By Teresa Hartford
Andrew Day was just lately promoted from Senior Director of Product to Vice President and Basic Supervisor for Sierra Designs. Having began his profession working for sister model Kelty, he’s excited to steer the model ahead whereas paying homage to Sierra Designs heritage. We caught up with Andrew simply earlier than Outside Retailer final week to listen to concerning the Fall 2019/Spring 2020 gear we will anticipate to see at retail from the long-lasting model.
SGB | Congratulations in your new place with Sierra Designs. You’ve been working with the model and the dad or mum firm for a very long time, what do you’re keen on about Sierra Designs? AD | Sierra Designs has all the time pushed to be on the vanguard of product and design, however they by no means lose sight of the client or what the client wants. For me, that’s what Sierra Designs epitomizes. The model is all the time making a product that’s related to the client after which pushes the bounds to make one of the best product however at a worth worth level. Our aim is to get individuals outdoors to benefit from the outdoors, to not make gear for a small subset of the buyer base.
SGB | What can we anticipate to see from Sierra Designs for F19/S20? AD | We’re introducing a number of new attire items. Chilly Canyon is one among them. It’s a zipper entrance, light-weight fleece piece. We’re additionally bringing again our Down Booties, which haven’t been within the line for greater than 5 years. For a number of many years we made the booties. With their return to the road, they’re getting an amazing reception from our retailers.
New designs are the top in our backpacks, sleeping luggage and tent applied sciences. We’ve continued to spherical out the collections for 2020, filling within the holes that we felt have been current. We have now two new sizes of our award-winning Flex Capacitor backpack, proven under, a 24- to 40-liter model and a bigger 60- to 70-liter measurement.
SGB | Why is the Flex Capacitor so fashionable and award-winning? AD | The backpack is exclusive in that the capability is adjustable from a 40- to 60-liter pack. A vertical gusset on the entrance of the bag adjusts the diameter in order that the bag retains the load decrease in your physique and barely away out of your again, however not to date again out of your middle of gravity making you prime heavy. It’s the one pack available on the market designed to regulate that approach.
The Flex Capacitor additionally has a singular inner body system made by DAC, the tent pole producer and who we’ve labored with because the 90s. The body is vertically stiff, so that you get wonderful weight switch. The “Y” form has a pivot within the center which provides the pack flex as you progress. The body doesn’t struggle towards you—as a pack would—with two fastened vertical aluminum stays or a construction that’s stiff in each course. This pack is stiff solely vertically, which is what you need. All of your weight is distributed underneath your waistbelt. Once you transfer your shoulders, the pack strikes with you. You’ll discover all the identical options within the newest sizes we’re introducing for 2020.
We’re additionally introducing three light-weight, unisex lumbar|waist packs. Probably the most thrilling is the Flex Lumbar based mostly off of the Flex Capacitor design. And two technical waist packs with adjustable capability. One goes from Three- to 6-liters and the opposite 7- to 10-liters.
SGB | We’ve seen a resurgence in fanny packs the final 5 years within the style|way of life class. Sierra Designs has picked up on the development with the introduction of fanny packs for 2020. AD | For the final four-to-five years fanny packs have grow to be very fashionable within the city and Asian markets. What we’ve seen within the final couple of years is traction within the technical waistpack class with mountain bikers. With our flex know-how, it was a simple, no-brainer to place that know-how right into a waistpack. As a result of a waistpack has a lot compression, you possibly can put on it down low and tight, and it doesn’t tug in your again and presents area for exterior water bottles. With our waistpacks, you can too put smaller hydration reservoirs in them as properly.
The three- to 6-liter is appropriate for a runner who needs to stuff a windbreaker, snacks and necessities within the pack. The 7- to 10-liter will match a puffy jacket, software package, tubes, and extra cumbersome gadgets. We’re additionally introducing a enjoyable 2-liter model in vibrant, trend colours priced at $25. The pack introduces shoppers to the model who won’t have to buy a full measurement backpack.
SGB | What are the newest sleeping methods? AD | For 2020, we’ve expanded our sleeping bag line focused on the weekend warrior. We stored in thoughts the 2 issues which have made a reputation for us within the business—weight and worth. From our attainable worth level down bag to a brand new class of sleeping pads, our Spring 2020 line presents each high quality and affordability to all degree of campers.
For consolation and efficiency, the zippered Synthesis Mummy assortment takes the artificial sleeping bag to the subsequent degree. Three new choices have been added—a ladies’s particular 20- and Zero-degree bag and a unisex Zero-degree bag. The artificial fill offers heat even when moist. The outside material is a 20 denier nylon ripstop with a nylon taffeta liner. Twin zippers create a fold-down comforter for temperature management and freedom of motion. Our patented self-sealing foot vent provides air flow from under. The Synthesis is absolutely packable and out there in 4 temperature scores 50-, 35-, 20- and Zero-degrees. The 20- and Zero-degree additionally are available a ladies’s model.
SGB | What defines a ladies’s sleeping bag? AD | Comparatively minor spec variations—barely shorter, provides a extra relaxed match with a barely wider torso. Most significantly, ladies sleep at a special temperature than males. Should you put a lady in a 20-degree males’s sleeping bag, they’re going to sleep chilly or, on common, they may say that they didn’t really feel heat to the temperature score of the bag. So, for a lady’s bag, we add extra down or artificial fill energy than you will see that in a males’s bag on the similar temperature score.
New to our sleeping bag class is the Taquito mummy bag full of 550 fill energy DriDown at an entry degree worth worth level that provides the client, who just isn’t able to spend $400 on a sleeping bag, a bag that will get them into DriDown at an amazing worth. The luggage can be found in three temperature scores 35-, 20- and Zero-degrees. The 20-degree bag additionally is available in a ladies’s model.
Based mostly on our award-winning Backcountry Mattress which has been in our line for fairly a while, we created the Frontcountry Mattress which delivers the identical consolation and options in a roomier rectangular form for individuals who flop round once they sleep in an artificial fill. The Backcountry model was designed for the household automotive camper with a a lot heavier material and extra substantial artificial fill. It was not for backpacking. Within the Frontcountry mattress, we upgraded the supplies to lighter material with the identical premium artificial fill that we’re utilizing in our different artificial luggage. The improve opens the merchandise as much as a unique crowd.
A completely new class for us in 2020 are two air sleeping pads. The Shadow, proven left, is light-weight and compact with baffle development and inflates simply to three-inches. Pairing properly with our 20-degree luggage, the Granby shares the identical development options because the Shadow, however a layer of artificial insulation was added. Each air pads include our Burrito Storage Bag for straightforward packing and supply safety since they’re air inflated pads.
SGB | From Basecamp to Backcountry, what are the newest tents for 2020? AD | The large story is we’re not spec chasing. We’re not making an attempt to make the lightest weight tents by slicing down inside livable area. Consolation is primary. We’ve got excessive inside volumes in all of our tents.
For the thru-hiker, we shaved 10 ounces off our Meteor 2 to supply the upgraded Meteor-Lite, proven under proper, a 2- and Three-person tent that has the identical architectural type. Weighing in at Three-pounds, 10-ounces, the Meteor-Lite is robust, a totally freestanding tent with two doorways, two vestibules and a footprint that lets you unfold out with out sacrificing room for gear. The DAC Featherlight hubbed and ridge pole construction make vertical partitions, creating 29.eight ft of inside area. The complete protection fly additionally comes with a rollback stargazer function for air flow and night time sky views.
We added a 2-person measurement to our Excessive Aspect tent. We stored the identical type issue because the 1-person tent regardless that it’s a two-door, two vestibule tent. One aspect will get into the decrease aspect, and the opposite aspect will get into the upper aspect. The tent is doing very nicely for us. It’s in our prime tier assortment, so it presents lighter weight materials and smaller diameter DAC poles. We’re happy we will supply the tent for 1- and 2-persons.
We have now a Excessive Route trekking pole fashion 1-person tent in our present line. For 2020, we’re providing a 2-person model with the tarp solely. The 1-person has a tarp plus inside tent, however if you wish to go together with the tarp solely with out the inside mesh portion, that choice is now obtainable. Simply over a pound for a 2-person tarp, we’re aggressive at $190. The tents are premium merchandise for the client who needs to go on an extended path, a backpacking journey, or just go quick and lightweight.
With DNA from the profitable and trail-tested Summer time Moon, the brand new Full Moon, proven left, 2- and Three-person tent, gives an added door and vestibule for elevated gear storage and ease of use. The tent is absolutely freestanding and comes with two equal size poles for easy setup and weighs simply 4lbs 12oz. At solely $10 greater than our Summer time Moon, we expect these are going to be successful.
Based mostly on retailer demand, we’re providing the Nomad in a Four- and 6-person tent with a beneficiant footprint, close to standing peak peak and pockets galore. Each sizes have two doorways and two vestibules and an built-in window. The three-pole arrange offers a beneficiant 84.Four ft of inside area and a peak peak of 6 ft.
SGB | Will we see new attire items? AD | For the previous few seasons we’ve been primarily making down or artificial insulated attire. For Spring 2020, we’re including the Hurricane and Stellar rain jackets.
The Hurricane is a two-and-a-half layer, relaxed match. The Steller is a three-layer, extra technical development with a water-proof zipper. The large story on these two jackets is that the material is a polyester face however is a C zero, PFC-Free DWR. We’ve been shifting away from C6’s and C8’s. All of our sleeping luggage are C zero. We’re getting near having all of our tents that approach, however in attire, that is the primary time we’re providing a C zero.
The jackets have an athletic, technical really feel with a stretch component and are light-weight. The items will assist us spherical out our attire line from being primarily a fall assortment to inclusive of Spring and Fall types.
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