Snow+Rock, the UK’s No.1 Outdoor Sport’s Specialist, present their Spring/Summer 2010 ranges

After the UK’s Big Freeze we’re definitely looking forward to some sun! Here we give you the run-down of what’s coming up for spring/summer at Snow+Rock:

WHAT’S HOT: Technical specialists – at Snow+Rock one thing we know about is getting the right gear for the job! So this spring/summer we’re concentrating all our efforts on offering fully technical garments that will cope with the demands of any outdoor enthusiasts. Exciting new brand to the Snow+Rock stable is HAGLOFS – Swedish brand producing outstanding outdoor clothing and equipment. Designed for people who invest in an outdoor life, their products are highly functional for a variety of end-users. NIKE – the well-known global brand was new to our stores last year, and was so successful that we’ve grown the range that we’ll be offering. Designed by pro-climber Ben Moon, MOON clothing has stretch cotton separates that are ideal for Bouldering or Rock climbing, but can just as easily be worn for everyday wear. Their range for women has some attractive highlight pieces. PATAGONIA is leading the way with their Eco-friendly initiatives. Everything they produce is manufactured with as little effect to the environment as possible. They regularly use recycled and recyclable fabrics, and their Common Threads Recycling Programme means you can send garments back to them when they’re worn out and be assure it will be made into something else. Colours are bold and vibrant for summer – with bright greens, pinks, yellows, blues, berry plums and purples. Even your summer luggage sets can get an injection of colour with pop pink, ink blue and TNF red duffels, backpacks, laptop bags and wheelies from The North Face. * * * TREK & TRAVEL: Here at Snow+Rock our biggest department for summer is Trek & Travel, which encompasses all the essential clothing and equipment needed for a wide variety of outdoor summer holidays. With the ’09 Staycation being a disappointing washout, we suspect many people will be travelling further afield this summer. So our Trek and Travel ranges have clothing and footwear suitable for a variety of climates and activities - whether you’re hiking in Peru, sight seeing in Paris or walking in The Pyrenees: Ranges from The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, Haglofs, Berghaus and Arcteryx include technical Ts, shorts, convertible pants and jackets with wicking properties for outdoor activities in warm climates. Icebreaker’s 100% merino wool summer pieces are the ideal travel companion. Their natural wicking properties keep you cool and dry, whilst they remain fresher longer and can be screwed up into a backpack between outings. Layer them up and they will also work to keep you warm on cooler summer evenings. Royal Robbins, Horny Toad (exclusive to Snow+Rock in Europe), and The North Face also offer cotton styles perfect for sightseeing in warmer climates, including dresses, vests, t-shirts and loose fitting longer shorts. Closer to home, the long-range weather forecasts are predicting higher than average rainfall in some areas of the UK, so waterproofs will be essential British summer wear! Luckily we have fully waterproof jackets starting from £79.95, perfect for packing in a picnic hamper! ACTIVE Running, biking, swimming, our Active range has specialist clothing for action sports. Along side running ranges from well-known brands such as Salomon, Nike, and The North Face, we’ll be introducing Haglofs. We will also have Icebreaker’s Sport range that incorporates all their natural merino properties in stylish lightweight sport designs, and Speedo swimsuits for the pool. BOULDERING Our summer Bouldering ranges have cotton stretch items that are perfect for climbing, but are also versatile enough to double-up as lifestyle pieces. Specialist brands Moon, PrAna, and Arc’teryx have hoodies, stretch ¾ pants and T-shirts in lime, blues, and berry colours. Rock shoes from Boreal, are ranged in a similar colour palette. ALPINE In search of snowy summits? Our summer Alpine department has the best products available from top brands Rab, Arc’teryx, Mountain Hardwear, Mountain Equipment, The North Face and Patagonia. Key pieces include the Arc’teryx Gamma AR pant – Arc’teryx’s toughest non-insulated soft shell pant and the Arc’teryx Alpha SV jacket – their premier mountaineering hard shell. The Patagonia M10 jacket – Patagonia’s most advanced ultralight 3-layer hard shell; and Rab’s Demand Pull-on – Rab’s lightest ever eVent 3-layer shell. * * * EQUIPMENT, ACCESSORIES & FOOTWEAR Some of the greatest innovations have been seen in equipment and footwear: New on the market are Boreal’s Storm (£89.95) rock climbing shoes, featuring their revolutionary new ‘MI fit’ fastening system, which gives a more precise fit with controlled support. Inov8 have launched the world’s lightest trail running shoe – the X-Talon 212 (£74.95) is a super lightweight off road running shoe with an aggressive sticky rubber outsole making them perfect for cross country, trail, fell and mountain races. Using neoprene straps, fast draining soles, and quick drying breathable synthetic uppers, Teva shoes are technically designed for water. Women’s Tirra (£54.95), Itunda (£74.95) and Terra Fi3 (£59.95) Arc’teryx’s Warp Strength Technology still sets the benchmark for the ultimate in climbing harness design (A300 and X350 both £100) and DMM have worked on producing the skinniest slings without compromising on strength Dynemma 8mm slings (from £5 each) LUGGAGE & PACKS: Flyweight duffels and packs from The North Face pack down into an integral pocket when not in use, which makes them perfect for stashing in packs on long trips. Improved construction and fabrics on Arc’teryx’s new Altra backpacks means that they’re 800g lighter than their Bora predecessors. The new Raptor series from Osprey are perfect hydration packs for bike riding – featuring bike specific design details, including their exclusive LidLock system for stowing helmets when not in use, and bike tool organisation pockets. TENTS: At Snow+Rock we cater for all types of camping trips with tents from £39.95 (Vango Alpha 200) to £750 (Mountain Hardwear Trango 4). For festival season we have the easy-to-pitch Vango Dart 200 in an easy to spot ‘Dot’ colour-way (£44.95). New family tents include the Icaris 600 – with a generous living area and sleeping compartments for 6 people (£220), also from Vango. And for conditions where survival can be an issue the new Summit Series VE 25, (£600) from The North Face, is built to withstand the most adverse weather on the planet. The new Vango Malibu chair (£19.95) is an ideal companion for camping weekends, picnics or just watching the world go by with a cold beer! Revolutionary cookware includes the Primus ETA range (the most fuel efficient and environmentally friendly stoves on the market) and their Express Spider their lightest and most compact hose-mounted stove available (£39.95). - ENDS -