The 114 GORP Index Report



Winter has arrived and the temperatures are only dropping further. For some people, this is a reason to be excited. We spoke with an outdoor enthusiast, influencer and versatile taste maker 114.Index to check out his favorite recent gear in cold weather and learn a thing or two about what has happened over the past month in the great outdoors.

Equipment of the month

Arc’teryx Beta SV Jacket

This absolute one-shell unit, which uses Gore’s new GORE-TEX PRO fabric, is built for very harsh conditions. The new “Distortion” color Arc’Teryx introduced for this season is perhaps the best yet. It is suitable for arid terrain but just as comfortable halfway up a snow-capped mountain.

Klatermusen Skoll Jacket

This is a piece also designed for the extremities, as evidenced by the comfortable fleece jacket in wool and polyamide with Kevlar reinforcement on areas with high abrasion. Klatermusen is completely fluorocarbon free in its production, Skoll being a prime example. The deep and rich rust color provides an element of fall warmth in line with that of the wool itself. Ideal as insulation under a shell on a windy day, or as a comforting outer layer on that chilly morning stroll to fetch coffee.

Nanga Takibi jogging pants

These are mid-weight, straight-cut pants with an integrated waistband and reinforced knees. With “Takibi” roughly translating to “fire” or “bonfire”, Nanga used high density polyethylene with some degree of flame resistance. Note the pocket layout where the usual slash style on the front is also repeated for the two back pockets.

On Cloudultra in “Olive / Eclipse”

This ultra-cushioning, long-distance trail running shoe looks as good as it performs. The Cloudultra uses a 2-layer mesh upper with a superimposed overlay fender for protection against rough trails. These are probably the prettiest silhouettes in On’s catalog, and this olive colourway works whether you like to explore the outdoors or not.

Pack of 30 MontBell Altiplano

A minimalist and ergonomic backpack in white with optimal storage solutions in the form of pockets on each of the shoulder straps and on the waist. The Altiplano 30 takes its name from the Altiplano Plateau of South America, which spans parts of Peru, Bolivia, and Chile. A roll-up closure and internal waterproof bag provide a ridiculous degree of waterproofing.

Brand watch

Adsum NYC

You are probably already the head of Adsum NYC. Brooklyn-based independents take inspiration from their region and the countryside of the northeastern United States. Founded in 2015, they pride themselves on producing a unique line of quality manufactured clothing featuring elements of Americana, athletic wear and technical outerwear. This year, the outdoor settings of the great state of Maine on the east coast of the United States serve as the basis for the theme of the SS and FW21 collection, with many transitional fall colors mixed with a vibrancy that clings to the latest summer days. slowly fades.

As usual, their silhouettes are really screaming Adsum. They do what they’re good at so well and it’s instantly recognizable as their clothes. Honorable mention should be given to their work shirts and sweatpants, both of which are made from super heavyweight fabrics that feel fabulous against the skin and do incredibly well as they age.

Ostrya Equipment

Relatively new to the mountaineering and climbing gear scene, Montreal-based Ostrya takes great pride in the fact that its production takes place locally and, when it cannot, it uses socially responsible means. . Ostrya says their mission is to inspire through their products and content, which can be seen through athlete sponsorship in the rock climbing scene.

Posted recently on their Instagram account, the team poses together in the new FW21 Denali down parka which is handcrafted – including down filling – in the Montreal workshop. “Making everything ourselves in our Montreal workshop is like putting together an endless puzzle,” should let you know how much effort this small company has put into its products. The new collection is now available, it includes strong pieces to fight against the cold. Also take a look at the lookbook if you can, there is an impeccable style that shows their hard work.

Style corner

I have noticed that a lot of running hydration vests and hydration vest style bags were worn recently. These super light, well-fitting backpack-vest hybrids can be an optimal style for someone who prefers to travel light for a day outdoors, but also for urban commuters. The slim fit with mesh pockets on the shoulder straps provide optimal storage and easy access for cellphones and keys. Brands such as Antwerp-based Hyein Seo will soon launch their own fashionable iteration for Spring / Summer 22, while Salomon will continue to produce its strictly functional S / Lab vests.

Mountain caps, sometimes called earmuffs, seem to be making a comeback. Old-school mountain brands like Lowe Alpine and RAB have classic looking styles. With Montbell bringing back their seasonal fleece iteration, the Climaplus 200 OD More modern and fashionable adaptations can be found at Stone Island or Nike ACG – both of which have comfy Sherpa-style linings and appear in a funky selection of colors.

Overview of social networks

Royal Ragzz is a tastefully curated and always handpicked vintage store specializing in functional and technical clothing and sportswear, with a dash of designer items.

Initially a bedroom project, owner and founder Charlie translates his personal style into the attitude of Ragzz Royal and recently opened a showroom and store in Bristol. From the basics to thrift stores in charity shops, Royal Ragzz’s seven-year journey has established itself as one of the leading resellers of this type of clothing. Browsing through their IG feed, you see a clear consistency in the style of their products and their product photographs. Along with that, Ragzz is always on hand to film new editorials and make an effort to show off his stock.

Anotha choppa focuses on interior design and architecture sourced primarily from mid-century homes. This page rarely says much in terms of captions or information, a style of posting that has become increasingly popular these days. Opt more to let the scenes of the immaculate apartments and villas do the talking. Well-known name designers like Frank Lloyd Wright and Charles & Ray Eames are embedded in an equal amount of content from personal personal accounts – people like A Start of Something. Vintage furniture and mid-century design as a whole is another topic that’s currently booming with IG as more people start investing in their own spaces – a sure push to nurture the spirit when they’re stuck inside. of the past year and global blockages.

Outdoors

I recently traveled to Wales for the first time with the intention of wild camping in the Cader Idris mountain area. The top of this mountain is known as the ‘top of the chair’ and is located at the southern end of Snowdonia National Park. This trip was a meeting with other Instagrammers Advanced rock, L. Holl, and Garry Flume but unfortunately for us, we were severely hampered by the biblical rain. Lucky for us – and that probably saved the trip – we stumbled upon a cozy Bothy nestled in the thick pine forests.

A Bothy, for those who don’t know, is a sort of wilderness refuge or shelter often found in remote places – mostly mountains but sometimes in wooded areas like this. They are extremely common in Scotland, so much so that there are travel agencies that take groups to visit hard-to-reach places.

We loaded our entire kit into each of our Osprey packs, with mine in an Exos 48 and the others in their Aether 65s. We then left the cars to find our future accommodation along the trails, then veered off- track and in the trees. During these trips to and from the cars over the next couple of days, we would like to thank ourselves for inventing the GORE-TEX hiking boots and each of our Arc’teryx Alpha AR cases.

Here we took refuge for two nights, sheltered from the driving rain by the windows. Downstairs it was cheerful and cozy in front of the roaring log burner, baking delicious macaroni and cheese in my Montbell Alpine Cooker set, drinking long into the night and laughing at all the hilarious stories being told among us. However, venturing down the dark stairs in the light of a Petzl headlamp to fetch some snacks or an extra layer brought us back to reality as the rain pounded the roofs of the two.

We all had a great time, and it was a much-needed few days with almost no phone service, allowing us to fully embrace the outdoor spaces we immersed ourselves in. A break in time gave us the perfect opportunity to explore with a pair of Salomon XT-Quest Hi hiking boots in a new area of ​​the national park and experience a huge 30ft high waterfall nestled among a vast network of trails. at the bottom of a deep valley.



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