Outdoor Guide: Upcoming Launches

Crossing the Rift
Red Wing, Minn.-based Vasque is expanding its multisport offering for spring ’12 with a new style for men and women (above). The Rift approach-shoe features a lace-to-toe closure, suede or nubuck uppers and a Vibram Spider rubber outsole with a rubber toe and heel cap. The $120 style will deliver Jan. 15 to core outdoor shops.

Ride the Wave
Stratham, N.H.-based Timberland is offering women another multisport option. The new Timberland Trail Wave collection is designed with a dual-density EVA midsole with wave-cut lugs that add more steadiness on uneven terrain. The shoe is available in two styles — a mid-cut with PSi waterproofing for $130, and a low-top version available with PSi for $120 (below) or with Gore-Tex for $130. The collection will be targeted to outdoor independents, family shoe shops and department store accounts, and will deliver in February.

Spark Plug
Italian outdoor brand Scarpa is launching its lightest trail-running shoe to date for spring ’12. The Spark, which will deliver in February to core outdoor shops and running independents, is designed to offer enough protection for trail races while staying light, at 9.5 ounces. The Spark is available for both men and women and will retail for $115.

Into the Mystic
Bozeman, Mont.-based Oboz is giving the ladies some love this spring with the launch of a women’s-specific last — the company’s first — in its multisport category. The new Mystic last adds more curve in the heel, arch and midfoot while narrowing the fit in the ball of the foot and heel. Available in a mid- and low height, both styles use nubuck and nylon mesh on the uppers and come with the brand’s own BDry waterproof membrane. The Mystic Mid BDry ($135) and Mystic Low BDry ($125, above) will deliver to outdoor shops and family independents in February.

One-Track Mind
The North Face is expanding its Single Track trail-running franchise this spring with the Single Track Hayasa, an 8.9-ounce trail racing shoe for men and women (above). The $110 style was designed in collaboration with endurance runner (and North Face athlete) Tsuyoshi Kaburaki to offer support and protection while stripping weight. The shoe will deliver to outdoor independents and chains and specialty running shops in early spring.

Stay Put
Teva, a division of Goleta, Calif.-based Deckers 
Outdoor Corp., will introduce a new men’s shoe to its multisport offering for spring. The ReForge is designed for use in water with drainage channels on the midsole and Ion-Mask waterproofing on the upper. The shoe also features the brand’s Spider Rubber + Jstep outsole, made of a low-abrasion rubber compound built with microgrooves in the surface that force liquid out and enhance grip on slick surfaces. The $130 style will deliver to outdoor accounts in January. 

On the Trail
Ecco is expanding its natural motion-based Biom franchise this spring with the Biom Trail shoe. Available for both men (above) and women, the sneaker is based on the Biom B platform. Like other Biom shoes, the trail style offers an anatomical last, a direct-inject polyurethane midsole and is positioned close to the ground. The trail shoes add protection under the forefoot and a reinforced upper for stability, as well as a rugged rubber outsole for grip. They also continue to preserve ground feel and natural foot position. Retailing for $170 and $190, the shoes will deliver in early 2012 to specialty running shops, independents and Ecco stores.

Back to the Future
Portland, Ore.-based Hi-Tec is giving a nod to its 1978 Sierra Lite lightweight hiking boot with a new seven-style men’s collection for spring that includes two technical hiking boots ($170 to $190), three sneakers ($110 to $130, above) and two sandal styles ($95 to $100). The hiking styles will deliver in February, with all other shoes shipping in March.

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