Alpkit New Stuff At The Show

Long-awaited soft-shell denim in production plus new Alp socks at the NEC.

Posted: 24 March 2009
by Jon

There are two new products from those nice Alpkit folk due to launch at this year's OS Outdoors Show, the long-awaited Jeanius 'soft shell' jeans and the all new Alp socks.

We know all about the jeans already. We've been wearing some pre-production prototypes for around a year now and they're great. The fabric is Epic denim with the fibres encapsulated in silicone. That means that unlike normal denim, they shrug off light showers, dry much faster and are pretty much windproof too.

Alpkit Jeanius

They're also cut with a diamond crotch to allow easy movement when climbing, scrambling or bouldering. A limited prototype batch has already been through the CoLab testing process, so the final production version should be spot on. Price should be £55.

Meanwhile, the first batch of Alp socks is leaving the factory some time about now. They're made from IsolWool, a mix of wool and polypropylene, that's claimed to be warm, durable  and lovely.

Alpkit socks

The socks are going to be available in four sizes and sell in packs of three - that's three pairs not three socks - for £15.

Finally, don't forget to check out the finalists in the Colab Innovation Award at the show. They'll have their own stand where they can show off their designs and canvas for crucial votes.

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Jeanius Jeans,good name The fabric is Epic denim with the fibres encapsulated in silicone. I wonder if I can get the same effect by washing my jeans with NikWax TX-Direct? they might get a little sweaty though

Posted: 25/03/2009 at 11:54

£55 is a bit steep I reckon. I use and like Alpkit stuff but they've always been able to undercut leading brands with their slightly poorer quality but lower price. £55 for a pair of jeans is more than I'd pay on the high street and Im not confident that they will be significantly better than something I could pick up in Gap. Even my TNF crag pants were only £40 IIRC.

Posted: 25/03/2009 at 12:02

I doubt that you'll get a nearly waterproof pair of jeans from Gap! The closest comparison is probably Rohans epic bags which are ~70,

As they are rather more of a unique product than much of their stuff they won't be as cheap. Should be fun for anyone who likes winding up people doing kit checks

(Epic is meant to be much more durable than the effect that washing in Nikwax gves.).

Posted: 25/03/2009 at 13:00

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