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In Photos: Sports, tech and ingenuity intermingle at ISPO Munich 2018

In Photos: Sports, tech and in...
A photo look at ISPO Munich 2018
A photo look at ISPO Munich 2018
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Tire rubber has become a big thing in the shoe market, with companies like Michelin and Continental turning their strong branding loose on rubber outsoles. Here, Columbia shows boots with Michelin Winter Compound
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Tire rubber has become a big thing in the shoe market, with companies like Michelin and Continental turning their strong branding loose on rubber outsoles. Here, Columbia shows boots with Michelin Winter Compound
Columbia adds to its line of "Omni" technologies with Omni-Heat Thermal Reflective 3D
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Columbia adds to its line of "Omni" technologies with Omni-Heat Thermal Reflective 3D
Two Vaude mannequins get cozy in a zip-together layer
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Two Vaude mannequins get cozy in a zip-together layer
Columbia's new Omni-Heat Thermal Reflective 3D combines body heat reflection with raised pods of fabric designed to create trapped warm air between the body and jacket
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Columbia's new Omni-Heat Thermal Reflective 3D combines body heat reflection with raised pods of fabric designed to create trapped warm air between the body and jacket
The Land Rover brand imagines a more rugged, outdoor-friendly mobile phone
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The Land Rover brand imagines a more rugged, outdoor-friendly mobile phone
A modular phone, the Land Rover Explore comes with a mountable battery and GPS-boosting back pod
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A modular phone, the Land Rover Explore comes with a mountable battery and GPS-boosting back pod
One-piece suits and layers seemed quite en vogue at ISPO, and this Rab Expedition 8000 Suit was the warmest, most rugged-looking of the bunch
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One-piece suits and layers seemed quite en vogue at ISPO, and this Rab Expedition 8000 Suit was the warmest, most rugged-looking of the bunch
A nice spruce wood chuck box with integrated single-burner from Korean brand Kazmi
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A nice spruce wood chuck box with integrated single-burner from Korean brand Kazmi
Kazmi offers a variety of folding tables and furniture with and without integrated cooking hardware
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Kazmi offers a variety of folding tables and furniture with and without integrated cooking hardware
Leafboard shows its electric skateboards at ISPO
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Leafboard shows its electric skateboards at ISPO
Leafboard specializes in compact electric skateboards and longboards
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Leafboard specializes in compact electric skateboards and longboards
After taking both this short board and a Leafboard longboard for a spin, I found I preferred the ride and stability of the longboard - the short one damn near took off on me and sent me flying into the display
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After taking both this short board and a Leafboard longboard for a spin, I found I preferred the ride and stability of the longboard - the short one damn near took off on me and sent me flying into the display
Germany's Fidlock specializes in fastener systems, including low-profile bicycle water bottle holders (beer not included outside Munich)
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Germany's Fidlock specializes in fastener systems, including low-profile bicycle water bottle holders (beer not included outside Munich)
We stepped outside for a bit of fresh air only to see one of the cooler adventure vehicles at the show just parked there - a Nissan Patrol all outfitted for overlanding and/or multi-day camping trips
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We stepped outside for a bit of fresh air only to see one of the cooler adventure vehicles at the show just parked there - a Nissan Patrol all outfitted for overlanding and/or multi-day camping trips
Volvo's V90 all dressed up for gear-hauling adventure in the Scandinavian-focused section of the show
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Volvo's V90 all dressed up for gear-hauling adventure in the Scandinavian-focused section of the show
Volvo V90 estate ready to get dirty
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Volvo V90 estate ready to get dirty
Swedish company Icebug shows off its history of developing high-traction winter footwear, which comes with or without integrated carbide spikes
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Swedish company Icebug shows off its history of developing high-traction winter footwear, which comes with or without integrated carbide spikes
Icebug puts its high-traction footwear to the test on a large ice block
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Icebug puts its high-traction footwear to the test on a large ice block
Icebugs puts its high-traction footwear to the test on a large ice block
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Icebugs puts its high-traction footwear to the test on a large ice block
Icebug shoes trapped in ice - perhaps the only way ice can slow them down
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Icebug shoes trapped in ice - perhaps the only way ice can slow them down
The new ISPO Award-winning Icebug Walkabout Bugrip GTX combines some top names in and around the outdoor industry - Gore-Tex waterproofing, a fast-tightening Boa closure, and a Michelin outsole or Bugrip sole featuring the company's traction studs
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The new ISPO Award-winning Icebug Walkabout Bugrip GTX combines some top names in and around the outdoor industry - Gore-Tex waterproofing, a fast-tightening Boa closure, and a Michelin outsole or Bugrip sole featuring the company's traction studs
Heated socks to take the chill out of icy winter conditions
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Heated socks to take the chill out of icy winter conditions
Barefoot shoes aren't all the rage they were a few years ago, but they haven't disappeared completely
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Barefoot shoes aren't all the rage they were a few years ago, but they haven't disappeared completely
Primus' Kuchoma Grill brought home an ISPO Award for its portability and easy operation
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Primus' Kuchoma Grill brought home an ISPO Award for its portability and easy operation
Another portable cooktop from Primus, the Onja two-burner stove is its own carry case
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Another portable cooktop from Primus, the Onja two-burner stove is its own carry case
For locations that don't allow open fire pits or rings, a portable fire pit like the Primus Kamoto could be the perfect solution
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For locations that don't allow open fire pits or rings, a portable fire pit like the Primus Kamoto could be the perfect solution
Determined to expand opportunities to enjoy the sport of snowshoeing, French company Morpho shows Lumio glow-in-the-dark snowshoes
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Determined to expand opportunities to enjoy the sport of snowshoeing, French company Morpho shows Lumio glow-in-the-dark snowshoes
Morpho Lumio snowshoes
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Morpho Lumio snowshoes
Morpho snowshoes at ISPO 2018
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Morpho snowshoes at ISPO 2018
David "The Hoff" Hasselhoff continues to be a popular figure in Germany
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David "The Hoff" Hasselhoff continues to be a popular figure in Germany
Who said snowshoeing requires snow? Morpho advertises its four-season Trimoor
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Who said snowshoeing requires snow? Morpho advertises its four-season Trimoor
Since we covered the TSL Symbioz a few years ago, it's grown a family
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Since we covered the TSL Symbioz a few years ago, it's grown a family
TSL's Symbioz Step-In is particularly interesting, featuring a light, quick step-in binding system
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TSL's Symbioz Step-In is particularly interesting, featuring a light, quick step-in binding system
A closer look at TSL's step-in binding, designed for natural foot movement
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A closer look at TSL's step-in binding, designed for natural foot movement
TSL also makes the Yooner sled
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TSL also makes the Yooner sled
Advenate's Integrated Avalanche System combines an avalanche airbag with a breathing apparatus, both activated with a single pull
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Advenate's Integrated Avalanche System combines an avalanche airbag with a breathing apparatus, both activated with a single pull
The compact activation mechanism of Ortovox's Avabag avalanche airbag system
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The compact activation mechanism of Ortovox's Avabag avalanche airbag system
Ortovox calls the Avabag the lightest avalanche airbag system in the world
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Ortovox calls the Avabag the lightest avalanche airbag system in the world
Nortec Micro Crampon traction aids
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Nortec Micro Crampon traction aids
Nortec Micro Crampon traction aids
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Nortec Micro Crampon traction aids
One of several modular lighting systems we've seen of late, the Liggoo uses a single light head with integrated battery and a variety of mounts, such as a headband, flashlight handle and tent hanger
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One of several modular lighting systems we've seen of late, the Liggoo uses a single light head with integrated battery and a variety of mounts, such as a headband, flashlight handle and tent hanger
Liggoo head and taillight set up on a headlamp mount
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Liggoo head and taillight set up on a headlamp mount
Polish company Lesovik shows its hammocks at ISPO 2018
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Polish company Lesovik shows its hammocks at ISPO 2018
Lesovik offers a full line of hammocks and hammock shelters
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Lesovik offers a full line of hammocks and hammock shelters
Another avalanche airbag: the Arva Reactor 
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Another avalanche airbag: the Arva Reactor 
BMW X1 ready to play
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BMW X1 ready to play
BMW X1 ready to play
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BMW X1 ready to play
Rideable artwork at Jones Snowboards
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Rideable artwork at Jones Snowboards
Cake launches its first all-electric dirt bike
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Cake launches its first all-electric dirt bike
The Cake Kalk is a 20-hp electric dirt bike designed for fast, high-flying fun on the trails without the noise or emissions of a gas engine
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The Cake Kalk is a 20-hp electric dirt bike designed for fast, high-flying fun on the trails without the noise or emissions of a gas engine
Germany's JayKay offers electrified trucks to turn a standard longboard into an e-board
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Germany's JayKay offers electrified trucks to turn a standard longboard into an e-board
An ISPO Brandnew Award finalist, JayKay's e-Trucks offer up to 18.6 mph (30 km/h) of speed and also provide for free-rolling wheels, so you can shut off the electric system and roll naturally without any resistance
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An ISPO Brandnew Award finalist, JayKay's e-Trucks offer up to 18.6 mph (30 km/h) of speed and also provide for free-rolling wheels, so you can shut off the electric system and roll naturally without any resistance
JayKay trucks are controlled by arm movements registered on the wireless wearable controller
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JayKay trucks are controlled by arm movements registered on the wireless wearable controller
Icaros exercise (torture?) machine on show at ISPO
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Icaros exercise (torture?) machine on show at ISPO
Stromer electric bikes was one of the previous winners on show in the ISPO Brandnew "Hall of Fame," having won an award at the now defunct ISPO bike show in 2011
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Stromer electric bikes was one of the previous winners on show in the ISPO Brandnew "Hall of Fame," having won an award at the now defunct ISPO bike show in 2011
Oru Kayak is well-known on the pages of New Atlas and at the ISPO Brandnew Awards
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Oru Kayak is well-known on the pages of New Atlas and at the ISPO Brandnew Awards
Swiss footwear company On, which specializes in running shoes with cushioned soles, is another ISPO Brandnew Hall of Famer
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Swiss footwear company On, which specializes in running shoes with cushioned soles, is another ISPO Brandnew Hall of Famer
The Scapegoat martial arts workout tool is basically a tire you smash with clubs
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The Scapegoat martial arts workout tool is basically a tire you smash with clubs
Swarm highlights the insect base of its product with a display of flying protein bars. Like Chapul, Swarm uses cricket-based protein
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Swarm highlights the insect base of its product with a display of flying protein bars. Like Chapul, Swarm uses cricket-based protein
Along with outdoor and action sports gear, ISPO always seems good for a new pub game or two, like Teqball or Trick Kick. This year it was HesherBall, a collapsible table game that looks like a cross between pool, foosball and table hockey
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Along with outdoor and action sports gear, ISPO always seems good for a new pub game or two, like Teqball or Trick Kick. This year it was HesherBall, a collapsible table game that looks like a cross between pool, foosball and table hockey
Crazy Foil add-on hydrofoil for wakeboarding, surfing and more
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Crazy Foil add-on hydrofoil for wakeboarding, surfing and more
Refillable, water bottle-sized RideAir pumps provide a convenient portable bike pump
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Refillable, water bottle-sized RideAir pumps provide a convenient portable bike pump
A compact bike rigged up with RideAir pumps
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A compact bike rigged up with RideAir pumps
50Ten shows its modular, three-piece exhibition vehicle kit, an ISPO Brandnew winner
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50Ten shows its modular, three-piece exhibition vehicle kit, an ISPO Brandnew winner
The overall ISPO Brandnew Award winner, My Esel builds personalized wooden bikes
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The overall ISPO Brandnew Award winner, My Esel builds personalized wooden bikes
My Esel Cross all-terrain bike
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My Esel Cross all-terrain bike
My Esel wouldn't reveal the weight of its ultralight prototype at ISPO, using it as a "guess the weight" contest. An email after the show gave the weight at 9.45 kg (20.8 lb). We guessed 8.8 kg
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My Esel wouldn't reveal the weight of its ultralight prototype at ISPO, using it as a "guess the weight" contest. An email after the show gave the weight at 9.45 kg (20.8 lb). We guessed 8.8 kg
Boardie has what it believes a more user-friendly alternative to the ski resort T-bar lift
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Boardie has what it believes a more user-friendly alternative to the ski resort T-bar lift
Tubolito shows its lightweight, compact bicycle tubes
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Tubolito shows its lightweight, compact bicycle tubes
A 27.5-in Tubolito tube weighs 2.9 oz (82 g), and the company says it's twice as strong as the average tube
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A 27.5-in Tubolito tube weighs 2.9 oz (82 g), and the company says it's twice as strong as the average tube
We like the idea of lighter, more compact inner tubes, but not so much to pay 30 bucks a piece for them
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We like the idea of lighter, more compact inner tubes, but not so much to pay 30 bucks a piece for them
We did a few quick rows on the Biorower, and it felt like a very comprehensive full-body workout. The accompanying tablet app tracks relevant metrics
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We did a few quick rows on the Biorower, and it felt like a very comprehensive full-body workout. The accompanying tablet app tracks relevant metrics
The Hillstrike is designed for snow, but this wheeled show special can do tricks on hard floor
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The Hillstrike is designed for snow, but this wheeled show special can do tricks on hard floor
We'll be taking a closer look at the 50Ten expedition camper kit in the coming days
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We'll be taking a closer look at the 50Ten expedition camper kit in the coming days
A look out near the ISPO entrance
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A look out near the ISPO entrance
We were hoping Jon Olsson would bring his custom Mercedes G500 4x4 Squared convertible, but instead it was a sharp-looking Audi R8
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We were hoping Jon Olsson would bring his custom Mercedes G500 4x4 Squared convertible, but instead it was a sharp-looking Audi R8
Douchebags attracts onlookers with a mountain-ready Audi R8
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Douchebags attracts onlookers with a mountain-ready Audi R8
Douchebags attracts onlookers with a mountain-ready Audi R8
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Douchebags attracts onlookers with a mountain-ready Audi R8
A look out toward the road before heading inside for our second day at the show
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A look out toward the road before heading inside for our second day at the show
SlingFin shows some tents outside in the tent village
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SlingFin shows some tents outside in the tent village
Ferrino HighLab Maverick 2 tent
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Ferrino HighLab Maverick 2 tent
One of the hammock pros we talked to said Europe hasn't experienced the hammock explosion the US has enjoyed, but we still saw a number of hammocks swinging around the show
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One of the hammock pros we talked to said Europe hasn't experienced the hammock explosion the US has enjoyed, but we still saw a number of hammocks swinging around the show
Outside at the tent village 
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Outside at the tent village 
Vaude Hogan UL 2P
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Vaude Hogan UL 2P
A nice Royal Enfield bike on display
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A nice Royal Enfield bike on display
Goal Zero powers up at ISPO 2018
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Goal Zero powers up at ISPO 2018
Another modular gadget system for the outdoors, the Knog PWR uses a single battery to power various devices, including a headlamp, bike light and Bluetooth speaker
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Another modular gadget system for the outdoors, the Knog PWR uses a single battery to power various devices, including a headlamp, bike light and Bluetooth speaker
Knog outfits a bike for adventure
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Knog outfits a bike for adventure
Cafflano offers several compact brewing systems perfect for camping and other outdoor activities 
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Cafflano offers several compact brewing systems perfect for camping and other outdoor activities 
Cafflano at ISPO 2018 
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Cafflano at ISPO 2018 
Not quite a sock, not quite a shoe, it's Skinners lightweight pocket footwear
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Not quite a sock, not quite a shoe, it's Skinners lightweight pocket footwear
Amazonas hammock shelter
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Amazonas hammock shelter
Austria's Luma specializes in headwear with integrated LED lighting
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Austria's Luma specializes in headwear with integrated LED lighting
Waterwolf puts the spotlight on electric propulsion with its MPX-3 e-surfboard mounted on a BMW i3
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Waterwolf puts the spotlight on electric propulsion with its MPX-3 e-surfboard mounted on a BMW i3
The Waterwolf MPX-3 electric surfboard has evolved since we first looked at it in 2014
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The Waterwolf MPX-3 electric surfboard has evolved since we first looked at it in 2014
We looked at the Snooc ski sled when it was called the Zibock. The French-designed backcountry sled hikes up the mountain as two skis and assembles into a sled for sliding back down
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We looked at the Snooc ski sled when it was called the Zibock. The French-designed backcountry sled hikes up the mountain as two skis and assembles into a sled for sliding back down
Billed as "the world's first solar-powered electric stand-up paddleboard," this board is a collaboration between the ZHAW School of Engineering, Indiana SUP and ePropulsion
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Billed as "the world's first solar-powered electric stand-up paddleboard," this board is a collaboration between the ZHAW School of Engineering, Indiana SUP and ePropulsion
This solar SUP uses solar panels to keep the battery for its electric propulsion unit topped off
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This solar SUP uses solar panels to keep the battery for its electric propulsion unit topped off
Ocean Reef specializes in scuba and snorkeling masks and an underwater communications system
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Ocean Reef specializes in scuba and snorkeling masks and an underwater communications system
ISPO Award-winning French company Sno Plak has developed a light snowshoe that attaches to a crampon. Designed for mountain guides and other serious mountain explorers, the snowshoe carries easily on a backpack and adds some float on demand in soft snow without comprising grip in harder snow and ice
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ISPO Award-winning French company Sno Plak has developed a light snowshoe that attaches to a crampon. Designed for mountain guides and other serious mountain explorers, the snowshoe carries easily on a backpack and adds some float on demand in soft snow without comprising grip in harder snow and ice
A gondola cabin serves as functional booth decor 
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A gondola cabin serves as functional booth decor 
The van life parks itself at ISPO 2018
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The van life parks itself at ISPO 2018
French startup Qaou had a tiny booth, but an open spot across the way provided some space to set up its modular hammock/tent shelter system. We'll have more details about this one in an upcoming article
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French startup Qaou had a tiny booth, but an open spot across the way provided some space to set up its modular hammock/tent shelter system. We'll have more details about this one in an upcoming article
Limo Xray hybrid wave board
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Limo Xray hybrid wave board
France's Kleefer shows its folding scooters
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France's Kleefer shows its folding scooters
Doc Green E-Klapprad EK 19 folding 250 W electric bike
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Doc Green E-Klapprad EK 19 folding 250 W electric bike
"Lambretta" is one of the classic scooter/motorcycle names that now finds itself on electric bicycles
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"Lambretta" is one of the classic scooter/motorcycle names that now finds itself on electric bicycles
Part scooter, part bicycle, here we have the Crussis Carbon Concept
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Part scooter, part bicycle, here we have the Crussis Carbon Concept
A Czech company, Crussis specializes in "foot bikes" (kick scooters with big, ol' wheels built for various purposes), along with more traditional pedaled electric bikes
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A Czech company, Crussis specializes in "foot bikes" (kick scooters with big, ol' wheels built for various purposes), along with more traditional pedaled electric bikes
We looked at Skike road-oriented cross-country skates years ago, and here the company shows its all-terrain side
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We looked at Skike road-oriented cross-country skates years ago, and here the company shows its all-terrain side
SoFlow Flowbike and Flowter
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SoFlow Flowbike and Flowter
The €1,490 Flowbike is a folding electric bike that weighs just under 40 lb (18 kg) and has a range up to 28 miles (45 km)
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The €1,490 Flowbike is a folding electric bike that weighs just under 40 lb (18 kg) and has a range up to 28 miles (45 km)
NIU scooters at ISPO Munich 2018
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NIU scooters at ISPO Munich 2018
Skike at ISPO Munich 2018
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Skike at ISPO Munich 2018
FreiSpur electric skateboards
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FreiSpur electric skateboards
Micro Mobility always brings in onlookers and photo-snappers with the Microlino electric Isetta. More than just a show car, the Microlino will go into production in the middle of this year, as per Micro Mobility's website
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Micro Mobility always brings in onlookers and photo-snappers with the Microlino electric Isetta. More than just a show car, the Microlino will go into production in the middle of this year, as per Micro Mobility's website
Revoe electric fat bike 
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Revoe electric fat bike 
Austrian add-on electric drive Add-e is a mid-mounted friction drive that has a peak power of 600 watts
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Austrian add-on electric drive Add-e is a mid-mounted friction drive that has a peak power of 600 watts
Add-e keeps its 4.2 pounds (1.9 kg) low and central with its mid-mount design
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Add-e keeps its 4.2 pounds (1.9 kg) low and central with its mid-mount design
Some gorgeous wooden longboards from Legende 
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Some gorgeous wooden longboards from Legende 
Wooden bicycles looking good
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Wooden bicycles looking good
One of the heavy hitters of the ISPO Brandnew Hall of Fame, GoPro was a finalist back in 2005 - the action cam looked a lot different then!
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One of the heavy hitters of the ISPO Brandnew Hall of Fame, GoPro was a finalist back in 2005 - the action cam looked a lot different then!
Walking the history of ISPO Brandnew Awards
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Walking the history of ISPO Brandnew Awards
ISPO Brandnew finalist Lumos shows its smart bicycle helmet with integrated lighting
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ISPO Brandnew finalist Lumos shows its smart bicycle helmet with integrated lighting
Kokopelli packrafts
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Kokopelli packrafts
ISPO Gold Award winner: LEKI's Nordic Tune Shark fits even more like a glove thanks to Boa's dial-in adjuster
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ISPO Gold Award winner: LEKI's Nordic Tune Shark fits even more like a glove thanks to Boa's dial-in adjuster
ISPO Gold Award winner: IPO Sports Mini Walk provides a much sleeker alternative to the traditional treadmill
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ISPO Gold Award winner: IPO Sports Mini Walk provides a much sleeker alternative to the traditional treadmill
ISPO Product of the Year winner: FitStation powered by HP uses an in-store 3D foot scan and gait analysis to develop a more customized running shoe purchase
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ISPO Product of the Year winner: FitStation powered by HP uses an in-store 3D foot scan and gait analysis to develop a more customized running shoe purchase
ISPO Gold Award winner: HydraPak's Expedition 8L hauls a campsite of water, then collapses down to a quarter of its size when empty
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ISPO Gold Award winner: HydraPak's Expedition 8L hauls a campsite of water, then collapses down to a quarter of its size when empty
ISPO Gold Award winner: SnowPlak ultralight snowshoes
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ISPO Gold Award winner: SnowPlak ultralight snowshoes
ISPO Gold Award winner: Waterwolf MPX-3 electric surfboard
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ISPO Gold Award winner: Waterwolf MPX-3 electric surfboard
ISPO Gold Award winner: Arctos' Yi multifunctional layering concept features down pants that zip together to create a sleeping bag in collaboration with the down jacket and vest. A combination of 900 fill power goose down and PrimaLoft Gold provides warming insulation
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ISPO Gold Award winner: Arctos' Yi multifunctional layering concept features down pants that zip together to create a sleeping bag in collaboration with the down jacket and vest. A combination of 900 fill power goose down and PrimaLoft Gold provides warming insulation
Want to get credit for a big climb without the work? The Rock Selfie by Vertical Life uses a tablet camera and a green screen carpet to superimpose photos of you onto famous climbing backdrops
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Want to get credit for a big climb without the work? The Rock Selfie by Vertical Life uses a tablet camera and a green screen carpet to superimpose photos of you onto famous climbing backdrops
ISPO Gold Award winner: The Rock Selfie is designed as a solution for businesses and events
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ISPO Gold Award winner: The Rock Selfie is designed as a solution for businesses and events
ISPO Gold Award winner: KingCamp's ultralight folding cot includes an inflatable sleeping surface for added comfort
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ISPO Gold Award winner: KingCamp's ultralight folding cot includes an inflatable sleeping surface for added comfort
KingCamp ultralight, folding inflatable cot
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KingCamp ultralight, folding inflatable cot
ISPO Gold Award winner: O-Synce Usee is a head-up display that mounts to your bicycle helmet
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ISPO Gold Award winner: O-Synce Usee is a head-up display that mounts to your bicycle helmet
ISPO Product of the Year Award winner: The Livall Helmetphone BH51M keeps cyclists safely connected to music and phone calls. It looks rather fashionable for a bike helmet, too
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ISPO Product of the Year Award winner: The Livall Helmetphone BH51M keeps cyclists safely connected to music and phone calls. It looks rather fashionable for a bike helmet, too
ISPO Gold Award winner: the Ecco Outdoor Exostrike Dyneema Edition is a more casual, urban-inspired breed of hiking boot. It's made from a thin Dyneema Bonded Leather that's meant to be sleek, stylish and tough
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ISPO Gold Award winner: the Ecco Outdoor Exostrike Dyneema Edition is a more casual, urban-inspired breed of hiking boot. It's made from a thin Dyneema Bonded Leather that's meant to be sleek, stylish and tough
The green model on the right is Morpho's Trimoor four-season shoe
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The green model on the right is Morpho's Trimoor four-season shoe
Crazy Foil add-on hydrofoil
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Crazy Foil add-on hydrofoil
Hillstrike snow bike
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Hillstrike snow bike
Reacha collapsible bike trailer/hand cart
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Reacha collapsible bike trailer/hand cart
Waterwolf MPX-3 electric surfboard riding high on the BMW i3
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Waterwolf MPX-3 electric surfboard riding high on the BMW i3
A look at the Waterwolf MPX-3 electric surfboard's propeller drive
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A look at the Waterwolf MPX-3 electric surfboard's propeller drive
Waterwolf wearable controller
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Waterwolf wearable controller
Waterwolf's deck-top display provides a clear readout
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Waterwolf's deck-top display provides a clear readout
ISPO Gold Award winner: Mammut's Nordwand HS Flex men's jacket uses inserts of new Gore-Tex Stretch for improved freedom of movement 
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ISPO Gold Award winner: Mammut's Nordwand HS Flex men's jacket uses inserts of new Gore-Tex Stretch for improved freedom of movement 
This van was unmanned and unlabeled, but a photo comparison suggests it's a Ford Transit MK II. Its lines are a little extra-rugged and truck-like versus the modern vans we're used to, giving it the look of a van that's  ready to take on adventures of all types
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This van was unmanned and unlabeled, but a photo comparison suggests it's a Ford Transit MK II. Its lines are a little extra-rugged and truck-like versus the modern vans we're used to, giving it the look of a van that's  ready to take on adventures of all types
A photo look at ISPO Munich 2018
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A photo look at ISPO Munich 2018
A closer look at the Morpho Trimoor doing its thing on warm, boggy ground
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A closer look at the Morpho Trimoor doing its thing on warm, boggy ground
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It's been a few years since we made it out to the ISPO sports show, so this year we traveled back to Munich to see the latest in European outdoor, action sports and fitness gear and innovation. As usual, the "world's largest sports trade fair" didn't disappoint, with more than 2,800 exhibitors showing all kinds of hard and soft goods aimed at adventurers and athletes of all types. Beyond the Swedish electric dirt bikes, Land Rover smartphones and dialed-in donkey bikes, the show had dozens of interesting equipment and accessory innovations to see and show.

We'll be looking at a few of the standout product launches and new innovations in the days to come, but we thought we'd get the greater photo tour out first and provide a full taste of what this year's show was all about.

Icebug Walkabout Bugrip GTX

The new ISPO Award-winning Icebug Walkabout Bugrip GTX combines some top names in and around the outdoor industry - Gore-Tex waterproofing, a fast-tightening Boa closure, and a Michelin outsole or Bugrip sole featuring the company's traction studs
The new ISPO Award-winning Icebug Walkabout Bugrip GTX combines some top names in and around the outdoor industry - Gore-Tex waterproofing, a fast-tightening Boa closure, and a Michelin outsole or Bugrip sole featuring the company's traction studs

Traction enhancement on slippery winter surfaces tends to be a big focus at ISPO, and there was certainly no shortage of crampons, snowshoes and strap-on traction aids throughout the show. For nearly two decades, Swedish brand Icebug has been providing a more seamless alternative: footwear with built-in traction studs that claw through ice and snow to maintain stable footing.

One of the company's latest designs, the Walkabout Bugrip GTX boot combines that signature traction technology with Gore-Tex waterproofing and a Boa closure that dials fit in to perfection. For those who don't need the full grip of metal studs, the ISPO Award-winning boot will also be available in a Michelin-rubber sole. The Bugrip is priced at €230 (approx. US$282).

Arctos Yi multifunctional hybrid down suit

ISPO Gold Award winner: Arctos' Yi multifunctional layering concept features down pants that zip together to create a sleeping bag in collaboration with the down jacket and vest. A combination of 900 fill power goose down and PrimaLoft Gold provides warming insulation
ISPO Gold Award winner: Arctos' Yi multifunctional layering concept features down pants that zip together to create a sleeping bag in collaboration with the down jacket and vest. A combination of 900 fill power goose down and PrimaLoft Gold provides warming insulation

Part full-body down suit, part wearable sleeping bag, the ISPO Gold Award-winning Yi hybrid suit from China's Arctos immediately caught our eye as a versatile piece of outdoor and sleepwear for cold weather.

The multi-piece combination of pants, jacket and vest can be worn around camp and trail or used as a sleeping bag. The legs of the pants zip together to create a single footbox, helping keep body heat in, while the jacket upper increases freedom of movement as compared to a traditional sleeping bag. A combination of 900 fill power goose down and PrimaLoft Gold insulation ensures warmth and comfort.

Waterwolf MPX-3 electric surfboard

ISPO Gold Award winner: Waterwolf MPX-3 electric surfboard
ISPO Gold Award winner: Waterwolf MPX-3 electric surfboard

ISPO isn't only about winter sports, there's also plenty of warm-weather gear strewn about the various halls of the show. The 2018 Waterwolf MPX-3 electric surfboard serves as one example that brought about visions of sunny beaches and cool, crystal-clear waters.

We first saw the MPX-3 at the 2014 Boot Düsseldorf show, and it's received an update for 2018. It features a 5.5-kW electric propeller drive and a display on deck for checking metrics. Waterwolf was also showing a wearable, smartwatch-style controller in place of a handheld. Waterwolf advertises runtime at 30 to 35 minutes, an improvement over the 20 to 25 we reported on back in 2014.

On the downside, the MPX-3 hasn't gotten any faster in the water, leaving it lagging well behind other electric boards. It has, however, gotten considerably more expensive, listing in at €11,990 (approx. $14,700). We'd definitely be inclined to go for the Radinn G2X over this one.

Still, the MPX-3 does look fun, as you can see in the video below.

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Morpho Trimoor four-season snowshoes

New gear is great, but our favorite part of ISPO is when it alerts us to new sports or activities we didn't realize people were out there doing. This year, it made us aware that you can snowshoe all year long, even without any snow in sight.

The green model on the right is Morpho's Trimoor four-season shoe
The green model on the right is Morpho's Trimoor four-season shoe

French snowshoe brand Morpho attracted our attention with its Lumio glow-in-the-dark snowshoes, and it held it in place with an advertisement for four-season snowshoes that step lightly across moorlands in the warmer months.

Bog-shoeing is a popular pastime in Estonia, a key market for Morpho's four-season Trimoor. The polypropylene copolymer moor/snowshoe has a light, flexible binding designed to assist you in gliding across wet, spongy bog as easily as you do flat snowfields. Being that we don't do much bog-shoeing in our part of the world, the Trimoor proved an interesting find, and it looks like a valuable tool, come snow or mire. Pricing is 119.90 (about US$145).

A closer look at the Morpho Trimoor doing its thing on warm, boggy ground
A closer look at the Morpho Trimoor doing its thing on warm, boggy ground

Find many more ISPO gear innovations and oddities in our full photo gallery.

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