Winter Hiking Tips

Maybe they call it fall because that’s what happens to the leaves, or maybe it’s for an entirely different reason. Either way, leaves on the ground is usually a sign that winter is just around the corner. For many mountain lovers, especially hikers, this means that they will soon be trapped indoors until the snow melts and they can return to the hills. Fortunately this doesn’t have to be the case. With the right equipment and a bit of planning, the mountains can be enjoyed year round. Here are 5 tips that will help you stay active on the trails, even when they’re covered in snow.

1. Wear the right clothes

You’ll be a lot warmer when you’re trudging uphill than when you’re resting or going down. Dressing in layers allows you to easily regulate your temperature by adding or removing a layer of clothing as needed. The essentials are a base layer next to your skin, a layer of insulation (fleece, down, or a synthetic puffy), and then a protective shell in case the weather gets nasty.

2. Stay Hydrated

Because you’re generally not sweating as much, it’s easy to forget to drink water during winter workouts.  Sweating and breathing still use up your body’s water supply so make sure to bring liquids, whether in a hydration pack or water bottle. It’s always better to bring more water than you think you’ll need, just in case.

3. Think About Traction

It goes without saying that trails might be a bit icy and possibly even covered in fresh snow during the winter, but we’ll say it anyway. Be sure that you have a general idea of what trail conditions will be like so that you can bring the right traction device. Sometimes boots or even trail runners will be enough, but other times you’ll want to bring a pair of Yaktrax or a similar device that attaches to the bottom of shoes or boots. When the conditions include recent snowfall or your journey takes you off trail, snowshoes are helpful not only in providing traction, but also keeping you on top of the snow.

4. Watch the Weather

It’s important to check the weather forecast before embarking on any winter adventure, especially ones far away from home. Conditions can quickly change, particularly near mountain peaks, so you’ll need to be ready for anything the weather could throw your way. Don’t be afraid to turn around when things look grim or the conditions reach an unsafe level.

5. Bring the Right Gear

Nothing takes the fun out of winter hiking like cold hands and wet feet. Luckily there are plenty of solutions to keeping your fingers, toes, and ears dry and ready for adventure. Outdoor Designs creates products specifically to keep you warm and comfortable while enjoying the outdoors. The Skyline Gaiters are an excellent option for keeping mud and snow from getting inside your boots, and the Diablo GTT gloves provide the perfect balance of protection and breathability for high output winter activities. Check out the full lineup here.

If you plan on heading to the mountains this winter, be sure to follow these tips to stay warm, dry, safe, and happy.

 

 

Posted on November 7, 2016 and filed under Article.

Touchscreen Conductive Gloves

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Nobody likes having to take off their gloves to operate their smart-phones. At Outdoor Designs, our goal is to provide warmth, comfort, and functionality. With our touchscreen conductive fingertips and thumbs, you can call your friends, take a photo, change playlists, and navigate a mobil map app without taking off your gloves. 

Posted on December 21, 2015 and filed under News.

New Gloves - Denali Collection

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The Outdoor Designs Denali Collection delivers high-performance materials, fit, and performance. Designed for active winter sports and comprised of three different models, the Denali series features an articulated goatskin construction that offers exceptional durability, dexterity, and a supple feel that allows your hands to perform while keeping warm. All models are equipped with EASYon leather donning tabs for easy on-and-off action and Hypalon® Carabiner loops for securing the gloves to a harness without them filling up with falling snow. 

Denali Glove

The Outdoor Designs Denali Glove features a goatskin palm with reinforced forefingers and thumb for durability and long-life. The breathable and waterproof Porelle® Insert provides added levels of protection against extreme outdoor elements to ensure that your hands remain dry, warm and comfortable. Lined with Primaloft® Gold insulation, the Denali Glove is thermally efficient by maintaining warmth without any excess bulk and weight—also providing breathability, water-resistance, and fast-drying action. The palm features Primaloft® Gold Insulation Eco w/ Grip Control for non-slip action where it counts for a confident and stable grip.

Shell: Goatskin and Nylon
Insulation: Primaloft® Gold Insulation
Palm Insulation: Primaloft® Gold Insulation Eco with Grip Control
Waterproof Insert: Porelle® Waterproof Breathable Insert
Profile: Articulated cut for uncompromised comfort and fit
Special Features: EASYon leather donning tab, Hypalon® carabiner loop, SOFTwipe thumb patch
Sizes: S, M, L, XL
Weight: 7oz/199g
Colors: Natural/Slate and Black
MSRP: $99.95


Denali Mitt

The Outdoor Designs Denali Mitt features a goatskin palm with reinforced forefingers and thumb for durability and long-life. The internal fingers increase dexterity and feel while providing the comfort and warmth of a mitt. The waterproof Porelle® Insert provides added levels of protection against extreme outdoor elements to ensure that your hands remain dry, warm and comfortable. Lined with Primaloft® Gold insulation, the Denali Glove is thermally efficient by maintaining warmth without any excess bulk and weight—also providing breathability, water-resistance, and fast-drying action. The palm features Primaloft® Gold Insulation Eco w/ Grip Control for non-slip action where it counts for a confident and stable grip.

Shell: Goatskin and Nylon
Insulation: Primaloft® Gold Insulation
Palm Insulation: Primaloft® Gold Insulation Eco with Grip Control
Waterproof Insert: Porelle® Waterproof Breathable Insert
Profile: Articulated cut for uncompromised comfort and fit
Special Features: Internal fingers, EASYon leather donning tab, Hypalon® carabiner loop, SOFTwipe thumb patch
Sizes: S, M, L, XL
Weight: 7.1oz/204g
Colors: Natural/Slate and Black
MSRP: $99.95


Denali Worker

The Outdoor Designs Denali Worker is a 100% goatskin, fleece insulated cold-weather glove. If you work or play outside during the winter-time, the Denali Worker will be your first-choice option as they are perfect for foul weather avy control mornings and side-country powder runs. You will love the uncompromising quality, fit, and reliability of the Denali Worker.

Shell: Goatskin
Insulation: Polyester 100-weight fleece liner
Profile: Articulated cut for uncompromised comfort and fit
Special Features: EASYon leather donning tab, Hypalon® carabiner loop
Sizes: S, M, L, XL
Weight: 7oz/199g
Colors: Natural and Black
MSRP: $69.95


Porelle® Inserts

Porelle® Inserts are used in the construction of a waterproof glove, sandwiched between the outer layer and the lining. Inserts are vital to the performance of the glove, providing added levels of protection against the weather elements thus ensuring that the user’s hands remain dry, warm and comfortable. Porelle® Inserts are both extremely waterproof and highly breathable. The breathability ensures that sweat can escape and does not remain trapped in the glove, keeping your hands dry and the glove smelling fresh. Porelle® Inserts are also soft and flexible so they are quiet in use; they can be fitted into a glove with ease and do not limit the tactility or dexterity of the glove design.


Primaloft® Gold Insulation

Primaloft® Gold Insulation is a high-performance synthetic insulation that is coupled with incredible packability and softness that mimics the characteristics of goose down. With famed Primaloft® water repellency that delivers wet-weather protection and an easy care package, this is the no-compromise synthetic flagship for those that demand the best. Benefits: warmth without bulk, water-resistant, breathable, packable/compressible, lightweight, superior softness, fast drying, thermally efficient.

Primaloft® Gold Insulation Eco w/ Grip Control

Primaloft® Gold Insulation Eco w/ Grip Control delivers a non-slip where it counts for a confident and stable hold. No matter the range of activities, Primaloft® delivers performance by enhancing the warmth and comfort of the insulation. This low-bulk insulation is designed to resist compression and provide freedom of movement, while staying warm even in the wettest conditions. Benefits: grip control, warmth without bulk, water-resistant, breathable, lightweight, 90% recycled fibers, fast drying, thermally efficient.


More about Outdoor Designs
Outdoor Designs has been designing and making performance products since 1992. They design and test their products to the extreme--and back again--to ensure that you have total peace of mind when it comes to choosing your gear and are 100% certain that it won’t let you down. Outdoor Designs takes an innovative approach in using the latest technical fabrics and ground breaking designs that deliver performance, warmth, and comfort.

The Outdoor Designs Denali Series is available at your favorite Outdoor Designs dealer and this website.

Liberty Mountain is the exclusive U.S. distributor of Outdoor Designs equipment. Contact the Liberty Mountain Sales team to become an Outdoor Designs dealer today.


Posted on December 17, 2015 and filed under News, Gear Review.

Australia & New Zealand Distribution Through Frontier Equipment

Outdoor Designs, one of the most renowned brands in the outdoor industry has partnered with Australia based Frontier Equipment to manage distribution in the Australia and New Zealand markets effective September, 2015.

Founded by outdoor industry experts Dean Orange and Ben Ryan, the Frontier Equipment team has over 35 years’ experience working with premium brands in the outdoor industry. Their expertise will help to re-launch the Outdoor Designs brand to the outdoor community in the Pacific region, and will ensure the highest levels of service and professionalism to retail partners and consumers.

“We are really excited to work with Outdoor Designs”, said Frontier co-founder Dean Orange. “After the brand was sold in 2013 to Liberty Mountain, the largest wholesaler in the USA, they have worked to provide the perfect balance between price, innovation and technical fabrics and fabrication techniques”.

Outdoor Designs range of Handwear, Gaiters and Headwear offers a complete collection of extremity layering solutions for retailers seeking everything from; thin liner gloves, wind proof solutions to waterproof shells.

Frontier Equipment is a company full of passionate outdoor users; climbers, runners, canyoneers, kayakers and mountain bikers – and we’ve been using Outdoor Designs equipment for the better part of the past 20 years. The chance to re-launch the Outdoor Designs collection of hand ware, gaiters and head ware in Australia and New Zealand ensures everybody can access an iconic outdoor collection.

About Outdoor Designs
At Outdoor Designs we have been designing and making performance products since 1992 and we know a thing or two about technical accessories. We test our products to the extreme--and back again--to ensure that you have total peace of mind when it comes to choosing your gear and are 100% certain that it won’t let you down.With our vast line of headwear, gloves, and gaiters, we take an innovative approach in using the latest technical fabrics and ground breaking designs that deliver performance, warmth, and comfort.

For Australia and New Zealand enquiries please contact Frontier Equipment at sales@frontierequipment.com.au or 1300 552 000

Frontier Equipment Pty Ltd
391-393 Pacific Highway
Crows Nest NSW 2065
Australia

Posted on September 21, 2015 and filed under News.