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ISPO Award | ISPO Munich | WinnersMore than 2 500 exhibitors exhibited at ISPO Munich 2016 held January in Germany. Image: www.ispo.com.
March 2016

2016 ISPO

award innovation

Exceptional new sport and outdoor products that will set the trend for the year to come, received awards at this year’s ISPO Munich. Many of the brands that developed winning products are also available in South Africa

The most exceptional new products are awarded at the ISPO Product Awards each year during the ISPO trade show in Munich — the best of the best receiving the Product of the Year prize in each of the five segments evaluated by a jury of industry experts. This year, a GPS watch with an integrated music player, a trail running shoe that can withstand difficult conditions, a backpack that offers various hydration possibilities, and a travel mug that makes on-the-go drinking easier were among the winners.

The jury members award a top-of-class ISPO Gold to the best product in a category within one of the segments: Performance, Action, Outdoor, Ski or Health & Fitness. The Product of the Year in each category is selected from among the Gold Award winners. Other deserving new products receive a prestigious ISPO Award.

TomTom wins in Performance

The new TomTom Runner 2 Cardio won the Product of the Year title in the Performance category. It is a GPS watch with an integrated music player, which enables the user to listen to his favourite songs. It features a built-in monitor that allows him to keep track of his heart rate without the need for a chest belt. The device also tracks the user’s steps, distance, active minutes and calories burned 24/7.

Gold award-winning products in the Performance category include brands that are distributed in South Africa, like the Salomon S/Lab XA Alpine and Inov-8 AT/C Thermoshell HZ.

The Salomon Alpine is a trail running shoe has been developed to withstand the most difficult terrains and conditions. It offers good protection, grip and features a Carbon chassis and a moulded EVA midsole.

The Inov-8 Thermoshell offers the wearer lightweight, packable warmth and a high level of breathability. It regulates runners’ core body temperature whether on the trails or in the mountains. It is locally distributed by Rebel Elite Fitness.

The Inov-8 Race Ultra Boa running pack also won an ISPO Award in the Performance Segment. This makes carrying fluid far more efficient than ever before.

PUMA won an award for their Thermo-R football jacket with ergonomically-placed inserts that adapt and enhance football movement patterns for dynamic thermoregulation control.

The North Face Flight Series Fuse Jacket was another Award winner in the Performance segment. This rain jacket for runners has a perforated membrane that allows moisture management while keeping the body dry.

Outdoor division

In the Outdoor division the Salomon S-Lab Peak 20 backpack, Merrell Capra Glacial Ice+ Mid Waterproof shoe and the Therm-A-Rest Neoair Camper Sv won Gold Awards.

The Salomon backpack offers varying hydration possibilities such as soft flask or bladder, features a top and bottom sensi load lifter to adapt and compress the pack. It also balances front and rear loads for quick access, and allows freedom of movement.

The new Vibram Arctic Grip outsole technology in the Merrell shoe is designed to withstand the most extreme winter conditions, providing traction and stability when things get icy. Merrell is locally distributed by Medicus Shoes.

The Therm-A-Rest Neoair mattress, available from Outward Ventures, inflates in a third of the time of mattresses with conventional valves. Its patent-pending auto reversing SpeedValve enables it to deflate almost instantly.

There are several locally distributed products that also won ISPO awards in the Outdoor category.

The Leatherman Tread, a lifestyle tool with a total of 29 different integrated tools, is as stylish as it is functional. It is locally available from Awesome Tools.

Camelbak Forge Vacuum is a travel mug for a better on-the-go drinking experience with a self-sealing cap for one handed drinking.

Petzl received awards for the Altitude, an ultra-lightweight mountaineering and ski harness, as well as Leopard LLF ultra-light crampons with Leverlock FIL binding, for ski touring and snow travel.

Action division winners

In the Action Segment The North Face Access Pack won a gold award. It combines three patent-pending features in a sleek, modern design. It saves time and stress, and is ideal for explorers on the go. TNF is locally available from Slam Industries.

The Black Diamond Razor Carbon Pro Ski Pole won an Award in the Ski segment. It features an innovative break-away wrist strap with a lockable release function. Black Diamond is locally distributed by Ram Mountaineering.

Other interesting products

Apart from the award winners, interesting products in the Wearable Technologies section, like a demo laceless smartshoe and kids wearable products also attracted attention.

The Digitsole — a smart insole that connects to the user’s smartphone via Bluetooth — measures his steps, distance covered and speed even more accurately than a pedometer. This designer also showcased the prototype of a laceless smartshoe, which is interactive, heated, shock absorbent and features automatic tightening that can be controlled from the user’s smartphone.

Suunto has collaborated with the Finnish children’s apparel brand Reima to develop their first children’s wearable technology called Reimago. It measures the user’s movement and rewards him for being active. Any recorded data can be downloaded on a free app.


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