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AUSA 21 – Mountain Horse Solutions

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

Mountain Horse Solutions exhibited in the Global Ordnance booth. They are also affiliated with the UK’s Brigantes and bring several European Soldier Systems technologies to the US.

They displayed quite a few items for mountain and arctic warfare including Acapulka Pulk sleds, Arktis Overwhites, Helix climbing gear, Montane Tactical clothing, and Black Crows Militari Orb Skis.

DSEi 21 – Helix Combat Multi Harness System V2

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

Helix Tactical showed their mountaineering gear at DSEI in the Brigantes booth.

Here are some studio shots of the full system and components.

La Sportiva Reinvigorates Several Iconic Climbing and Approach Shoe Models for Spring 2022

Friday, September 3rd, 2021

La Sportiva, makers of the world’s finest mountain footwear, apparel, and ski hard goods, today announces that for Spring 2022, several iconic climbing shoe models are fully redesigned and updated for modern climbing. The Mantra, Katana Lace, Finale, Tarantula, and Tarantulace are all brand new. The updates continue in the approach category with new renditions of the TX2 Evo and TX2 Evo Leather and the introduction of the new TX Canyon. Kids also have new models with the TX Canyon, Tarantula JR, Ultra Raptor II Mid JR GTX, and Ultra Raptor II JR models.

“La Sportiva is never content to rest on its past successes and is consistently pursuing innovations, even to models that are very successful,” says Jonathan Lantz, president of La Sportiva North America. “La Sportiva enthusiasts often suggest that certain models are perfect and shouldn’t be changed but for Spring 22, the Mantra, Katana Lace, Finale, Tarantula, and Tarantulace all have major changes, as does the TX2, which has been the basis for our success in the approach category. Overall, La Sportiva continues to push innovations as far as possible and we’re confident that customers will embrace these new models as superior performers.”

For climbing shoe minimalists who enjoy dancing up the wall, the Mantra relaunch is a dream come true. This slipper combines La Sportiva’s No-Edge concept with D-Tech Technology, the sole wraps the shoe laterally for a total absence of edges. The deconstructed upper and reduced sole thicknesses improves sensitivity by bringing the foot closer to the rock’s surface. The Mantra weighs 5.2 ounces and carries a $160 MSRP. The Katana Lace is an all-day edging machine that performs well on slabs, thin cracks, and steep routes outside. Tubular construction provides comfort while a highly breathable tongue works in conjunction with the liner for moisture management. The Katana Lace is 8.8 ounces for men and 7.5 ounces for women and retails for $210. The new Finale is a shoe equally at home at the gym or the crag and with 40% of the shoe made from recycled materials, it reduces overall environmental impact. It is constructed from eco-leather that does not use heavy metals in the tanning process and is biodegradable. At 8.4 ounces for men and 7.9 ounces for women, it is $120. The new Tarantula, with its focus on comfort, is easy to use and get on and off. Yet, the slight asymmetry is aggressive enough to perform on steeper routes and trickier moves. The Tarantula is 8.4 ounces for men, 7.5 ounces for women and retails for $95. The best-selling climbing shoe in the US, the Tarantulace, is now even better, with an unlined leather upper, asymmetric shape, and roomier toe box. Updated aesthetics and design increase performance while maintaining the same fit and feel for $85.

La Sportiva Mantra

La Sportiva Katana Lace (M)

La Sportiva Katana Lace (W)

La Sportiva Tarantula (M)

La Sportiva Tarantula (W)

La Sportiva Tarantulace (M)

La Sportiva Tarantulace (W)

The extremely popular TX line gets a major upgrade with the ability to easily resole it. The TX2 EVO and TX2 EVO Leather are both lightweight approach shoes that stow easily thanks to strong C2 ComboCord and can be resoled to extend the life of the shoe. Vibram Idrogrip provides excellent traction on wet or dry surfaces at $139 for the TX2 EVO and $129 for the TX2 Evo Leather. Canyoneering shoes need to do it all and the La Sportiva TX Canyon offers support, flexibility, traction while wet or dry, and can shed water quickly. Recycled materials contribute to a reduced environmental impact and a larger, wider fit accounts for neoprene socks. The TC Canyon will retail for $169.

La Sportiva TX Canyon

La Sportiva TX2 EVO (M)

La Sportiva TX2 EVO (W)

La Sportiva TX2 EVO Leather (M)

La Sportiva TX2 EVO Leather (W)

Not to be left out, kids get three great new models including the Tarantula JR, a smaller version of the popular Tarantula climbing shoe. It’s neutral comfort and highly adjustable closure system will fit a wide range of kids and help them get into climbing for $75. The Ultra Raptor Mid II Mid JR GTX is the perfect choice for getting kids into hiking. It’s mid-height, Gore-Tex waterproof protection and quick-pull lacing system provide a capable boot for younger trail enthusiasts at $85. The Ultra Raptor II JR is an everyday trail walking, running, or hiking shoe to keep kids moving and enjoying the outdoors. Aggressive lugs with sticky FriXion rubber provides maximum traction on all surfaces for $75.

The entire footwear line for both men and women will be available at fine specialty retailers across the country and at in Spring 2022.

ORSM 21 – Ignik Fire Can

Friday, August 13th, 2021

Fashioned from an ammo can, Ignik’s Fire Can caught a lot of buzz at the show. This self contained “fire pit” features pop out legs to keep it above the ground and perforated sides to release more heat. It’s a bit heavy for carrying, so consider this for vehicle bivouacs.

While it currently uses propane, a diesel variant is under development for military use.

ORSM 21 – Nanga Mountain Laboratory

Friday, August 13th, 2021

Nanga is a Japanese brand and NML is their research arm. Their new Level 8 sleeping bag is part of the High-End Model Series.

They’ve moved the zipper closer to the center of the bag to get it higher up off the ground and incorporated dual draft tubes. The individual baffles are each filled with different amounts of Ultra Dry Down, depending on where they are located in the bag, with vertical baffles along the backside.

These are serious bags for serious conditions. Look for two models with one going all the way down to -23 deg C.

Sterling Rope Company Launches Category Changing XEROS Technology: A Revolution in Dry Rope

Friday, July 30th, 2021

Sterling Rope Company is proud to announce the release of XEROS technology to most of their climbing ropes. XEROS is a new way to manufacture a UIAA Certified dry rope that is more effective, wear resistant, better for the environment, and at a lower cost. This also significantly reduces the number of SKUS and helps make the rope buying process easier on consumers and dealers. XEROS is exclusively available from Sterling Rope.

So, why are XEROS ropes so amazing?

Wet rope is weaker rope. The numbers don’t lie: Rope loses 20% to 40% of its strength when wet. And that can happen if you’re caught in a downpour, climbing an icy pitch, or even just dealing with prolonged exposure to high humidity.

The solution? Dry rope.

But it’s not a perfect solution. Traditional dry ropes are made “dry” with an exterior coating that keeps water out. That coating can wear (leaving the rope vulnerable to water), the finish can feel tacky (so it picks up dirt), and the process to coat the rope is labor-intensive—increasing cost and waste.

Sterling wanted to do better and went back to the drawing board for what a dry rope could be. In the process, they uncovered a whole new way to make dry rope.

This is XEROS technology

Through an exclusive partnership, Sterling spent the past three years working closely with their bluesign®-certified nylon yarn supplier to develop an entirely new way to create dry rope.

What Sterling created is not a coating applied to the rope, or a separate liquid bath treatment. It’s a new step in the manufacturing process of individual nylon fibers, before they’re even twisted into yarn, that makes each fiber water resistant. When making dry rope using these fibers, the result is a product that blows traditional dry rope out of the water.

“Overall, I am blown away by the performance of the XEROS dry treatment. There is simply not enough to be said about its quality. The DryXP NanoIX we’ve all used for a long time is already my preferred rope and I’m psyched to see it evolve to the next level with XEROS technology.”—Benny Lieber, Sterling Athlete and field tester

And that’s not the only thing that makes XEROS technology a breakthrough. Along with being PFOA-free, like all Sterling ropes, the XEROS technology process:

• Reduces waste
• Reduces energy use
• Reduces labor

In other words, this new process is better for the environment. And best of all, climbing rope with XEROS technology costs significantly less than rope made with traditional dry treatments. That’s right—there’s no premium to pay for a rope that’s truly ready for anything.

Stay strong in the wet

XEROS technology creates a dry rope with next-level performance—and without a sticky, vulnerable-to-wear outer coating. Because of the process, both the core and sheath are protected with XEROS, which reduces performance issues related to sheath slippage. All for a minimal price increase over traditional non-dry rope.

Sterling XEROS Ropes are available in:
• Duetto 8.4 mm
• Aero 9.2 mm
• IonR9.4mm
• Quest 9.6 mm
• Velocity 9.8 mm
• T-10 10.0 mm

Sterling Xeros Ropes will be available July 1, 2021 at REI, MEC and at They will be available through all Sterling dealers starting September 1, 2021.

To hear more about Xeros, please check out this video by Sterling’s VP of Product and Marketing, Phil Shettig.

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Atlas Devices – Enemy of Vertical: TERRAIN

Sunday, May 16th, 2021

Atlas Devices has launched a blog series. Their first entry is “Enemy of Vertical: TERRAIN” which takes look at the types of challenges facing electrical linemen.

10th SFG(A)’s Winter Warfare Detachment Introduces New Winter Training

Saturday, May 1st, 2021

FORT CARSON, Colo. — The Winter Warfare Detachment (WWD) at 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) introduced a new training course this year to expand on the unit’s winter operational capabilities. The development of this knowledge and skillset is essential to ensuring success in arctic missions.

The Winter Warfare Course (WWC) is designed to train, evaluate and certify Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alphas (SFOD-As) within 10th SFG(A). The training covered backcountry mobility, avalanche awareness and preparedness, winter survival, snowmobile operations and advanced riding techniques, and special operations small unit tactics on skis and snowmobiles.

“The course itself has been a natural progression for moving 10th Group forward. I believe that it is paramount that we continue to develop, expand and modernize our capabilities to operate in austere winter environments. Conducting ever-improving training in this spectrum will ensure that 10th SFG(A) remains the tip of the spear for winter warfighting capability,” said the WWD’s NCO in charge (NCOIC). “The Winter Warfare Detachment, our initial mission was to expand the expertise, knowledge and capability of cold weather training and operations within 10th Group.”

To facilitate the end state, the WWD initiated the Winter Mobility Instructor Course, now known as the Cold Weather Instructor Course (CWTIC). This course is designed to validate instructors who become CWT trainers, planners and facilitators at the battalion level.

“The CWTIC is designed to develop professional instructors for units using a standardized certifying course,” said the NCOIC. “They come to our course to be validated as cold weather training instructors and return to their units as capable instructors and leaders for their units’ CWT events.”

To increase 10th SFG(A)’s capabilities and further the arctic mission, the detachment implemented the WWC. Unlike the instructor course, the WWC is designed as a validation and training exercise for SFOD-As deploying to high north and arctic regions. It ensures that teams are operationally capable in these extreme cold weather environments, and are prepared for joint training exercises with their allies in the high north region.

The success of the WWC emphasizes the development, expansion and modernization of 10th SFG(A)’s capabilities to operate in austere winter environments. In the harsh climate of the high north and arctic regions, the ability to shoot, move and communicate becomes even more challenging. The WWC prepares Green Berets and Paratroopers for these operations, and focuses on the critical tasks needed in order to succeed.

“We need to maintain our expertise and our capability, and expand to ensure we are the best in operating in cold weather and high north regions, because that is our operational area. Our success depends on us having this expertise.”

10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs Office

Editor’s note: The full names and identifications of those serving in the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) are withheld due to safety and security of the Soldiers and their Families.