Mountain Demo revealed one fascinating niche: transitional gear, which reinvents itself in real time. 

Loki jacket featuers
Loki jackets have sewn-in face shields and mitts. Some shells and a new N Vest convert into a backpack.

Loki makes jackets whose sleeve cuffs convert into mittens. Voile makes snowboards that turn into alpine-touring skis for the uphills. The concepts may cause complicated Rube Goldbergesque visions, but the reality is far more elegant.

Below, Dirk Anderson of Loki demonstrates his company's Levity Alpinist Shell, with built-in mitts at the ends of the sleeves and a face protector sewn into the hood.

Anderson's main pitch is that the hood and mitts benefit from heat trapped in the jacket, heat lost with external hats and gloves. Anderson co-owns the company, which he started with a single shape-shifting hat. He named the brand after Loki, a mischievous shape-shifter of Norse mythology.

Levity Alpinist Shell:

  • Shell fabric: eVent
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL (sleeves about 3.5 inches longer than a standard sleeve to accommodate mitts)
  • MSRP: $375

 

A Splitboard Primer

Dave Grissom, sales and marketing manager for Voile-USA, walked us through the workings of Voile's Mojo-RX Splitboard.

Voile is one of the pioneering splitboard brands, and its splitboard binding kits are used by many other companies.  

Grissom said splitboarding is comparable to alpine-touring: a full rig weighs about 10 pounds, comparable to many AT/randonee combos (not counting the boots, of course). 

Mojo-RX Splitboard:

  • Sizes: Small (154 cm, 161 cm); medium/large (161 cm, 166 cm, 171 cm)
  • MSRP: $1,095 for full package including LightRail bindings, climbing skins

For more info: See www.splitboarding.com for discussions and how-to's.

Levity Alpinist Shell:

  • Shell fabric: eVent
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL (sleeves about 3.5 inches longer than a standard sleeve to accommodate mitts)
  • MSRP: $375

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Comments

XterroBrando
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January 20, 2011 at 12:44 p.m. (EST)

Very innovative jacket. Optimus Prime's Jacket of choice. Might be some waterproofing issues around the thumbhole mit area on each sleeve, although a lack of separation from hand to arm in terms of heat loss is a plus. Nice effort overall.

denis daly
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January 20, 2011 at 7:21 p.m. (EST)

I thought the LOKI alpine jacket was very interesting..loved to play with that and the price wasn't that grand...Great use of function it seemed and idea..

Redwood Guy
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January 22, 2011 at 9:11 p.m. (EST)

Ok that "integrated neck face shield" is actually a pretty sweet idea!

At 19oz considering what it does, I am rather impressed!

denis daly
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January 23, 2011 at 11:40 p.m. (EST)

Yeah I think thats going to be a hit..I thought that  they went outside them selves on this product..

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