Outdoor Retailer: Transitional Gear from Loki, Voile
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).
- 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.